Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Mathematics and Statistics Majors

Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics

A major in mathematics can lead to a variety of careers including mathematical and scientific research in areas as different as national security and petroleum exploration; in several business fields such as insurance, banking, and finance; and in professions such as law, teaching, and medicine. The study of mathematics builds a way of thinking that is used to solve a variety of problems that arise in different contexts. That ability to solve problems makes mathematicians a valuable commodity in many occupations. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with three tracks. While all mathematics majors complete a common core of courses that ensures the student has a broad knowledge of mathematics, students can follow their interests by choosing from one of three required tracks:

  • Pure mathematics designed for those who plan to pursue graduate studies.
  • Applied mathematics for those who want to pair mathematics with interests in business, the natural sciences, or the social sciences.
  • General mathematics for anyone who wants a comprehensive introduction to mathematics, including those who plan to teach in secondary schools.

Degree Requirements: B.S. – Mathematics

Core Courses in Mathematics and Statistics

Credits

MAT 129 and

MAT 229

Calculus I

Calculus II

 

 

-- OR --

9

MAT 128 and

MAT 227 and

MAT 228

Calculus A
Calculus B

Calculus C

 

MAT 329

Calculus III

4

MAT 194

Mathematical Sciences Seminar

1

MAT 234

Linear Algebra

3

STA 250

Probability and Statistics I

3

MAT 497

Mathematical Sciences Capstone

 

 

-- OR --

3

MAT 491

Mathematics Honors Research Project

 

Core Credits in Mathematics and Statistics

23

Core Courses in Other Disciplines

 

CSC 270

Mathematics Software Programming

 

 

-- OR --

3

CSC 260

Object-Oriented Programming I

 

Core Credits in Other Disciplines

3

TOTAL CORE CREDITS

26

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Pure Mathematics Track

Credits

MAT 302

Introduction to Higher Mathematics

3

MAT 310

Elementary Theory of Numbers

 

 

-- OR --

3

MAT 410

Abstract Algebra I

 

MAT 420

Real Variables I

 

 

-- OR --

3

MAT 430

Complex Variables

 

Select 9 additional credit hours of MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above including at least two 400-level courses, but excluding MAT/STA 490 and 491

9

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

18

Total Core Credits

26

TOTAL CREDITS

44

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Applied Mathematics Track

Credits

MAT 325

Differential Equations

3

Select two courses from the following:

MAT 330

Classical Applied Analysis

 

MAT 360

Numerical Analysis

6

MAT 375

Applied Mathematical Models

 

Select 9 additional credit hours of MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above, excluding MAT/STA 490 and 491

9

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

18

Total Core Credits

26

TOTAL CREDITS

44

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General Mathematics Track

Credits

MAT 302

Introduction to Higher Mathematics

3

MAT 345

Introduction to Geometry

3

MAT 310

Elementary Theory of Numbers

 

 

-- OR --

3

MAT 410

Abstract Algebra I

 

STA 341

Statistics II

3

Completion of one of the following sets of courses. If one of these courses duplicates a course taken as a General Mathematics Track requirement listed above, then an additional MAT/STA course at the 300/400 level is required.

MAT 310

Elementary Theory of Numbers

 

MAT 410

Abstract Algebra I

 

 

-- OR --

 

MAT 325

Differential Equations

6

MAT 330

Classical Applied Analysis

 

 

-- OR --

 

STA 340

Probability II

 

STA 341

Statistics II

 

 

-- OR --

 

Two 400-level MAT/STA courses, excluding MAT/STA 490 and 491

 

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

18

Total Core Credits

26

TOTAL CREDITS

44

Teacher Certification for Mathematics

Students wishing to be certified to teach high school mathematics should complete a major in mathematics and the general mathematics track. These students should also review the relevant sections of the catalog information for the Department of Teacher Education

Students seeking certification to teach mathematics in grades 5 through 9 should refer to the catalog information for the Department of Teacher Education. The mathematics and statistics requirements listed there for the mathematics track of the B.A. in Middle Grades Education may also be fulfilled by completing the requirements for a mathematics major with the general mathematics track, along with MAT 140: Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Grades Teachers, and MAT 240: Geometry for Middle School Teachers. 

Bachelor of Science with a major in Statistics

Statistics is the science of learning from data, whether those data come from biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, sports, or education. The major in statistics offers students the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to attain various career objectives in many different fields. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in statistics consisting of a 22-credit-hour core along with a minimum of 18 credit hours of MAT/STA electives. The electives may be chosen from courses at the 300 level or above (or MAT 234) with at least 9 of these credit hours being STA courses. Although students have freedom in choosing these elective courses, it is recommended that each student choose one of the sets that have been specially designed for particular areas of emphasis. These areas are applied statistics, theoretical statistics, and actuarial sciences.

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

Degree Requirements: B.S. – Statistics

Core Courses in Mathematics and Statistics

Credits

MAT 129

MAT 229

Calculus I

Calculus II

 

 

-- OR --

9

MAT 128

MAT 227

MAT 228

Calculus A

Calculus B

Calculus C

 

MAT 194

Mathematical Sciences Seminar

1

STA 250

Probability and Statistics I

3

STA 314

Design and Analysis of Experiments

3

STA 341

Statistics II

3

STA 360

Statistical Computing

3

TOTAL CORE CREDITS

22

The applied statistics set of electives is designed for those who plan to seek employment in industry as a practicing statistician in positions such as a data analyst or statistical consultant.

Applied Statistics Area Electives

Credits

STA 312

Elementary Survey Sampling

3

STA 316

Regression Analysis

3

STA 317

Introduction to Time Series Analysis

3

STA 370

Introduction to Statistical Consulting

3

STA 419

Applied Multivariate Statistics

3

MAT 234

Linear Algebra

 

 

-- OR --

3

Select 3 additional credit hours of MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above

 

TOTAL AREA ELECTIVE CREDITS

18

Total Core Credits

22

TOTAL CREDITS

40

The theoretical statistics set of electives is designed for those who plan to pursue graduate studies in statistics.

Theoretical Statistics Area Electives

Credits

MAT 234

Linear Algebra

3

MAT 329

Calculus III

4

STA 340

Probability II

3

Select 6 additional semester hours of STA courses at the 300 level or above and 3 additional credit hours of MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above.

9

TOTAL AREA ELECTIVE CREDITS

19

Total Core Credits

22

TOTAL CREDITS

41

The actuarial sciences set of electives is designed for those who plan to enter the actuarial field and need a solid theoretical background along with specialized courses to prepare for success on the actuarial examinations.

Actuarial Sciences Area Electives

Credits

MAT 234

Linear Algebra

3

STA 317

Introduction to Time Series Analysis

3

MAT 329

Calculus III

4

STA 340

Probability II

3

STA 450

Introduction to Actuarial Science

3

Select 3 additional semester hours of MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above

3

TOTAL AREA ELECTIVE CREDITS

19

Total Core Credits

22

TOTAL CREDITS

41

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