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# Program Information

Mathematics began with roots in the basic concepts of space and number and has flowered into many wonderful forms. The creation and discovery of new mathematics have never been more active or vital than they are today. Mathematics is sometimes called the science of pattern and order. It relies on logic as a standard of truth, but uses observation and even experimentation as means of discovering truth. Mathematicians think of their work as a blend of science and art, sometimes elegant and beautiful, describing deep and useful creations. In addition to theorems and theories, mathematics offers distinct modes of thought which are both versatile and powerful for understanding the world.

Courses serve those who wish to make mathematics a part of a liberal arts education, those who desire a mathematics background for other disciplines, such as Computer Science, Economics or the natural sciences, those who wish to minor in Mathematics, and those who wish to major in Mathematics.

Mathematics majors choose careers in education, industry, business, banking and insurance serving as teachers, statisticians, industrial mathematicians, computer programmers or analysts, actuaries and research workers in the biological, management or social sciences. Their training can also serve as a stepping stone to professional training or graduate work in a variety of fields.

This interdisciplinary major combines coursework in both the mathematics and economics programs. It is suitable for economics students who are interested in the technical/mathematical aspects of economics, and mathematics students who are interested in applied problems in economics. The major requirements provide a solid foundation for graduate studies or careers in applied mathematics, finance or various fields of economics.

## Requirements for the Mathematics Major (10 Credits)

- MATH 251W Foundations of Advanced Mathematics (1)
- MATH 253 (QA) Linear Algebra (1)
- MATH 499W Senior Seminar in Mathematics (1)
- CS 125 Problem Solving with MATLAB (1)
**or** - CS 141 (QA*) Introduction to Programming (1)
**or** - CS 154 Introduction to Functional Programming (1)
**or** - One Computer Science course numbered 200 or higher (1)
- Three additional credits in Mathematics at the 400 level (3), including at least one of:
- MATH 446 Real Analysis I (1)
**or** - MATH 456 Abstract Algebra I (1)

### Three additional credits in Mathematics (3)

- One credit in Mathematics numbered 300 or above (1)
- Two credits in Mathematics numbered 200 or above (2)

## Requirements For The Mathematics Minor (6 Credits)

- Five credits in Mathematics numbered 142 or higher (5)
- CS 125 Problem Solving with MATLAB (1)
**or** - CS 141 (QA*) Introduction to Programming (1)
**or** - CS 154 Introduction for Functional Programming (1)
**or** - One Computer Science course numbered 200 or higher (1)

## Requirements for the Mathematics/Economics Major (12 Credits)

### Economic theory (3)

- ECON 132 (US) Introduction to Economic Inquiry
- ECON 363 Microeconomic Theory
- ECON 364 Macroeconomic Theory

### Mathematical theory (2)

### Data Analysis* (1)

#### One of the following courses

- MATH 266 Probability and Statistics
- ECON 230 Economic Statistics
- ECON 452 Introduction to Econometrics and Forecasting

**Only one of MATH 266 and ECON 230 can be applied to the major.*

### Electives** (5)

#### Any 2 additional courses in Economics numbered 300 or higher. Highly recommended are:

#### Any 3 additional courses in Mathematics numbered 200 or higher. Highly recommended are:

- MATH 249 Multivariate Calculus
- MATH 256 Differential Equations
- MATH 446 Real Analysis

***At least one 400-level course must be taken in each department*

### Senior Experience (1)

MAEC 499W Senior Experience

An independent study advised by a faculty member(s) in either mathematics or economics (or both). Each student completes a research paper that demonstrates mastery of mathematical techniques; e.g., modeling or data analysis, as they apply to a topic in economics. Other activities include written and oral analysis of related work and oral presentation(s) of their paper.