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Undergraduate Programs

Programs in the Department of Mathematics
   

Mission Statement 

 

The mission of the undergraduate program in Mathematics is to provide our students with a strong introduction to the variety of topics that are fundamental to the study of mathematics in order to prepare them for future endeavors in graduate study, employment in a mathematical field of industry, education or government service, or employment in a non-mathematical related area in which their skills are valued.

 Goals of the Program 

 

Upon graduation, Mathematics majors will:

 

1)      possess a broad-based introductory knowledge of the discipline,

 

2)      have demonstrated the elementary computational skills taught in the calculus sequence,

 

3)      have developed an appreciation for mathematical proof, the ability to judge the validity of a mathematical argument, and the reasoning and logical skills necessary to construct mathematical arguments, and

 

4)      have demonstrated the ability to give both oral and written mathematical presentations in the form of mathematical exposition as well as the form of mathematical argument.

Undergraduate Programs 

Mathematics Minor

The minor in mathematics consists of the calculus sequence, Mathematics 0221, 0231, 0241 along with any two upper division mathematics courses (those numbered 1000 or above) with the exception of Math 1019.  The total number of such credits must be at least 18.

 

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

 

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown currently offers two options in its Mathematics major. The Applied Option is a typical degree in mathematics with an added minor from within the natural sciences. Many undergraduate Mathematics and Computer Science majors choose to pursue a dual major in both areas. Students graduating with the Applied Option go on to work in industry, work for agencies in the government (such as the NSA or other operates of the DoD), or go on to further studies and pursue a Master's or Doctoral degree. The Actuarial Option is primarily designed for those students that wish to pursue employment in the actuarial sciences but those graduates can easily pursue any of the directions previously mentioned.

The main course of study for Mathematics majors in both options includes a core of fundamental courses in the discipline as well as related technology component.  Upon completion of the core courses, the two options differ only in that the Applied Option requires a minor from a related area within the natural sciences (currently there are minors offered in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Physics and Psychology), while the Actuarial Option replaces that minor with a concentration of courses in Business and Economics.  A minor in Mathematics is also offered.

 

Core courses include Calculus I, II and III, Discrete Mathematics, Introduction to Theoretical Mathematics, Technical Speaking in Mathematics, Introduction to Probability and Statistics I and II, Mathematics Seminar 1 (technology), Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Perspectives in Computer Science, and ADAH Programming.

 Applied Option

 

I.                    Required mathematics courses (40 credits): Mathematics 0221, 0231,0241, 0401, 1012, 1019, 1153, 1154, 1163, 1181, 1271 and one course from group I (Mathematics 1125, 1531, 1561, 1701) and one course from group II (Mathematics 1071, 1175, 1178, 1296)

 

II.                 Required computer science courses (7 credits): Computer Science 0100, 0410, 0411

 

III.               Mathematics electives (6 credits): Selected from the following: Mathematics1051, 1071, 1117, 1125, 1175, 1178, 1291, 1531, 1701 or any other three- or four-credit 1000-level mathematics course, with department approval, with the exception that Math 1035 cannot be used as a mathematics elective to fulfill this requirement

 

IV.              Required minor in one of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Physics or Psychology (this may be waived for some double majors)

 

V.                 General degree requirements

  Actuarial Option  

I.                    Required mathematics courses (41 credits): Mathematics 0221, 0231,0241, 0401, 1012, 1019, 1153, 1154, 1163, 1164, 1181, 1271 and one course from group I (Mathematics 1125, 1531, 1561, 1701) and one course from group II (Mathematics 1071, 1175, 1178, 1296)

 

II.                 Required computer science courses (7 credits): Computer Science 0100, 0410, 0411

 

III.               Required business and economics courses (12 credits): Business 0115, 0300; Economics 0105, 0115

 

IV.              Mathematics electives (6 credits): Selected from the following: Mathematics1051, 1071, 1117, 1125, 1175, 1178, 1291, 1531, 1701 or any other three- or four-credit 1000-level mathematics course, with department approval, with the exception that Math 1035 cannot be used as a mathematics elective to fulfill this requirement

 

V.                 Business electives (6 credits): Business 1110, 1270, 1310, 1330, 1355, 1356; Economics 1141, 1151

 

VI.              To be admitted to the actuarial science option students must have earned a cumulative quality point average of at least 3.35 in Mathematics 0221, 0231, 0241, 0401 and 1012

 

VII.            General degree requirements

Last Reviewed: March 25, 2008