Undergrad Catalog

Mathematics (MATH)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

A mathematics major provides you with a broad background in theoretical and applied mathematics and computer science. You'll gain the knowledge you need to pursue a variety of careers in such areas as business, industry, service or education.

When combined with other disciplines, the major prepares you for entry into many graduate school programs, including mathematics, MBA, econometrics, law, computer science, operations research, biostatistics, medical school, etc.

As a St. Kate's mathematics major, you'll study mathematics in an environment that stresses close student-faculty interaction and individual support. Faculty members will encourage you to take an active role in your educational experiences and will foster a cooperative learning environment. You'll have the opportunity to work as a tutor or teaching assistant in the Mathematics and Physics Department and collaborate with faculty members on research and projects in both mathematics and computer science. You'll also have opportunities to participate in mathematics contests such as the Putnam, the NCS-MAA team competition and the Konhauser team competition.

The curriculum includes courses in mathematics and computer science. If you decide to pursue a B.S., you will be required to take one full year of either physics or chemistry.

The majority of Mathematics and Physics Department faculty members are women, and all have a broad range of interests and areas of expertise.

Mathematics majors have become lawyers, senior research associates, statistical consultants, vice presidents of corporations, physicists, engineers and Fulbright scholars, as well as mathematics consultants and teachers, programmers and analysts and actuaries.

See also: Mathematics with Grades 5-12 Teaching Licensure

Major Requirements:

MATH 1130 Calculus I (or MATH 1110 and MATH 1120)
MATH 1140 Calculus II
MATH 1800 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 2050 Linear Algebra
MATH 2060 Calculus III
MATH 3010 Abstract Algebra
MATH 3130 Probability
MATH 4850 Senior Seminar

Two or more additional courses for students interested in applications of mathematics:
MATH 2600 Differential Equations
MATH 3140 Mathematical Statistics
MATH 4994 Topics
Other courses approved by the department chair

Required supporting work - supporting courses must be taken for a letter grade (not S/U):

CSCI 1110 and CSCI 1120 Algorithms and Computer Programming I and II (must be completed by the end of the sophomore year or the first year if you are transferring as a junior).

For the B.S. degree, one of the following one-year laboratory science sequences: CHEM 1110, 1120 or PHYS 1110, 1120.

For either degree, course work in physics, economics and logic (philosophy department) is recommended.

Mathematics majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing MATH 4850. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).

Second Major Certificate in Mathematics  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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