Advanced Courses for Non-Majors

Because of the fundamental role that mathematics plays in all types of scientific and technical endeavor, the advanced course offerings of the Mathematics Department must serve a group considerably larger than those preparing for a career in mathematics exclusively.

Economics, Business Administration and Computer Science

The following basic subjects are recommended to master’s degree candidates as preparation for work in their profession; they also provide a solid background for students who intend to pursue doctoral studies after completion of the master’s program:

Numerical Methods
MAT 5100Numerical Methods I3
MAT 5110Numerical Methods II3
MAT 5420Algebra I4
Operations Research
MAT 5770Mathematical Models in Operations Research3
Probability Theory
MAT 5700Introduction to Probability Theory4
Statistical Methods, Applied Time Series and Design of Experiments
MAT 5800Introduction to Mathematical Statistics4
MAT 5830Applied Time Series3

Engineering and Physical Applications

The Mathematics Department has several sequences in applied mathematics that provide experienced engineers and scientists from industry and government the means to acquire and maintain the technical competence needed to work at the frontiers of their fields (for additional courses to those listed below, see the Graduate Bulletin):

Numerical Methods
MAT 5100Numerical Methods I3
MAT 5110Numerical Methods II3
Applied Analysis
MAT 5220Partial Differential Equations4
MAT 5230Complex Variables and Applications4
Probability Theory and Random Processes
MAT 5700Introduction to Probability Theory4
Differential Geometry
MAT 5530Elementary Differential Geometry and its Applications3

Students who feel that they eventually would like to pursue mathematical studies beyond the level of the above sequences should make every effort to take the mathematics sequences that begin with MAT 5600, and MAT 5420, respectively, and MAT 6600. These courses will help them to understand and work with abstract concepts in advanced courses.


Students requiring only an introduction to basic statistics are referred to STA 1020 or MAT 2210. Those whose work demands a good foundation in mathematical statistics are referred to MAT 5700 and MAT 5800. MAT 5830 is useful for students interested in applied statistics.

In addition to the interdepartmental course listed below, specialized courses in statistics are offered by individual departments:

ECO 5100Introductory Statistics and Econometrics4
ECO 6100Introduction to Econometrics4
MAT 2210Probability and Statistics4
MAT 5700Introduction to Probability Theory4
MAT 6830Design of Experiments3
PSY 3010Statistical Methods in Psychology4