Mathematics (B.A.)

The courses offered by the Department of Mathematics serve several purposes; they supply the mathematical preparation necessary for students specializing in the physical, life or social sciences, in business administration, in engineering, and in education; they provide a route by which students may achieve a level of competence to do research in any of several special mathematical areas; they allow students to prepare themselves for work as mathematicians and statisticians in industry and government; and they give an opportunity to all inquisitive students to learn something about modern mathematical ideas.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University. Undergraduates declaring a mathematics major are strongly encouraged to meet with a departmental advisor before doing so. After a student's acceptance as a major, a student should consult a Departmental advisor at least once a semester to verify progress.

 

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. The cumulative grade point average in mathematics (MAT) and statistics (STA) courses required for completion of a major option must be at least 2.0 and all coursework required must have a C- or better grade. A minimum of 15 credits of required coursework for the major at the 5030 level or above must be taken at Wayne State.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program is a special honors program at the levels of MAT 1800MAT 2010, and MAT 2020, that features collaborative learning through a challenging problem-solving workshop attached t the regular class. Each ESP calculus course (MAT 2010 and MAT 2020) carries four honors credits, though MAT 1800 does not offer honors credits. The program seeks dedicated, hard-working students who want to excel in mathematics. Students who place into the level below MAT 1800 are encouraged to enroll in MAT 1050 PREP as preparation for the Program. Contact the Department for further information.

AGRADE Program (Accelerated Graduate Enrollment)

Our AGRADE Program provides the opportunity for top students to enroll simultaneously in an undergraduate and graduate program. Students can apply a maximum of 16 credits toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in the student's major field. Students electing AGRADE programs may expect to complete the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of full-time study if they take full advantage of the program. For more details about the AGRADE Program, contact one of the graduate mathematics advisors, or the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (313-577-2516).

Senior Rule

In their last undergraduate semester, Wayne State students with a 3.0 (or above) upper division grade point average have the option of taking a limited number of graduate credits. Graduate credit is awarded only for those courses taken in excess of baccalaureate degree requirements. Undergraduate and graduate courses combined may not exceed sixteen credits for the final semester of baccalaureate degree course work. For more information look under graduate admissions in the graduate bulletin.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Grade Requirements

The following grade requirements must be satisfied to obtain the degree.

  • C- or better if a course is a prerequisite for another course.
  • C or better average grade for all courses.

Concentrations

In addition to the general bachelor's degree requirements, the candidate must complete one of the following concentrations: A, B, C, or D, as described below. Note that STA courses previously designated by MAT (for example STA 2210 was previously labelled MAT 2210) are the same courses and meet the same requirements.

Concentration A: Prospective Graduate Study

This concentration is recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in mathematics.

MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
Select one of the following two options (MAT 2350 is preferred if available, and it is 3 credits rather than 4):3-4
Elementary Differential Equations
Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra
MAT 2250Elementary Linear Algebra3
MAT 5070Elementary Analysis4
MAT 5420
MAT 5993
Algebra I
and Writing Intensive Course in Mathematics
4
MAT 5600Introduction to Analysis I4
MAT 5700Introduction to Probability Theory4
Select one of the following two options:
Algebra II
Introduction to Analysis II
Select one of the following six options:3-4
Complex Variables and Applications
Algebra II
Introduction to Topology
Elementary Differential Geometry and its Applications
Introduction to Analysis II
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
Select one of the following four options:3-4
An MAT or STA course numbered 5030 or above 1
Theory of Languages and Automata
Matrix Computation I
Topics in Computer Science (The topic must be approved by the Math Department Undergraduate Committee.)
Total Credits40-43

Concentration B: General Topics

This concentration is for students interested in a broad range of topics.

MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
Select one of the following two options (MAT 2350 is preferred if available, and it is 3 credits rather than 4):3-4
Elementary Differential Equations
Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra
MAT 2250Elementary Linear Algebra3
MAT 5070Elementary Analysis4
MAT 5700Introduction to Probability Theory4
MAT 5420
MAT 5993
Algebra I
and Writing Intensive Course in Mathematics
4
Select one of the following: 19-12
Three additional MAT or STA courses numbered 5030 or above
OR
Two such courses, plus one of the following:
Theory of Languages and Automata
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Matrix Computation I
Topics in Computer Science (The topic must be approved by the Math Department Undergraduate Committee.)
Total Credits39-43

Concentration C: Secondary Teaching

This concentration is designed for students who would like to be qualified to be secondary school teachers. Although certification for secondary teaching can be combined with any other concentration, this concentration is available only to students who complete secondary teacher certification prior to graduation.

MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
MAT 2250Elementary Linear Algebra3
STA 2210/MAT 6150Probability and Statistics4
MAT 2860/6130Discrete Mathematics3
MAT 5000Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics and Proof Writing3
MAT 5070Elementary Analysis4
MAT 6140Geometry: An Axiomatic Approach3
MAT/MAE 6200Teaching Arithmetic, Algebra and Functions from an Advanced Perspective3
Select one of the following two options:4
Algebra I
and Writing Intensive Course in Mathematics
Algebra: Ring Theory Through Exploration, Conjecture, and Proof
and Writing Intensive Course in Mathematics
Select one of the following:3-4
Elementary Theory of Numbers
Introduction to Topology
Introduction to Analysis I
Algebra: Group Theory Through Exploration, Conjecture, and Proof
Total Credits42-43

Concentration D: Computer Science

Mathematics and computer science are so closely related that a great many students who major in mathematics pursue careers or graduate study in computer science. A mathematics degree, being more than just welcome in the field, is highly regarded. For students who would like to complete a double degree in mathematics and computer science or a major in mathematics with a minor in computer science, the Department offers a specially designed program. Under this concentration, students can take certain courses that satisfy both mathematics and computer science requirements simultaneously. Specifically, any two of

STA 5030MAT 5100MAT 5110 and MAT 5890 (The topic must be approved by the Department of Computer Science.) can be used as computer science electives, and one of CSC 5870CSC 6500CSC 6620, or CSC 6991 (The topic in CSC 6991 must be approved by the Math Department Undergraduate Committee.) can be used as a mathematics elective.

This concentration is available only to students who complete a second degree or a minor in computer science prior to graduation. Students should consult the Computer Science Department concerning the requirements for the second degree or minor.

MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
MAT 2250Elementary Linear Algebra3
Select one of the following (STA 2210 should not be chosen if the student is doing a second degree in Computer Science, but may be chosen if the student is doing a minor in Computer Science):3-4
Introduction to Probability Theory
Probability and Statistics
Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering
MAT 2860Discrete Mathematics3
MAT 5070Elementary Analysis4
MAT 5100Numerical Methods I 23
MAT 5420
MAT 5993
Algebra I
and Writing Intensive Course in Mathematics
4
Select one of the following: 16-8
Two additional MAT or STA courses numbered 5030 or above
OR
One additional MAT or STA course numbered 5030 or above, plus one of the following:
Computer Graphics I
Theory of Languages and Automata
Matrix Computation I
Topics in Computer Science (Topic must be approved by the Math Department Undergraduate Committee.)
Total Credits38-41