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 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 coursework 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 coursework must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.
It is each student’s responsibility to learn the requirements, policies, and procedures governing the program the student is following and to act accordingly. Students should consult the Department of Mathematics’ undergraduate academic advisor on a regular basis. Although the advisor will provide assistance, the responsibility for fulfilling degree requirements remains with the student.
Residency: A minimum of 15 credits of major requirements at or above MAT or STA 5030 must be taken at Wayne State University. This includes courses that are considered equivalent to the Mathematics Department's MAT or STA courses and that are approved by the Mathematics Department to meet a major requirement.
Minimum Grade Requirements: The following grade requirements must be satisfied in the major.
- C- or better in all required coursework.
- C or better average for all coursework.
- STA courses previously designated by MAT (for example STA 2210 was previously labelled MAT 2210) are the same courses and meet the same requirements.
- Although this policy is found in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) requirements, it is worth noting that if a student is majoring in a CLAS major, they must obtain at least one minor that has 3 unique courses from the major. This means that at least 3 courses used to complete requirements in the minor must not be used to complete requirements in the major.
- The required courses listed are the minimum that students should complete. Students are encouraged to take more courses in order to strengthen their background and enhance their prospects for employment and/or graduate school.
|MAT 2010||Calculus I||4|
|MAT 2020||Calculus II||4|
|MAT 2030||Calculus III||4|
|MAT 2250||Elementary Linear Algebra||3|
|Choose one of the following options (STA 2210 is preferred):||3-4|
|Probability and Statistics|
|Quantitative Methods II: Statistical Methods|
|Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering|
|Introductory Statistics and Econometrics|
|Introduction to Biostatistics|
|Core Computing Course (select one of the following)||3-4|
|Problem Solving and Programming|
|Introduction to C++ Programming Language|
|Core Statistics Courses||11|
|Introduction to Probability Theory|
|Introduction to Mathematical Statistics|
|Applied Regression Analysis 1|
|Core Statistical Computing Course||3|
|Statistical Computing and Data Analysis|
|Additional Statistics Course (select one of the following)||3-4|
|Topological Data Analysis|
|Introduction to Stochastic Processes|
|Mathematical Models in Operations Research|
|Introduction to Data Science|
|Applied Time Series|
|Special Topics in Mathematics (Topic must be approved by the Math Department) 2|
|Design of Experiments|
|Elective Courses (Select two of the following, one of which must be chosen from the first 7 options, ending with MAT 5870.) 3||6-8|
Any additional course listed in "Additional Statistical Courses". 2
|Elementary Differential Equations (MAT 2350 is recommended, if available.)|
or MAT 2150
|Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra|
|Elementary Analysis 3|
|Numerical Methods I|
|Applied Linear Algebra|
|Introduction to Analysis I|
|Methods of Optimization|
|The Theory of Interest|
|Introduction to Econometrics|
|Introduction to Business Analytics|
|Introduction to Machine Learning and Applications|
|Data Science and Analytics|
|Variance and Covariance Analysis|
|Nonparametric, Permutation, Exact, and Robust Methods|
|Research and Experimental Design|
|Applied Engineering Statistics|
|Fundamentals of Six Sigma|
|Statistics and Data Analysis in Political Science I|
|Advanced Psychological Statistics|
|Social Statistics and Data Analysis|
|Writing Intensive Course in Mathematics 1|
MAT 5890 must be a statistics course and must be approved by the Department of Mathematics. In case of two or more different MAT 5890 courses, one will be counted as the "Additional Statistics Course” and the other as an “Elective Course."
Strongly recommended for students interested in graduate study.
Multiple Majors, Degrees, and Minors within the Mathematics Department
Multiple Majors or Degrees
If a student wishes to complete more than one major or degree within the Mathematics Department (e.g. majors in Mathematics, Actuarial Mathematics, or Statistics), then each major must have at least 3 unique mathematics or statistics (MAT or STA) courses. This means that at least 3 MAT or STA courses used for each major/degree cannot be used for the other major(s)/degree(s). This includes courses from other departments that are approved by the Mathematics Department to meet a major requirement. Note that university policy states that double majors must either be both Bachelor of Arts or both Bachelor of Science majors. They cannot be one of each. For example, students can elect to do a double major which includes a BA in Actuarial Mathematics and a BA in Mathematics, but they cannot elect to do a double major which includes a BS in Statistics and a BA in Mathematics. On the other hand, students can do a double degree in any configuration they choose.
The Mathematical Economics major is a major jointly administered by the Mathematics Department and the Economics Department and it therefore follows a different set of guidelines. If a student wishes to major in Mathematical Economics and another major or majors within the Mathematics Department, the Mathematical Economics major must include one unique MAT or STA course that is not being used for the other major(s). This includes courses from other departments that are approved by the Mathematics Department to meet a major requirement.
Majors and Minors
If a student wishes to pursue at least one major and a minor, or two minors, within the Mathematics Department, there must be at least one unique course for each minor. This means that at least one MAT or STA course used for each minor cannot be used for the other minor or major(s). This includes courses from other departments that are approved by the Mathematics Department to meet a major requirement. Students cannot major and minor in Mathematics, nor can they major and minor in Statistics.
Emerging Scholars Program
The Emerging Scholars Program is a special honors program at the levels of MAT 1800, MAT 2010, and MAT 2020, that features collaborative learning through a challenging corequisite problem-solving workshop attached to the lecture section. Note that students need not be enrolled in the Honors College to take these courses. Each ESP calculus course (MAT 2010 and MAT 2020) carries four honors credits; however, MAT 1800 does not offer honors credits. The Emerging Scholars 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 the Rising Scholars Program sections of MAT 1070 and/or MAT 0993 depending on placement, as preparation for the Program. Contact the Emerging Scholars Program at email@example.com 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. There is a GPA requirement and students must apply to the program and complete a plan of work for the masters degree with the masters advisor. For more details about the AGRADE program, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences website.
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 or email email@example.com.