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Undergraduate Degree Programs

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2006
End Date: Spring Semester 2008

Mathematics - ARCHIVE

Altoona College (MTAAL)
University Park, Eberly College of Science (MTHBA)

PROFESSOR JOHN ROE, Chair, Department of Mathematics

Two degrees are offered in mathematics: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. Both programs have a common core of mathematics courses; both programs prepare students for graduate work in mathematics. In addition, the Bachelor of Arts degree is oriented toward applications of mathematics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree has a number of options. These options are oriented toward actuarial science, applied analysis, computational mathematics, graduate study, systems analysis, and teaching.

Many of the options are designed for students who want to use mathematics in industry, commerce, or government. In short, the degree requirements have the flexibility to fit many individual interests. The student, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should select an option by the end of the sophomore year.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Mathematics major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average; and 2) completed MATH 140 GQ(4) and MATH 141 GQ(4) and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For the B.A. degree in Mathematics, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(6 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selections)



ELECTIVES: 0-1 credit

(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

(This includes 6 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (23-24 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 230(4), MATH 311W(3-4)[1], MATH 312(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 403(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18-20 credits)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3) or CMPSC 121 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 250(3) or MATH 251(4) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 435(3)[1] or MATH 436(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits[1] from MATH 411(3),MATH 412(3), MATH 417(3), MATH 419(3), or MATH 421(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits[1] of 400-level MATH courses except MATH 401(3), MATH 405(3), MATH 406(3), MATH 441(3), MATH 470(3), MATH 471(4) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 13-15 credits from department list (Sem: 3-8)

Integrated B.A. in Mathematics and Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.)

The Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree with B.A. in Mathematics and Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.) is designed to be completed in five years. This integrated degree will enable a select number of highly qualified and career oriented students to obtain training in statistics focused on developing data analysis skills, and exploration of core areas of applied statistics at the graduate levels in addition to an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. The M.A.S. degree is a professional masters degree that emphasizes applications. The degree prepares students with interests in mathematics, computation, and the quantitative aspects of science for careers in industry and government as statistical analysts. Research divisions in the pharmaceutical industry, quality control, and quality engineering divisions in manufacturing companies, clinical research units, corporate planning and research units, and other data intensive positions require persons with training in mathematics, computation, database management, and statistical analysis, which this program will provide.

Application Process

The number of openings in the integrated B.A. in Mathematics and M.A.S. program is limited. Admission will be based on specific criteria and the recommendation of faculty. Applicants to the integrated program:

  • Must be enrolled in the Mathematics B.A. program.
  • Must have completed at least 60 credits of the undergraduate degree program including the two courses: STAT 414 and STAT 415 and the students must apply to the integrated program prior to completing 110 credits.
  • Must submit a transcript and a statement of purpose.
  • Must present a departmental approved plan of study in the application process in consultation with the M.A.S. program director.
  • Must be recommended by the chair of Mathematics Department's undergraduate program committee. Two additional recommendation letters must be sent to the M.A.S. admissions committee.
  • Must submit the GRE to the M.A.S. admissions committee.
  • Must apply to the M.A.S. program in Statistics.

For the IUG B.A. in Mathematics and M.A.S. degree, 120 credits are required for the B.A. and 30 credits for the M.A.S. The following twelve graduate level credits (number of credits in parentheses) can apply to both B.A. and M.A.S. degrees, six of these are at the 500 level: STAT 414(3), STAT 415(3), STAT 501(3), STAT 502(3).

Assuming all requirements for the B.A. in Mathematics are completed, students in the program can complete the B.A. degree and not advance to the M.A.S. degree if they desire.

Degree Requirements

IUG Math B.A. students must fulfill the Math B.A. requirement while counting these prescribed Statistics courses (15 credits)
STAT 220(3)*, STAT 414(3), STAT 415(3), STAT 501(3), STAT 502(3)

IUG M.A.S. Requirements (30 credits)
STAT 414(3), STAT 415(3), STAT 501(3), STAT 502(3), STAT 580(2) and STAT 581(1)**

Electives: (15 credits)
Select from STAT 464, STAT 503, STAT 504, STAT 505, STAT 506, STAT 507, STAT 508, STAT 509, STAT 510 and the departmental list of additional courses for the M.A.S. program with the approval of the adviser.

For the IUG B.A. in Mathematics and M.A.S. degree, the four courses: STAT 414, STAT 415, STAT 501 and STAT 502 can apply to both the B.A. and M.A.S. degrees.

*Can be waived for students with an equivalent course, e.g. STAT 250 or STAT 301.

** For all students in the M.A.S. program, the STAT 581 course will have a comprehensive written project report required as part of the course, which serves as the culminating experience.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-06-348

Review Date: 4/11/06

UCA Revision #1: 8/18/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07



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