Mathematics, B.S. (Behrend)

Program Code: MTHBC_BS

Entrance to Major

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 and MATH 141 and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 7-8
Requirements for the Major 85-92

18-24 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 0-6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course3
CMPSC 122Intermediate Programming3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
MATH 311WConcepts of Discrete Mathematics4
MATH 312Concepts of Real Analysis3
STAT 301Statistical Analysis I Keystone/General Education Course3
STAT 401Experimental Methods3
Additional Courses
Select 1 credit of GN designated course and 8 additional credits in one of the following sequences:9
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
and Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course
Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
and Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course
and Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course
and Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
and General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option36-43

Requirements for the Option

Applied Mathematics Option (36 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from CMPSC 221 or higher, except CMPSC 3606
Select five of the following:15
Elementary Combinatorics
Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Introduction to Numerical Analysis II
Mathematical Methods of Operations Research
Introduction to Probability Theory
Analysis of Variance
Applied Regression Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Select two of the following:6
Complex Analysis
Introduction to Modern Geometry
Foundations of Geometry
Introduction to Topology
Basic Abstract Algebra
Linear Algebra
Number Theory
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from a school-approved list9
Business Option (43 credits)

A maximum of 30 credits through the School of Business may be used to fulfill General Education, Major Requirements and Option Requirements.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
MIS 204Introduction to Management Information Systems3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from CMPSC 221 or higher, except CMPSC 360, and MIS 3366
Select two of the following:6
Business Forecasting Techniques
Econometric Techniques
Corporation Finance
Advanced Financial Management
Investment and Portfolio Analysis
Derivative Securities
Basic Management Concepts
Management and Organization
Human Resource Management
Principles of Marketing
Select two of the following:6
Mathematical Methods of Operations Research
Database Management Systems
Systems Analysis
Systems Design and Implementation
Business Intelligence
Introduction to Probability Theory
Analysis of Variance
Applied Regression Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Select two of the following:6
Complex Analysis
Introduction to Modern Geometry
Foundations of Geometry
Introduction to Topology
Basic Abstract Algebra
Linear Algebra
Number Theory
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from a school-approved list6
Computer Science Option (36 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPSC 455Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
CMPSC 465Data Structures and Algorithms3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPSC 221Object Oriented Programming with Web-Based Applications3
or SWENG 311 Object-Oriented Software Design and Construction
CMPSC 312Computer Organization and Architecture3
or CMPEN 351 Microprocessors
Select 12 credits from CMPSC courses at the 300- and 400-level12
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 credits from a school-approved list12
Pure Mathematics Option (36 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select six of the following:18
Elementary Combinatorics
Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations
Complex Analysis
Introduction to Modern Geometry
Foundations of Geometry
Introduction to Topology
Basic Abstract Algebra
Linear Algebra
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Introduction to Numerical Analysis II
Number Theory
Mathematical Methods of Operations Research
Introduction to Probability Theory
Analysis of Variance
Applied Regression Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Select three of the following:9
Classical Analysis I
Complex Analysis
Introduction to Topology
Basic Abstract Algebra
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from a school-approved list9

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Proofs: Students will demonstrate and apply proof techniques.
  2. Problem Solving: Students will demonstrate the knowledge to apply logical skills in order to understand how to approach and solve mathematical problems.
  3. Communication: Students will demonstrate and apply communicating mathematics in written form.
  4. Modeling: Students will demonstrate the knowledge to describe physical situations mathematically.
  5. Opportunity: Students will demonstrate knowledge of internship opportunities and opportunities to participate in mathematical research directed by mathematics faculty.  Furthermore, each student who participated in an internship or in undergraduate research will be able to describe in a paragraph what he or she learned through the experience.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Andrew George
Lecturer in Mathematics
7-B Prischak
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6196
jag35@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Applied Mathematics Option: Mathematics, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*#4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 220*2
CMPSC 121*†3CMPSC 122*3
General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4
PSU 71General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003MATH 311W*4
MATH 230*4MATH 251*4
STAT 301*3STAT 401*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 14.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 312*3ENGL 202C3
Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group C)*3Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3
General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)3Additional Course Selection (Group C)*3
Program List Course*3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Elective Course3Program List Course*†3
General Education Course3Elective Course3
Program List Course*3General Education Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admissions requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits. In order to be eligible for entrance to the mathematics major, a student must have attained at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and completed MATH 140 and MATH 141 earning a grade of C or better in both courses.
2.) Students graduating from a major must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 and earn a grade of C or better in all 300- and 400-level courses within the "prescribed," "additional," and "supporting" courses as specified in Senate Policy 82-44. If a student received a grade below a C, s/he must repeat that course or a School approved alternative, and earn a grade of C or better.
3.) Students should inquire whether their Program List courses count toward a minor or a certificate.
4.) A student must earn at least a total of 120 credits for graduation.

Scheduling Patterns
Some course are offered only in the fall or in the spring semester, and some upper-level courses are offered in alternative year pattern. The scheduling pattern below is tentative and subject to change:
Every Fall - MATH 312, MATH 455
Every Spring - STAT 401
Fall (Even Years) - MATH 427, MATH 428, MATH 465, STAT 462
Spring (Odd Years) - MATH 421, MATH 426, MATH 436, MATH 449, STAT 461
Fall (Odd Years) - MATH 412, MATH 435, STAT 414
Spring (Even Years) - MATH 310, MATH 429, MATH 456, MATH 482, one of either STAT 464 or STAT 466
Spring (Occasional Offerings) - MATH 403, MATH 426 or MATH 475Y or MATH 497

Advising Notes

Science Sequence Course
Student must complete one of the following two semester science course sequences, which will also count toward their general education Science (GN) requirement:
- BIOL 110S and BIOL 220W
- CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, and CHEM 113
- PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
- PHYS 250 and PHYS 251

Additional Course Selections
Group A: MATH 310, MATH 412, MATH 449, MATH 455, MATH 456, MATH 482, STAT 414, STAT 461, STAT 464, STAT 462, STAT 466
Group B: MATH 421, MATH 426, MATH 427, MATH 429, MATH 435, MATH 436, MATH 465
Group C: CMPSC 221 or higher, with the exception of CMPSC 360

Program List Courses
- All 300- and 400-level courses in BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS, and STAT. No more than three credits of any 495 can be used as supporting courses
- All 300- and 400-level computer courses, CMPSC 102 and CMPSC 109, with the exception of CMPSC 360
- ACCTG 211
- All 300- and 400-level courses in ECON
- All 300-and 400-level courses in FIN
- All 200- and above level courses in MIS
- All SCM courses, with the exception of SCM 200
- BA 241 and BA 242
- All MGMT courses
- All MRKTG courses

Business Option: Mathematics, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*#4
ENGL 153MATH 220*2
CMPSC 121*†3CMPSC 122*3
PSU 71ECON 1023
General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003MATH 311W*4
MATH 230*4MATH 251*4
STAT 301*3STAT 401*3
ECON 1043MIS 204*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)3
 14.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 312*3ENGL 202C‡†3
ACCTG 211*4Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3Additional Course Selection (Group D)*3
General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)3Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3Additional Course Selection (Group C)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group C)*3Program List Course*3
Additional Course Selection (Group D)*3General Education Course3
Program List Course*3Elective Course3
General Education Course3Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 123.5

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admissions requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits. In order to be eligible for entrance to the mathematics major, a student must have attained at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and completed MATH 140 and MATH 141 earning a grade of C or better in both courses.
2.) Students graduating from a major must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 and earn a grade of C or better in all 300- and 400-level courses within the "prescribed," "additional," and "supporting" courses as specified in Senate Policy 82-44. If a student received a grade below a C, s/he must repeat that course or a School approved alternative, and earn a grade of C or better.
3.) Students should inquire whether their Program List courses count toward a minor or a certificate.
4.) A student must earn at least a total of 120 credits for graduation.

Scheduling Patterns
Some course are offered only in the fall or in the spring semester, and some upper-level courses are offered in alternative year pattern. The scheduling pattern below is tentative and subject to change:
Every Fall - MATH 312MATH 455
Every Spring - STAT 401
Fall (Even Years) - MATH 427MATH 428, MATH 465STAT 462
Spring (Odd Years) - MATH 421MATH 426MATH 436MATH 449STAT 461
Fall (Odd Years) - MATH 412MATH 435, STAT 414
Spring (Even Years) - MATH 310MATH 429MATH 456MATH 482, one of either STAT 464 or STAT 466
Spring (Occasional Offerings) - MATH 403, MATH 426 or MATH 475Y or MATH 497

Advising Notes

Science Sequence Course
Student must complete one of the following two semester science course sequences, which will also count toward their general education Science (GN) requirement:
BIOL 110S and BIOL 220W
CHEM 110CHEM 111CHEM 112, and CHEM 113
PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
PHYS 250 and PHYS 251

Additional Course Selections
Group A: ECON 481, ECON 485, FIN 301, FIN 405, FIN 420, FIN 427, MGMT 301, MGMT 331, MGMT 341, MKTG 301
Group B: MATH 482, MIS 336, MIS 430, MIS 435, MIS 445, STAT 414, STAT 461, STAT 462, STAT 464, STAT 466
Group C: MATH 421, MATH 426, MATH 427, MATH 429, MATH 435, MATH 436, MATH 465
Group D: MIS 336, CMPSC 221 or higher, with the exception of CMPSC 360

No course may be used to fulfill the requirement in two different groups. For example, a student may not use MIS 336 to satisfy both the Group B and Group D requirements.

Program List Courses
- All 300- and 400-level courses in BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS, and STAT. No more than three credits of any 495 can be used as supporting courses
- All 300- and 400-level computer courses, CMPSC 102 and CMPSC 109, with the exception of CMPSC 360
- All 300- and 400-level courses in ECON
- All 300-and 400-level courses in FIN
- All 200- and above level courses in MIS
- All SCM courses, with the exception of SCM 200
BA 241 and BA 242
- All MGMT courses
- All MRKTG courses

Computer Science Option: Mathematics, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*#4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 220*2
CMPSC 121*†3CMPSC 122*3
General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4
PSU 71General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003MATH 311W*4
MATH 230*4MATH 251*4
STAT 301*3STAT 401*3
General Education Course3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 14.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 312*3ENGL 202C3
Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3
General Education Course3Program List Course*3
Program List Course*3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3Program List Course*†3
Elective Course3Elective Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)3
Program List Course*3General Education Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admissions requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits. In order to be eligible for entrance to the mathematics major, a student must have attained at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and completed MATH 140 and MATH 141 earning a grade of C or better in both courses.
2.) Students graduating from a major must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 and earn a grade of C or better in all 300- and 400-level courses within the "prescribed," "additional," and "supporting" courses as specified in Senate Policy 82-44. If a student received a grade below a C, s/he must repeat that course or a School approved alternative, and earn a grade of C or better.
3.) Students should inquire whether their Program List courses count toward a minor or a certificate.
4.) A student must earn at least a total of 120 credits for graduation.

Scheduling Patterns
Some course are offered only in the fall or in the spring semester, and some upper-level courses are offered in alternative year pattern. The scheduling pattern below is tentative and subject to change:
Every Fall - MATH 312MATH 455
Every Spring - STAT 401
Fall (Even Years) - MATH 427MATH 428, MATH 465STAT 462
Spring (Odd Years) - MATH 421MATH 426MATH 436MATH 449STAT 461
Fall (Odd Years) - MATH 412MATH 435, STAT 414
Spring (Even Years) - MATH 310MATH 429MATH 456MATH 482, one of either STAT 464 or STAT 466
Spring (Occasional Offerings) - MATH 403, or MATH 426 or MATH 475Y or MATH 497

Advising Notes

Science Sequence Course
Student must complete one of the following two semester science course sequences, which will also count toward their general education Science (GN) requirement:
BIOL 110S and BIOL 220W
CHEM 110CHEM 111CHEM 112, and CHEM 113
PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
PHYS 250 and PHYS 251

Additional Course Selections
Group A: CMPSC 311 or SWENG 311, CMPSC 312 or CMPEN 351, CMPSC 455, CMPSC 465
Group B: CMPSC courses at the 300- and 400-level, with the exception of CMPSC 360

Program List Courses
- All 300-and 400-level courses in MATH and STAT. No more than three credits of any 495 can be used as supporting courses
- All 300-and 400-level computer courses, CMPSC 102 and CMPSC 109, with the exception of CMPSC 360
- CMPEN 441
- All 200- and above level courses in MIS
- All SCM courses, with the exception of SCM 200

Pure Mathematics Option: Mathematics, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*#†4MATH 141*#4
ENGL 15 or 30H3MATH 220*2
CMPSC 121*†3CMPSC 122*3
General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)4
PSU 71General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 1003MATH 311W*4
MATH 230*4MATH 251*4
STAT 301*3STAT 401*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 14.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 312*3ENGL 202C3
Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3
General Education Course (GN Selection/Science Sequence Course)3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Program List Course*3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Additional Course Selection (Group B)*3Additional Course Selection (Group A)*3
Elective Course3Program List Course*†3
General Education Course3Elective Course3
Program List Course*3General Education Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

1.) Students who have not met the admissions requirement of two units of a high school world language must complete a college level-one world language within their first 60 credits. In order to be eligible for entrance to the mathematics major, a student must have attained at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA and completed MATH 140 and MATH 141earning a grade of C or better in both courses.
2.) Students graduating from a major must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 and earn a grade of C or better in all 300- and 400-level courses within the "prescribed," "additional," and "supporting" courses as specified in Senate Policy 82-44. If a student received a grade below a C, s/he must repeat that course or a School approved alternative, and earn a grade of C or better.
3.) Students should inquire whether their Program List courses count toward a minor or a certificate.
4.) A student must earn at least a total of 120 credits for graduation.

Scheduling Patterns
Some course are offered only in the fall or in the spring semester, and some upper-level courses are offered in alternative year pattern. The scheduling pattern below is tentative and subject to change:
Every Fall - MATH 312, MATH 455
Every Spring - STAT 401
Fall (Even Years) - MATH 427 ,MATH 428, MATH 465, STAT 462
Spring (Odd Years )- MATH 421, MATH 426, MATH 436, MATH 449, STAT 461
Fall (Odd Years) - MATH 412, MATH 435, STAT 414
Spring (Even Years) - MATH 310, MATH 429, MATH 456, MATH 482, one of either STAT 464 or STAT 466
Spring (Occasional Offerings) - MATH 403, or MATH 426 or MATH 475Y or MATH 497

Advising Notes

Science Sequence Course
Student must complete one of the following two semester science course sequences, which will also count toward their general education Science (GN) requirement:
-BIOL 110S and BIOL 220W
-CHEM 110CHEM 111CHEM 112, and CHEM 113
-PHYS 211 and PHYS 212
-PHYS 250 and PHYS 251

Additional Course Selections
Group A: MATH 310, MATH 412, MATH 449, MATH 455, MATH 456, MATH 482, STAT 414, STAT 461, STAT 464, STAT 462, STAT 466
Group B: MATH 421, MATH 426, MATH 427, MATH 429, MATH 435, MATH 436, MATH 465

No course may be used to fulfill the requirement in both Group A and Group B

Program List Courses
- All 300- and 400-level courses in BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS, and STAT. No more than three credits of any 495 can be used as supporting courses
- All 300- and 400-level computer courses, CMPSC 102 and CMPSC 109, with the exception of CMPSC 360
- All 300- and 400-level courses in ECON
- All 300-and 400-level courses in FIN
- All 200- and above level courses in MIS
- All SCM courses, with the exception of SCM 200
- ACCTG 201, ACCTG 204, or ACCTG 211
BA 241 and BA 242
- All ME, EE, and EMCH courses
- All MGMT courses
- All MRKTG courses
- PHIL 10, PHIL 12

 

Career Paths

You can tailor your math degree to your career goals by pursuing one of four options. Applied Mathematics emphasizes numerical analysis, modeling, and problem solving. Pure Mathematics is excellent preparation for graduate school. The Business Option includes additional coursework in statistics, management information systems, economics, and finance. The Computer Science Option emphasizes programming, algorithms, and numerical methods. Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system to help you identify and achieve your goals for college and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center.

Careers

A degree in mathematics can lead to careers in fields as varied as actuarial planning, computer systems design, software engineering, information systems, mathematical biology, mathematics education, operations research, programming management, quality control analysis, system analysis, data analysis, financial analysis, national security and defense, and technical writing. The demand for mathematicians is projected to be strong because of a shortage of science teachers and a growing need for specialists in actuarial mathematics, computer network efficiency, and data analysis. For students interested in both mathematics and teaching, Penn State Behrend also offers a B.S. in Secondary Education in Mathematics.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Graduates may continue their studies to earn a master’s or doctoral degree in pure math, applied math, or other technical fields. Mathematics is a common foundational major for graduate study in the natural sciences, engineering, business and economics, statistics or biostatistics, operations research, and national security analysis. Mathematics also is a useful undergraduate major for future architects, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals.

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