Because of the fundamental role that mathematics plays in all types of scientific and technical endeavor, the advanced course offerings of the Department of Mathematics 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 5100
  • Applied Linear Algebra: MAT 5410
  • Algebra: MAT 5420
  • Operations Research: MAT 5770
  • Probability Theory: MAT 5700
  • Statistical Methods, Applied Time Series & Design of Experiments: MAT 5800, 5830

For more information consult the Undergraduate Bulletin


Engineering and Physical Applications

The Department of Mathematics 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 Undergraduate Bulletin):

  • Numerical Methods: MAT 5100
  • Applied Analysis: MAT 5220, 5230
  • Applied Linear Algebra: MAT 5410
  • Differential Geometry: MAT 5530
  • Probability Theory and Random Processes: MAT 5700
  • Graph Theory and Combinatorial Mathematics: MAT 6400, 6410

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 5420. They should also take MAT 6600. These courses will help them to understand and work with abstract concepts in advanced courses.



Beginning statistics students are referred to Statistics (STA) 1020 or MAT 2210. Those whose work demands a good foundation in mathematical statistics are referred to MAT 5700 and 5800. MAT 5830 is useful for students interested in applied statistics.

In addition to the interdepartmental course listed in the Courses of Instruction section below, several specialized advanced courses in statistics are offered by individual departments:

  • ECO 5100: Introductory Statistics and Econometrics: Cr. 4
  • ECO 6100: Introduction to Econometrics: Cr. 4
  • MAT 2210: Elementary Probability and Statistics: Cr. 4
  • MAT 5700: Introduction to Probability Theory: Cr. 4
  • MAT 6830: Design of Experiments: Cr. 3
  • PSY 3010: Statistical Methods in Psychology: Cr. 4
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