The Department of Mathematics offers a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Mathematics for undergraduate students.

Students may participate in several curricular alternatives:

  • Honors Program.
  • Combined Curriculum in Secondary Teaching (CCST).  See Option C below.
  • Computer Science Concentration.  See Option D below.
  • Actuarial Science Concentration.  See Option E below.
  • Accelerated Graduate Enrollment Program (AGRADE).

Four-year plan of work for undergraduate majors

 

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and CLAS Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major requirements cited below.  All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.  For more information, see the following links to the Undergraduate Bulletin:

Transfer students majoring in mathematics should note two special requirements of the Department of Mathematics. A minimum of 15 credits above the 5000 level must be taken at Wayne State Univer­sity, and transfer credits for courses that count toward the depart­ment’s requirements must carry a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Bachelor of Arts: Each student must complete one of options A, B, C, D, or E as described below.

Bachelor of Science: Each student must complete:

  • One of Options A, B, C, D, or E (see below).
  • MAT 5600. (This requirement is waived for candidates for the B.S. degree in another Department who wish to include mathematics as a second major.)
  • PHY 2170/2171 and 2180/2181.
  • CSC 1100/1101.
  • One course from the following: BIO 1510, CHM 1220/1230, GEL 1010, NFS 2030/2220, NFS 3230/2220, and PSY 1010.

The Department recommends that the Group Requirement in For­eign Language be satisfied by French, German, or Russian.

Grade Point Average: The cumulative grade point aver­age in mathematics (MAT) courses required for completion of a major option must be at least 2.0 (‘A’ = 4.0).

Honors Program: In order to graduate with honors in mathematics, students must sat­isfy the following:

  • Completion of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in any major option.
  • An overall grade point average of 3.3 or above at graduation.
  • At least 12 math honors credits at the level of MAT 2020 or above, including at least 4 credits of an approved 5000 level course.  See a math advisor for approved courses (MAT 4990 is not included in these 12 credits).
  • Completion of a HON 42XX - Honors College Seminar.  See the Honors College for information.
  • Satisfactory completion of MAT 4990 - Directed Study: Honors Program (3-6 credits).  MAT 4990 involves the completion of an honors thesis in mathematics.  The thesis must extend, supplement or compliment the 5000 level coursework the student has taken.  It must be written under the guidance of a full-time faculty member.
  • Obtain a 3.3 average for all math classes upon completion.

For information about honors-desig­nated coursework available each semester, including the required 4000-level Honors seminar, visit the Honors College.

 

Major Options

 

Option A: Prospective Graduate Study

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

  • MAT 2010, MAT 2020, MAT 2030.
  • MAT 2250. 
  • MAT 2150 or MAT 2350.
  • MAT 5070.
  • MAT 5420 with MAT 5993 (WI).
  • MAT 5600.
  • MAT 5700.
  • MAT 5430 or MAT 5610.
  • One course from the following: MAT 5230, MAT 5430, MAT 5520, MAT 5530, MAT 5610, MAT 5800.
  • One course from the following: any MAT course numbered above 5000 (excluding MAT 5005, 5120, 5130, 5180, 5190, 6130, 6150, 6170, 6180, and 6200); CSC 6500; CSC 6620; CSC 6991 (depending on the topic).

 

Option B: General Mathematics

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

  • MAT 2010, MAT 2020, MAT 2030.
  • MAT 2250.
  • MAT 2150 or MAT 2350.
  • MAT 5070.
  • MAT 5420 with MAT 5993 (WI).
  • MAT 5700.
  • Three additional courses from the following: any MAT course numbered above 5000 (excluding MAT 5005, 5120, 5130, 5180, 5190, 6130, 6150, 6170, 6180, and 6200); CSC 6500; CSC 6580; CSC 6620; CSC 6991 (depending on the topic).  Only one (at most) of the courses may be selected from MAT 5890 or MAT 5990.  Only one (at most) of the courses may be a CSC course.

 

Option C: Secondary Teaching

This option is recommended for students in the Combined Curricu­lum for Secondary Teaching (CCST).  Under the CCST, it is possible to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics concurrently with a secondary teaching certificate. Stu­dents in CCST may satisfy the mathematics part of their degree requirements by any of the degree options, though Option C is specifically designed and recommended for future teach­ers. MAT 2860, MAT 5000, and MAT 6140 are recommended but not required that CCST students who do not choose Option C.  Applications for this program are handled by the College of Education.

  • MAT 2010, 2020, 2030.
  • MAT 2250.
  • MAT 2210.
  • MAT 2860.
  • MAT 5000.
  • MAT 5070.
  • MAT 6140.
  • MAT 6170 with MAT 5993, or MAT 5420 with MAT 5993 (WI).
  • MAT 6200.
  • One additional MAT course from the following: MAT 5400, MAT 5520, MAT 5600, MAT 6180.

 

Option D: Computer Science

Option is available only to students who complete a second major or a minor in computer science.  Under this option, students can take cer­tain courses that satisfy both mathematics and computer science requirements simultaneously. Specifically, MAT 5100 can be used as a computer science elective, and one of CSC 5860, 5870, 6500, 6620, or 6991 (depending on the topic) can be used as a mathemat­ics elective.

Students should consult with the Department of Computer Science for their major and minor require­ments.

  • MAT 2010, MAT 2020, MAT 2030.
  • MAT 2250.
  • MAT 2210.
  • MAT 2860.
  • MAT 5070.
  • MAT 5100.
  • MAT 5420 with MAT 5993 (WI).
  • MAT 5600 (Required for the B. S. degree for students completing a minor in computer sci­ence.  Not required for students completing a double major in mathematics and computer science).
  • Two additional courses from the following: any MAT course numbered above 5000 (excluding MAT 5005, 5120, 5130, 5180, 5190, 6130, 6150, 6170, 6180, and 6200); CSC 5860; CSC 5870; CSC 6500; CSC 6620; CSC 6991 (depending on the topic).  Only one (at most) of the courses may be selected from MAT 5890 or MAT 5990.  Only one (at most) of the courses may be a CSC course.

 

Option E: Actuarial Science

Students embarking on a career as an actuary will be expected to pass certain exams administered by that profession. Option E pro­vides the course work covered by the first few of these exams: Cal­culus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Numerical Analysis, and Operations Research.

  • MAT 2010, MAT 2020, MAT 2030.
  • MAT 2250.
  • MAT 5070.
  • MAT 5100.
  • MAT 5420 with MAT 5993 (WI).
  • MAT 5700.
  • MAT 5770.
  • MAT 5800.
  • One additional course from the following: MAT 2150; MAT 2350; any MAT course numbered above 5000 (exclud­ing MAT 5005, 5120, 5130, 5180, 5190, 6130, 6150, 6170, 6180, and 6200); any CSC course numbered above 5100.

 

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