Courses

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

MAT-105   Algebra3 credits

Prerequisites: High school Algebra 2 or equivalent or placement.

Intensive study of algebra, graphs, and functions. The emphasis will be on gaining college-level proficiency in algebra and understanding the graphs and properties of linear and polynomial functions. Topics include solving equations, linear equations, inequalities, and an introduction to exponential functions. This class is intended to prepare students for MAT-111, MAT-125, MAT-150, and MAT-221.

MAT-111   Contemporary Mathematics3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-105 or equivalent course with minimum grade of C or placement.

A course designed to explore some of the great ideas in mathematics and to discover the power of mathematical thinking in everyday life. Topics include counting techniques, infinity, geometry, shape and space, chaos and fractals, and decision science.

MAT-125   Data Analysis and Statistics3 credits

Prerequisites: Meet the critieria of the Math placement guide

An applications-oriented approach to data analysis and statistics. Topics may include descriptive statistics, probability and probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and regression. The course will also cover linear inequalities and interpreting functions with emphasis on their graphs. Applications in business, economics, natural sciences, and the social sciences. Students who have received credit for AP Statistics may not take this course for credit.

MAT-150   Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach4 credits

Prerequisites: Meet the critieria of the Math placement guide

An introductory course in differential and integral calculus, useful for work in the natural sciences and the social sciences, with a strong emphasis on developing scientific computing and mathematical modeling skills. Topics may include functions of one or more variables, differentiation, integration, and applications, including an early exposure to differential equations and initial value problems, some introductory vector analysis and linear algebra, and techniques of estimation. This course is designed to be suitable both for students with no prior experience of calculus and for students with some AP calculus experience.

MAT-175   Single Variable Calculus4 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-150 (with minimum grade of C), or meet the criteria of the Math placement guide, or Instructor permission.

This calculus course studies the theory of differentiation and integration of functions of one variable. Main topics include functions, limits, differentiation, and integration. Topics may include continuity, Riemann sums, the fundamental theorem of calculus, techniques of integration, improper integrals, l’H˘pital’s rule, geometric series, power series, and Taylor series. This is a more mathematically rigorous course than MAT-150. Students planning further work in mathematics or physics and who have successfully completed a previous calculus course are encouraged to take MAT-175.

MAT-199   Math and Physics Colloquium.5 credits

A series of talks on topics related to mathematics and the physical sciences, intended to expose students to opportunities available in these fields. Topics may include current research projects, summer internship reports, and career development. May be repeated for credit.

MAT-212   Advanced Statistical Methods3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-125, MAT-150, MAT-175, MAT-275, or equivalent course with a minimum grade of C.

Introduction to statistical methods for a mathematics or science major. Topics covered include analysis of variance, multiple regression and analysis, chi square, and time series. A statistical software package will be used. Students who have taken calculus should take this course rather than MAT-125.

MAT-221   Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I4 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-105 or equivalent course with a minimum grade of C.

Topics include number systems, problem solving, sets, logic and properties of whole numbers and rational numbers. The emphasis is on mathematics taught in the elementary school classroom, using a variety of teaching techniques, methods, and hands-on materials including manipulatives and technology.

MAT-222   Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II4 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-221 or equivalent course with a minimum grade of C.

Topics include properties of real numbers, descriptive statistics and geometry. The emphasis is on mathematics taught in the elementary school classroom, using a variety of teaching techniques, methods, and hands-on materials including manipulatives and technology.

MAT-252   Discrete Mathematics3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

Systems of linear equations, matrix operations, combinatorics, graph theory. Offered Spring term of odd numbered years.

MAT-275   Multivariable Calculus4 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-175 with minimum grade of C, or meet the criteria of the Math placement guide, or Instructor permission.

This course is an extension of calculus to higher-dimensional spaces. Main topics include differentiation of functions of two and three variables, an introduction to vector analysis and parameterization, and a study of definite integration in both rectangular and curved coordinate systems. Topics may include a review of functions of several variables, vector geometry of 3-dimensional space, partial derivatives, gradient vectors, optimization techniques, multiple integration in the three classical curvilinear coordinate systems, parametric equations, vector fields, line integrals and Green's Theorem, and the other classical integral theorems of differential geometry.

MAT-280   Introduction to Proof: Number Theory1 credit

Prerequisites: MAT-175 or MAT-275 with a minimum grade of C and Sophomore standing or Instructor permission.

Methods of mathematical proof will be introduced using concepts from number theory. Topics may include: axioms for the integers, Euclidean algorithm, Diophantine equations, Fermat's Little Theorem, unique factorization, and primality testing.

MAT-281   Introduction to Proof: Combinatorics1 credit

Prerequisites: MAT-175 or MAT-275 with a minimum grade of C and Sophomore standing or Instructor permission.

Methods of mathematical proof will be introduced using concepts from combinatorics. Topics may include: permutations and combinations, finite mathematical structures, inclusion-exclusion principle, and elements of the theory of graphs.

MAT-282    Introduction to Proof: Sets and Functions1 credit

Prerequisites: MAT-175 or MAT-275 with a minimum grade of C and Sophomore standing or Instructor permission.

Methods of mathematical proof will be introduced using concepts from sets and functions. Topics may include: the basics of set theory including equivalence relations, cardinality (including the notions of countability and uncountability), and topics covering surjective, injective, bijective, and inverse functions.

MAT-283   Introduction to Proof: Logic1 credit

Prerequisites: MAT-175 or MAT-275 with a minimum grade of C and Sophomore standing or Instructor permission.

Methods of mathematical proof will be introduced using concepts from symbolic logic. Topics may include: an introduction to logical implication, quantifiers, contrapositive, and logical equivalence.

MAT-294   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Independent study of selected areas of mathematics not available in the regular curriculum. See independent study guidelines. See independent study guidelines. See independent study guidelines.

MAT-311   Probability and Mathematical Statistics I3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of finite sample spaces, conditional probability and independence, functions of random variables, random variables of one or more dimensions, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, moment generating functions, sampling distribution, estimation and testing of hypotheses.

MAT-312   Probability and Mathematical Statistics II3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-311 with a minimum grade of C.

A continuation of MAT-311. A study of finite sample spaces, conditional probability and independence, functions of random variables, random variables of one or more dimensions, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, moment generating functions, sampling distribution, estimation and testing of hypotheses.

MAT-352   Differential Equations3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-275 or equivalent course with a minimum grade of C.

A study of the solution and applications of ordinary differential equations including systems of equations using matrix algebra.

MAT-361   Linear Algebra3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of general vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

MAT-370   Geometry3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of Euclidean geometry and the development of non-Euclidean geometry, one of the most significant occurrences in the history of mathematics.

MAT-372   History of Mathematics3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

A historical survey of the ideas, tools, and symbols of mathematics and the people who developed them. For upper-division students who are planning to teach or otherwise pursue mathematics as a profession.

MAT-431   Complex Variables3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of the calculus of functions of a complex variable. Topics include elementary functions, series representation, analytic functions, complex integration, and conformal mappings.

MAT-441   Topology3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

An introduction to the techniques and theorems of point-set topology and metric spaces. Topics include: cardinality, separation axioms, compactness, connectedness, continuity and finite products.

MAT-451   Real Analysis3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

A study of the basic concepts of real analysis. Topics include limits, sequences, series, continuity, differentiation, and integration.

MAT-461   Algebraic Structures3 credits

Prerequisites: MAT-280, MAT-281, MAT-282, or MAT-283 with a minimum grade of C.

An introduction to the study of abstract algebra. Topics will be primarily from the theory of groups and rings.

MAT-494   Independent Study1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Research studies for qualified mathematics majors. See independent study guidelines See independent study guidelines.

MAT-497   Internship1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Individually arranged programs of work and study with the department, academic institutions, private industries, or government agencies. See internship guidelines. See internship guidelines.

MAT-498   Upper-Division Seminar1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing with major in mathematics.

Study of topics in mathematics not covered in previous mathematics courses. May be repeated for credit.