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Academic Program Guide


Mathematics (Pure)


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA or BS
Limited Access: No

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Description of Major
Mathematics is a vital foundation for science, social science and technology. A student in mathematics can look forward professionally to employment in an industrial or financial firm, a governmental agency, or teaching in secondary, college or university institutions. Alternatively, a degree in the department can be regarded as the central component of a liberal education, either for its own sake or as preparation for professional study in another field. Biomathematics is designed to prepare the student for admission to medical school.

Prospective transfer students should contact as-admissions@fsu.edu (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.


Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (23 hours)
Students should complete the following prerequisites as possible during the first two years.

*COP XXXX (3) A scientific programming course designed for computer science majors (COP X014 preferred)
MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAC X312 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MAC X313 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5 credits @ FSU)
MAP X302 (4) Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits @ FSU)
*XXX XXXX (4) One laboratory based science courses designed for science majors, prefix BSC, CHM, PHY, or GLY
(PHY X048C or X048 & X048L suggested as it is required for the major)

*See major requirements before selecting courses to meet these prerequisites.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .

Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.


Requirements

Requirement for Progression to and Continuation in the Upper-Division Major
A grade of C minus or better is required in all courses to be counted toward this degree. A student who has accumulated more than one grade below a C minus (including grades of U) in the calculus sequence MAC2311, MAC2312, MAC2313 at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether repeated or not, will not be permitted to continue as a major in the department.

A student who has accumulated more than five grades below C minus (including grades of U) in any mathematics or collateral course required for the degree taken for college credit at Florida State University or elsewhere, whether repeated or not, will not be permitted to continue as a major in the department. The collateral courses include COP3014 or ISC3313, PHY2048C, STA4321 for all options. For Biomath, it concludes the collateral Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (30 to 48 hours beyond prerequisites)
Courses at the 4000 level applied toward the degree must be taken at FSU unless specifically exempted by the Chair on written request. A grade of C minus or higher is required in all courses taken for the major.

The following courses are required of all mathematics majors: (8-15 hours)
MAS 3105 (4) Applied Linear Algebra
STA 4321 (3) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
COP 3014 (3) Programming I or ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing. (Either will satisfy the computer skills competency requirement and may also be used to satisfy one of the prerequisite requirements).
PHY 2048C (5) General Physics with Laboratory. (This may also apply as prerequisite science)

Mathematics majors must complete one of the following options: (18 to 33 hours)

A. Mathematics: (18 hours)

All of the following (6 hours):
MAS 4302 (3) Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
MAA 4224 (3) Introduction to Analysis or MAA 4226 (3) Advanced Calculus I

Four additional courses (12 hours):
These are to be selected from a list of approved courses. At least two must be at the 4000 level and least one of the following sequences, or an approved substitution, must be completed: MAA 4226-4227 or MAD 3703-4704 or MAP 4341-4342 or MAS 4302-4303 or MTG 4302 and MAA 4402. Contact the department for a list of approved courses or consult the University Bulletin

B. Applied Mathematics: (18 hours)

All of the following (9 hours):
MAD 3703 (3) Numerical Analysis I
MAP 4103 (3) Mathematical Modeling
MAP 4341 (3) Elementary Partial Differential Equations I

Three additional courses (9 hours):
These are to be selected from a list of approved courses. Contact the department for the list of approved courses or consult the University Bulletin.

C. Biomathematics: (33 hours)

Required mathematics courses (4 hours):
MAP 2480 (1) Biocalculus Lab
MAP 4481 (3) Math modeling in Biology

All of the following collateral courses (14-15 hours):
BSC 2010 and 2010L (3, 1) Biological Science I and Lab
BSC 2011 (3) Biological Science II
CHM 1045C (4) General Chemistry I and Lab
PCB 3063 (3) General Genetics or BSC 4933 (4) Bioinformatics

Additional coursework (15 hours)
Math/bio/chem. electives selected from an approved list, including at least 6 hours of mathematics from two different areas at the 4000 level.

Minor Coursework: (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Options):
12 hours in an approved minor department or 15 hours in an approved interdepartmental minor beyond general education requirements and the language requirement. Consult the department regarding acceptable minors. A minor is not required for Biomedical Mathematics.

Computer Skills Competency: (0-3 hours)
COP 3014 (3) Programming I or ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing fulfill the requirement for this major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 24*
Major Coursework 30 to 48 beyond prerequisites
Minor Coursework 12-15 for Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; Biomedical Mathematics does not require a minor.
Computer Skills 0 beyond prerequisites
Oral Competency 0-3
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*NOTE: Prerequisite courses may be used to fulfill the mathematics and science requirements for General Education.


Mapping
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.


Remarks
1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. Students who plan to earn the B. A. degree must complete both a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level and nine additional hours in the fields of history and humanities beyond General Education requirements.


Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Mathematician; teacher: high school, college, university; statistician, econometrist; operations research analyst; systems analyst; technical writer.

Representative Employers: Engineering and financial firms, high schools, governmental agencies, colleges and universities, research/development firms.


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