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Bachelor of Science Mathematics

Degree Overview | Required Courses | Contact | Career Information

DEGREE OVERVIEW

Mathematics is one of the basic tools underlying every science.  In addition, mathematics provides a language to describe an immense variety of phenomena: from the distribution of prime numbers (useful for encrypting communications and an important area of ongoing research here at CWU) to signal processing (useful for analyzing photos and sound, as well as picking out important patterns hidden in immense data sets), mathematics finds applications everywhere.  Besides its many applications, mathematics can show us hidden beauty: how juggling sequences behave like prime numbers or how incredibly complicated fractals are consequences of simple rules.

 

Why should you major in mathematics at CWU?

  • All mathematics majors learn to communicate complicated ideas clearly and precisely, an important skill in all technical fields.
  • You can enroll in an honors seminar every quarter, and do research on the ideas presented in the seminar.
  • Be exposed to a wide range of research areas: number theory, differential equations, cryptology, modeling, analysis, and more.
  • Challenge yourself with the Putnam Exam, or the Kryptos competition, or the Mathematical Competition in Modeling.
  • Degree Outcome

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REQUIRED COURSES

    MATH 172 - Calculus I Credits: (5)
    MATH 173 - Calculus II Credits: (5)
    MATH 260 - Sets and Logic Credits: (5)
    MATH 265 - Linear Algebra I Credits: (4)
    MATH 272 - Multivariable Calculus I Credits: (5)
    MATH 273 - Multivariable Calculus II Credits: (5)
    MATH 499S - Senior Seminar Credits: (2))
 

Select two of the following sequences - Credits: 18-19
(one of which must be abstract algebra or advanced analysis)
 

Intro to Probability Theory and
Mathematical Statistics

MATH 411A - Probability Theory Credits: (4)
MATH 411B - Mathematical Statistics I Credits: (3)
MATH 411C - Mathematical Statistics II Credits: (3)

 

Introduction to Topology

MATH 451 - Topology I Credits: (3)
MATH 452 - Topology II Credits: (3)
MATH 453 - Topology III Credits: (3)

 

Abstract Algebra

MATH 461 - Abstract Algebra I Credits: (3)
MATH 462 - Abstract Algebra II Credits: (3)
MATH 463 - Abstract Algebra III Credits: (3)

 

Advanced Analysis

MATH 471 - Advanced Analysis I Credits: (3)
MATH 472 - Advanced Analysis II Credits: (3)
MATH 473 - Advanced Analysis III Credits: (3)

 

Applied Analysis

MATH 475 - Applied Analysis I Credits: (3)
MATH 476 - Applied Analysis II Credits: (3)
MATH 477 - Applied Analysis III Credits: (3)

Department-approved upper-division electives - Credits: 11

Total Credits: 60-61

 

Students in the 93-to 94-credit major are also required to take:

MATH 311 - Statistical Concepts and Methods Credits: (5)
MATH 365 - Linear Algebra II Credits: (3)
MATH 376 - Differential Equations I Credits: (3)
MATH 377 - Differential Equations II Credits: (3)

Select one from the following - Credits: 4

CS 105 - The Logical Basis of Computing Credits: (4)
CS 110 - Programming Fundamentals I Credits: (4)

Lab science sequence culminating in calculus-based course - Credits: 15

Total Credits: 93 to 94


(visit course catalog) | CWU BS Mathematics Student Study Plan (pdf)


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CONTACT

Dr. Dominic Klyve > klyved@cwu.edu | 509/963.2545
Dr. Jim Bisgard > bisgardj@cwu.edu | 509/963.2823

Math Department >

Brenda Bland
BlandB@cwu.edu
509/963.2103
F 509/963.3226

The Mathematics Department is located in Bouillon Hall.

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CAREER INFORMATION

Links

SIAM > www.siam.org/careers
American Mathematical Society > www.ams.org/prosession/student
Mathematical Association of American > www.maa.org/news/
Association for Women in Mathematics > www.awm-math.org

Professor Webpages

Dr. Dominic Klyve > sites.google.com/site/profklyve/

Dr. Jim Bisgard > www.cwu.edu/~bisgardj/


Degree Outcome

Graduates will:

  • be able to use differential and integral calculus as well as sequences and series to solve problems.
  • be able to use concepts of vector subspaces of Rn and Rn×m to solve problems.
  • be to write proofs using contrapositive, contradiction, cases, and mathematical induction.
  • know standard applications of calculus, linear algebra, and statistics.
  • be able to apply their understanding of mathematics to fields outside of mathematics.
  • be able to describe the differences between the following types of mathematics: discrete/continuous, algebraic/geometric, pure/applied, and deterministic/stochastic.
  • be able to communicate mathematical ideas through writing.
  • be able to communicate mathematical ideas orally

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