Sep 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics, B.S.


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A major in mathematics can lead to a variety of careers including mathematical and scientific research in areas as different as national security and petroleum exploration; in several business fields such as insurance, banking, and finance; and in professions such as law, teaching, and medicine. The study of mathematics builds a way of thinking that is used to solve a variety of problems that arise in different contexts. That ability to solve problems makes mathematicians a valuable commodity in many occupations. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with three tracks. While all mathematics majors complete a common core of courses that ensures the student has a broad knowledge of mathematics, students can follow their interests by choosing from one of three required tracks:

  • Pure mathematics designed for those who plan to pursue graduate studies.
  • Applied mathematics for those who want to pair mathematics with interests in business, the natural sciences, or the social sciences.
  • General mathematics for anyone who wants a comprehensive introduction to mathematics, including those who plan to teach in secondary schools.

Students wishing to teach mathematics at the secondary level should complete a BS in mathematics with the general mathematics track in conjunction with the coursework required for teacher certification.  Students should review the coursework required for teacher certification with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Services.

NOTES:

  • A grade below a C- is not applicable to the major.
  • At least 9 credit hours toward the major must be completed at NKU.
  • A double major in mathematics and statistics  consists of satisfying the degree requirements of both majors with a minimum of 58 credit hours of courses applicable to either major.
  • A student majoring in mathematics and seeking a focus in statistics must complete four additional 300- or 400-level STA courses not used to satisfy the mathematics major.
  • Any substitutions in these programs must be made in consultation with the chair of the department.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

Degree Requirements (23 credits)


Pure Mathematics Track (21 credits)


Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

Select 9 additional credit hours


  • MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above including at least two 400-level courses, but excluding MAT 490 /STA 490  and MAT 491 /STA 491  (9 credits)

Total Credits 44


Applied Mathematics Track (21 credits)


Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

Select 9 additional credit hours


Total Credits 44


General Mathematics Track (21 credits)


Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

Select one of the following sets of courses and 3 additional MAT/STA credit hours at the 300-level or above* (9 credits)


If one of these courses duplicates a course taken as a General Mathematics Track requirement listed above, then an additional MAT/STA course at the 300/400 level is required.

* Excluding MAT 490 /STA 490  and MAT 491 /STA 491  

Total Credits 44


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