Mathematical Sciences

CHAIR: Michael R. Kelly, Ph.D., Office: 540 Monroe Hall (Spring 2012 Interim Chair: Xuefeng Li)
Professors: Maria Calzada, Michael Kelly, Duane Randall, Katarzyna Saxton, Ralph Tucci
Associate Professors: Xuefeng Li
Assistant Professor: Ana Maria Matei, Jeremy J. Thibodeaux
WEB PAGE:http://chn.loyno.edu/mathematics

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, and the bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Computational Mathematics. In the future, the major source of employment for the mathematician will continue to be industry, business, and other analytical fields. Employers will be concerned less about the actual degree than with the diversity of the student’s experiences. They will expect more than a superficial knowledge of mathematics and will also expect the student to be experienced in communicating with people such as engineers, managers, and stockholders, whose activity is outside the discipline of the mathematical sciences.

Since individual courses of study are peculiar to each student, a faculty adviser is assigned to a student at registration for the first semester. The faculty adviser will endeavor to tailor a particular program for the student with a proper mixture of adjunct and elective courses.

The faculty are active in research and hold active memberships in a number of professional organizations: the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, and the American Statistical Association, to name a few.  Majors are encouraged to work on research projects with a faculty mentor.

Mathematics Program

There are many reasons for students to choose a major in mathematics or computational mathematics. To meet the broad interests of all mathematical scholars, the department offers flexibility in its programs.

The mathematics student is encouraged to obtain as broad an educational experience as possible by selecting elective courses from several other disciplines in such diverse fields as physics, chemistry, economics, computer science, history, sociology, language, biology, psychology, music, English, business administration, and others.

The basic program is designed for the student wishing to have a career where mathematics might be used directly or indirectly, for example, in aeronautics, electronics, marketing, social engineering, opinion analysis, insurance, accounting, automation, management, computer applications, sales, teaching, and government operations or research.

In addition to the majors, the Mathematics department coordinates an interdisciplinary minor in Computational Science.

Several other minors are available to the student majoring in mathematics. In addition to Computational Science, minors such as biology, chemistry, business/economics, and physics are easy to fit into the mathematics major curriculum and can help broaden a student’s career opportunities.

The departmental honors program is designed to prepare the student for graduate work in mathematics. The departmental honors program requires a GPA of 3.0 in mathematics courses and two additional courses in mathematics; one at the 300 level or higher and the second is MATH A498, which has a research thesis component.

The mathematics program may be tailored to meet the needs of students interested in industrial applied mathematics, biomathematics, or mathematical statistics.

Bachelor of Science-Mathematics

This is a sample curriculum sequence. Some courses are offered every other year. Students may have the opportunity of taking some of the courses in a different order.

 

Download the Degree Program Course Listing (DPCL) for this major »

Freshman F S
Major MATH A200 0 3
Major MATH A257 — A2581 4 4
Major MATH A211 3 0
Common Curriculum/Foreign language   9 9

 

Semester Totals 16 16
Total 32

 

1 Students without the knowledge of trigonometry should take MATH A118 in the summer before their freshman year or during the fall semester. 

Sophomore F S
Major MATH A259 — A310 3 3
Major

 

Math 320* 3 0
Common Curriculum PHYS A101— A102 5 5
Common Curriculum

 

3 9
Semester Totals 14 17
Total 31  

 

Junior or Senior* F S
Major MATH A410* — A411* 3 3
Major MATH (A300 or A400 level) 3 0
Common Curriculum 0 6
Electives 9 3
Semester Totals 15 12
Total 27

  * Course offered every other year.

 

Bachelor of Science-Computational Mathematics

Below you will find a sample curriculum sequence. Some courses are offered every other year. Students may have the opportunity of taking some of the courses in a different order.

Download the Degree Program Course Listing (DPCL) for this major »

Freshman F S
MATH A200   3
MATH A257 — A258*   4
MATH A211 -A212   3
Common Curriculum/Foreign Language   6
Semester Totals 16 16
Total 32

*Students without the knowledge of trigonometry should take MATH A118 in the summer before their freshman year or during the fall semester. 

Sophomore F S
MATH A259 - A310 3 3
MATH A271*

 

0

 

3

 

Common Curriculum PHYS A101— A102 5 5
Common Curriculum

 

6

 

6

 

Semester Totals 14 17
Total 31

 

Junior F S
MATH A340* — A341* 3 3
MATH A375* 0

 

3
MATH (A300 or A400 level) 3 0
MATH A498 (Research) 0

 

1

 

Common Curriculum

 

3

 

3

 

Elective 6 6
Semester Totals 15 16

 

Total 31

 

Senior F S
MATH A410* 3 0
MATH (A300 or A400 level) 3 0
MATH A498 (Research)

 

1

 

1

 

Common Curriculum 3 6
Electives 3 6
Semester Totals 13 13
Total 26

* Course offered every other year.

TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours

In summary, the Computational Mathematics major requires five computations courses (Math A211, Math A212, Math A271, Math A375, and Math A498) while the Mathematics major requires Math A211 and replaces the other four courses with three more theoretical courses (Math A320 Linear Algebra, Math A400 Abstract Algebra, Math A411 Advanced Calculus II) and an elective.

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(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

1 Students without the knowledge of trigonometry should take MATH A118 in the summer before their freshman year or during the fall semester.