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Graduate Catalog 2008-09


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Mathematics


Tom McConnell, Interim Chairperson, 124 Austin Building
Chal Benson, Director of Graduate Studies, 215 Austin Building

The Department of Mathematics requires that the applicant meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, have an undergraduate major in mathematics or its near equivalent, and submit satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examinations or the Miller Analogy Test. Each applicant’s credentials will be reviewed by the director of graduate studies, who will determine if undergraduate deficiencies are present and, if so, will prescribe the method of their removal and determine a precondition for admission.

MA in Mathematics

The MA in Mathematics comprises three concentrations: Mathematics, Statistics and Mathematics in the Community College. Full time students enrolled in the Mathematics in the Community College concentration generally hold teaching assistantships to gain experience as they complete their MA program. The degree requirements are as follows.

  1. The Graduate School’s research skills requirement is satisfied by demonstrating competency in an appropriate foreign language or by completing certain courses depending on the concentration. Students should see the Graduate Director for information specific to their concentrations.
  2. All students complete at least 24 s.h. of coursework including required courses specific to each concentration area as detailed below. Specific course requirements may be waived for students who have previously taken equivalent courses.
    Mathematics: MATH 5101, 5102, 6011, 6111, 6121, 6651, 5311 or 5801 or 6401 or 6411; plus electives to equal at least 24 s.h.
    Statistics: MATH 5031, 5101, 5102, 5801, 6001, 6802, 5000 or 6804, 5774.
    Mathematics in the Community College: MATH 5101, 5102, 5031, 6011, 6111, 6121, 6271, 6651 and at least one of MATH 5021, 6022 or 6802, plus electives to equal at least 26 semester hours (if some of the preceding courses were taken before graduate work was begun).
  3. Students must score satisfactorily on a comprehensive examination.
  4. Students specializing in Mathematics or Statistics must either write a thesis or complete a research project under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty. Students electing the thesis option enroll in MATH 7000 for 6 s.h. Students electing the non-thesis option are required to complete an additional 9 s.h. of course work prefixed MATH and numbered above 4999.
  5. Students pursuing the Mathematics in the Community College concentration must prepare a teaching portfolio under the direction of a faculty mentor. They must also give a presentation to an undergraduate audience and complete an additional 9 s.h. of course work prefixed MATH and numbered above 4999.

Statistics Minor

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Twelve s.h. of graduate course work for the statistics minor is required as follows: MATH 5031, 5801, 6802; one additional graduate-level statistics course.

Certificate in Statistics

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The statistics certification requires a minimum of 9-15 s.h. credit as follows:
Students who have successfully completed MATH 3307, 3308 must complete 9 s.h. as follows: CSCI 5774; MATH 5000, 5031.
Students who have successfully completed MATH 3307 must complete 12 s.h. as follows: CSCI 5774; MATH 5000, 5031, 6802.
Students who have not successfully completed MATH 3307 must complete 15 s.h. as follows: CSCI 5774; MATH 5000, 5031, 5801, 6802.