Math Theoretical Track

Also known as “pure” mathematics, theoretical mathematics explores the basic concepts and structure beneath many math topics ranging from geometry to analysis.  With elective options constructed as a part of this track, students are able to personalize the major to meet the needs of their future career/academic goals or highlight particular fields of interest.

Students may review the requirements and sample schedule for the Theoretical Math Track on the  Math Theoretical Track Requirements and Sample Schedule [pdf] handout.

Theoretical Math Track Requirements


Students interested in the theoretical math track will be required to complete the following course work, as well as pick 6 hours of electives to highlight their major and field of interest.  Many of the other math major tracks offered within the Department of Mathematics have similar core major requirements; the main differences lie within the elective choices that have been previously defined in order to align to each particular career field to which the track applies.

Prerequisite Courses

Theoretical Track Course Requirements

  • Math 2153 Calculus III (4 cr.)
  • Math 3345 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • Math 2568 Linear Algebra (3 cr.)
  • Math 4530 Probability(3 cr.)  or Stat 4201 Introduction to Math Statistics I (4 cr.)
  • Stat 4202 Introduction to Math Statistics II (4 cr.)
  • Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications (3 cr.)
  • Math 4547 Introductory Analysis I (3 cr.)
  • Math 4548 Introductory Analysis II (3 cr.)
  • Math 4580 Abstract Algebra I (3 cr.)
  • Math 4581 Abstract Algebra II (3 cr.)
  • Math Major Electives (choose two of the following):

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Sample 4 Year Schedule


Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection.

Year 1

Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 1151
ARTSSCI 1100.01
GE
GE
GE
5
1
3
3
3
Math 1152
Math 1295
English 1110
GE
GE
5
1
3
3
3
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15

Year 2


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 2153 Calculus III
GE
GE
GE
GE
4
3
3
3
3
Math 3345 Foundations of Higher Math
Math 2568 Linear Algebra
GE
GE
3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 12

Year 3


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 4530 or Stat 4201
Math 4547 or Math 4580
Math 2255
GE
3-4
3
3
3
Stat 4202
Math 4548 or Math 4581
GE
GE
4
3
3
3
Total Hours 12-13 Total Hours 13

Year 4


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 4547 or Math 4580
Math Major Elective
GE
3
3
3
Math 4548 or Math 4581
Math Major Elective
3
3
3
Total Hours 9 Total Hours 6

 

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