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Mathematics Department
216 Kingston Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.4315
fax: 509.359.4700

BA Mathematics

The program leading to the BA in Mathematics is especially strong, and is unique within the region.  The department strives to promote excellence; it fields teams for the Putnam competition and prepares students for actuarial exams.  It also sponsors a chapter of the mathematical honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon.  Recent graduates are successfully pursuing careers in industry or doctoral work at top-level universities.

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What will I study?

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Required Courses (52 credits)
MATH 161 Calculus I (5)
MATH 162 Calculus II (5)
MATH 163 Calculus III (5)
MATH 225 Foundations of Mathematics (5)
MATH 231 Linear Algebra (5)
MATH 241 Calculus IV (5)
MATH 360 or 460 Continuous Functions (4)
MATH 431 Introduction to Modern Algebra I (4)
MATH 432 Introduction to Modern Algebra II (4)
MATH 461 Advanced Calculus I (4)
MATH 462 Advanced Calculus II (4)
MATH 494 Senior Seminar (2) (2.0 must be obtained for graduation)

Mathematics Electives-Select six courses from the following (24 credits)
MATH 345 Numerical Analysis I (4)
*MATH 347 Introductory Differential Equations (4)
MATH 385 Probability and An Introduction to Statistics (4)
*MATH 430 Advanced Linear Algebra (4)
*MATH 433 Introduction to Modern Algebra III (4)
*MATH 445 Numerical Analysis II (4)
*MATH 447 Differential Equations (4)
*MATH 470 Foundations of Geometry (4)
*MATH 481 Complex Analysis (4)
*MATH 485 Theoretical Probability and Mathematical Statistics (4)

Supporting Courses (13 credits)
Courses satisfying this requirement must be selected from the following two lists, with at least 5 credits from List A and at least 8 credits from List B. Additional prerequisites may be required for List A courses. Please check computer science course descriptions for prerequisite listings.

List A
CSCD 210 Programming Principles I (5)
CSCD 211 Programming Principles II (5)
CSCD 255 C Programming for Engineers (5)
CSCD 305 C++ Programming (4)
CSCD 334 Advanced Techniques in Visual Basic (4)

List B
CHEM 421 Physical Chemistry (4)
CHEM 422 Physical Chemistry (3)
CHEM 423 Physical Chemistry (3)
CSCD 420 Automata (4)
CSCD 421 Automata and Languages (4)
CSCD 501 Theory of Computing I (4)
CSCD 502 Theory of Computing II (4)
ECON 430 Mathematical Economics (5)
PHYS 151 General Physics I (4)
PHYS 152 General Physics II (4)
PHYS 153 General Physics III (4)

Required program credits: 52 credits
Mathematics elective credits: 24 credits
Required supporting credits: 13 credits
Total credits for above major: 89 credits

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Apply knowledge gained in computer science courses to mathematical problems;
  • Apply mathematical concepts to economics;
  • Write clear, well-reasoned proofs;
  • Understand the interconnectedness between mathematics and economics;
  • Understand the interconnectedness between various branches of mathematics;
  • Demonstrate competence in mathematics and school mathematics.
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