Mathematics Major

The study of Mathematics provides not only the tools for understanding the world but also preparation for exciting and varied careers. All branches of research, actuarial science, engineering and medicine are just a few of the areas that are today employing mathematicians.

The basic four-year course of study follows the outline below:

  • Freshman Year: Calculus I and II
  • Sophomore Year: Calculus III, Linear Algebra, Mathematics & Reasoning
  • Junior Year: Applied Mathematics, Differential Equations, Statistics, Geometry
  • Senior Year: Analysis, Abstract Algebra, History of Mathematics, and a capstone course in problem solving

Students may choose to add one of the following concentrations:

  • Engineering Mathematics: Prepares students to enter an engineering program in applied mathematics. Students add selected courses in applied mathematics and engineering.
  • Actuarial Science: Prepares students for careers as actuaries. Students add selected courses in statistics, as well as courses in applied mathematics and in finance. They also prepare for the first actuarial examinations.
  • Mathematics Education: Prepares students for careers as secondary school mathematics teachers. Students add education courses and experience in student teaching. If you are interested in Mathematics Education, you should reach out to the School of Education to begin completing the necessary courses.

A solid background in h​igh school mathematics is expected. Students desiring to major or minor in mathematics usually start with Calculus I, although advanced placement is available. For those requiring background for success in calculus, a precalculus course called "Mathematics of Motion and Change" provides an interesting introduction.

Major Requirements (55 credits)

Code Course Credit
CS 170 Introduction to Scientific & Engineering Programming 3
MATH 140 Calculus I 4
MATH 141 Calculus II 4
MATH 220WI Mathematics & Reasoning 3
MATH 300 Calculus III 4
MATH 315 Probability 3
MATH 320 Linear Algebra 3
MATH 331 Differential Equations 3
MATH 400SI History of Mathematics 3
MATH 430 Reading List 2
MATH xxx Choose two:
  • MATH 307
  • MATH 411
  • MATH 412
  • MATH 423
6
MATH xxx Choose one:
  • MATH 316
  • MATH 351
  • MATH 354
3
MATH xxx Choose six (6) additional credit hours in MATH courses numbered above 300 6
XXX xxx Choose one (1) sequence from the following:
  • CHEM 103-104
  • PHYS 151-152
8

Important Notes

  • Entering freshmen will usually take MATH 140; students needing additional preparation may take MATH 110.
  • Students interested in graduate study should consider applying to JU’s Wilson Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition for JU graduates to study engineering, mathematics, or physics at Columbia University, Cornell University or Harvard University. Interested students should contact the Chair of the Department of Mathematics.

Optional Concentrations

Mathematics majors may elect, but are not required, to add one of the following concentrations to their program.

Actuarial Science

A student who wants to prepare for a career in actuarial science and to take the first two (2) actuarial examinations should complete the requirements for a major in mathematics, including MATH 316 and MATH 354.

Engineering Mathematics

Students interested in the engineering mathematics concentration within the Department of Mathematics should complete the requirements for a major in mathematics, including:

Code Course Credit
EE/ME 100 Engineering Orientation 2
ME 102 Engineering Graphics 2
EE 200 Circuit Analysis 4
ME 210 Mechanics, Statics 3
ME 211 Mechanics, Dynamics 3
EE/ME 230WS Technical Communication 3
ME 311 Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 151 General Physics: Mechanics 4
PHYS 152 General Physics: Electricity & Magnetism 4
PHYS 300 Intermediate Modern Physics 4