The purpose of this page is to give you, the student, some extra information about the various courses we offer in the Department of Mathematics. It is currently a "work in progress" and should not be considered as a complete, comprehensive description of all available courses. It should also not be considered as a replacement to your academic advisor. We simply provide this information to you as additional assistance as you plan your undergraduate career.
Below you will find useful information about math courses that are particularly good for different career paths, and you will find a bit more information about particular courses. For more information about a particular course see the Course Catalog and Course Rotation pages.
For specific degree requirements, see the Program Descriptions.
Who is 112 for? This course is designed primarily for the student who needs a foundation in algebra and trigonometry for the study of Calculus.
Who is 221 for? Everyone! Majors, minors, concentrators, dabblers, and science majors. Computer scientists may want to take it because it is a prerequisite for other courses that they may want to elect.
Who is 222 for? Still everyone! Majors, minors, concentrators, dabblers, and science majors. Computer scientists may want to take it because it is a prerequisite for other courses that they may want to elect.
Who is 228 for? Bio majors!!! Minors are also welcome to take 228. This is not for math majors.
Who is 223 for? All majors and minors. Concentrators can take it, but they don't have to. Computer scientists may elect to take it also. It develops a sense of spatial mathematics useful for computer graphics.
Who is 233 for? It is for majors, concentrators and minors. Computer scientists may want to elect it because it is crucial for computer graphics and animation. It is also very useful for physicists and other scientists because there are so many applications of it.
Who is 237 for? It is not available for the math major or for education students with a concentration in math, but it is an option for minors and computer scientists.
Who is 239 for? All math majors. Minors, computer scientists, and concentrators have the options of taking 239. You should take this in your sophomore year or, at the latest, the first semester of your junior year.
Who should take 301 and when? Definitely after you've taken 239 and are comfortable with abstract arguments. A course that is good for those going on to graduate work in mathematics, philosophy, or computer science. Also good for those who just enjoy thinking about the fundamentals of our subject.
Who should take 302 and when? This is an abstract course, so you should be comfortable with writing proofs and thinking hard about unusual things. So take it after 239 and perhaps not as your first 300-level math course. A great course for students planning on graduate school, and for those who want to really investigate sets-and if we can't understand sets, how can we hope to understand the Riemann Hypothesis?
Who should take 319 and when? This course can be taken any time after 239. It gives valuable insight into the nature of the natural numbers that is valuable to future teachers. It can introduce potential researchers to a rich and active field. It can also open career opportunities.
Who should take 324 and when? Everyone majoring in math must take 324. Anyone who is trying to expand a minor or a concentration so as to leave open the possibility of future study in math should take it. When to take it? After Math 239. If you are planning to do advanced work in mathematics (graduate school, perhaps) you should take this course as early as possible. The first semester of the junior year is best. However, if you were not totally comfortable with Math 239, you should wait a bit, and take one or two other 300-level electives before taking Math 324.
Who should take 325 and when? This course is a must for any one who intends to enter a PH.D. program in mathematics or statistics or any mathematical science. Note: It is offered every other spring semester.
Who should take 326 and when? Anyone interested in mathematical modeling or engineering. It is required of physics majors and very useful to any scientists. If you really liked calculus, this is the course for you. If you want to do financial engineering or economics, this course is for you. When? As soon as possible after Calc 3. It may be a good idea to take Math 233 before this or concurrently.
Who should take 330 and when? Almost everyone! It is required for anyone in the secondary certification program. It is absolutely necessary for anyone contemplating graduate school. It is a good elective for concentrators and computer scientists. Students bound for graduate school may want to take it before the end of their junior year. However, if you were not totally comfortable with Math 239, you should wait a bit, and take one or two other 300-level electives before taking Math 330. It is not necessary to take Math 333 first, but it may be beneficial to do so.
Who should take 332 and when? Anyone who has had linear algebra (Math 233) and a programming course, not because this is a "coding" course, but because you will need to follow and implement algorithms into some "canned" programs. Also, anyone who is interested in financial math, business, or economics, or anyone interested in "real-world applications".
Who should take 333 and when? Most math majors should probably take this one, but especially anyone planning on going to graduate school should take it. It is a continuation of Math 233, so it might be good to take it as soon as you can after Math 233 and Math 239.
Who should take 335? It is required of all concentrators and of all majors looking for secondary certification. It is a good elective for any math student.
Who should take 338? This course requires a certain level of mathematical sophistication and a lot of imagination. If you are planning on going to graduate school, you should probably take this course. It would also be a good course for anyone who enjoys abstract thought that may surprise you or even blow your mind (in a good way)!
Who should take 340? An elective course, it is great for people looking for interdisciplinary applications of mathematics. People interested in research work in biomath should definitely take the course as soon as possible.
Who should take 345 and when? This course is especially important to math and science majors, and it forms the basis for many areas of applied mathematics and actuarial science. You should consider taking it soon after completing Math 233 and Math 239.
Who should take 348? Officially, anyone needing to satisfy the oral-research presentation requirement, who is not in the certification program. Really, anyone who wants an experience getting up-close and personal with math that doesn't come from a textbook and who would like to develop presentation skills.
Who should take 350? Anyone who liked Calculus 3 and who likes thinking about those hard to imagine objects that occur in dimensions higher than 3. This course is great for anyone who does physics.
Who should take 360? Just about everyone. It is required of majors seeking secondary certification. It can replace 262 for the math minor or math 242 or 262 for the math concentrator. It is a critical course for those interested in actuarial science, a career in finance or business, or a career in any applied math field.
Who should take 361? Like 360, it is a critical course for those interested in actuarial science, a career in finance or business, or a career in any applied math field.
Who should take 366? Well, duh, anyone looking to take the actuarial exams. But it will also provide some review for the subject test of the Math GRE.
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Who should take 380? This elective is perfect for students who are looking for a three hour course and who are interested in the particular topic being offered that semester. Certainly consulting with the faculty member in charge of the course would be a good ides.
Who should take 382? This elective is perfect for students who want to see how theory and application work in tandem to produce some real-world results. Make sure you have linear algebra and proof and a computing course before you do!
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Who should take 383? People interested in the current state of research in mathematical biology. Almost required for people doing research projects in the area, but guaranteed to be interesting to anyone who is both a mathematics major and a biological organism.