FACULTY Professors Jungck, McAsey (chair), Mou, Szeto, Timm; Associate Professors Bedenikovic, Delgado, Kasube, Nanyes, Quigg, Xue; Assistant Professors Lang, Troutman, Karthikeyan; Lecturer Sterling.
A student considering mathematics as a career should realize that emphasis in mathematics courses will change as the individual progresses through an academic program. The initial concern for solving problems is later dominated by the more important objectives of formulating problems in mathematical language and dealing with mathematical structures and abstract ideas. It should be stressed that an effective mathematician should be a well-educated person, possessing not only the technical background of mathematics but also a selection of courses from other disciplines.
All students majoring in mathematics must meet the following departmental requirements:
- The mathematics core curriculum
- MTH 121, 122, 223 Calculus I, II, III
- MTH 207 Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications
- MTH 420 Introduction to Analysis
- MTH 325 Probability and Statistics I
- MTH 404 Modern Algebra I
- MTH 494, 495 Senior Project I, II
- At least two of the following sequences:
- MTH 420 and 421 or 403; MTH 325 and 326; MTH 404 and 405; MTH 501 and 502; MTH 510 and 511.
Other sequences may be approved by the department; however, any two sequences must include four distinct courses.
- At least 24 semester hours of mathematics courses numbered 301 or above. Upper level core and sequence courses are counted as part of this requirement.
Unless the requirements of a course have been met through some other means such as testing or transfer credit, all entering mathematics majors are advised to begin their academic program with the following course of study.
- MTH 121, 122 Calculus I, II 8
- ENG 101 English Composition 3
- COM 103 Oral Communication Process 3
- Electives 18
Total 32 hours
The Department of Mathematics recognizes that students majoring in mathematics will have diverse career interests and goals. In fact, flexibility is one of the desirable attributes of a major in mathematics. With proper selection of elective courses, programs may be designed for students who wish to specialize in mathematics, teach at the high school level, or for students with career interests in the application of mathematics to, for example, actuarial science, business, computer science, economics or the physical sciences. By selecting appropriate courses, mathematics majors will often complete a minor in one of these applied areas. Some suggestions are as follows:
Students considering further study of mathematics at the graduate level should elect courses such as:
- MTH 307 Linear Algebra
- MTH 345 Differential Equations
- MTH 403 Complex Variables
- MTH 405 Modern Algebra II
- MTH 406 Elementary Topology
- MTH 421 Advanced Calculus
- In addition, a year of physics (PHY 110 and 201), MTH 120, and a foreign language may prove beneficial.
Mathematics - Secondary Education
Students wishing to be certified to teach mathematics at the secondary level in Illinois enroll in the Bradley University Mathematics Department MTHT major program. The mathematics requirements for this degree program consist of a core of required classes, the fulfillment of a breadth requirement, and a depth requirement. In addition, to be certified to teach mathematics at the secondary level in the state of Illinois one must complete the requirements for a secondary teaching certificate. These requirements are listed under the Department of Teacher Education (Secondary Programs) and include a minimum of 35 hours in education courses.
- The mathematics core curriculum for the MTHT program is:
- MTH 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
- MTH 122 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 11
- MTH 223 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
- MTH 207 Linear Algebra
- MTH 325 Probability and Statistics I
- MTH 404 Abstract Algebra I
- MTH 420 Real Analysis I
- The depth requirement can be fulfilled by completing two sequences from among the following five sequences: MTH 325-326, MTH 404-405, MTH 420 and MTH 421 or MTH 403, MTH 501-502, MTH 510-511.
- The breadth requirement can be fulfilled by completing a total of 24 semester hours in courses numbered 301 and above. Upper-level mathematics in the core curriculum and sequence course are counted in this total.
- The state currently requires that students be introduced to various topics in order to meet certification requirements. Most of the mathematical topics required for certification are covered in the core curriculum described in number 1 above. Currently, there are additional certification requirements in graph theory, geometry, and history of mathematics. State certification requirements change frequently. It is the student’s responsibility to see that the current state certification requirements are satisfied.
Actuarial Science – Mathematics Major
The actuarial field is one of the oldest applications of mathematics and deals with insurance, annuity, and pension plans of all kinds.
An actuarial science-mathematics major is
- Required to take the following courses:
- MTH 121, 122, 223 Calculus I, II, III 12
- MTH 207 Elementary Linear Algebra 3
- MTH 325, 326 Probability and Statistics I, II 6
- MTH 335 Topics in Actuarial Science (two different topics) 6
- MTH 427 Applied Statistical Methods 3
- Elective mathematics courses (see note 2) 6
- ATG 157 Accounting Principles I 3
- ECO 221, 222 Microeconomics, Macroeconomics 6
- IME 313 Operations Research I 3
- IME 314 Operations Research II 3
- RMI 315 Principles of Risk Management 3
- FIN 322 Business Finance 3
Total 60 hours
A mathematics minor requires 24 semester hours in mathematics as follows:
- MTH 121, 122, 223 Calculus I, II, III; and
- 12 semester hours in mathematics courses numbered 301 or above; or either MTH 207 or MTH 224 and 9 semester hours in mathematics courses numbered 301 or above.
Advanced Placement in Mathematics
Students scoring a 5, 4 or 3 on the Advanced Placement (AP) program mathematics examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board may receive up to eight semester hours of credit for MTH 121 and MTH 122 Calculus I and II.