Why Study Mathematics at IU Southeast?

Indiana University Southeast offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics which provide a sound background for students who plan on studying for advanced degrees in mathematics, as well as for students who plan on following careers in industry, business or education.

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What is Mathematics?

Dr. Richard Courant, one of the outstanding modern mathematicians and the founder of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, has said that "mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality."

This is a traditional view held for a long time by most mathematicians. However, the role of mathematics gradually has expanded over the years to include many areas of application today. Courant's basic elements have evolved into such areas as biostatistics, ecological differential equations, behavioral sciences, systems analysis, operational research, linear programming and model theory.

Indiana University Southeast offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics which provide a sound background for students who plan on studying for advanced degrees in mathematics, as well as for students who plan on following careers in industry, business or education.

Special Features

Upper-level mathematics courses at IU Southeast are taught by full-time faculty members who hold doctorate degrees in mathematics or statistics. Class sizes are small, allowing for individualized instruction and considerable interaction between students and faculty. Outside of the classroom there are further opportunities to learn and to interact with faculty, such as the Mathematics Club.

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

The mathematics program at IU Southeast is similar to those at other IU campuses. Beyond the general requirements for the bachelor of arts degree, mathematics majors are required to take the following courses: Three semesters of Calculus, a course in Linear Algebra, a course in Probability Theory, a course in the Foundations of the Number Systems and two semesters of courses at the 400 level (Analysis, Modern Algebra, or Topology).

Students are also required to take one additional course in mathematics, such as Differential Equations or Statistics. Students are strongly recommended to take electives in areas related to mathematics, such as computer science, chemistry, physics or education courses leading to teaching certification.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics requires three semesters of Calculus, a course in Linear Algebra, a course in Probability Theory, the course Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning, a 400-level two-course sequence in Modern Algebra or Introductory Analysis, a Senior Thesis course, and four additional mathematics electives at the 300 or 400-level. The B.S. in Mathematics also requires a course in biology, a sequence in calculus-based physics or in chemistry, and a two-course sequence in computer science.

Double Degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science

The B.S. degree in computer science (mathematics/ science option) is quite similar to the B.S. in mathematics. Since this degree require a significant number of the required courses in the mathematics degree, it is quite easy to obtain double degrees in mathematics and computer science.

Double Degrees in Mathematics and Education

The B.S. degree in secondary education (teaching major in mathematics) is quite similar to the B.S. in mathematics. Since this degree requires a significant number of the required courses in the mathematics degree, it is quite easy to obtain double degrees in mathematics and education.

Minor in Mathematics

The requirements for the minor in mathematics are three semesters of Calculus and one additional course in Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, or Probability. These requirements are easily combined with degrees in computer science or education.

In a modern and complex society, mathematics and mathematically trained people play an increasing and critical role. Mathematicians and statisticians may collaborate with biologists and chemists to sequence the human genome or to design and test new drugs. They may manage insurance companies and use chaos theory to solve complex problems in finance. Mathematics is essential in computer science, from cryptography and systems security to the techniques used to create virtual reality.

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in mathematics are ready for careers in such areas as statistics and actuarial science which determines risk, and may set insurance rates and manage pension funds. With relevant education coursework, a graduate in mathematics may become certified to teach high school mathematics.

Beyond these traditional career paths, mathematically trained graduates have a valuable ability to analyze and solve problems. With coursework in the relevant disciplines, graduates in mathematics can excel in software engineering and in finance. A mathematics degree can also be excellent preparation for law school. A graduate in mathematics can pursue an advanced degree in mathematics, statistics or related subjects. Master or doctoral degree holders in mathematics often work in industrial or scientific research and development; holders of doctoral degrees can become college or university professors.

Recommended Preparation

The best preparation is to follow the mainstream of mathematics courses offered in high school. Students find it extremely beneficial to have at least two years of algebra and a year of geometry before they enter the IU Southeast program.

College-bound high school students should keep in mind that lower-level algebra courses do not count toward the mathematics concentration requirement at IU Southeast, although some of these courses do count toward graduation.

For further information, please contact Professor Lang at (812) 941-2270 or by email, wclang@ius.edu.

 

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Janet Kramer Arnold
Lecturer of Mathematics
jakarnol@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2186
Office Location: PS 020D
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Crump W. Baker
Professor of Mathematics
cbaker@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2272
Office Location: LF 222
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Kimberly Bonacci
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
Coordinator of Mathematics
kbonacci@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2132
Office Location: PS 020B
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Delaine E. Cochran
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
dcochran@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2605
Office Location: PS 020F
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W. Christopher Lang
Professor of Mathematics
Coordinator of the Upper-Level Mathematics Program
wclang@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2270
Office Location: LF 224
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Cindy Light
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
clight@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2615
Office Location: PS 020C
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Phillip E. Miller
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
pmiller@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2405
Office Location: PS 005
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Rose S. Riehm
Lecturer of Mathematics
rriehm@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2187
Office Location: PS 020E
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Dylan Shi
Associate Professor of Mathematics
dshi@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2422
Office Location: LF 221
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Mildred A. Vernia
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
mavernia@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2194
Office Location: PS 020A
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Elizabeth Weaver
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
elizweav@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2522
Office Location: LF 219
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Adjunct

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Margaret A. Ehringer
Senior Lecturer of Mathematics
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Developmental Mathematics

M007 Elementary Algebra (3 cr.)
P: Proficiency in arithmetic and basic geometry, placement by exam, or M006. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M007/M005 Elementary Algebra with Lab (5 cr.)
P: Proficiency in arithmetic and basic geometry. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem.

M007/M117 Combined Elementary/ Intermediate Algebra (6 cr.)
P: M006 or placement into M007 by examination.

Mathematics

A118 Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences (3 cr.)
P: Two years of high school algebra or M117.

K300 Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
P: Two years of high school mathematics including algebra, placement by exam, or M117. R: M118 Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M110 Excursions into Mathematics (3 cr.)
P: One year each of high school algebra and geometry, or M007.

M117 Intermediate Algebra (3 cr.)
P: Placement by exam and one year of high school algebra or M007. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
P: Two years of high school mathematics including algebra, placement by exam, or M117. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M119 Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.)
P: Placement by exam or M122. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M120 Brief Survey of Calculus II (3 cr.)
P: M119. Semester offered : Spring Sem.

M122 College Algebra (3 cr.)
P: Two years of high school algebra and placement by exam, or M117. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M125 Precalculus Mathematics (3 cr.)
P: Two years of high school algebra and placement by exam, or M117. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M126 Trigonometric Functions (2 cr.)
P or C: M125 or equivalent. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

M215-M216 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I-II (5-5 cr.)
P: Three years of high school mathematics including two years of algebra or M125 and M126. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem.

M295 Readings and Research (1-3 cr.)

M303 Linear Algebra for Undergraduates (3 cr.)
P: M216. Semester offered : Fall Sem.

M305 Applied Mathematics in Business (3 cr.)
P: MATH M117, ENG W131, sophomore standing or above.

M311 Calculus III (3 cr.)
P: M216. Semester offered : Fall Sem.

M312 Calculus IV (3 cr.)
P: M311.

M313 Elementary Differential Equations with Applications (3 cr.)
P: M216. Semester offered : Spring Sem.

M315 Advanced Calculus for Applications (3 cr.)
P: M311.

M347 Discrete Mathematical Models (3 cr.)
P: M118 or equivalent.

M360 Elements of Probability (3 cr.)
P: M216 or equivalent. Semester offered : Fall Sem.

M363 Sample Survey Techniques (3 cr.)
P: Two years of high school mathematics including algebra, K300 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

M366 Elements of Statistical Inference (3 cr.)
P: M360. Semester offered : Spring Sem.

M371 Elementary Computational Methods (3 cr.)
P: M216, CSCI C201, consent of instructor.

M380 History of Mathematics (3 cr.)
P: M119 or M215.

M391 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (3 cr.)
P: M216.

M403-M404 Introduction to Modern Algebra I-II (3-3 cr.)
P: M303 or M391 or consent of instructor. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem.

M405 Number Theory (3 cr.)
P: M216.

M406 Topics in Mathematics (3 cr.)

M413-M414 Introduction to Analysis I-II (3-3 cr.)

M415 Elementary Complex Variables with Applications (3 cr.)
P: M311 or consent of instructor.

M420 Metric Space Topology (3 cr.)
P: M303 or M391 or consent of instructor.

M421-M422 Introduction to Topology I-II (3-3 cr.)
P: M303 and M311.

M425 Graph (Network) Theory and Combinatorial Theory (3 cr.)
P: M303.

M435 Introduction to Differential Geometry (3 cr.)
P: M311 and M303.

M436 Introduction to Geometries (3 cr.)
P: M391 or consent of instructor. Semester offered : Spring Sem.

M441-M442 Applied Mathematics I-II (3-3 cr.)
P: M311 and M313 or consent of instructor.

M447 Mathematical Models and Applications I (3 cr.)
P: M303, M311, and M360, which may be taken concurrently, or consent of instructor.

M471 Numerical Analysis I (3 cr.)
P: M303 and M313, or consent of instructor.

M490 Problem Seminar (3 cr.)
P: M303, M403, or M413 (M403 or M413 may be concurrent), and consent of instructor.

M493 Senior Thesis in Mathematics (1 cr.)
P: M403 or M413.

T101 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3 cr.)
P: One year each of high school algebra and geometry, M007. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

T102 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (3 cr.)
P: T101. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

T103 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III (3 cr.)
P: T101. Semester offered : Fall Sem., Spring Sem., Summer.

T321 Intuitive Topology I (3 cr.)
P: M216 or consent of instructor.

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