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2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.S. in Mathematics - Chemistry Track

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Mathematics Department


Students majoring in mathematics with an interest in chemistry or secondary education should consider this special interest area. Chemistry is the study of nanoworld, the world of atoms and molecules spanning dimensions from one to several thousand angstroms (1 x E-9 meters). Chemistry is sometimes referred to as the “central” science due to the size range of physical systems investigated (they are intermediate in size to sub-atomic particles studied by physicists and the larger systems studied by biologists and geologists).

Chemists study the architecture of this miniature universe, explore the changes that occur, unravel the principles that govern these chemical changes, and devise ways to create entirely new compounds and materials. Past triumphs of chemistry include the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and agricultural products, while future challenges include chemical memory, solar cells, superconductors, and the solution of numerous important problems relating to health and the environment.

The usual stereotype of a chemist as someone who works in a laboratory surrounded by flasks of bubbling liquids giving off less than pleasant odors does not describe the experience of most chemists though some do work in laboratories surrounded by traditional glassware and equipment with fume hoods for stinky chemicals. Others, however, work in laboratories equipped with sophisticated computer-controlled measuring instruments. For others, the “lab” is a smokestack, a river, or a process-line in a chemical plant.

 From the perspective of employers, chemists are valued as much for their critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they are for their knowledge of chemistry.

Federal government statistics reveal that about 70% of the U.S. economy has some connection to chemistry. Students choosing to study mathematics with a special interest in chemistry will obtain an excellent preparation for these opportunities.


Major Requirements - Credits: 50

Required Courses - Credits: 10

Students must have a “C” or better in the following three courses to register for any 300 level or above Mathematics course.

Required Mathematics Seminar Course - Credits: 2

MATH 491 must be completed 2 times.

Required Electives - Credits: 6

MATH 301 is required. Choose at least one additional course from MATH 302 and MATH 315.

Chemistry Special Interest Area - Credits: 7

Choose at least 7 credits (including one lab) from the following. At least 3 credits must be taken at the 300/400 level.

Competency in an Approved Computer Programming Language

Competency in an approved computer programming language is required.

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements - Credits: 12

Mathematics students in the College of Health, Environment and Science must complete the following four courses.

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