# CURRICULUM & COURSES

The mathematics major prepares students for myriad careers, ranging from business to industry to government to secondary education, as well as for graduate school. The mathematics major is flexible enough that a student may complement the major with a minor in a different area, a second major, or honors. Once a student has completed a degree in mathematics, the student may remain at SBU to obtain an MBA or an MSED. Non-majors may obtain a minor in mathematics to complement their own major.

### Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all mathematics courses. For one possible breakdown of the mathematics major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

* The student should choose the nine credits of mathematics electives in consultation with his or her adviser to complement the student's career goals. CS 332. Theory of Computation may be used as three of the nine credits of mathematics electives. However, students interested in secondary education certification must use MATH 312. Geometry, MATH 322. Mathematical Probability, and MATH 323. Mathematical Statistics as the mathematics electives in order to be prepared for the certification examinations.

** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit *quantitative reasoning requirement.* Mathematics majors satisfy this requirement by passing *any of the courses listed in the above table under* **Mathematics**.

### Complementing your major in mathematics with...

**... a minor:**It is common, although by no means required, for a student to add a minor in a different area to his or her major in mathematics. Whether a minor is appropriate and if so, in which area, depends on the student's interests and career goals. To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year; the appropriate form is available from the student's adviser.**... a second major:**For some students, a minor in a different area is not enough---to achieve their goals, they desire a second major. In such circumstances, the student usually (but not always!) picks the second major in an area closely allied with mathematics, such as computer science or physics. To declare a second major, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year; the appropriate form is available at the Records Office.**... honors:**Graduating with honors is the highest academic distinction offered to undergraduate students at St. Bonaventure University. Students interested in obtaining a degree in mathematics with honors are encouraged to peruse the Mathematics Degree with Honors page and to consult the University Honors Program website.*An honors project in mathematics with a grade of C or better will fulfill the Senior Comprehensive Requirement.*

### Career in Secondary Education

The mathematics major provides excellent preparation for secondary school teaching. Please see the Secondary Education page for details about the two paths students may take at St. Bonaventure to obtain certification.

### Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The following plan of study for a mathematics major would need to be modified if the student begins in a mathematics course beyond Calculus I. Changes in sequencing may be desirable for other reasons. All modifications should be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser.

To see the title of a course in the plan of study below, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description for a course, click on its number.

◄ FIRST YEAR ► | |||

Fall Semester | Credits | Spring Semester | Credits |

MATH 151 | 4 | MATH 152 | 4 |

Core Area Course | 3 | MATH 207 | 3 |

CLAR 101 | 3 | CS 131 | 4 |

CLAR 110 | 3 | CLAR 111 | 3 |

3 | 3 | ||

Total | 16 | Total | 17 |

◄ SECOND YEAR ► | |||

Fall Semester | Credits | Spring Semester | Credits |

MATH 251 | 4 | MATH 241 | 3 |

3–4 | General Elective | 3 | |

MATH 208 or MATH 345 | 3 | Core Area Courses (Clare) | 9 |

Core Area Courses (Clare) | 6 | ||

Total | 16–17 | Total | 15 |

◄ THIRD YEAR ► | |||

Fall Semester | Credits | Spring Semester | Credits |

MATH 341 or MATH 351 | 3 | Mathematics Elective** | 3 |

Core Area Courses (Clare) | 7 | General Electives | 12 |

General Elective | 3 | ||

Total | 13 | Total | 15 |

◄ FOURTH YEAR ► | |||

Fall Semester | Credits | Spring Semester | Credits |

MATH 351 or MATH 341 | 3 | MATH 492 | 1 |

Mathematics Elective** | 3 | Mathematics Elective** | 3 |

General Electives | 6 | General Electives | 10–11 |

CLAR 401 | 2 | ||

Total | 14 | Total | 14–15 |

### Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics

Non-majors may obtain a mathematics minor by completing the requirements below. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all mathematics courses.

- MATH 151. Calculus I
- MATH 152. Calculus II
- MATH 207. Discrete Mathematics I
- MATH 241. Linear Algebra
- Any two mathematics courses numbered 300 or higher. With permission of the department, one of these two courses may be replaced by either MATH 208. Discrete Mathematics II, MATH 251. Calculus III, or MATH 252. Ordinary Differential Equations.

To declare a minor, *a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year.* The appropriate form is available from the student's adviser.