Mathematics
Major
Mathematics is the foundation for all science, technology and engineering. It is an interesting major in its own right. Mathematical sophistication is a fundamental skill for a technical society like ours. Mathematics is a major that leads to careers in business, industry and government as well as graduate study in a large variety of disciplines. There is plentiful demand in the job market for individuals skilled in mathematics. This major follows the guidelines of the Committee on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics established by the Mathematical Association of America.
A mathematics major has a a wide variety of job opportunities; some may require additional education. These may range from business statistician, credit manager, network programmer, meteorologist, financial consultant, economist, stockbroker, robotics programmer, property appraiser or even a software support specialist.
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“VCSU provided me with the opportunity to complete a double major and compete in college football. The math education program gave me the knowledge and practical experiences that prepared me for my current teaching career.” —Trent Kosel ’11, Edgeley, N.D.; math teacher and football coach, Northern Cass Public Schools, N.D.
General Education Requirements
Code  Title  Credits 

English Composition  
Select one of the following:  6  
College Composition I  
College Composition II  
or ENGL 125  Introduction to Professional Writing  
or  
College Composition II  
or ENGL 125  Introduction to Professional Writing  
College Composition III  
Speech Communication  
Select one of the following:  3  
Fundamentals of Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Intercultural Communication  
Mathematics  
Select one of the following:  3  
College Algebra  
Finite Mathematics  
Precalculus  
Calculus I ^{1}  
Elementary Statistics  
Lab Science  
Select two of the following:  8  
Concepts of Biology  
General Biology I  
General Biology II  
General Zoology  
Introductory Chemistry  
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry  
General Chemistry I  
General Chemistry II  
Introduction to Earth Science  
The Earth Through Time  
Concepts of Physics  
Introductory Astronomy  
Introductory College Physics I  
Introductory College Physics II  
University Physics I  
University Physics II  
Technology, Engineering, and Design  
Wellness  
HPER 100  Concepts of Fitness and Wellness  2 
Technology  
Select one of the following:  3  
Introduction to Computer Information Systems  
Introduction to Programming in Java ^{1}  
Introduction to Structured Programming I ^{1}  
Discovering Computing  
Humanities  
Literacies  
Select one of the following:  3  
Introduction to Literature  
Introduction to Film  
World Literature I  
World Literature II  
American Literature I  
American Literature II  
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage  
1st Year Spanish I  
1st Year Spanish II  
2nd Year Spanish I  
2nd Year Spanish II  
Introduction to Theatre Arts  
Acting One  
Art and Music  
Select one of the following:  3  
Introduction to the Visual Arts  
Fine Arts and Aesthetics  
Music Appreciation  
Music Fundamentals  
History of Rock and Roll  
Social Science  
Select two of the following:  6  
Understanding Media and Social Change  
Human Communication  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Principles of Macroeconomics  
Human Geography  
United States to 1877  
United States to Present  
World Civilizations to 1500  
World Civilizations since 1500  
Women in America  
Environmental History  
Native American Studies  
American National Government  
State and Local Government  
Introduction to Psychology  
Introduction to Sociology  
Introduction to Anthropology  
Additional Humanities or Social Science  
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:  2  
Design  
Drawing I  
Ceramics I  
Survey of Geography  
Group Piano for NonMajors  
Group Piano for NonMajors  
Valkyries  
Concert Choir  
Athletic Band  
Concert Band  
Planetarium Science  
Theatre Practicum  
Total Credits  39 
^{1}  Required CSCI 127 or CSCI 160 
Major Requirement
Code  Title  Credits 

Required Courses  
MATH 166  Calculus II  4 
MATH 265  Calculus III  4 
MATH 266  Introduction to Differential Equations  3 
MATH 300  Symbolic Logic  1 
MATH 330  Linear Algebra and Matrices  3 
MATH 421  Mathematical Probability and Statistics I  3 
MATH 491  Senior Portfolio  1 
Total Credits  19 
Student must complete the Required Courses and select at least one Concentration from the following:
Mathematics Concentration
Code  Title  Credits 

Concentration A  Mathematics  
Choose nineteen credits from the following:  19  
Introduction to Structured Programming II  
Programming Language Topics  
Discrete Mathematics  
College Geometry II  
Euclidean Geometry and Topics  
Algebraic Structures I  
History and Philosophy of Mathematics  
Real Analysis I  
Ordinary Differential Equations  
Partial Differential Equations  
Mathematical Probability and Statistics II  
Complex Analysis  
Total Credits  19 
Applied Mathematics for Engineers Concentration
Code  Title  Credits 

Concentration B  Applied Mathematics for Engineers  
Choose nineteen credits from the following:  19  
ENGR 100  Introduction to Engineering (offered through UND)  
ENGR 101  Graphical Communication (offered through UND)  
ENGR 200  Computer Aplications in Engineering (offered through UND)  
ENGR 201  Statics (offered through UND)  
ENGR 202  Dynamics (offered through UND)  
Discrete Mathematics  
Ordinary Differential Equations  
Complex Analysis  
Numerical Analysis I  
University Physics II  
University Physics II Lab  
University Physics III  
University Physics III Lab  
MECH 201  Student Design (offered through UND)  
Undergraduate Research  
Total Credits  19 
To be admitted to a major program in mathematics, the student must successfully complete either MATH 103 College Algebra and MATH 105 Trigonometry with a 2.0 average or better or four years of high school mathematics. Approval of the Mathematics Department is also required.
Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 38 Hrs
Total Credits needed to Graduate 120 hrs
For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.
Plan of Study
Mathematics Concentration
First Year  

Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
Courses in the Minor  3  ENGL 120 or 125 (Gen Ed)  3 
ENGL 110  3  Lab Science (Gen Ed)  4 
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)  2  MATH 165  4 
Lab Science (Gen Ed)  4  Social Science (Gen Ed)  3 
MATH 107  3  
UNIV 150  1  
16  14  
Second Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
Art and Music (Gen Ed)  3  Course in the Minor  3 
COMM 110 or 212  3  CSCI 161  3 
CSCI 160 (Gen Ed)  3  MATH 265  4 
Literacies (Gen Ed)  3  MATH 330  3 
MATH 166  4  MATH 300 or 400  12 
16  1415  
Third Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
Courses in the Minor  6  Courses in the Minor  7 
MATH 208  3  Elective course  3 
MATH 340  3  Social Science (Gen Ed)  3 
MATH 410  3  MATH 400 or 300  12 
15  1415  
Fourth Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)  2  Courses in the Minor  6 
MATH 266  3  Elective Courses  7 
Courses in the Minor  3  MATH 421  3 
MATH 340  3  
MATH 491  1  
12  16  
Total Credits 117119 
Applied Mathematics for Engineers Concentration
First Year  

Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
CHEM 121 (Gen Ed)  5  CHEM 122 (Gen Ed)  5 
COMM 110 (Gen Ed)  3  CSCI 127 (Gen Ed)  3 
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)  3  ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)  3 
ENGR 101 (offered through NDSU)  3  ENGR 200 (offered through UND)  2 
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)  2  MATH 165 (Gen Ed)  4 
UNIV 150  1  
17  17  
Second Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
ENGR 100 (Offered through NDSU)  1  ECON 201 (Gen Ed)  3 
ENGR 201 (offered through NDSU)  3  ENGR 202 (offered through UND)  3 
HUM 202 (Gen Ed)  3  MATH 265  4 
MATH 166  4  MATH 330  3 
PHYS 251  4  PHYS 252  4 
PHYS 251L  1  PHYS 252L  1 
16  18  
Third Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
ECON 202 (Gen Ed)  3  GEOG 111 (Gen Ed)  2 
MATH 208  3  HUM 201 (Gen Ed)  3 
MATH 266  3  MATH 300  1 
PHYS 253  4  MATH 412  3 
MATH 461  3  
PHYS 299  3  
13  15  
Fourth Year  
Fall  Credits  Spring  Credits 
CSCI 160 (Gen Ed)  3  ENGL 410  3 
MATH 413  3  MATH 421  3 
MATH 430  3  MATH 491  1 
PHYS 110  4  PHYS 494  3 
13  10  
Total Credits 119 
Please note: This plan is intended for general information only. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.
Learning Outcomes

Students will understand the classical fundamental and foundational theories of modern mathematics.

Students will understand the definition of a mathematical concept, and explain it using concrete examples.

Students will use computational skills to theoretically carry out variations of an equation and/or proposition.

Students will use logical reasoning skills to understand and provide proof of a proposition.