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  Sep 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics, BS


The mission of the Mathematics Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is to increase the knowledge and use of mathematics by persons both at the University and in the surrounding area. We strive to educate students at the University so that they are prepared to use mathematics intelligently in their chosen fields of study and to understand mathematics as it affects their lives and participation in public affairs. In addition, the Mathematics Program provides its majors and graduate students with preparation for careers in education, science, and commerce, as well as providing a solid foundation for further study in mathematics. In support of the graduate program, the mathematics faculty pursues scholarship in mathematics, applications of mathematics, and instruction in mathematics. Finally, the Mathematics Program serves the community by providing its expertise to local schools, industry, and businesses.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a command of principles of general mathematics at the undergraduate level.
  • Recognize mathematics outside the realm of the classroom, and apply undergraduate level mathematical content as a matter of professional practice.
  • Communicate mathematics effectively at the undergraduate level, in oral and written form, with appropriate use of technology.

There are three tracks for the degree: Secondary Mathematics Teaching, leading to teacher certification; Applied/Industrial Mathematics, preparing students for employment; and General Mathematical Studies; preparing students for further studies in mathematics.  All options share a common core that consists of 32 hours of mathematics, physics and programming.   

Placement and Prerequisites

Each new or transfer student entering Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi who plans to
take a mathematics course will be evaluated by the University to determine the appropriate first
mathematics course(s) for that student. For students who enter having successfully completed a
college mathematics course, evaluation will normally be based on their college transcript. For a
student who enters without having completed a college-level mathematics course, evaluation will
normally be based on both that student’s high-school transcript, and his or her score on standardized
tests. For details on use of transcripts and scores for placement see the placement link on the
Department webpage, http://math.tamucc.edu. Students may not enroll for their first mathematics
course without having been placed into that course.

The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics include at least 120 semester hours with a minimum of 45 upper-division hours. The total is divided as follows:

I. The Mathematics Major


  Sem. Hrs.
0. First Year Seminar
1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
2. Mathematics Core
3. Mathematics Track Electives
4. Upper Math Electives
5. Minor or Career Emphasis
6. Electives (as needed to fulfill University graduation requirements)
0-2
42
17
18
6-18
18-31
6-19
  Total 120


The following describes each of the components of the mathematics major in more detail.

0. First Year Seminars (when applicable)


 Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses.  After confirming with an advisor, others may take electives instead.

1. University Core Curriculum


Mathematics major students will use the courses listed below to fulfill core requirements in the indicated areas.

The remaining 27 hours of coursework are to be selected from other Foundational Areas in the core.  (see catalog section on University Core Curriculum Programs )

 Life and Physical Sciences Foundational Component Area - 6 sem. hrs.

Mathematics Foundational Component Area - 3 sem. hrs.

  • MATH 2413  - Calculus I (Lecture hours only. The 1 hour laboratory component applies to the Mathematics Core requirement.)

Component Area Option - 6 sem. hrs.

2. Mathematics Core


The following courses are required of all mathematics majors.

Total: 17 (7 hours count in the Core Curriculum Program)


Note:


*May be waived with suitable placement; see placement section below for more details. Upper-division classes may be required to increase total upper-division hours to the university minimum. See the degree requirements section of the catalog for details.

† 3 hours of  MATH 2413  - Calculus I apply to the University Core Curriculum. The 1 hour laboratory component applies to the Mathematics Core requirement.

♦ May substitute COSC 1435 Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers I  or COSC 1436 Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers II  

3. Mathematics Track Electives


Electives must be selected in consultation with the faculty mentor and with department chair approval.

4. Upper Math Electives


Upper elective courses are chosen to provide further depth of study in mathematics.

Secondary Mathematics Teaching and Applied/Industrial Tracks


  • 6 sem. hrs. of upper-division mathematics

 

General Mathematics Studies Track


  • 18 sem. hrs. of upper division mathematics

Total: 6 to 18


5. Minor or Career Emphasis


Students complete a major in mathematics with electives as needed.  Mathematics majors must consult with a mathematics faculty mentor in choosing the electives and are advised to choose among two options. The first option is a minor, designed to provide a secondary concentration in an area of particular interest to the student, or of particular importance to his or her career plans. The second option designed for those students seeking secondary teaching certification, is a sequence of courses in Education. Details of each of these options are:

 

A minor consists of 18-23 specified semester hours in an approved subject. The student should consult the section of the catalog pertaining to the academic area of the minor for a description of the requirements in that discipline. If no description is provided, the minor is subject to the approval of the department containing the minor.

Twenty-seven hours of courses as specified by the College of Education to meet SBEC requirements for certification. An additional 4 hours to complete a “Support Field” will be required. Consult the “Professional Development and Reading Sequence” of the BS in Mathematics—Grades 8-12 section of the SMTE portion of the catalog for more details.

 

Total: 18-31


6. Electives as needed to fulfill University graduation requirements.


Includes 2 hours of physics lab.

 

 

Total: 2-15 sem. hrs.


Teaching Certification in Mathematics


Students who wish to teach mathematics in grades 4-12 should explore the following certification options:

Fast Track from Bachelor's to Master's Degree


Mathematics, BS and Mathematics, MS

The university allows the opportunity for high-achieving students to count a select number of graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree and thereby obtain a graduate degree at an accelerated pace. Students interested in the Fast Track in Mathematics must meet the following application criteria:

  • Currently seeking a BS in Mathematics at A&M-Corpus Christi.
  • Minimum of a 3.25 GPA (no grades below C in math classes) in the last 60 SCH at the time of Fast Track application.
  • Classified as a Senior with successful completion of at least 90 SCH, including MATH 4301 and MATH 4306.

Students accepted into the Fast Track program will be given permission to enroll in up to six hours of prescribed graduate courses during their last semester of undergraduate studies. The hours for these graduate courses will “double-count” toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The BS and MS degrees will be awarded sequentially (i.e., upon completion of each degree) and not simultaneously. Students will be allowed to continue enrollment in the graduate program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must provide the following at the time of application:

  • A completed application form. Application fees are waived for Fast Track applicants.
  • Official transcripts of all college and university coursework.
  • An essay, 300-500 words in length, should discuss the applicant’s educational and professional goals, pertinent work and undergraduate experience, and other factors relating to the chosen option for graduate study.
  • One or more letters of recommendation specifically addressing an applicant’s ability to do graduate level study of mathematics may be submitted to strengthen an application. The letters should be submitted directly to the Department at the time of application.
  • A note from a faculty member willing to serve as their graduate advisor. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor.

No criterion is weighted more heavily than any other criterion. Applications received or completed after the deadline for admission during one semester may be considered for admission in the following semester at the applicant’s request. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.

Academic Preparation

Applicants are expected to enter the program with adequate academic preparation. If the graduate committee determines that an applicant’s preparation is deficient, the individual will be required to complete course work to remedy these deficiencies. Such course work will be regarded as leveling work, and will not count as credit towards the total required for completion of the MS degree in mathematics.

Fast Track Curriculum in the Senior Year

BS, Mathematics students accepted in the Fast Track will substitute six semester credit hours their senior year and will take the following courses instead:

  • A graduate-level core course (choose from MATH 5333, MATH 5336, MATH 5339, OR MATH 5351) to substitute for an undergraduate MATH elective.

AND

  • MATH 5337 (to substitute for MATH 4315)

OR

  • MATH 5343 (to substitute for MATH 4342)

 

See the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of the degree requirements for the MS in Mathematics.