Aug 08, 2020  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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.

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, 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.
  1. Core Curriculum Program
  2. Mathematics Core
  3. Mathematics Electives
  4. Supporting Courses
  5. Open Electives
  6. Electives (as needed to fulfill University graduation requirements)
  Total 120-121

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

1. University Core Curriculum

University Core Curriculum Programs 

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Total: 33


*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  apply to the University Core Curriculum. The 1 hour laboratory component applies to the Mathematics major requirement.

3. Mathematics Electives

Electives must be selected in consultation with the faculty mentor and with department chair approval. One of the following courses must be selected as a junior level elective. Students intending to seek secondary teaching certification in Mathematics must take MATH 3312 - College Geometry .

Total: 3

One of the following courses must be selected as a senior level elective.

Total: 3

4. Supporting Courses

Supporting courses are chosen to provide a context in which to apply mathematics, to provide important career skills for the mathematician, and to motivate many of the important problems studied in mathematics.

Total: 10


**3 hours apiece of PHYS 2425  and PHYS 2426  apply to the University Core Curriculum.

The two 1 hour laboratory components apply to the Supporting Courses requirement.

5. Open Electives

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 three 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 is a career emphasis, which provides the student with a broad spectrum of courses. The third option, designed for those students seeking secondary teaching certification, is a sequence of courses in Education. Details of each of these options are:

  1. 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.
  2. A career emphasis can be used to support future graduate study or other plans and consists of electives as needed including upper-division work. Mathematics courses used for a career emphasis may not be used to satisfy a Mathematics major.
  3. 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 7-12 section of the SMTE portion of the catalog for more details.


Total: 18-27

6. Electives as needed to fulfill University graduation requirements.

Teaching Certification in Mathematics

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