The program, in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, offers coursework structured to build both a basic and advanced foundation in mathematics. The members of the faculty respond to students’ special interests and are dedicated to teaching mathematics not only as an essential discipline but also as an entryway into a variety of rewarding careers. You can learn more about career opportunities at the www.maa.org/students/career.html, a web page maintained by the Mathematical Association of America.
In addition to the degree programs described below, there are many opportunities for a student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences to experience various aspects of mathematics and to establish a record of achievement in extracurricular settings. NMSU students have competed in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, and in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling organized by the Consortium for Mathematics and Applications (COMAP).
There are many school-related employment opportunities for students. Tutoring and grading jobs are available for students interested in mathematics and education. Students interested in research may serve as research assistants or as computer programmers assisting faculty members. These are only some of the activities by which students can gain part-time work while attending school. Information about scholarships can be found at Financial Aid and Scholarship Services
The Department supports a number of off-campus activities for students. Both NMSU faculty and students have given talks at the Arizona Mathematics Undergraduate Conference (AMUC), an annual event that takes place in Tempe, Arizona. The Department, as a whole, retains an institutional membership to the Mathematical Association of America, which offers a broad range of activities to undergraduate mathematics students, including regional conferences. The Department also partners with the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) directed by Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez of Arizona State University.
Degree Programs in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
The programs offered by the Department give each student a sense of the nature of mathematics and its place in society. We aim to prepare students to approach learning as a lifelong challenge, in addition to providing each student with the mathematical tools needed for practical employment. Our faculty is well-acquainted with the highest levels of mathematical scholarship and research and as such is equipped to facilitate advanced degrees (Masters and Ph.D.) in mathematics.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
The program consists of seven required mathematics courses that give the student a broad mathematical foundation in calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, modern algebra and modern analysis. Every student takes two introductory computer science courses, an English course on technical writing, and six more upper division mathematics courses. The six upper-division mathematics courses can be chosen to fit particular interest areas. The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a broad range of courses in different areas of mathematics and statistics; students are free to concentrate on logic and foundations, advanced analysis, probability and statistics, advanced algebra, numerical analysis, dynamical systems, geometry, and topology or history of mathematics. So beyond building a solid foundation in mathematics, there is the flexibility to gain advanced mathematical knowledge in preparation for any occupation the student intends to enter, including continuing his/her education in graduate school. Students graduating from NMSU with a B.S. in mathematics have had a high success rate in obtaining admission to graduate work in the University of their choice.
Supplementary Major in Applied Mathematics
A supplementary major in applied mathematics (SMAM) is designed to accompany a degree program in a primary major; the primary major can be in any field, but the program is particularly suited to accompany a regular major in computer science, physics, any of the engineering majors, economics and/or mathematics. To earn a supplementary major, a student selects five upper-division courses from a list of advanced mathematics courses and, in addition, must take three more advanced courses in related applied fields. These courses in related areas are mathematically intensive. The entire program of eight courses can be chosen to add breadth and depth to the student’s knowledge of his/her primary major. For a student majoring in engineering, economics, a physical science, or computer science, the SMAM offers a unique opportunity to correlate a particular area of study with an enhanced knowledge of the mathematical tools that are so highly useful in the area. For a mathematics major, the SMAM offers a chance to investigate concrete areas in applied mathematics and to prepare for further cross-disciplinary work. Such study deepens a students understanding of mathematics as a whole and improves his or her ability to communicate mathematically with people in related technical disciplines.
Minor in Mathematics
The Minor in Mathematics can accompany any primary major, except a major in mathematics. It is the perfect degree for students who will benefit from earning a degree in mathematics, but who cannot accommodate a second major in their schedules. The program consists of six mathematics courses, three of which must be upper-division courses.