Undergraduate Programs

The Mathematics Department awards both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts.

  • The B.S. degree in mathematics is particularly appropriate for students who wish to proceed toward careers in industry concentrating on analytical problem solving or graduate schools in any mathematical science area. The B.S. degree is attractive as a second major for students whose primary interest is in computer science, economics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, management science, physics, and chemistry.
  • The B.A. degree in mathematics is designed for students who need a traditional mathematics degree leading to careers in teaching, industry, business, and government. It is attractive as a second major for students whose primary interest is in the social sciences, business, humanities, or fine arts.

Within the mathematics major, there are a variety of specializations. The courses in these specializations are taken mainly in the junior and senior years. Each is intended to give students a deeper view of a particular area of mathematics based on the broad introductory courses of the first two years. In all cases, the student is required to take two courses at the senior/graduate level. Specializations are available in applied and/or numerical mathematics, pure mathematics, computer science, engineering, operations research, and statistics. In the last four cases the specialization includes the study of some courses offered by other departments at SMU.

For more information about majoring in mathematics, please contact Professor Scott Norris (Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics) in Room 239 Clements Hall or at snorris@smu.edu.

 

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