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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Department of
Mathematics and Statistics
Undergraduate Programs



Mathematics and statistics in their purest forms are art forms concerned with ideas. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics believes that an undergraduate major should be both an introduction to more advanced study and a survey of the many facets of mathematics and statistics. From the profound insights of Thales to the undecidability of Godel, from the intuitive to the rigorous, from the abstract to the applied, with a solid emphasis on both the discrete and the continuous cases, we encourage all majors to be engaged in a wide range of mathematical and statistical ideas. Unlike many other disciplines, mathematics and statistics are very structured subjects. Consequently, the curriculum consists of sequences of interrelated courses which must be taken in the appropriate order. The courses in mathematics and statistics are organized with the needs of three groups of students in mind: (1)those interested in mathematics or statistics as a major field of study who may be planning more advanced study, preparing to teach or intending to use their skills in business, industry or government; (2) those needing mathematics or statistics primarily as a tool in other disciplines; and (3)those interested in the logical and cultural aspects of mathematics as an element in their general education. Please refer to our web page on careers for more information.


Major in Mathematics

All students majoring in mathematics should complete Calculus (Math 121, 122, 223), Linear Algebra (Math 247) and Foundations (Math 290) in their first two years as preparation for more advanced courses. Mathematics majors not preparing for teacher licensure are also required to complete two of the following three courses: Intermediate Analysis (Math 316), Abstract Algebra (Math 345) and Discrete Mathematics (Math 375). Students are also required to complete the mathematics capstone experience (Math 492) during their senior year. In addition students should choose 12 credits as electives from Math 316, 321, 332, 345, 375, 392, 411, 417, 418, 422, 425, 435, 442, 446, 447, 455, 456, 470, 471, 480 and 496. More information can be found in the official Undergraduate Bulletin.


Major in Mathematics Education

All students majoring in mathematics should complete Calculus (Math 121, 122, 223), Linear Algebra (Math 247) and Foundations (Math 290) in their first two years as preparation for more advanced courses. Mathematics majors preparing for teacher licensure are required to complete Intermediate Analysis (Math 316), College Geometry (Math 332), Abstract Algebra (Math 345), Probability and Statistics (Math 354), Discrete Mathematics (Math 375), Advanced Viewpoint of 5-8 School Mathematics (Math 483), Technology in 5-12 School Mathematics (Math 484), Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (Math 485) and Mathematics Capstone Experience (Math 492) along with the courses for professional education in the College of Education. More information can be found in the official Undergraduate Bulletin.


Major in Statistics

All students majoring in statistics should complete Introduction to Statistics (Stat 154), Calculus (Math 121, 122, 223), Linear Algebra (Math 247), Concepts of Probability and Statistics (Stat 354), Sample Survey and Design (Stat 357), Categorical Data Analysis (Stat 358), Nonparametric Methods (Stat 359), Regression Analysis (Stat 450), Experimental Designs (Stat 451), Theory of Statistics (Stat 455, 456), and Statistics Capstone Experience (Stat 492) along with Computer Science (CS 110, 111, 230). The major in statistics is a broad major, not requiring a minor. Therefore, students seeking a major in statistics should also complete 16 credits in one of the following tracks: Applied Mathematics (Math 290, 321, 375, 422, 425, 470, 471), Computer Science (CS 210, 220, 320, 340, 350, 370, 433, Math 470, 471) or Biological Sciences (Biol 105W, 211, 320, 479). More information can be found in the official Undergraduate Bulletin.


Minor in Mathematics

Students seeking a minor in mathematics, but not preparing for teacher licensure, should complete Calculus (Math 121, 122) and Linear Algebra (Math 247) along with seven credits as electives from any courses listed for the BA mathematics major. More information can be found in the official Undergraduate Bulletin.


Minor in Statistics

Students seeking a minor in statistics should complete Calculus (Math 121, 122), Probability and Statistics (Stat 354), Regression Analysis (Stat 450) and Experimental Designs (Stat 451) along with one elective chosen from Stat 455, 457, 458, or 459. More information can be found in the official Undergraduate Bulletin.


Minor in Actuarial Science

Students seeking a minor in actuarial science should complete Calculus (Math 121,122), Business Finance (Fina 362) and Investments (Fina 460), and 6-7 credits of electives from Concepts of Probability and Statistics (Stat 354) and Theory of Statistics (Stat 455). More information can be found in the official Undergraduate Bulletin.