The Department of Mathematical Sciences has thirteen full-time faculty members and a staff of part-time lecturers. The department offers three comprehensive undergraduate degree programs that prepare students for professional careers as well as graduate studies in mathematics. A student can major in Pure Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics and Mathematics Education. The department also offers minors in Statistics and Actuarial Science. The undergraduate Honors Program offers students individually tailored course of study and research in particular areas of mathematics.
New Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Mathematics
Starting from Fall 2014, the Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Mathematics. To qualify for the B.S. Degree, a student must satisfactorily complete with a grade of B or better each of the courses in the appropriate track with one possible exception of a C/C+.
In addition, for the B.S. Degree a student must take:
- 50:640:190 Foundations of Calculus (to be offered first in Spring 2015), and
- 50:640:252 Advanced Linear Algebra (to be offered first in Fall 2015) instead of the existing 50:640:250 Linear Algebra.
The total number of credits for the B.S. Degree is 48.
The requirements for Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Mathematics remain unchanged. The total number of credits for B.A. is 45.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences uses state-of-the-art computational and visualization tools for instruction. The department is a founding member of the interdepartmental Science Vision Project that oversees the operation of three computer labs equipped with SUN and SGI workstations. From 1997 the Unified Calculus sequence has been taught by the Calculus Instruction Enhancement Project.
Learning Outcomes for Mathematical Literacy
This General Education Foundations category addresses the basic mathematical skills that a student needs in order to succeed at Rutgers and to become an informed and empowered citizen. A student fulfills this requirement by passing a mathematics course (640 prefix) at the 100 or higher level. Depending on the course chosen, the student will be able to demonstrate achievement of several of the following goals:
- Analyze patterns and identify whether the pattern continues and is consistent.
- Use the symbols of logical analysis to determine whether an argument based upon given premises is valid.
- Have the ability to apply basic geometric insights relative to distance, area, surface area and volume.
- Use critical thinking skills comfortably with all operations with real numbers.
- Understand the properties of algebra and be able to solve real world applications.
- Enhance reasoning skills by the study of proofs in geometry.
- Develop proficiency in the interpretation of information using set analysis applied to data distribution.
- Mathematically model and then analyze phenomena using techniques from logic, number theory, algebra, and/or calculus.
- Use group theory and numeration systems to understand the properties that apply to everyday events.