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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematical Sciences, BS


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The Mathematical Sciences curriculum is designed to be versatile. Students gain a broad knowledge of mathematical concepts and methods that are applicable in sciences, engineering, business, industry, and other professions requiring a strong mathematical background. In addition to the overall goal of preparing students to cope with a variety of mathematical problems, the curriculum seeks to provide an adequate background for students who plan to pursue graduate study or positions in business, industry, or government. More information about the degree program can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/mathematical-sciences/.

In addition to the overall goal of preparing students to cope with a variety of mathematical problems, the curriculum seeks to provide an adequate background for students who plan to pursue graduate study or positions in business, industry, or government. Students electing the Biology Concentration will have the necessary preparation for entering medical school. More information about the degree program can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/mathematical-sciences/.

All mathematical sciences majors are required to complete a capstone experience that provides an opportunity to pursue research, independent study, or an approved internship under the direction of a faculty member, or the opportunity to study mathematical models in some area of the mathematical sciences. The capstone experience requires a written report (thesis, computer code, project description, intern experience, etc.) and an oral or poster presentation by each student.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan

Under this plan, students may reduce the time necessary to earn both degrees by applying up to 12 graduate credits to both undergraduate and graduate program requirements. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements for pursuing the combined degree from the Department of Mathematical Sciences as early as possible in their undergraduate program. Enrollment guidelines and procedures can be found under Academic Regulations  in this catalog.

Program Requirements


Freshman Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Sophomore Year


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 17

Junior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Senior Year


First Semester


  • Capstone Experience 3 Credits 9
  • Emphasis Area Requirement 6 Credits 8
  • Oral Communication Requirement 3 Credits 1
  • Science and Technology in Society Requirement 3 Credits 1
Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 13

Total Semester Hours: 122


1 See General Education Requirements .

2 Three credits in any modern language numbered 1020 or above. See Modern Languages Requirement at Clemson University statement in Academic Regulations .

3 See General Education Requirements . ECON 2110  is recommended. ECON 2110  is required for students whose emphasis area is Actuarial Science/Financial Mathematics.

4 CPSC 1010 , CPSC 1110 , CPSC 1610  or CPSC 2200  

5 A two-semester sequence selected from the list of Natural Science with Laboratory General Education Requirements .

6 ENGL 3040 , ENGL 3120 , ENGL 3140  or ENGL 3150 ; or the cluster of courses AS 3090 , AS 3100 , AS 4090  and AS 4100 ; or the cluster of courses ML 3010 , ML 3020 , ML 4010 , and ML 4020 . ENGL 3140  is recommended.

7 Actuarial Science/Financial Mathematics Emphasis Area requires ECON 2120  and one of CPSC 1020 , CPSC 2120 ECON 4050 , FIN 3040 , FIN 3050 FIN 3080 , FIN 3110  or STAT 4020 ; and Computer Science Emphasis Area requires CPSC 1020  and CPSC 2120 , or CPSC 1070  and CPSC 2120 . For other emphasis areas, select from CPSC 1020 , CPSC 1070 , CPSC 2120 , ECON 2120 , ECON 4050 , FIN 3040 , FIN 3050 , FIN 3060 , FIN 3080 , FIN 3110  or STAT 4020 ; or any two natural science courses from General Education Natural Science Requirements (labs not required).

8 Select from Abstract Mathematics; Actuarial Science/Financial Mathematics; Applied and Computational Mathematics; Computer Science; Operations Research/Management Science; or Statistics.

9 Students in the Actuarial Science/Financial Mathematics Emphasis Area must take MATH 4070  and MATH 4410 . Students in the Operations Research/Management Science Emphasis Area must take MATH 4070  and MATH 4420 . Students in the Statistics Emphasis Area must take MATH 4070  and MATH 4410 . For other emphasis areas, students may satisfy this requirement by (1) completing six credits of MATH 4820 ; (2) completing six credits of MATH 4910  or an approved substitution; or (3) completing three credits of MATH 4500  and three credits selected from MATH 4030 , MATH 4060 , MATH 4070 , MATH 4080 , MATH 4100 , MATH 4190 , MATH 4310 , MATH 4340 , MATH 4350 , MATH 4410 , MATH 4420 , MATH 4600 , MATH 4820 , MATH 4910  

10 Any 4000-level MATH or STAT course

Notes:

  1. For graduation, a candidate for the BS degree in Mathematical Sciences will be required to have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average in all required MATH courses.
  2. Students who change majors to Mathematical Sciences must have achieved the Minimum Cumulative Grade-Point Average (MCGPA) by Total Credit Hour Level as defined in the Academic Regulations  section of the Undergraduate Announcements and must have received a grade of C or better in all MATH courses taken.

Emphasis Areas


Abstract Mathematics


  • Abstract Mathematics Requirement 6 Credits 1
  • Mathematical Sciences Requirement 6 Credits 2

Credit Hours: 12


Credit Hours: 12


Applied and Computational Mathematics


Credit Hours: 12


Computer Science


Credit Hours: 12


Credit Hours: 13


Credit Hours: 12


Note:


1 MATH 4100 , MATH 4110 , MATH 4130 , MATH 4350 , MATH 4550  or MATH 4560 .

2 Any 4000-level MATH course

3 Students who want to take the Society of Actuaries “P” and “FM” exams are also advised to take MATH 4300  and MATH 4320 .

4 Select from CE 2010 , CE 2060 , CE 2080 , CH 2010 , CH 2050 , CH 2230 , CHE 2110 , CHE 2200 , CHE 2300 , CPSC 2120 , CPSC 2150 , CPSC 2200 , CPSC 2310 , CPSC 3220 , ECE 2010 , ECE 2020 , ECE 2040 , ECE 2070 , EES 2010 , EES 2020 , GEN 3000 , GEN 3020 , GEOL 2020 , GEOL 2050 , GEOL 2110 , GEOL 2120 , IE 3600 , IE 3610 , IE 3840 , MATH 4020 , MATH 4030 , MATH 4060 , MATH 4070 , MATH 4130 , MATH 4350 , MATH 4410 , MATH 4420 , MATH 4500 , ME 2010 , ME 2030 , ME 2040 , MSE 2100 , MSE 2500 , PHYS 2210 , PHYS 2220 , STAT 4020 , STAT 4110  

5 Any 3000- or 4000-level CPSC course

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