Mathematics

Major/Minor

The Mathematics program develops critical thinking skills to create analytical thinkers and problems solvers. The curriculum covers how to use mathematical software and technologies, problem solve, communicate mathematically through proofs, and analyze data, in addition to how to relate mathematics to a variety of other disciplines.

Program Locations

Available Majors

  • Mathematics

Available Minors

  • Mathematics

Additional Study Options

Course Topics

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Programming Concepts
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Theory of Probability
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • History of Mathematics

Faculty

Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the mathematics major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year
MAT-211 Calculus I 4

MAT-212 Calculus II

4
** MAT-110 Discrete Mathematics 3

CST-171 Programming Concepts+

3
NDMU-100 Perspective in Education 3

General Education/Electives

9
General Education/Electives 6

[16 credits]

 
[16 credits]      
Second Year
CST-295 C++: Object Oriented Programming+ 3

MAT-243 Linear Algebra

3
MAT-213 Calculus III 3

MAT-215 Basic Statistics

3
PHY-101 General Physics I
(recommended)
4

PHY-102 General Physics II
(recommended)

4
General Education/Electives 6

General Education/Electives

6
[16 credits]  

[16 credits]

 
Third or Fourth Year (odd fall, even spring years)
**MAT-311 Theory of Probability 3

**MAT-303 Analysis

3

*MAT-307 Numerical Analysis

3

*MAT-305 Geometry

3
General Education/Electives 9

**MAT-425 Simulation & Modeling

3
[15 credits]  

General Education/Electives

6
   

[15 credits]

 
Third or Fourth Year (even fall, odd spring years)
**MAT-301 Abstract Algebra 3

*MAT-309 Number Theory

3
* MAT-406 Complex Variables 3

*MAT-315 Differential Equations

3
General Education/Electives 9

**MAT-455 History of Mathematics

3
[15 credits]  

General Education/Electives

6
   

[15 credits]

 

+ One of these two courses is required.
* Cycled elective course.
** Cycled required course.

MAT-215 Basic Statistics is offered every semester and can be taken at any time.

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes and personal attention enhance the student expertise. Internships and practica allow you to apply learning beyond the classroom to real world experiences.

Program Goals

Built on the recommendations of the Mathematical Association of America's Committee on Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics, the goals of the mathematics program are: 

  1. Develop mathematical thinking and communication skills;
  2. Develop skills with a variety of technologies; and
  3. Develop a broad view of the mathematical sciences.
Student
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Research & Internship Opportunities

Examples of internship and employment opportunities include:

Mathematics Capstone Experience

In your final spring semester, you will complete a two-step capstone:

  1. Write an essay reflecting on your growth as a mathematician and on your expanded understanding of the discipline of mathematics.
  2. Consult with your advisor and develop a presentation on a topic selected from one or more of your courses, an internship, or a research experience.

The spring mathematics capstone presentation is open to interested faculty, students and guests as a celebration of each student's work and achievements.

Mathematics Careers

  • Finance
  • Computing
  • Science
  • Education
  • Defense Industry

The mathematics program also provides a foundation for the pursuit of further study not only in mathematics, but in:

  • Analytics
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Engineering