B.A./B.S. in Mathematics
A major in mathematics may be pursued as either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts, depending on the student’s interests and complementary major or minor. Required courses in mathematics are the same for both degrees. The department offers a primary major, requiring a minimum of 38 credit hours, and a complementary major, requiring a minimum of 32 hours.
Learning Objectives for Math Majors
- demonstrate expertise in the core topics of mathematics
- demonstrate ability to solve advanced mathematical problems, apply various methods of mathematical proof, and communicate solutions in writing
- demonstrate the ability to comprehend advanced mathematics and present the material orally and in writing
- be aware of and involved with mathematics outside the classroom
- be provided a wide range of elective courses from which to choose
- utilize their mathematics education in either their careers or in the pursuit of graduate work
Students in mathematics at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the undergraduate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing the student to global cultures and traditions.
The Math Colloquium
All majors are required to attend the mathematics colloquium, a weekly gathering that offers students and faculty the opportunity to learn about each other’s interests and mathematical projects and introduces professionals from outside Valpo who work in mathematics and related fields. Students take increasingly more responsibility for the content of the colloquium as they progress through the major, culminating in presentations during the senior year.