# Areas of Focus in Math

### Recommended Electives for Selected Areas of Focus in Mathematics

Valparaiso University’s mathematics and statistics department has developed recommended programs of study appropriate for students who are interested in several particular fields. Click on one of the tabs below to see the recommended electives for that field.

Students who are interested in teaching high school mathematics are recommended to take the following courses as two of three “elective” requirements in the mathematics major:

MATH 312 |
History of Mathematics | 3 Credits |

MATH 314 |
Elements of Geometry | 4 Credits |

Students interested in the field of operations research are recommended to use the following courses to fulfill some of the mathematics major requirements:

Course |
Title |
Credits |

MATH 320 |
Dynamical Systems | 3 Credits |

MATH 322 |
Optimization | 3 Credits |

MATH 421 |
Combinatorics I | 3 Credits |

MATH 422 |
Combinatorics II | 3 Credits |

MATH 451 |
Analysis I | 3 Credits |

STAT 344 |
Stochastic Processes | 3 Credits |

Students interested in applied (scientific) mathematics are recommended to use the following courses to fulfill some of the mathematics major requirements:

Course |
Title |
Credits |

MATH 270 |
Ordinary Differential Equations | 3 Credits |

MATH 330 |
Partial Differential Equations | 3 Credits |

MATH 334 |
Complex Variables | 3 Credits |

MATH 370 |
Numerical Analysis | 3 Credits |

MATH 451 |
Analysis I | 3 Credits |

MATH 452 |
Analysis II | 3 Credits |

MATH 461 |
Abstract Algebra I | 3 Credits |

Students preparing for graduate school in mathematics are recommended to use the following courses to fulfill some of the mathematics major requirements:

Course |
Title |
Credits |

MATH 334 |
Complex Variables | 3 Credits |

MATH 371 |
Experimental Mathematics | 3 Credits |

MATH 451 |
Analysis I | 3 Credits |

MATH 452 |
Analysis II | 3 Credits |

MATH 461 |
Abstract Algebra I | 3 Credits |

MATH 462 |
Abstract Algebra II | 3 Credits |