Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Department of Mathematics

Pure Mathematics Concentration

Typical Four-Year Sequence of Courses

The Department of Mathematics has prepared a typical sequence of courses that illustrates how a student in the pure mathematics concentration may complete the requirements for both the mathematics major and the University General Education / Core Curriculum Requirements for graduation in four years. Each student's actual schedule may be somewhat different depending on the student's individual situation.  Note that the actual sequence of courses is mainly constrained by the course prerequisites.

Freshman Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 273 Calculus I *
4
MATH 265 Elementary Linear Algebra
4
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
MATH 274 Calculus II
4
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
COSC 236 Introduction to Computer
                     Science I *
4
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
TSEM or ENGL 102
3
Total
13
Total
15

Sophomore Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 267 Introduction to Abstract
                    Mathematics
4
MATH 331 Probability
4
MATH 275 Calculus III
4
MATH 374 Differential Equations
3
Gen Ed II.A.1 / Core Curriculum 7
(suggest PHYS 241)
3 or 4
Gen Ed II.A.1 / Core Curriculum 8
(suggest PHYS 242)
3 or 4
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Free Elective 
1 to 3 
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Total
15 to 18
Total
16 to 17

Junior Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 369 Intro to Abstract Algebra
4
MATH 463 Linear Algebra
3
Mathematics Elective
3
Mathematics Elective
3
Free Elective
3 or 4
Mathematics Elective
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Gen Ed or Mathematics Elective
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Gen Ed / Core Curriculum
3
Total
16 to 17
Total
15

Senior Year
Fall Term
Spring Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
MATH 467 Algebraic Structures
3
MATH 475 Complex Analysis
3
MATH 473 Real Analysis
4
MATH 490 Senior Seminar
3
Mathematics Elective
3
Mathematics Elective
3
Core Curriculum
3 or 4
Free Elective
3 or 4
Free Elective
3 or 4
Free Elective
3 or 4
Total
16 to 18
Total
15 to 17

In this concentration, the total number of units required for graduation is 121 to 130.

* Notes:

  1. A minimum of 120 units is needed for graduation.
  2. The prerequisite for MATH 273 is MATH 119.
  3. Depending on the prior programming experience of the student, he or she might be required to take COSC 175 or equivalent.
  4. Students who need to start with MATH 119 are advised to either
    1. Take MATH 119 during the summer before entering Towson University or
    2. Take MATH 119 in the fall term of the freshman year.  These students will need to postpone the calculus sequence and MATH 265 for one term. They should be able to make up for this delay by either:
      1. taking a mathematics course in the summer session during the first two years, or
      2. inserting an additional mathematics course during the junior or senior year.
  5. Students who need to start with COSC 175 are advised to either
    1. Take COSC 175 during the summer before entering Towson University or
    2. Take COSC 175 during the fall term of the freshman year.

Documents
Core Curriculum Requirements Checklist (PDF)

GenEd Requirements Checklist (PDF) (for graduation under catalogs prior to 2011-2012)

 

 

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