Math

Overview

Mathematics strives to prepare students for successful graduate study or a career in private industry, governmental service, or teaching.

The mathematics program produces competent mathematics graduates by providing a rigorous and balanced mathematics curriculum and serves the mathematical needs of Morehouse. We strive to foster in our students ethical and civic behavior as well as provide them with leadership opportunities. We maintain high expectations and instill habits for independent and lifelong learning.

We also prepare our students to succeed in graduate and professional schools and to pursue professional careers. The mathematics major enhances its students’ intellectual abilities by developing their mathematical thinking skills (logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof), communication skills to convey mathematical knowledge and technology skills for comprehension and mathematical research, as well as by exposing students to the mathematical sciences both in breadth and depth.

A student pursuing a major in mathematics is encouraged to choose a minor in one of a variety of areas in the physical, social, managerial, biological, chemical, computer, or engineering sciences in which mathematics is an essential tool.

Outcomes

Students majoring in mathematics will develop mathematical thinking skills beyond a procedural and computational understanding of mathematics and emphasize a broad understanding encompassing logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof; develop communication skills to convey mathematical knowledge; demonstrate knowledge of, and apply skills in, technology (mathematical software platforms, programming, presentation packages, and information sources) to enhance comprehension and research of mathematics; and gain exposure to a broad and deep view of the mathematical sciences.

Major Course of Study Requirements

The B.S. in mathematics requires 42 hours of the following mathematics courses: HMTH 161, 162, 255, 263, 271, 361, 371, and 497; at least three of HMTH 321, 341, 362, 372; and two other 400-level or one other 300-level and one other 400-level mathematics courses. Mathematics majors, especially those preparing for graduate school, are recommended to take both HMTH 362 and 372, but dual-degree engineering program students, who already took HMTH 321 and 341, may find it expedient to take only one of HMTH 362 and HMTH 372. In addition, students are required to complete six other mathematics or science courses from the approved cognate list.

The six courses must include a three hour course in computer programming and one sequence (two courses) of other mathematics or science courses from the approved cognate course list (e.g., HMTH 341 and 342, HBIO 111 and 112, HPHY 154 and 253, or HCS 110 and 160, selected by the student in consultation with his adviser and approved by the department. Finally, the student must choose nine hours of mathematics or science cognate electives from the approved list of cognate electives for the B.S. The maximum number of semester hours of mathematics coursework applied to the mathematics major is restricted to 54 hours.

The B.A. in mathematics requires 42 hours of the following mathematics courses: HMTH 161, 162, 255, 263, 271, 361, 371, and 497; either HMTH 321 or 341; either HMTH 362 or 372; and three other mathematics courses at the 300-level or above, of which at least one must be at the 400-level. In addition, the student is required to complete 18 hours of cognate electives selected by the student in consultation with his adviser and approved by the mathematics program director. A three-hour course in computer programming must be included in the 18 hours of cognate electives. The maximum number of semester hours of mathematics coursework applied to the mathematics major is restricted to 54 hours.