Undergraduate Program

The TTU undergraduate mathematics curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in mathematics while offering a high degree of flexibility in course selection. Our students are able to prepare for many different career paths in business, industry, education, and government.  To help students develop a course of study suited to their career goals, the department has identified five optional tracks of study within the curriculum.

The Actuarial Mathematics Track includes the following courses in mathematics, statistics, and business. It is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in the technical branches of finance or insurance.

  • MATH 3070-3080 Statistical Methods I and II
  • MATH 4210-4220 Numerical Analysis I and II
  • MATH 4470-4480 Probability and Statistics I and II
  • MATH 4540 Linear Algebra II
  • MATH 6270 Mathematical Statistics (with permission from the Graduate School).
  • The following courses from the College of Business (the courses marked with an asterisk comprise a Business Minor):
    • *ECON 2010-2020
    • *ACCT 3720
    • *BMGT 3510
    • *MKT 3400
    • *FIN 3210
    • *LAW 3810
    • FIN 3610
    • DS 2810, 3620

The Applied Mathematics Track emphasizes courses needed by students who plan to work alongside scientists and engineers in industry. It is recommended that the student minor in computer science as a complement to this track.

  • MATH 3810 Complex Variables
  • MATH 4510 Advanced Math for Engineers
  • MATH 4540 Linear Algebra II
  • Two sequences chosen from
    • MATH 4210-4220 Numerical Analysis I and II
    • MATH 4250-4260 Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations I and II
    • MATH 4350 Introductory Combinatorics and MATH 4360 Graph Theory
    • MATH 4470-4480 Probability and Statistics I and II

The Pure Mathematics Track provides a good foundation for graduate study in a variety of subjects such as economics, finance, business, computer science, mathematics, and physics. Many students who pursue this option become high school or college mathematics teachers, but a significant number choose to work in industry or government.

  • MATH 4020 Modern Algebra II
  • MATH 4120 Advanced Calculus II
  • MATH 4310 Introduction to Topology I
  • MATH 4350 Introductory Combinatorics and MATH 4360 Graph Theory
  • MATH 4540 Linear Algebra II
  • MATH 4850 Computational Algebraic Geometry I and MATH 4860 Computational Algebraic Geometry II

The Statistics Track prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce or for graduate study. Statistical knowledge is a powerful tool that is used in many fields such as polotical science, business, biology, and medicine.

  • MATH 3070-3080 Statistical Methods I and II
  • MATH 4210-4220 Numerical Analysis I and II
  • MATH 4470-4480 Probability and Statistics I and II
  • MATH 4540 Linear Algebra II

A student pursuing the B. S. in Mathematics can begin working toward licensure to be a high school math teacher by earning a Secondary Education Minor and taking the following mathematics courses required for teaching licensure.

  • MATH 1910 Calculus I
  • MATH 1920 Calculus II
  • MATH 2010 Elementary Matrix and Linear Algebra
  • MATH 2110 Calculus III
  • MATH 2120 Differential Equations
  • MATH 3070 Statistical Methods I
  • MATH 3400 Introduction to Concepts of Mathematics
  • MATH 3430 College Geometry
  • MATH 4210 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 4360 Graph Theory, or MATH 4350 Introductory Combinatorics, or MATH 4050 Number Theory, or MATH 4010 Modern Algebra
  • MATH 4610/5610 History of Mathematics I, or MATH 4620/5620 History of Mathematics II

In addition to the mathematics courses listed above, the teaching licensure requirements include 29 credit hours of coursework in education, passing the appropriate Praxis II exams, and, perhaps, student teaching.  Earning an 18-credit hour minor in Secondary Education Mathematics will leave 11 credit hours of education coursework to complete later for licensure. Since there are a variety of routes to obtain teaching licensure, a mathematics student interested in working toward licensure should consult Dr. Holly Anthony ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and ask her to serve as his/her advisor for education courses.

 

The Early Career Profile Network

The AMS recruits and supports a network of mathematical sciences departments that systematically provide job profiles of their recent bachelors-level alumni. The Early Career Profile Network is supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under the auspices of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Series.

Tennessee Technological University - Early Career Alumni Profiles

Alumni profiles by industry sectorCareer profiles are a valuable source of information for prospective mathematical sciences majors. The goal of the Early Career Profiles Network is to collect relevant and timely information about career opportunities for undergraduate mathematical sciences majors that can be broadly disseminated to high school and college students. This departmental network providing profiles of recent graduates is a straightforward and efficient way to continue the flow of timely career information needed by students, counselors, teachers, and faculty.

The American Mathematical Society has developed and administers a network of mathematical sciences departments that systematically provide job profiles of their recent bachelors-level alumni. The Early Career Profile Network is supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under the auspices of the Sloan Career Cornerstone Series.

Alumni and Sector
Name Industry Sector
James McCreary Government
Katherine Fanning Government


Students are not required to follow any of the five suggested tracks to earn the B. S. in Mathematics degree.  The degree requirements are listed  below in our degree checkout worksheets.

The courses required for the B.S.degree include 3 semesters of English; 2 semesters each of American History; Humanities/Fine Arts; Social Science (sociology, psychology, economics, etc.), a year-long sequence in a natural science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology or physics), 1 semester of computer science; 1 semester of speech and, forty-eight semester hours of mathematics.

LINK to the Undergraduate Catalog listing requirements leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.

Graduation Requirement Worksheets
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