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OVU Mathematics Program


Mathematics is a great way to explore the workings of our world; indeed, some of the greatest achievements of the human mind belong to the discipline of mathematics. A good example is calculus: it has provided a framework which helps us understand population growth, engineering, economics, and even sports. The invention of calculus by Newton and Leibnitz ranks with the works of Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Einstein in the spectrum of human accomplishment throughout history.

Mathematics, including calculus, algebra, analysis, graph theory, number theory, and their applications, gives structure and logic to a universe that sometimes seems fraught with inexplicable issues. However, there are two central ideas which underpin all of mathematics: infinity and absolute truth. Without an understanding of these conceptual pillars, we cannot unlock the power of the discipline. It is no accident that these two principles of mathematics underlie all of creation, because they are also central to attaining an insight into the nature of God. It follows naturally that mathematics provides a wonderful vehicle for one of the main tenets of Christian education: the integration of faith and learning. For all of these reasons, the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio Valley University offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
A Bachelor of Science with a major in Mathematics will prepare students for a wide variety of careers upon graduation. Students in the program will study the structure, form, and relationships of our world from a quantitative perspective and learn to analyze, digest, and use them more completely for the benefit of humanity. Students will develop competence in the language of science, logic, problem solving, numerical career skills, application of abstract concepts, writing within the discipline, and data collection and analysis.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy the General Institutional Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.
  2. Satisfy the requirements of the General Education program, which includes the following:
    • General Education Course Requirements
    • Bible Course Requirement
    • Writing Competency Requirements
    • Diversity Requirement
  3. Receive formal admission to the program, preferably during the student’s sophomore year while completing the lower level core curriculum; the application is part of MAT 299. To achieve admission, a student must earn a 2.75 GPA on courses listed below as the lower level core curriculum.
  4. Earn at least a 2.5 GPA in all mathematics courses.
  5. Complete a portfolio of work satisfactory to the math faculty.
  6. Complete the following physics sequence, worth 8 credit hours (these can be used to fulfill general education requirements):
    • NSC 244    Physics I (4 credit hours)
    • NSC 245    Physics II (4 credit hours)
  7. Complete one of the following sequences, worth 7 or 8 credit hours:
    • ACC 221/222:     Accounting I & II (6 credit hours)
    • NSC 141/142:     General Biology I & II (8 credit hours)
    • NSC 145/146:     General Chemistry I & II (8 credit hours)
  8. Complete 45 credit hours distributed as follows:
    • 114 credit hours of required lower level core curriculum:
      • MAT 229    Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 241    Calculus and Analytics I (4 credit hours)
      • MAT 242    Calculus and Analytics II (4 credit hours)
        MAT 255    Discrete Mathematics (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 299    Mathematics Program Admission (0 credit hours)
    • 18 credit hours of required upper level core curriculum:
      • MAT 301    Calculus and Analytics III (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 321    Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 325    Foundations of Mathematics (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 401    Differential Equations (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 340    Linear Algebra (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 410    Modern Algebra (3 credit hours)
    • 6 credit hours of mathematics electives, chosen from the following:
      • MAT 310    Foundations of Geometry (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 350    Mathematical Modeling (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 420    History of Mathematics (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 421    Probability (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 430    Introduction to Real Analysis (3 credit hours)
    • 7 credit hours of required professional courses:
      • ENG 333    Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
      • MAT 289    Mathematics Practicum (1 credit hour)
      • MAT 451    Mathematics Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)