Mathematics

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at St. Edward’s prepares you for a wealth of careers ranging from finance to research to computer technology — or for graduate study in mathematics or related disciplines. In addition, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics students can pursue a dual bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Civil Engineering through a 5-year program offered by St. Edward's in Austin and Carroll College in Helena, Montana.

We emphasize experiential learning through discovery and research. You'll enroll in four semesters of research courses guided by faculty with the goal of producing and presenting original scholarly work. Faculty and students benefit from the university’s state-of-the-art computer infrastructure, software and data storage for innovative research. All mathematics majors acquire presentation, programming and computational skills using relevant programming languages, math presentation software and computer algebra systems.

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Overview:

As a BA in Mathematics major, you’ll explore calculus, modern algebra and other high-level math in their purest form — combining creativity and imagination with logic and precision. Building on your passion for mathematics and problem solving, this program leads you through the dialogue between the “pure” and “applied” sciences. It requires exact yet innovative thinking and sober yet speculative investigation.

Jobs in the private and public sectors abound for mathematics majors. Graduates may be hired by the CIA and NSA to work on cryptography, by marketing firms to conduct research, or by Wall Street to provide financial analyses. Mathematics majors may delve into biological research, such as DNA mapping, or develop and test software. Or they can design and interpret prediction models for diverse industries, such as aeronautics, urban development and green energy. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and college-level teaching positions.

The BA in Mathematics offers more options than the BS to take non-math courses. This is especially helpful for students who seek a double major or minor. This program is also ideal for students interested in teaching at the secondary school level.

BA in Mathematics Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective

• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (23 CREDIT HOURS):
• Calculus I, lab
• Calculus II
• Calculus III
• Linear Algebra
• Differential Equations
• Probability and Theory of Statistics
• Research (4 times)

V. REQUIRED COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
At least two of the following three courses:
• Advanced Calculus
• Elementary Real Analysis
• Introduction to Complex Analysis
At least two of the following four courses:
• Abstract Algebra
• Topology
• Special Topics in Mathematics
• Advanced Topics
6 hours of electives, choose from:
• Discrete Mathematics
• Upper division courses

VI. SUPPORTING REQUIRED COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• History and Philosophy of Science
• Computer Sciences Concepts I, Lab
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab and
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Overview:

As a BS in Mathematics major, you’ll explore calculus, modern algebra and other high-level math in their purest form — combining creativity and imagination with logic and precision. Building on your passion for mathematics and problem solving, this program leads you through the dialogue between the “pure” and the “applied” sciences. It requires exact yet innovative thinking and sober yet speculative investigation.

Jobs in the private and public sectors abound for mathematics majors. Graduates may be hired by the CIA and NSA to work on cryptography, by marketing firms to conduct research, or by Wall Street to provide financial analyses. Mathematics majors may delve into biological research, such as DNA mapping, or develop and test software. Or they can design and interpret prediction models for diverse industries, such as aeronautics, urban development and green energy. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and college-level teaching positions.

The BS in Mathematics provides coursework and labs in biology or chemistry, which is ideal for students pursuing graduate study and careers in the sciences or health professions.

EARN A DUAL DEGREE IN MATH AND ENGINEERING
You have the option to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Carroll College, our partner university in Helena, Montana. In this 5-year, dual-degree program, you'll study in Austin your freshman, sophomore and junior years. You'll complete your final two years in Helena, Montana, where you'll focus on engineering-specific courses that include transportation and environmental engineering, thermodynamics, water distribution, structure design, hydrolics, and fluid mechanics. You'll learn to use math and science to design, construct and manage essential infastructure projects that shape our society, such as bridges, tunnels, buildings, roads, airports, dams and water supply networks.

BS in Mathematics Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (21 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics

• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective

• Science in Depth

V. CORE COURSES (23 CREDIT HOURS):
• Calculus I, Lab
• Calculus II
• Calculus III
• Linear Algebra
• Differential Equations
• Probability and Theory of Statistics
• Research Methods
• Undergraduate Research (four times)

VI. REQUIRED COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
At least two of the following three courses:
• Advanced Calculus
• Elementary Real Analysis
• Introduction to Complex Analysis
At least two of the following four courses:
• Abstract Algebra
• Topology
• Special Topics in Mathematics
• Advanced Topics
6 hours of electives, choose from:
• Discrete Mathematics
• Upper division courses

VI. SUPPORTING COURSES (23 CREDIT HOURS):
• History and Philosophy of Science
• Computer Sciences Concepts I, Lab
• Mechanics and Waves, Lab and
• Electricity, Magnetism and Optics, Lab
• General Chemistry, Lab
• Analytical Chemistry, Lab
• General Biology: Cells and Organ Systems, Lab
• General Biology: Organisms and Populations, Lab

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.