Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Professors: Chartier, Molinek, Heyer
Associate Professor: Peck, Ramanujan (Chair), Yerger
Assistant Professors: M. Kuchera, Mendes, Nemitz, Pulaj, H. Smith, Wiedenbeck, Zhuang
Visiting Assistant Professor: Byers, Troyka, 
Adjunct Assistant Professor: Neale, Seminario


Information for Prospective Mathematics Majors and Minors

After MAT 113 (Calculus II), prospective mathematics majors and minors should take a non-calculus course as soon as possible, typically either MAT 150 or 230.  At least one of MAT 220, 230 or 255 are strongly recommended by the end of the sophomore year. Majors normally complete at least one of the fundamental major courses (MAT 330, 315 and 355) by the end of the junior year. A student who places out of a 100-level required course in the major, but without credit for that course, may petition the chair to substitute a course numbered above 200 for the omitted course in her or his major requirements.  

Major Requirements (B.S. Degree)

The major in Mathematics consists of eleven Mathematics or Computer Science courses: MAT 113; MAT 150; either MAT 140 or MAT 160; one of MAT 220, MAT 230, or MAT 255; two of MAT 315, MAT 330, or MAT 355; five electives from MAT courses numbered above 200 or designated CSC courses, with at least two of those electives numbered above 300.


Minor Requirements

A minor in Mathematics consists of six courses: MAT 113; MAT 150; MAT 140 or MAT 160; one of MAT 220, MAT 230, or MAT 255; one of MAT 315, MAT 330, or MAT 355 and one additional course from MAT courses numbered above 200 or designated CSC courses.

Unless a specific exception is approved by the department, the courses above 200 must be taken at Davidson and may not include independent studies. No Pass/Fail course may be applied toward the minor.

Honors Requirements

Candidates for honors in mathematics may emphasize either pure or applied mathematics. In meeting the major requirements stated above, honors candidates emphasizing pure mathematics must include Mathematics 330 and 355; two of 331, 340, or 360; one of 320 or 325; and a 400-level class (not an Independent Study, except by prior approval) in their programs. Course work for those emphasizing applied mathematics must include Mathematics 210, 235, and 315; a two-course sequence consisting of Mathematics 340 and 341, or Mathematics 320 and 325, or Mathematics 330 and 331; and one 400-level course (not an Independent Study, except by prior approval).  All candidates must prepare an honors thesis and defend the thesis orally before the mathematics faculty. Candidates must attain a grade point average of at least 3.2 overall and at least 3.5 on all courses that fulfill either the requirements of the Mathematics major or the course requirements for honors noted above. The final recommendation of the department for graduation with honors is determined by the quality of the candidate’s complete academic record, thesis, and defense. At the department’s discretion, in the case of an exceptional academic record, together with a thesis of the highest quality incorporating original mathematics, the department confers high honors.

The Department recommends that students interested in an honors program notify their academic advisers and the chair of the department during the spring semester of the sophomore year, or as soon as possible thereafter. During the junior year, such a student should identify an area of mathematics for exploration and seek out a member of the department to serve as a potential honors supervisor. Formal declaration of pursuit of honors is recommended by the end of the advising period in the spring of the junior year and is due by the end of the first week of classes of the senior year. See the department chair for the appropriate form and further details on the honors process and requirements.

Graduate School

A student who intends to go to graduate school in the mathematical sciences should speak with his or her adviser who may suggest the following: (1) take the course work portion of the honors requirements in either pure mathematics or applied mathematics, (2) take the Graduate Record Examination, including the Advanced Test in Mathematics, during the fall semester of the senior year, (3) engage in a research experience at Davidson or elsewhere, and (4) acquire a reading proficiency in French, German, or Russian.

Certificate for Secondary School Teaching

Students who intend to seek North Carolina licensure in the teaching of secondary school mathematics are required to take Mathematics 210. Other recommended courses include Mathematics 340, 365, and 380.

Applied Mathematics Interdisciplinary Minor

This program offers a track for students interested primarily in the Natural Sciences and another track for students interested primarily in the Social Sciences. The interdisciplinary minor is described in detail in a separate section of this catalog.

Computer Science Major and Minor

Students interested in computer science, a field closely related to mathematics and also administered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, are encouraged to consider the Computer Science Major and Minor, described in detail in a separate section of this catalog. Many computer science courses count toward the mathematics major and minor.

Mathematics Courses

The 100-level courses are open to all students with appropriate background. MAT 108, 110, and 111 assume no calculus background. MAT 111 and 112 each assume a precalculus background - the study of functions and their inverses, including trigonometric exponential, and logarithmic functions.  Placement in the other 100-level courses depends on previous background. See the placement advice on the department website.

The 200-level courses serve as an introduction to the major. While open to all students, these courses are normally taken by students with at least one 100-level mathematics course taken at Davidson.

The 300-level courses 315, 330, and 355 are fundamental major courses and require 200-level prerequisites. The other 300-level courses are electives for the major, and have one or more prerequisites.

The 400-level courses are advanced courses aimed at junior and senior mathematics majors.

Engineering Dual Degree (3-2) Track

Students seeking to complete the dual degree engineering (3-2) program with a mathematics major may (with prior approval from the department) omit up to two electives from their major requirements, but must have at least one elective numbered above 300.

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