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BHSU Mathematics and Mathematics Education Programs

The Mathematics Program offers a rigorous environment that enhances mathematical maturity, self-confidence, and an appreciation for lifelong learning through relevant studies and research. The Program prepares students for many different careers from finance and software development to math education, as well as service courses for other disciplines that require a math component and aids in the preparation of teachers in elementary and middle school mathematics.

Math Assistance Center Tutoring available for all levels of mathematics. 

Why Mathematics at BHSU?

  • Small classes with knowledgeable, engaged faculty to better facilitate learning.
  • All faculty are involved in research and/or grants.
  • Research opportunities are available both in pure mathematics and mathematics education.
  • An active, award-winning math club on campus.
  • 100% employment rate of Mathematics education majors.

Degree Requirements

Mathematics 4 Year Plans

Mathematics Careers

Required Core - 33 semester hours

  • 3 CSC   150 Computer Science I
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II 
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
  • 3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • 3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • 3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
  • 3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics

Restricted Electives - take three courses (9 semester hours) from the following:

  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
  • 3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
  • 3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
  • 3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
  • 3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
  • 3 MATH 487 Design of Experiments

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6* Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6* Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

    A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours
    must be 300-400 level courses.


* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of
either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257,
ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100,
MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

Required Core - 39 semester hours

  • 3 CSC   150 Computer Science I
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
  • 3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  • 3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
  • 3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics
  • 3 SEED 418 7-12 Math Methods

Restricted Electives - take two courses (6 semester hours) from the following:

  • 3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
  • 3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
  • 3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
  • 3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
  • 3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
 

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • 1 EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission Teaching
  • 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • 3 PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • 3 SPED 100 Into to Person with Exceptionalities
 

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 24 semester hours

  • EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • SEED 408 Plan, Manage & Assess the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • SEED 450 Reading and Content Literacy
  • SEED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
  • EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching
 

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6* Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6* Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours.
Students are encouraged to pursue a minor.

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of
either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257,
ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100,
MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

Select math, methods, and one area of science.

Mathematics

  • Required Core - 27 semester hours
  • 3 CSC   150 Computer Science I
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 4 MATH 225 Calculus III
  • 3 MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics
  • 3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 MATH 481 Probability & Statistics

  • Take one course (3 semester hours) from the following
  •  3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
     3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I

 Take one course (3 semester hours) from the following
  3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
  3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
  3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
  3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
  3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
  3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
  3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology

Methods - 5 semester hours

  • 2 SEED 413 7-12 Science Methods
  • 3 SEED 418 7-12 Math Methods

Choose one area of science:

Biology - 23 semester hours

  • 4 BIOL 151 General Biology I & 151L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 153 General Biology II 153L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 311 Principles of Ecology & 311L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 331 Microbiology & 331L Lab
  • 4 BIOL 371 Genetics & 371L Lab
  • 3 BIOL Elective

Chemistry - 20 semester hours

  • 4 CHEM 112 General Chemistry I & 112L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 114 General Chemistry II & 114L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 326 Organic Chemistry I & 326L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 328 Organic Chemistry II & 328L Lab
  • 4 CHEM 332 Analytical Chemistry & 332L Lab

Earth Science - 20 semester hours

  • 4 GEOL 201 Physical Geology & 201L Lab
  • 4 GEOL 203 Historical Geology & 203L Lab
  • 3 GEOL 321 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 3 PHYS 185 Introduction to Astronomy & 185L Lab
  • 6 take two courses from the following five courses:
    GEOL 340 Mineralogy/Petrology
    GEOL 350 Environmental Geology
    GEOL 360 Environmental Geochemistry
    GEOL 370 Hydrogeology
    SCI 388 Global Positioning & Geographical Information Systems

Physics - 19 semester hours

  • 3 PHYS 185 Introduction to Astronomy & 185L Lab
  • 5 PHYS 211 University Physics I & 211L Lab
  • 5 PHYS 213 University Physics II & 213L Lab
  • 3 PHYS 331 Introduction to Modern Physics
  • 3 PHYS 471 Quantum Mechanics

Pre-Professional Teaching Core - 18 semester hours

  • EDFN 295 Practicum: Pre-Admission
  • EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
  • EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
  • EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
  • INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology (gen ed)
  • SPED 100 Intro to Person with Exceptionalities

Professional Secondary Ed Teaching Core - 24 semester hours

  • EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
  • MLED 480 Middle Level Methods
  • SEED 408 Planning, Managing @ Assessing the 7-12 Diverse Classroom
  • SEED 450 Reading and Content Literacy
  • SEED 495 Practicum
  • EDFN 475 Human Relations
  • SEED 488 7-12 Student Teaching

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • 3 ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3 ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3 MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics satisfied by major
  • 3 SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 6* Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6* Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 6-8 Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab satisfied by major

A minor is NOT required with this major but electives are required to total 120 hours.
Students are encouraged to pursue a minor.

* Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of
either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from AIS/HIST 257,
ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100,
MCOM 151, POLS 141/250

Minor in Mathematics - 18 hours

  • Required Core - 8 semester hours
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II

  • Take 10 credits from the following (3-4 classes):
    4 MATH 225 Calculus III
    3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
    3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
    3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
    3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
    3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
    3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
    3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
    3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
    3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
    3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
    3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
    3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
    3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics

Minor in Mathematics - Teaching  - 18 hours

  • Required Core - 14 semester hours
  • 4 MATH 123 Calculus I
  • 4 MATH 125 Calculus II
  • 3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
  • 3 SEED 418 7-12 Math Methods

  • Take 4 credits from the following (1-2 classes):
    4 MATH 225 Calculus III
    3 MATH 315 Linear Algebra
    3 MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics
    3 MATH 321 Differential Equations
    3 MATH 361 Modern Geometry
    3 MATH 411 Theory of Numbers
    3 MATH 413 Abstract Algebra I
    3 MATH 416 Combinatorics
    3 MATH 421 Complex Analysis
    3 MATH 425 Real Analysis I
    3 MATH 440 Mathematics of Finance
    3 MATH 450 History of Mathematics
    3 MATH 461 Introduction to Topology
    3 MATH 481 Probability and Statistics

Research Minor - Mathematics
Individualized, guided mathematical research with a faculty mentor.

Mathematics: 4-YEAR PLANS

All Mathematics majors require a minor of your choice, which is not included in the plan, but needs to be considered. 

Odd Year Start

Even Year Start



* Please refer to the course rotation guide to determine when courses are offered.

Mathematics Teaching: 4-YEAR PLANS 

A minor is not required with this major. 

Odd Year Start

Even Year Start


* Please refer to the course rotation guide to determine when courses are offered.

Mathematics & Science Education: 4-YEAR PLANS

A minor is not required with this major. 

Odd Year Start

Even Year Start


* Please refer to the course rotation guide to determine when courses are offered.

Actuary - Solve real-world problems, involving money (sometimes billions of dollars), probabilities, and future events. Using statistics, determine how much different sectors of the population should pay for insurance and whether or not Social Security taxes should be reduced. Most actuaries work for insurance companies or consulting firms.

Imaging Scientist - Put your mathematical and computer abilities to good use. Use linear algebra and physics principles to create computer-graphics programs, such as photo-editing and retouching applications. Use your imagination and the capabilities of modern technology to create any number of fun programs for yourself or meaningful applications for work. The best part? You can work at home and choose your own hours!

Market Researcher - Determine if your company’s services best meet your customers’ needs. Design consumer satisfaction surveys, follow your company’s industry through the press and other published studies, and supply management with needed information. As a market researcher, it’s important to understand and communicate statistics to see whether your customers are being satisfied.

Economist - Assess the financial situation of a region or industry. Analyze data, observe previous trends, and use modeling techniques to predict upcoming financial changes. Most careers in economics require a strong foundation in mathematics, with a special emphasis on calculus, statistics, and probability.

Aerospace Mathematician - Want to shoot for the stars, literally? As an aerospace mathematician, you can utilize your math skills to model the different aspects of a spacecraft, to model data taken from the spacecraft, and to determine the optimal info from the data. If assisting in NASA missions is in your future, you’ll need a solid background in engineering, physics, and astronomy.

Environmental Mathematician - As an environmental mathematician, you work as a member of a team to tackle a specific environmental problem, such as predicting how much gas escapes from storage tanks based on weather conditions. This never-boring job requires both logical and quantitative thinking, and often involves traveling to interesting places. Perhaps the best part of this job, however, is being aware that you’re helping to protect Mother Earth.

Law Partner - What does math have to do with law? The approach to solving problems in both areas is much the same. In law, you start with a basic legal principle or proposition, apply the principle to the facts at hand and reach a conclusion, much as you do with a mathematical function. In cases where the conclusion is not so clear-cut, you have to consider various factors, similar to a multi-variable equation. If you enjoy the logic and problem-solving aspects of math, then a career in law may be just your thing.

Budget Analyst - Determine how money is needed by a company/organization. Use extensive algebraic formulas to calculate which sectors of the company need the most money in order to thrive. As a budget analyst, the decisions you make can largely affect the future of your company. Skills in algebra, statistics, and mathematical modeling are essential for this profession.

Computer Programmer - Design, develop, and implement business application systems by writing complex programming codes. The most important part of programming is the logic behind the code. This is where a strong background in mathematics comes into play, as it helps to analyze complicated requirements and develop clear and concise systems.

Accountant - Being an accountant involves keeping, auditing, and inspecting the financial records of individuals or businesses. Based on this information, an accountant then prepares financial and tax reports. Math plays a big part not only in totaling debits and credits, but is also used in many other ways. For example, statistical sampling techniques are used to determine the probability of errors occurring in the financial statements.

Numerical Analyst - Develop the best possible mathematical methods and algorithms to solve a certain problem. An example would be designing a satellite computer capable of withstanding the cosmic ray radiation found in outer space. As a numerical analyst, you blend mathematics, computer science, engineering, and physics in order to come up with the best solution for the task at hand.

Biostatistician - Statistics aren’t limited to math problems and sports trivia; they also have an important place in biology. In fact, statistics are vital within the medical community. For example, by using statistics and modeling techniques, you can logically connect environmental factors with certain diseases. Because biostatistics is based on using statistics to solve problems and the fact that research uncovers more problems than it solves, there is never a boring moment for a biostatistician.

Career Opportunities

Mathematics majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

  • Software Engineering
  • Business Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Banking
  • Market Research
  • Data Processing
  • Statistical Processing
  • Law School
  • Teaching

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Consider a Graduate Degree!

Many students do not consider advanced degrees because they are concerned about the cost. However, most graduate schools will offer a teaching assistantship (TA) which will pay your tuition and offer a reasonable stipend for living expenses. The dollar amounts vary from university to university. For more information contact any math faculty member. If you are interested in this route, work hard to learn as much as possible and keep your grades as high as possible.


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