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Programs of Study

People with backgrounds in mathematics are in great demand for jobs that require the ability to think analytically. In particular, mathematics is essential to the fields of engineering and natural science, business and finance, medicine, economics and social sciences.

Mathematics majors at Austin Peay choose from four specialization areas: mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics. All four options require a major core  consisting of the following coures:

  • MATH 1910--Calculus and Analytical Geometry (I)
  • MATH 1920--Calculus and Analytical Geometry (II)
  • MATH 2110--Calculus
  • MATH 3010--Introduction to Mathematical reasoning
  • MATH 3450--Linear Algebra
  • MATH 4240--Probability
  • MATH 4450--Mathematical Models
  • MATH 4810--Senior Seminar

In addition to the major core, each student selects an area of specialization. Each of these options requires additional coursework.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for information about a minor in mathematics.

(Traditional) Mathematics Option

Mathematics provides elegant and effective tools for solving problems in virtually every area of human endeavor, from the sciences to business and economics to the social sciences and is especially appealing to students who like to solve problems. The purpose of the Mathematics option is to give students an understanding of the structure of mathematics, to stimulate their interest in research, and to prepare them for later work. Students can use their background in mathematics as an entry to other fields such as physics, computer science, software engineering, economics, business, finance, medicine or law. We invite you to join us in exploring the fascinating world of mathematics and its applications.

The following courses are required for the mathematics option:

  • CSCI 2000--Programming and Data Structures using C++
  • MATH 3120--Differential Equation I
  • MATH 3130--Differential Equations II
  • MATH 4500--Modern Algebra
  • MATH 4710--Introductory Real Analysis

Also required: one approved 4000 level mathematics elective and one additional approved upper division mathematics elective.

Applied Mathematics Option

The applied mathematics option is designed for those students who wish to prepare for careers in business and industry.  Students pursuing this option are strongly encouraged to double major or minor in science, business or computer science.

The following courses are required for the applied mathematics option:

  • CSCI 2000--Programming and Date Structures using C++
  • MATH 3120--Differential Equations
  • MATH 3130--Diffential Equations
  • STAT 4250--Mathematical Statistics
  • MATH 4460--Applied Mathematics
  • MATH 4670--Numerical Analysis

Also required:  one course from the following list:

  • MATH 3000--Discrete Mathematics
  • STAT 3250-- Statistical Methods
  • STAT 4120--Regression Analysis
  • STAT 4130--Experimental Design
  • MATH 4110--Number Theory
  • MATH 4160--Complex Analysis
  • MATH 4210--Topology
  • MATH 4260--Sochastic Processes
  • STAT 4270--Nonparametric Statistics
  • MATH 4170--Introductory Real Analysis

Mathematics Education Option

 Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study

The Mathematics Education option leads to a secondary certification in mathematics. The secondary certification licensure is designed for individuals desiring to teach mathematics in grades 7-12 in both middle and high school settings. Additional coursework in education is also required.

The following courses are required for the mathematics education option:

  • CSCI 1010--Introduction to Programming I
  • MATH 3000--Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 3630--College Geometry
  • MATH 4110--Number Theory
  • MATH 4400--The Teaching of Secondary School Mathematics
  • MATH 4200--Mathematics Content and Pedagogy for Middle School
  • STAT 3250--Statistical Methods
  • MATH 4010--History of Mathematics

Statistics Option

Statistics is the the science of gathering and analyzing data. Statisticians are employed all over the world in many capacities: to determine effectiveness and safety of new medicines for pharmaceutical companies; to control quality in manufacturing processes; to determine policy premiums and estimate probable payoffs for insurance companies; to analyze consumer demand; to plan and develop services for various segments of society by government agencies. For more information on careers in statistics, please visit the website for the American Statistical Association:

Although there are jobs for statisticians with undergraduate degrees, a number of employers require an advanced degree. The statistics concentration at Austin Peay provides excellent preparation for work at the Master's level; our graduates have gone to graduate school in statistics or taken actuary exams.

In addition to the mathematics core courses, the following courses are required for the concentration in statistics:

  • STATS 3250--Statistical Methods
  • STAT 4120--Regression Analysis
  • STAT 4130-Experimental Design
  • STAT 4250--Mathematical Statistics

Also required: six hours of approved upper division electives, preferably including

  • STAT 4260--Stochastic Processes 
  • STAT 4270--Nonparametric Statistics



Please click on the link below for a list of Math courses from the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin.