Requirements for all MTH/STA Degree Programs

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The Mathematics and Statistics Departments together offer four degrees:

For information, contact the Department of Mathematics, 123 Bachelor Hall (513-529-5818) or the Department of Statistics, 311 Upham Hall (513-529-7828).

Two degrees are offered: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. For the Bachelor of Science, choose one of two majors: mathematics or mathematics and statistics. The A.B. requires all sections of the College of Arts and Science Requirement (CAS), while the B.S. has only the language requirement. Each program has the related hours requirement. All MTH and STA courses applied to your program, and all courses in the 12-hour section of the related hours, should be taken for grades, not credit/no-credit. In the MTH and STA courses, your GPA must be at least 2.00. Service courses do not figure into your GPA unless explicitly approved by the department.

Each degree requires the following introductory courses:

ONE of the following:

MTH 252 Calculus III (4)

MTH 252H Honors Calculus III (4)

ONE of the following:

MTH 222 Introduction to Linear Algebra (3)

MTH 222T Introduction to Linear Algebra (Honors) (2)

The A.B. degree requires all sections of the College of Arts & Science (CAS) Requirement; B.S. degrees require only the foreign language section CAS-A. (In practice, students often satisfy much of CAS as they complete the Miami Plan Foundation.) All programs require: 

1. Calculus III, MTH 252 or 252.H (4) 

2. Linear Algebra, MTH 222 (3) or 222.T (2) - 331.T (3) 

3. The related courses requirement. 

4. All courses taken from the Mathematics or Statistics Departments to be applied to your program, as well as all courses in the subject area section of the related courses, are to be taken for grade rather than credit / no credit. In the MTH/STA courses taken your overall grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.0. 

5. Your plan of study must be approved as in A or B below: 

A. If you design your own program, it must be approved by three faculty members. 

1. For A.B. or B.S./MTH: the Chief Departmental advisor for Mathematics, a second advisor, and one other member of the Department of Mathematics. 

2. For B.S./STA: the Chief Departmental advisor for Statistics, a second advisor, and one other member of the Department of Statistics. 

3. For B.S./MTH & STA: both Chief Departmental advisors and one other member of either department. 

B. If your program is one of those described below, then approval is automatic.

Related Courses Requirement

A program of related courses is intended to provide you with opportunities to see and do mathematics or statistics in the context of other disciplines and, perhaps, enhance your employment prospects. The Related Courses requirement is for a program of at least 15 hours. Students in the AB Math major or the BS Math major may use statistics as their related area. There is no restriction on the statistics courses that can count (service courses are ok), but courses applied to the related area cannot also be counted towards 

the requirements of the major. On the other hand, students in the BS Math and Stat cannot use statistics as their related area. 

Each program includes two parts, as follows. 

Part I: Computer Programming Requirement 

Every major in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics is required to demonstrate computer programming proficiency by passing an approved course. Approved courses include: 

  • CSE 153 Introduction to C/C++ Programming (3) 
  • CSE 163 Introduction to Computer Concepts and Programming (3) 
  • CSE 174 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving (3) 

(or any CSA course with one of these courses as a prerequisite)

  • Other courses can be used in some cases, including:
    • MTH 408 Mathematical Problem Solving with Technology (3) (Only for students who have been admitted to an AYA teacher licensure cohort.) 
    • PHY 286 Introduction to Computational Physics (3) (Only for students who are also majoring in Physics.) 

Part II. Related Area Requirement

Every major in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics is required to include in their program a cluster of courses in one area of study in which mathematics or statistics is used. Minimally (but see the Related Area Reduction below), the area is to consist of at least 12 credit hours, with at least 6 of the hours numbered 300 or higher (200 or higher in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or Computer Science and Software Engineering). 

If your interests are not accommodated by the pre-approved programs listed below, you may elect to design your own program of related courses. Such programs must be approved by one of the Chief Departmental advisors in advance of applying for graduation

Pre-Approved Related Areas: 

1. Actuarial Science: ECO 201, 202; ACC 221, 222; FIN 301. See ACC, FIN, or ECO descriptions of thematic sequences for expanding this program to a thematic sequence. Students interested in an actuarial career are urged to complete the Minor in Actuarial Science, which will also satisfy this Related Courses Requirement. 

2. Teacher Education: The secondary licensure program in The College of Education, Health & Society (This option is available only for Integrated Mathematics Education Majors). 

The following pre-approved programs include a Miami Plan Thematic Sequence. (Thematic Sequence course numbers are underlined. See the Miami Bulletin for fuller descriptions of the sequences and courses). 

3. Accounting (ACC1): ACC 221, 222, 468, plus 3 hours of 300+ level ACC. 

4. Accounting (ACC2): ACC 221, 222, 321, 422. 

5. Chemistry (CHM1): CHM 142 & 145 or 142M & 161; CHM 231 or 241 & 244 or 251 & 254: and CHM 363 & 364. 

6. Chemistry (CHM2): CHM 142 & 145 or 142M & 161; CHM 231 or 241 & 244 or 251 & 254: and CHM 332 or 432 or 433. 

7. Economics (ECO3): ECO 201, 202, 317, 418 or 419. 

8. Physics (PHY1): PHY 182, 184, 281, 293, 286 (not 292, 294). 

9. Computer Science & Software Engineering (CSE2): CSE 174, 271, 252 or 274 or 283, plus 3 hours of 174+ level CSE. 

10. Computer Science & Software Engineering (CSE3): CSE 273, 372, 471, plus 3 hours of 174+ level CSE. 

Related Area Reduction: Some students may want to have the flexibility to include in their program an additional elective course in mathematics or statistics. To that end, the cluster of related courses required can be reduced by up to 3 hours (of the 6 advanced hours) by taking the same number of hours in MTH or STA (numbered 400 or higher and not a service course). This decision should be made in consultation with your advisor or one of the CDAs.

Additional Notes for all MTH/STA Degree Programs

1. Mathematics and Statistics majors who plan to seek jobs in business and industry should be aware that such employers often look favorably upon related courses in systems analysis, natural science, economics, accounting, and finance. Statistics and other applied mathematics courses are also recommended. Computer literacy is highly desirable if not indispensable. It is often acquired independently of formal course work and includes such things as word processing and spreadsheets. See also the section on Related Courses. 

2. MTH 421 and 441 should not be taken at the same time unless your advisor grants special permission. 

3. Students preparing to pursue graduate work in mathematics are advised to complete: MTH 421, 422 and MTH 441.

4. A student planning further study in statistics should minimally complete STA 301, 401, and 463. MTH 441 is also desirable for students preparing to pursue graduate work in statistics. 

5. It is a general policy that a student who has done advanced work in Mathematics and Statistics cannot enroll for credit in lower level courses with similar subject material. In particular, students with experience in 400 level mathematics courses such as 421, 441, or 438 will not generally be permitted to enroll in MTH 331.

Exceptions require the prior approval of the CDA.