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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Telephone: (302) 831-2653
Faculty Listing: http://www.mathsci.udel.edu/people/faculty

The Department of Mathematical Sciences combines research activities with dedicated teaching and strong interest in students’ education. Our undergraduate program contains challenging courses that will prepare the students for various careers in industry or academia. Our Department offers a variety of enrichment opportunities ranging from research seminars and summer research, to Math Club Seminars and preparation for Putnam and Math Modeling Contests.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a Mathematics (BS) Actuarial Sciences (BS) ,  Applied Mathematics (BS) , Mathematics and Economics (BS) , and Quantitative Biology (BS) , as well as a Mathematics (BA) . The Department also offers a Mathematics Education (BS)  and Mathematics Education (BA)  for those students preparing for careers teaching secondary school mathematics.  A minor in mathematics is also available.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences accepts changes of major into our undergraduate programs on a rolling basis. Any student seeking a major in the department should plan to take the MATH 241, 242, and 243 calculus sequence and should complete MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics as early as possible.

The College of Arts and Sciences with the Department of Mathematical Sciences administers an interdisciplinary major program in Quantitative Biology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The major provides a strong background in mathematics, biology, and chemistry appropriate for students who wish to pursue a career or graduate studies in biomedical and life sciences.

The Actuarial Sciences major provides a strong mathematical foundation for students who wish to pursue a career in actuarial sciences or other risk management professions. This interdisciplinary major includes courses taught by faculty in the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Finance, Management Information Systems, Economics and Applied Economics & Statistics.

Departmental requirements and course descriptions are subject to continual revision. Up-to-date statements of requirements, course descriptions, and Departmental policies are available at the Departmental office or its website.

Courses For Other Majors

In addition to the courses for majors in the department, the Department of Mathematical Sciences also offers courses for others who need to use mathematics and statistics in their careers, be it engineering, science, medicine, or management.

The three-semester calculus sequence MATH 241 , MATH 242 , MATH 243   is the traditional basis for programs in the physical sciences and engineering. The calculus sequence MATH 221 , MATH 222  and the finite mathematics course MATH 230  are designed for students in the behavioral, management, and social sciences. Students with an aptitude for mathematics who plan to take advanced math courses are advised to take the MATH 241 -MATH 243  sequence.

Students may enroll in  MATH 221  or MATH 241  only if they have scored high enough on the Math Placement Test. Students may enroll in MATH 242 , MATH 243  or MATH 222  only if they have credit for the preceding course in the sequence, which may have been obtained via the AP exam or an equivalent course at another university. Students needing MATH 221 /MATH 241  who do not place in the course will start in MATH 115 /MATH 117  or MATH 010  depending on their score on the Math Placement Test.

MATH 113  and MATH 114  serve to establish minimal skill levels for students not expecting to take MATH courses at the 200 or higher levels.  MATH 113  may not be appropriate for some majors. Students should check with their department advisor for the correct mathematics requirement.

The sequence MATH 251 , MATH 252 , MATH 253  is designed for prospective elementary school teachers and is restricted to declared majors in the appropriate programs of the College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy.

Credit for MATH Courses in Special Situations

There are special rules about credits for MATH courses in the following situations:

  • Credits for 100-level MATH courses that follow successful completion of a 200-level MATH course.
  • Credits for similar MATH courses but from different tracks.

In such situations credits for both courses may be counted towards the university requirement of  total number of credits required for graduation. However, whether credits for both courses can be used to fulfill department or college requirements for a major or a minor  is decided by the department or the college offering the major or minor. The Department of Mathematical Sciences does not accept credit for both courses for any of the majors or the minor offered by the department.  

Here are some examples of Math courses which are similar but from different tracks:


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