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Mathematics Major

Learning mathematics at LVC is unique. The combination of a friendly atmosphere, dedication to high academic standards, critical mass of students studying mathematics, successful graduates, and caring faculty set the program apart from math departments at other colleges.

The major in mathematics is the foundation of the department's curriculum. The basic program can be complemented with other courses depending on a student's interests. Common directions of study include preparation for secondary school teaching, graduate school, or for a career in statistics or operations research.

LVC math majors pursue a range of careers, often as programmers, analysts, and application consultants. Math majors preparing for work in secondary education find many opportunities. Those with additional course work in economics and business find careers in management - many in banking and finance.

The major provides excellent preparation for further study. Recent graduates have attended the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oregon, and The Pennsylvania State University for graduate study.

Mathematics, actuarial science, and computer science majors constitute seven percent of the student body at LVC, as compared to the national average of less than one percent.

Recently, LVC mathematics majors have obtained positions as a teacher, operations research analyst, bank credit analyst, marketing manager, and mutual fund accountant.

The Mathematical Physics Research Group brings mathematics, physics, and computer science students together for research projects-mostly in quantum information science.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics

Required courses:

MAS 099 Presentation Attendance
MAS 111 Analysis I
MAS 112 Analysis II
MAS 113 Mathematical Thinking I
MAS 114 Mathematical Thinking II
MAS 202 Foundations of Mathematics
MAS 222 Linear Algebra
MAS 251 Discrete Mathematics
MAS 261 Calculus III


Take five (5) more MAS courses subject to:

At most one of MAS 266, MAS 270, or ASC 385
At least four fof MAS 311, 322, 325, 335, 371, 372, 390
At least one of MAS 311 or MAS 322
A 400 level ASC course mas substitute for MAS 335 and ASC 385 may be substituted for MAS 266 or MAS 270 ASC 385 Mathematics of Finance I
MAS 266 Differential Equations
MAS 270 Intermediate Statistics
MAS 311 Real Analysis
MAS 322 Abstract Algebra
MAS 325 Geometry
MAS 335 Operations Research
MAS 371 Mathematical Probability
MAS 372 Mathematical Statistics
MAS 390 Special Topics


Total of 37 credits

Mathematics majors are advised to take at least one computer science course or have equivalent experience.

For students transferring into the Department of Mathematical Sciences after having completed two semesters of calculus, the MAS 111, 112, 113, 114 requirement may be replaced with MAS 161, 162, and one other MAS course numbered 200 or higher, which is not otherwise used to fulfill the requirements of the student's major and is approved by the student's advisor.