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- Preparing for Graduate School in Mathematics — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

parts of mathematics you like best and will prepare you for graduate programs of different types It will also provide a good background for the Graduate Record Exam in mathematics Taking sequences particularly the algebra and analysis sequences will let you study a single area in depth and will prepare you for the level at which graduate courses are taught The faculty can help you choose courses that match your needs and prepare you for the kind of graduate program in which you are interested If you are interested in analysis or applied mathematics for example then complex variables would be a good course to take Differential equations also play a central role in applied mathematics If you are interested in statistics then you should take the probability statistics sequence If you want to explore an area of mathematics that isn t offered at Saint Louis University it may be possible to take relevant courses at Washington University and University of Missouri St Louis As for scheduling you should plan to take two math courses each semester after you finish MATH 315 Introduction to Linear Algebra The ideal situation is one in which you finish MATH 315 by the end of your sophomore year That will enable you to take the algebra and or analysis sequence in your junior year so that you can consider taking some graduate courses during your senior year Taking graduate courses as an undergraduate strengthens your application to graduate school Advice on courses outside mathematics Taking a course in computer science can be useful especially in applied mathematics Experience with programming helps you develop your analytical skills and some summer research programs specifically recruit students with computer skills If you are interested in getting a Ph D in mathematics take French German or Russian as an undergraduate Most Ph D programs in mathematics require students to demonstrate a reading proficiency in French German or Russian Although it is possible to learn these languages in graduate school it is more efficient to learn one of them now A ctivities outside the classroom Participate in at least one mathematics related activity outside of class These activities demonstrate your commitment to mathematics and they are fun They will also help you to decide whether you are interested in going to graduate school in math Here are some examples of things that you can do Participate in the activities of the Math and Computer Science Club Join a mathematics professional organization The Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics offer free or inexpensive memberships to students Tutor mathematics Participate in a math competition Math contests can help you develop skills at solving non routine problems SLU students compete every year in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition the Mathematical Contest in Modeling and the Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition For students taking the Putnam Exam the Department offers a one credit course in problem solving MATH 269 each Fall Give a talk to the Math

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Open archived version from archive - Math for Engineering and Physics Students — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

to Linear Algebra MATH 320 Numerical Analysis MATH 355 Differential Equations MATH 370 Advanced Math for Engineers MATH 401 Probability MATH 402 Statistics MATH 403 Probability and Statistics for Engineers MATH 451 Complex Variables I MATH 452 Complex Variables II MATH 455 Partial Differential Equations MATH 457 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos MATH 465 Cryptography Minor in Engineering Mathematics The minor in engineering mathematics requires 4 upper division courses beyond calculus in branches of mathematics of interest to engineers This minor can be thought of as more of the same kind of math Students in the BS program in physics fill the requirements for this minor as part of their regular degree program Students in other engineering programs can complete the minor by taking one or two additional math courses Some easy ways to do this with a view to strengthening an engineering degree include taking a course in advanced differential equations MATH 455 partial differential equations of MATH 457 nonlinear dynamics and chaos taking the year long sequence in probability and statistics MATH 401 and 402 rather than the one semester course MATH 403 taking another upper division course that is engineering related numerical analysis complex variables cryptography Minor in Mathematics The standard minor in mathematics requires students to take courses with a greater emphasis on proof and on developing rigor in mathematics argumentation This minor requires a transitions course principles of mathematics MATH 266 and a more theoretical linear algebra course MATH 315 Students in the BA program in physics fill the requirements for this minor as part of their regular degree program For students in most engineering programs this requires the addition of principles of mathematics MATH 266 and linear algebra MATH 315 For students in the EE or ECE program MATH 315 can be used as a

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Open archived version from archive - Math for Education Careers — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

they are formally certified to teach and also have a degree with a major in mathematics We offer a B A degree in mathematics with the Teachers Option This option starts with the standard lower division track in mathematics MATH 142 Calculus I MATH 143 Calculus II MATH 244 Calculus III MATH 266 Principles of Mathematics MATH 315 Introduction to Linear Algebra The student must then complete four upper division courses in areas specified by the requirements for secondary ceritification MATH 401 Elementary Theory of Probability offered every fall MATH 405 History of Mathematics offered every other spring MATH 411 Abstract Algebra offered every fall An advanced course in geometry either MATH 441 Foundations of Geometry or MATH 447 Non Euclidean Geometry offered every other spring Finally the student must complete an upper level mathematics elective with attention paid to prerequisites The need to double major in mathematics and secondary education makes this a tight schedule if students are to graaduate in four years Students are encouraged to contact both the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science early and to get an advisor in each department Planning to teach K 8 The mathematics requirements depend on the specific program Students in Early Childhood Early Childhood Special Education Special Education and Secondary Education in a field other than mathematics are required to take one course from MATH 122 Finite Mathematics MATH 124 Mathematics and the Art of M C Escher MATH 125 Mathematics and the Real World MATH 126 Statistics in Sports and Politics MATH 130 Elementary Stats w Computers Students in Elementary Education and Middle School in a field other than mathematics are required to take two math courses MATH 124 Mathematics and the Art of M C Escher And one course from MATH

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Open archived version from archive - Actuarial Careers — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

is worthwhile to find out more from people who are already in the profession The best information on becoming an actuary and preparing for that career while in college is found by going directly to a national organization Be An Actuary beanactuary org Preparing while in college Advice on how to prepare for this career while in college Actuarial Exams Information about the exams actuaries take as part of their professional development The Society of Actuaries Casualty Actuarial Society Preparing to be an actuary while in college at SLU The recommendations of the professional organizations on academic preparation for this career include taking finance microeconomics macroeconomics 3 semesters of calculus 1 semester of linear algebra 2 semesters of calculus based probability and statistics business courses such as marketing This selection is automatically covered by someone majoring in math and taking a business certificate It can also be covered by majoring in business and doing a little more than a minor in mathematics As mentioned above the path to becoming an actuary involves a number of professional exams A reasonable path of preparation at SLU would be to start with calculus and introductory business courses as a freshman The student can then take MATH 401 offered every fall and MATH 402 offered every spring during their junior year The student should also take Financial Mathematics offered in even numbered falls With this preparation the student would be on the path to completing the FM and the P actuarial exams by the end of junior year and be very well qualified for an internship as an actuary the summer after junior year It should be noted that the SOA also has a program where courses are validated as filling part of the training for professional certification Currently accepted courses include Applied Statistical

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Open archived version from archive - Undergraduate Mathematics — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Sessions Textbook Statistics Requirements Employment Opportunities Undergrad Statistics Graduate Programs Awards and Scholarships Math CS Club Computing Resources Outreach SLU Navigation SLU Home Arts Sciences Home Apply Now Prospective Students Info Send this page to someone Fill in the email address of your friend and we will send an email that contains a link to this page Address info Send to Required The e mail address to send this link

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Apply Now Prospective Students Info Undergrad Statistics Information about statistics courses offered Courses in the MATH CS Department Statistics Requirements at SLU Document Actions Send this Print this February 2016 February Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Geometry

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Open archived version from archive - Courses in the MATH-CS Department — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

equivalent MATH 3800 previously MATH 401 Elementary Theory of Probability Counting theory axiomatic probability random variables expectation limit theorems Applications of the theory of probability to a variety of practical problems Credit not given for both MATH 4810 and MATH 4880 Fall and Spring semesters Prerequisite MATH 2530 Calculus III 3 Credit Hours MATH 3810 previously MATH 403 Probability and Statistics for Engineers Analyzing and producing data probability random variables probability distributions expectation sampling distributions confidence intervals hypothesis testing experimental design regression and correlation analysis Credit not given for both MATH 4880 and either MATH 4810 or MATH 4820 Fall and spring semesters Prerequisite MATH 2530 Calculus III 3 Credit Hours MATH 3850 Foundations of Statistical Analysis Descriptive statistics probability distributions random variables expectation independence hypothesis testing confidence intervals regression and ANOVA Applications and theory Taught using statistical software Credit not given for both MATH STAT 3810 and MATH STAT 3850 Fall and Spring semesters Prerequisite MATH 1520 Calculus II 3 Credit Hours MATH 4800 Probability Theory Axioms of probability conditional probability Discrete and continuous random variables expectation jointly defined random variables Transformations of random variables and limit theorems Theory and applications taught using statistical software Credit not given for any two of MATH 3800 MATH 4800 and MATH 4810 Prerequisites MATH STAT 3850 MATH 2530 and MATH 1660 or MATH 2660 3 Credit Hours MATH 4840 Time Series Applied time series Topics include exploratory data analysis regression ARIMA Spectral analysis state space models Theory and applications taught using statistical software Prerequisite MATH STAT 3850 3 Credit Hours MATH 4850 Mathematical Statistics Theory of estimators sampling distributions hypothesis testing confidence intervals regression bootstrapping and resampling Theory and applications taught using statistical software Credit not given for both MATH STAT 3810 and MATH STAT 3850 Prerequisite MATH 4800 3 Credit Hours

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Open archived version from archive - Statistics Requirements at SLU — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

between two variables probability statistical inference including confidence intervals and tests of significance Pre requisite 3 5 years of high school mathematics or a grade of C or better in MATH 1200 MATH STAT 1300 Previously MATH STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics with Computers Data production and analysis probability basics distributions sampling estimation with confidence intervals hypothesis testing t test correlation and regression crosstabulations and chi square Students learn to use a statistical package such as SPSS Prerequisite MATH 1200 or equivalent DSCI 2070 Previously DSCI 2070 Intro Business Statistics Introduction to descriptive statistics for displaying and summarizing business data the use of probabilities and random variables in business decision models probability distribution statistical inference as a decision making tool sampling of business data simple linear regression and correlation time series analysis and use of index numbers in economic data Prerequisite MATH 1200 EDR 5100 Previously EDR 510 Introduction to Inferential Statistics for Educators 3 This course is a survey of basic statistical methods including descriptive statistics z tests and t tests of means and proportions chi square analyses correlation and regression analyses and analysis of variance The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences SPSS will also be used You can only get graduation credit for one of these courses This page is designed to help students decide which course is correct for them If you have a question you should check back with your major program Department Preferences Notes Arts and Sciences MATH 1260 and Math 1300 fill the college core math requirement STAT 1100 and DSCI 2070 do not fill this requirement Athletic Training Physical Therapy Prefers STAT 1100 Allows as an option DSCI 2070 or MATH 1300 Biology MATH 1300 should be used to fill a stat requirement STAT 1100 does not fill any statistics requirement for biology

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