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  • Mathematics at SLU — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    the requirements of the major and of a teaching certificate at the same time Outside the offerings of the department SLU students have the opportunities one would expect at a comprehensive private University At SLU a comprehensive liberal arts core prepares students with a well rounded education This is routinely viewed as a big plus by employers The curriculum allows space so that students either add a second major or concentration to add context to their degree or to add significant extra coursework in mathematics Many job opportunities in mathematics concern mathematics in a particular setting At SLU one can prepare for those careers with a minor or coursework Finance operations research or actuarial science Mathematics and business Secondary education Mathematics and education Bioinformatics Mathematics computer science and biology Cryptography Mathematics and computer science Similarly many graduate programs look for a preparation of mathematics and a second field At SLU one can prepare for those careers Finance and operations research Mathematics and business Biostatistics Computational science Cryptography and computer security Study abroad SLU has a campus in Madrid and a robust collection of study abroad programs that fit well in the academic structure The mathematics faculty A big factor to weigh in choosing schools is the faculty in the major department The faculty members in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at SLU are leaders both in teaching and in research Teaching For an undergraduate teaching has a more immediate impact Nine members of the department have won awards for their teaching either at the college the state or the national level A number of faculty members are involved in innovative projects to develop teaching materials and methods for the national mathematics community The projects cover the full range of courses from the freshman level to graduate level All

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  • Our Graduates — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    many career paths including business industry medicine government and college teaching Many also pursue an MBA or other advanced degree Mathematics graduates may choose to attend graduate school to earn masters or Ph D degrees in mathematics Our students have gone on to earn these degrees at Yale Berkeley University of Illinois University of Iowa University of Virginia and Saint Louis University among others They have entered careers in college

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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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  • Preparing for Graduate School in Mathematics — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Requirements Employment Opportunities Preparing for Graduate School in Mathematics 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

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  • 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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  • Math for Engineering and Physics Students — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Requirements Employment Opportunities Math for Engineering and Physics Students 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

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  • 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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  • Math for Education Careers — Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
    Statistics Requirements Employment Opportunities Math for Education Careers 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

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