# Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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## Why Choose the Mathematics Program?

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics is Wright State University's standard college mathematics program. It should be selected by students who wish to study mathematics per se, rather than statistics, computing, or applications of mathematics. It is also the program of choice for those who intend to pursue mathematics (or closely related disciplines) at the graduate level. Students who wish to prepare for entry into the job market can do so in this program by wisely choosing among the many available electives.

Modern mathematics has several major branches. The three most commonly studied by undergraduate mathematics majors are algebra, geometry and topology, and analysis. Well-prepared freshmen will have sampled parts of the first two of these in high school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. In college, mathematics majors encounter the beginning topic in the third branch—analysis—in their calculus classes.

## Academics and Curriculum

The core courses in the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program for the junior and senior years are two year-long sequences in algebra and analysis. Several characteristics distinguish these and other advanced courses from more elementary ones. Generally speaking, the upper level courses emphasize the development of logical reasoning as concepts and objects (e.g., numbers, sets, functions, limits, matrices) are discussed in a deeper, more precise way. Careful justification, in the form of deductive proof, is given for the facts, or theorems, which are presented. The reliance upon deductive proof as the basis of truth and the tendency toward abstraction are two fundamental characteristics of present-day mathematics. Students in the B.S. in Mathematics program will be thoroughly exposed to both during their junior and senior years.

View Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the University Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree Requirements Checklist (PDF)

## Advisor

**Phan Loi, Ph.D.**

105 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Building

(937) 775-3829

phan.loi@wright.edu

## Admission

Students must apply for admission to Wright State University.

### Declaring your Major

To apply for admission in the College of Science and Mathematics, students must fill out a “Change of Major” form and declare their area of emphasis (this can be done online through WINGS Express). Often students who have declared “mathematics or statistics” as their area of interest on their Wright State admissions applications will be automatically sent to the College of Science and Mathematics from University College when entrance requirements are met. If this is not the case, students must fill out a change of major form and declare one of the following areas:

- Mathematics (B.A.)
- Mathematics (B.S.)
- Statistics (B.S.)
- Dual Majors

### Articulation (Transfer) Agreements

Wright State has articulation agreements with a number of institutions. Articulation agreements will assure you a seamless transfer from one institution to another. To view current articulation agreements and determine which courses will transfer, visit the Articulation Agreements page or www.transfer.org.