Jul 04, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Major, B.S. (Mathematics Education Concentration)

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics Major Program Information

Box 70663
Phone: (423) 439-4349
Web Address: http://www.etsu.edu/cas/math/

The B.S. degree in mathematics has four concentrations. Students must complete general education and mathematics core requirements in addition to the specific requirements for one of the following concentrations:

  • Mathematics Education Concentration: Students planning to teach mathematics at the secondary level should choose this concentration. In addition, such students must complete professional education requirements for secondary education students.

  • Mathematical Statistics Concentration: Students planning to pursue careers in industry or a field that utilizes statistics should choose this concentration.

  • Computational Applied Mathematics Concentration: Students desiring a job in research or industry utilizing areas of mathematics other than statistics should choose this concentration.

  • Mathematical Science Concentration: Students intending to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics should choose this concentration.

A total of 120 hours is required to graduate with a B.S. in mathematics. A minor is not mandatory for students majoring in mathematics.

The department of Mathematics and Statistics at ETSU is classified as a Natural Science Department.


Students with 0-59 earned credit hours:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website (http://www.etsu.edu/cas/case/) or call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credit hours:

Computational Applied Mathematics Concentration
Contact Dr. Jeff Knisley knisley@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4716 or Dr. Michele Joyner joynerm@etsu.edu; (423) 439-6974 for advising.

Mathematical Education Concentration:
Contact Dr. Daryl Stephens stephen@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4716) or Dr. Robert M. Price, Jr. pricejr@etsu.edu;   (423) 439-6974) for advising.

Mathematical Science Concentration:
Contact Dr. Robert Beeler beelerr@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4678 or  Dr. Jamie McGill mcgillj@etsu.edu; (423) 439-6434 for advising.

Statistics Concentration:
Contact Dr. Nicole Lewis lewiscn2@etsu.edu; (423) 439-7065 or Dr. Robert M. Price, Jr. pricejr@etsu.edu; (423) 439-4349 for advising.

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in mathematics should contact the chair of the department for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. Robert Price, Chair pricejr@etsu.edu; (423) 439-5359.

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees, by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  as specified by major.
Natural Sciences Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following:
  1. ASTR 1010  and ASTR 1020  
  2. BIOL 1010  /BIOL 1011  and BIOL 1020  /BIOL 1021  
  3. BIOL 1110  /BIOL 1111  and BIOL 1120  /BIOL 1121  or BIOL 1130  /BIOL 1131  
  4. CHEM 1110  /CHEM 1111  and CHEM 1120  /CHEM 1121  
  5. GEOL 1040 /GEOL 1041  and GEOL 1050 /GEOL 1051  
  6. PHYS 2010  /PHYS 2011  and PHYS 2020  /PHYS 2021  or PHYS 2110  and PHYS 2120  
  * Higher-level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2640  
Reasoning PHIL 2030  or SPCH 2320  *
  * SPCH 2320  suggested to also meet the oral communication requirement.


General Education Requirements: 42 Credit Hours

Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Note: Other courses from this block are acceptable, but this course satisfies the Reasoning requirement for the BS degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


Note: Other courses from this block are acceptable, but this course satisfies the Philosophy of Science requirement for the BS degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following*:


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530 during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/


Mathematics Major

Overview – The requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mathematics are as follows:

  1. Completion of the university and college general education requirements. (See the core curriculum requirements in this catalog.)

  2. Completion of the mathematics core requirements listed below, as well as completion of the requirements for one of the four mathematics concentrations.

Mathematics Education Concentration: 24 Credit Hours

Capstone Course: 3 Credit Hours

Additional Requirements

Students earning a BS in Mathematics must take 16-18 hours in the natural sciences; students must fulfill at least one of the following sequences.


A student who plans to major in mathematics is encouraged to:

  1. Obtain a program sheet from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics which outlines the specific requirements for the selected program of study.

  2. Read the catalog to determine other requirements for the degree he/she is seeking.

Work closely with an advisor. The student, and not the advisor, is responsible for knowing the program requirements for the particular degree he/she is seeking.

Teacher Education

Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a teacher will major in the subject they wish to teach and minor in Secondary Education. They should see their major advisor AND an advisor in the College of Education Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Teacher Education program has separate admission requirements, and teaching certification has these additional requirements:

  • Professional Education requirements met through the Secondary Education Minor  
  • Fulfillment of Teaching Content Area requirements
  • Successful completion of CUAI 4580 “Residency II”
  • Praxis II for content area
  • PLT Praxis
  • Recommendation for Licensure

All students desiring to complete a teacher education or other public school licensure program (for initial licensure, add-on endorsement, or advanced study in education) must file a Declaration of Intent in the College of Education Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework has been completed or, in the case of transfer and post-baccalaureate students, in the first semester at ETSU. Delay or failure to file the Declaration of Intent may result in incomplete advisement. Students who have not filed the Declaration of Intent will not be considered for admission to teacher education and may be ineligible to enroll in many professional education courses.