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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Major, B.S.

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics Major Program Information

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

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

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

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

  • Quantitative Modeling Track: Students desiring a job in research or industry utilizing areas of mathematics other than statistics should choose this track.

  • Mathematical Sciences Track: Students intending to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics should choose this track.


  • 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.

  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics phone number: 423-439-4349

  • Email: stephen@etsu.edu

  • How to Contact Your Advisor: www.etsu.edu/cas/math/mathfac/mathadm.aspx

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

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. GEOG 1110  and GEOG 1120  (labs included)
  7. 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.
Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Core departmental requirements: 6 credit hours
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2640 
Reasoning PHIL 2030  or SPCH 2320 


TBR General Education Requirements: 42 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR 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, we only list those courses 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

Humanities and Fine Arts

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


Complete the following:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

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


Students eligible to enroll in this math course must do so during their first calendar year of enrollment or prior to accumulating 33 semester credits at ETSU.

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 tracks, also listed below.





In order to complete the requirements for teacher certification, students in the Mathematics Education Track must select a minor in education which will include:

Additional Requirements:

Electives/Minor: 22-24 Credit Hours


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

Additional Information

Click here to view the Suggested Course Sequence for Mathematics Major 

Teaching Program Information

Teacher Education–Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a mathematics teacher in grades 7-12 are asked to see the subject area advisor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics AND the professional advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel, College of Education.
Pre-Teacher Education–Declaration of Intent–All ETSU 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 Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework have 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.
Professional Education Requirements–There is a total of 36 credit hours required for Professional Education. Please refer to the Education Minor  section in this catalog for a list of the required courses that must be taken with the professional semester. 

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