Mathematics

Mathematics Placement

For students to succeed in mathematics courses, it is important that they have the proper background. Students will be placed into their first math course at USD based on their SAT/ACT score. A student may take our mathematics placement exam in order to be placed into a higher level course than the SAT/ACT score will allow. Students can take the placement exam at most twice during any 12 month period.

An exception to the above is: students who have either 1) scored 3 or higher on an AP calculus exam; 2) transferred a course that satisfies USD’s core curriculum mathematical competency requirement; or 3) earned 4 or higher on the HL5 IB exam or 3 or higher on the SL5 IB exam will have fulfilled their core mathematics requirement, and will be placed into future mathematics courses at USD based on those scores.

The Mathematics Major

The program in mathematics has a threefold objective: to provide courses giving technical mathematical preparation to students in any field of academic endeavor; to provide liberal arts courses which will demonstrate our mathematical heritage from past ages, and point out the impact of mathematical thought and philosophy on our culture in this technological civilization; and to provide courses of advanced mathematical knowledge which will prepare students for graduate work or professional employment in mathematics or related areas.

Mathematics Major

Preparation for the Major

COMP 150Computer Programming I3
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science 13
MATH 250Calculus III4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4
Select one of the following:3-4
Computer Programming II
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
and Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
Mathematical Economics

Major Requirements

In order to obtain a major in mathematics, the student must satisfy the core curriculum requirements as set forth in this course catalog and complete the following courses:

MATH 320Linear Algebra3
MATH 360Real Analysis I3
Select one of the following:3
Probability
Real Analysis II
Geometry
Select one of the following:3
Algebraic Systems
Topology
Select 12 units of upper-division mathematics electives chosen from courses numbered above 300, excluding 305 (Seminar in Teaching Mathematics), 405 (Advanced Perspectives) and 498 (Internship)12

At least 15 of the upper-division units in the major must be completed at USD.

Secondary Education Emphasis

Students interested in obtaining the Single Subject Teaching Credential in mathematics are required to major in mathematics with a secondary education emphasis.

Preparation for the Major

COMP 150Computer Programming I3
MATH 115College Algebra (or pass the Level 2 placement exam)3
MATH 120Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science 13
MATH 250Calculus III4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4

Major Requirements

For the mathematics major with secondary education emphasis, the student must satisfy the core curriculum requirements and complete the following courses:

MATH 305Seminar in Teaching Mathematics2
MATH 320Linear Algebra3-4
MATH 325WHistory of Mathematics3
MATH 350Probability3
MATH 360Real Analysis I3
MATH 375Algebraic Systems3
MATH 380Geometry3
MATH 405Advanced Perspective on High School Mathematics3
Select 6 units of Upper-Division Mathematics Electives (chosen from courses numbered above 300)6

At least 15 of the Upper-Division units in the major must  be completed at USD.

To obtain the professional preliminary teaching credential, consult the School of Leadership and Education Sciences for further requirements.

Applied Emphasis

The mathematics department also offers a major in mathematics with an applied emphasis.

Preparation for the Major

COMP 150Computer Programming I3
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science3
MATH 250Calculus III4
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics
and Mechanics Lab
4

Major Requirements

For the mathematics major with applied emphasis, the student must satisfy the core curriculum requirements and complete the following courses:

MATH 320Linear Algebra3-4
MATH 330Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 340Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 350Probability3
MATH 445Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 495WSenior Project A1
MATH 496WSenior Project B2
Select two of the following: 26
Partial Differential Equations
Numerical Analysis II
Mathematical Statistics
Real Analysis I
Complex Function Theory
One additional upper-division elective (chosen from courses numbered above 300 except for MATH 305, MATH 405, and MATH 498)3

At least 15 of the upper-division units in the major must be completed at USD.

Substitutions in this list may be granted with the approval of the department chair.

For the applied emphasis, a minor in a natural science, engineering, or economics is also required. Other minors can be substituted but require a proposal from the student explaining the connection between that discipline and mathematics that must be approved in advance by the department chair.

1

Students are encouraged to complete MATH 160 before taking MATH 320. In addition, students are strongly advised to complete both MATH 160 and MATH 320 before taking upper division courses numbered above 331. MATH 160 satisfies the core curriculum logic competency requirement. Students majoring in mathematics should take this course instead of PHIL 101 or PHIL 102.

2

Students planning to go to graduate school are advised to take MATH 360.

Recommended Program of Study, Mathematics

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Preceptorial3-4
COMP 150Computer Programming I3
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 118Essentials of Trigonometry (if needed)1
CC6
Semester II
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science3
PHYS 270
270L
Introduction to Mechanics4
CC3 or 6
Sophomore Year
Semester I
MATH 250Calculus III4
COMP 151
or PHYS 271 and PHYS 271L
Computer Programming II
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism Lab
3-4
CC6-9
Semester II
MATH 320Linear Algebra3
CC12-15
Junior Year
Semester I
Upper-Division MATH6
CC, Minor, or electives9-12
Semester II
Upper-Division MATH6
CC, Minor, or electives9-12
Senior Year
Semester I
Upper-Division MATH6
CC, Minor, or electives9-12
Semester II
Upper-Division MATH3
CC, Minor, or electives12-15

Recommended Program of Study Mathematics, Secondary Education Emphasis

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Preceptorial3
MATH 115
or 150
College Algebra
Calculus I
4
MATH 118Essentials of Trigonometry (if needed)1
CC9
Semester II
MATH 120Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 150
or 151
Calculus I
Calculus II
4
COMP 150Computer Programming I3
CC6
Sophomore Year
Semester I
MATH 151
or 250
Calculus II
Calculus III
4
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science3
MATH 305Seminar in Teaching Mathematics2
CC and electives6-9
Semester II
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 320Linear Algebra3
PHYS 270Introduction to Mechanics3
CC, SOLES, and electives6-9
Junior Year
Semester I
Upper-Division MATH 6
CC, SOLES, and electives9-12
Semester II
Upper-Division MATH6
CC, SOLES, and electives9-12
Senior Year
Semester I
Upper-Division MATH6
CC, SOLES, and electives9-12
Semester II
Upper-Division MATH6
CC, SOLES, Minor, and electives9-12

Recommended Program of Study Mathematics, Applied Emphasis

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
Preceptorial3
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 118Essentials of Trigonometry (if needed)1
CC9
Semester II
MATH 151Calculus II4
PHYS 270Introduction to Mechanics3
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science3
CC3-6
Sophomore Year
Semester I
MATH 250Calculus III4
COMP 150Computer Programming I3
CC and electives9
Semester II
MATH 320Linear Algebra3
CC and electives9-12
Junior Year
Semester I
MATH 330Ordinary Differential Equations3
MATH 350Probability3
CC, Minor, and electives9-12
Semester II
Upper-Division MATH6
CC, Minor, and electives9-12
Senior Year
Semester I
MATH 445Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 495WSenior Project A1
Upper-Division MATH3
CC, Minor, and electives9
Semester II
MATH 496WSenior Project B2
Upper-Division MATH 3
CC, Minor, and electives9-12

The Mathematics Minor

Students may obtain a minor in mathematics by completing 18 units of mathematics course work. These units must include:

6 units of upper division work6
MATH 150Calculus I4
MATH 151Calculus II4
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science3
or MATH 250 Calculus III

Courses

MATH 090 | INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

Units: 3

A survey of basic algebraic skills for students with insufficient mathematics preparation. This remedial course counts for “work-load credit” only. That is, its three units are counted as part of the student’s load during the semester in which it is taken, and the grade earned in the course is included in the computation of the student’s grade point average, but it does not satisfy any core curriculum requirement, or for the major or minor in mathematics, and it does not count toward the 124 units required for graduation.

MATH 112 | INVESTIGATIONS IN MODERN MATHEMATICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or MATH 090

This core curriculum mathematics course provides a less algebraic alternative to MATH 115 for those students who need to fulfill the mathematical competency requirement, but who are not planning to go on in math. Topics may include: voting theory, graph theory, sequences, population growth, fractals, topology, geometry, and recursion. Note 1: This course does not serve as a prerequisite to MATH 120, MATH 130, MATH 150, or MATH 200.

MATH 115 | COLLEGE ALGEBRA

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or MATH 090

Review of exponents, equations, and inequalities; function notation, composition, and inverses; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs.

MATH 118 | ESSENTIALS OF TRIGONOMETRY

Units: 1

Definitions, solutions of right triangles, graphs, identities, and inverse trigonometric functions.

MATH 120 | INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 115 or MATH 130 or MATH 150

Probability as a mathematical system, random variables and their distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and other topics in statistical inference.

MATH 130 | SURVEY OF CALCULUS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or MATH 115

A terminal mathematics course giving an introduction to the concepts and techniques of elementary differential and integral calculus. Note 1: This course is not equivalent to MATH 150, and does not serve as a prerequisite to MATH 151. Prereq: MATH 115 with a grade of C- or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam.

MATH 150 | CALCULUS I

Units: 4

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or MATH 115

Fundamental notions of analytic geometry, differential and integral calculus with elementary applications; historical references. Prereq: MATH 115 with a grade of C– or better, or pass Level 2 mathematics placement exam. Students without a solid trigonometry background are strongly recommended to take MATH 118 prior to or concurrently with MATH 150.

MATH 151 | CALCULUS II

Units: 4 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 150

Continuation of Calculus I including integration, infinite series, differential equations, applications, and historical references.

MATH 160 | LOGIC FOR MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: Passing the appropriate departmental placement test within the previous year or MATH 115 or MATH 130 or MATH 150 or MATH 151 or MATH 250

Propositional calculus; first-order predicate calculus, mathematical proof, mathematical induction, fundamental set theory, relations and functions, and applications to problems in mathematics and computer science.

MATH 200 | MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS I

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 115 or MATH 130 or MATH 150

Problem solving, sets, numeration systems, a development of the whole number system, geometric figures, and computers. Note: This course does not count toward either the major or minor in mathematics.

MATH 250 | CALCULUS III

Units: 4

Prerequisites: MATH 151

Calculus of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integration, elements of vector calculus, elements of differential equations, applications, and historical references. Prereq: MATH 151 with a grade of C– or better.

MATH 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 151

Topics of special interest chosen by the instructor.

MATH 300 | MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS II

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 200

Measurement concepts, development of the real number system, algebra, geometric mappings, probability, and statistics. Note: This course does not count toward either the major or minor in Mathematics. Prereq: MATH 200 with a grade of C– or better.

MATH 305 | SEMINAR IN TEACHING MATHEMATICS

Units: 2

Senior seminar for single subject credential students in mathematics. Issues in mathematics education including: Contribution to mathematics by men and women of various ethnic, racial, and cultural groups; equity considerations in mathematics education; variations in how students learn mathematics; diverse methods of communication and assessment in mathematics; and practical aspects of teaching diverse students. Students will be required to do some tutoring in mathematics. This course does not count toward the minor in mathematics or toward the upper division mathematics electives of the mathematics major (even for the secondary education emphasis).

MATH 310 | APPLIED MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING I

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 151

Matrix algebra, ordinary differential equations, and operational techniques. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 310 and MATH 330 (mutually exclusive).

MATH 311 | APPLIED MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING II

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 310

Boundary value problems, partial differential equations, Fourier methods, and introduction to complex analysis. Prereq: MATH 250 and 310. Students may not take MATH 311 concurrently with MATH 331 or after having taken MATH 331.

MATH 315 | APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250

Introduction to probability; discrete and continuous random variables; conditional and joint distributions and densities; functions of random variables; expectation and estimation; central limit theorem; introduction to statistics; introduction to random sequences and random processes.

MATH 320 | LINEAR ALGEBRA

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151

Systems of linear equations, matrix algebra and operations, vector spaces of three or more dimensions, linear independence, inner product spaces, linear transformations and their matrices, determinants, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and brief introduction to canonical forms. Prereq: MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better. It is recommended that students take MATH 160 before taking MATH 320.

MATH 325W | HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250

Selected topics from the history of mathematics. The course includes a variety of writing assignments. Emphasis is on the history of mathematical ideas, rather than on personalities or social background. Prereq: MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 330 | ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250

Preliminary ideas, differential equations of the first and second order, linear equations with constant coefficients, operational techniques, simultaneous equations, series solutions, and applications. Prereq: MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 331 | PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 330

Preliminary notions, techniques for solving well-known partial differential equations of physics, orthogonal functions, and applications. Prereq: MATH 330 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 340 | NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and COMP 150

Approximate computations and round-off errors, Taylor expansions, numerical solution of equations and systems of equations, numerical integration, numerical solution of differential equations, interpolation, and problem solving on the computer. Prereq: MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better and COMP 150 with a grade of C- or better. Cross-listed as COMP 340.

MATH 341 | NUMERICAL ANALYSIS II

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 320 and MATH 330 (Can be taken Concurrently) and MATH 340

Estimation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors of matrices; numerical solutions of differential equations, existence, and stability theory; and computer lab assignments. Prereq: MATH 250, 320, 330 (may be taken concurrently), and 340, all with a grade of C- or better. Cross-listed as COMP 341.

MATH 350 | PROBABILITY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250

Probability axioms, conditional probability, discrete and continuous sample spaces, random variables and common distributions, jointly distributed random variables, and central limit theorem.

MATH 351 | MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 350

Statistical models, estimation, hypothesis testing, optimality, linear models, analysis of discrete data, and nonparametric methods. Prereq: MATH 350 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 355 | COMBINATORICS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and MATH 160

Principles of enumeration, finite difference calculus, generating functions, finite difference equations, principle of Inclusion and Exclusion, introduction to the theory of combinatorial graphs, and applications to computer science. Prereq: MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 360 | REAL ANALYSIS I

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 160 and MATH 250

A study of the foundations of real analysis, including the calculus of functions of one and several variables, infinite processes, convergence theory, and selected topics of advanced undergraduate analysis. Prereq: MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 361 | REAL ANALYSIS II

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 360

A study of the foundations of real analysis, including the calculus of functions of one and several variables, infinite processes, convergence theory, and selected topics of advanced undergraduate analysis. Prereq: MATH 360 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 365 | COMPLEX FUNCTION THEORY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 160 and MATH 250

Analytic function theory; power series, analytic continuation, conformal mapping, and applications. Prereq: MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 370 | THEORY OF NUMBERS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and MATH 160

Divisibility, Euclidean algorithm, fundamental theorem of arithmetic, congruences, Fermat’s theorem, Euler’s function, Chinese Remainder Theorem, Diophantine equations, primitive roots, quadratic residues, reciprocity law, and continued fractions. Prereq: MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 375 | ALGEBRAIC SYSTEMS

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 151 and MATH 160

An introduction to groups, rings, integral domains, division rings, fields, vector spaces, and algebras, and applications of these systems to other branches of mathematics. Prereq: MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 380 | GEOMETRY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 160 and MATH 250

An introduction to an area of modern geometry. The specific topic will be chosen from the following: non-Euclidean geometry, differential geometry, projective geometry, or metric geometry, and historical references. Prereq: MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 385 | TOPOLOGY

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 160 and MATH 250

Metric spaces, topologies, subspaces, continuity, separation axioms, compactness, and connectedness. Prereq: MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 388 | MATHEMATICAL LOGIC

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 160 and MATH 151

Abstract structure of logical arguments, theory of the propositional and predicate calculus, and selected topics in modern logic. Prereq: MATH 160 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 151 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 395 | MATHEMATICAL PROBLEM SOLVING SEMINAR

Units: 1 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: MATH 151

This course is intended for students who enjoy the challenge of mathematical problems. This course differs from other mathematics courses which are focused on the theory and applications of a single branch of mathematics. It emphasizes problem-solving techniques, creative thinking, and exposition of skills in different areas of mathematics such as algebra, calculus, geometry, and number theory. (May be taken twice for credit.).

MATH 405 | ADVANCED PERSPECTIVE ON HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS

Units: 3

This course is a required course in the Mathematics Single Subject credential program. It provides a capstone experience for future mathematics high school teachers, in which they look at topics in high school mathematics from an advanced viewpoint. Connections between mathematics topics and between basic and more advanced mathematics will be emphasized. This course does not count toward the minor in mathematics or toward the upper division mathematics electives of the mathematics major (even for the secondary education emphasis).

MATH 445 | MATHEMATICAL MODELING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 320 and MATH 330

The construction and analysis of mathematical models, simplifying assumptions and testing strategies; topics chosen by the instructor in dimensional analysis, discrete and continuous dynamical systems, stochastic models, linear systems, optimization models, statistical methods, and graph theory. Prereq: MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better, MATH 320 with a grade of C- or better and MATH 330 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisites: MATH 250

Topics of special interest chosen by the instructor. May be repeated for credit with the consent of the instructor.

MATH 495W | SENIOR PROJECT A

Units: 1 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 320

Capstone senior project involving the application of mathematics to the solution of a problem or problems. Meets once per week: prepare a written research proposal for work to be carried out in MATH 496W; ongoing written and oral progress reports and regular consultation with the faculty supervisor.

MATH 496W | SENIOR PROJECT B

Units: 2

Prerequisites: MATH 495W

Capstone senior project involving the application of mathematics to the solution of a problem or problems. Meets twice per week: carry out the project defined in MATH 495W; ongoing written and oral progress reports and regular consultation with the faculty supervisor; final written and oral presentation in the presence of other students and faculty. Prereq: MATH 495W with a grade of C– or better.

MATH 498 | INTERNSHIP

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Practical experience in the application of mathematics. Students will be involved in projects conducted by businesses, agencies, and institutions. Enrollment is arranged on an individual basis according to the student’s interest and background, and the availability of positions. A written report is required. Units may not normally be applied toward the major or minor in mathematics. MATH 498 may be repeated for a total of three units.

MATH 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Student reading and research in selected special topics; student presentations. May be repeated for credit once with a different topic.

CHAIR

Lynn McGrath, PhD

Faculty

Dwight R. Bean, PhD

Satyan L. Devadoss, PhD

Jane E. Friedman, PhD

Jennifer Gorsky, PhD

Diane Hoffoss, PhD

Stacy Langton, PhD

Luby Liao, PhD

Perla Myers, PhD

Cameron Parker, PhD

Jack W. Pope, PhD

Candice Price, PhD

Lukasz Pruski, PhD

Amanda Ruiz, PhD

Michael Shulman, PhD

Ani Velo, PhD