Mathematics, BS

Offered in: Chicago

At Roosevelt, the bachelor’s degree in mathematics prepare graduates for a variety of professions as well as for continuing study at the graduate level.  Students will gain analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.  Students will also learn to apply the ideas of mathematics to other fields of knowledge and to communicate mathematics effectively.

Mathematics is a beautiful and interesting subject that involves statistics, numbers, functions, shapes, and structures.  These concepts are logically interconnected and develop into a fascinating theory.  They are also used to solve real world problems from a wide variety of areas, including science, computer science, social science, finance, and business.  The study of mathematics provides training in disciplined thought and analysis.

The Secondary Education Minor page provides more detail.

Prerequisites

All students who plan to major or minor in Mathematics must see a Math advisor before registering. Some students may need prerequisite courses. Advanced placement in Mathematics is possible for well-prepared students. All prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of C- or higher.

Requirements

All credit must be approved by the Mathematics faculty to be applied toward the major. At least four of the courses beyond MATH 233 CALCULUS III must be completed at Roosevelt University.

Once a student begins taking math classes at Roosevelt, any additional courses taken outside of the university must get pre-approval in writing from the department chair in order to apply them to the math major.

Requirements for a major in Mathematics leading to the BS degree consists of the core and elective courses listed below. This is 42 credit hours, although it may vary slightly for transfer students (who took, for example, a 4 credit-hour calculus 1 course).

In addition, a minor or a supporting sequence of at least 15 credit hours in a science is required. Approved areas for the BS degree are:

A total of at least 60 credit hours in actuarial science, mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences, or psychology is required. (Note that the completion of the standard general education requirements, the major requirements, and the supporting sequence will typically result in at least 60 semester hours.)

Core
CST 150COMPUTER SCIENCE I4
MATH 231CALCULUS I5
MATH 232CALCULUS II5
MATH 233CALCULUS III3
MATH 245
MATH 290
DISCRETE STRUCTURES
and INTRODUCTION TO PROOF
4
MATH 246LINEAR ALGEBRA3
MATH 320INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT ALGEBRA3
MATH 352ANALYSIS3
MATH 380CAPSTONE3
Electives for the Math B.S.
Three electives above MATH 233 including at least two at the 300 level9
Concentration or Minor in approved area15
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives 1
Courses to total 12063
Total Credit Hours120
  1. Students who wish to teach at the middle school or high school level should choose electives using the concentration in Secondary Education.  Students who wish to have a statistics concentration should choose electives from the list in that section.

Additional concentration in Secondary Education

Students pursuing a concentration in Secondary Education will take courses that prepare them for the Illinois Mathematics Content Test.  They also need to register for the minor in secondary education.  Students should speak with both the mathematics and education departments for course advising.

Standards

Courses taken as pass/fail will be given a pass only for work at or above the C- level. The average grade for all courses taken in mathematics must be C- or higher. In order to satisfy state teacher requirements, all courses presented for the major and the minor(s) must be completed with grades of C or higher with an overall GPA of 2.7 in the major. Repeated courses in the major or minor require specific approval.

Requirements for the concentration

Students choosing this concentration must complete the 30 credit hours of core requirements listed above along with a minor or concentration in a science. Four additional courses are required as follows:

Courses required for the SEED concentration
MATH 316HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS3
MATH 317GEOMETRY3
Select one of the following Probability and Statistics courses:3
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
PROBABILITY THEORY
Select one of the following Modeling courses:3
MATHEMATICAL MODELING
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION/MODELING
DATA MINING
COOPERATION AND COMPETITION -- GAME THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
LINEAR PROGRAMMING & OPTIMIZATION
BASEBALL STATISTICS
SPECIAL TOPICS (Requires approval from Chair)
Total Credit Hours12

Additional concentration in Statistics

Requirements for the Concentration

Students choosing this concentration must complete the 30 credit hours of core requirements listed above along with a minor or concentration in a science. Four additional courses are required as follows:

Courses required for the Statistics concentration
MATH 347PROBABILITY THEORY3
MATH 348MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS3
MATH 349REGRESSION & TIME SERIES3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
MATHEMATICAL MODELING
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION/MODELING
DATA MINING
COOPERATION AND COMPETITION -- GAME THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
LINEAR PROGRAMMING & OPTIMIZATION
BASEBALL STATISTICS
MODELS FOR LIFE CONTINGENCIES
Alternate courses may be approved by advisor
SPECIAL TOPICS (Requires Chair approval)
Total Credit Hours12

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)