## Department of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty: Alcock, Berken, Bueller, Carnes, Doucette, Du, Gorton, Griffith, Guidroz, Hardee, Landry, McDaniel, Mead, Ornas, Thomas.

### Purpose

The Department of Mathematical Sciences supports the objectives of McNeese State University by offering quality programs of study in the mathematical sciences for degree and non-degree students. These programs include college-level courses for majors as well as college-level courses for non-majors, and special courses by means of which professionals may update their knowledge in various areas of the mathematical sciences. The department seeks to promote and encourage scholarly activities and service from all Mathematical Science faculty.

### Curricula

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences with concentrations in Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematics Education, and Mathematical Physics. A double major is offered in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences. With additional coursework, students may obtain more than one concentration.

Service courses in the mathematical sciences are offered to meet the special needs of students who do their major work in other departments of the University.

Students majoring in Mathematical Sciences receive the basic preparation for work in business and industry, as well as undergraduate prerequisites for work on advanced degrees. The curricula also provide experiences in liberal arts.

Information concerning graduate work in the Department of Mathematical Sciences can be found in the Graduate School section of the catalog.

### Graduation Requirements

A student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must meet all graduation requirements listed in the section entitled "Graduation Requirements" in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. In addition, all course work in the Mathematical Sciences that the student applies toward a degree must be accomplished with a minimum grade of "C". Each student is also required to complete a capstone experience which includes taking a departmental test in the major area. A student majoring in Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in Mathematics Education is responsible for all requirements pertaining to Teacher Education Preparation.

### Mathematics Placement Tests

Tests in mathematics are given to place students in the proper mathematics sequence. These tests may not be retaken for placement or credit.

### CO-OP and Intern Programs with Industry

Mathematical Science students who enroll in MATH 399 or STAT 399 for 3 hours, working full-time in a co-op program, and making progress towards a Mathematical Science degree are considered full-time students in the fall or spring semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for Citizenship and Immigration Services reporting. Co-op and intern students are selected by industry based on grades, experience, and interviews. A co-op or intern position cannot be guaranteed to any applicant.

### Minors

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers minors in Mathematics and Statistics. Requirements are listed in each program.

### Graduate Studies

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences. The student may choose a concentration in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Statistics.