Knowledge of mathematical facts and procedures is indispensable to a satisfactory understanding of every field of science. This is true for both the physical and biological sciences, and even the humanities are influenced by the traditions of mathematical knowledge. Mathematical skills and processes are central to the development and practice of critical thought and expression. Physics is the science that seeks to employ mathematics to explain the universe and its phenomena. Courses in mathematics and physics at Kentucky State University are designed to integrate theoretical and practical topics.
The Division of Mathematics and Sciences offers a Mathematics degree with four options: Pure Mathematics, Mathematics/Applied (Pre- Engineering), Actuarial Science, and Mathematics with Teaching Certification. Minors in Mathematics and Physics are also offered. Additionally, a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science is offered.
Incoming students who desire to pursue a mathematics degree option should declare a Pre-Mathematics major. Once a student has completed MAT 120 with a C or better, he may request in writing to the Division of Mathematics and Sciences to convert to a Mathematics major.
Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.
Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.
- Liberal Studies General Core Requirements
- Liberal Studies Requirements: Whitney Young School Honors Program
- BA – Mathematics: Pure Mathematics Option
For the Pure Mathematics Option, students who satisfy the Liberal Studies requirement through the Liberal Studies General Core courses must take MAT 131 in place of MAT 111, and PHY 211 in place of the second natural science. Students who satisfy the Liberal Studies requirement through the Whitney Young Honors courses must take MAT 131, PHY 211, and MAT 304 in place of HON 122 and HON 221. Additional requirements are: MAT 132, 231, 232, 300, 307, 401, 403, 411, and 460; MAT 402 or 404; and any three upper-division mathematics courses approved by the mathematics faculty. All required and elective courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. On the basis of placement test scores, students may also be required to complete MAT 095, 097, 115, or 120. Majors in Mathematics are required to complete, as support courses, COS 108, PHY 211 and 212 with a grade of “C” or better in each of these courses. This curriculum requires a minimum of 46 semester credit hours of mathematics and a total of 120 semester credit hours. The comprehensive exit assessment is completion of MAT 460 with a grade of “C” or better.
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