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
Students may earn a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science by completing this program. Either mathematics or computer science may be selected as the first major. The student receives a degree appropriate for the first major (either a B.A. or a B.S.) with a notation of the second major. Students who satisfy the Liberal Studies requirement through the Liberal Studies General Core courses must take MAT 131 in place of MAT 111, 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. The remaining program requirements, in addition to the rest of the Liberal Studies requirements and the University’s graduation requirements, are: MAT 132, MAT 231, MAT 232, MAT 300, MAT 307, MAT 315, MAT 321, MAT 401, MAT 402, COS 108, COS 109, COS 300, COS 301, COS 302, COS 310, COS 340, COS 410, COS 470, PHY 212, 3 semester hours of 300/400 level elective selected from either computer science or mathematics, and 3 semester hours of COS 200/300/400 elective. While each major also requires 6 hours of free elective, students may choose to satisfy the 6 hours in one major with required courses in the other major. All computer science and mathematics elective courses must be approved by the mathematics and computer science faculties. On the basis of placement test scores, students may also be required to complete MAT 095, 097, 115, 120. This curriculum requires 120 total semester credit hours.
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