The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in mathematics are as follows:
I. Departmental requirements:
- Mathematics core: MATH 1311, 1312, 2321, 3323, 3326, 3360, 3362.
- Seminar/Writing: MATH 2094, 3194, 3195.
- Mathematics electives: Eighteen (18) additional MATH credit hours numbered above 3320. At least three (3) of them must be numbered 4xxx.
- Programming proficiency: CSCI 1320.
- Completion of the capstone courses: MATH 4394, or MATH 4398 and 4399.
The appropriate choice of courses beyond those in the core depends on the student’s interests and career plans and should be determined in consultation with the academic adviser. Further course suggestions and other information appear on the department’s Web site.
II. University Requirements: completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours.
Acceptance into Program
FULL ACCEPTANCE is granted if the following requirements are met at the time of application:
- MATH 1311, 1312, 2321, 3323 with grades of C or better.
- Grade point average of at least 2.0 in all mathematics courses.
- Completion of at least one mathematics course required for the major while enrolled at Trinity University.
- CSCI 1320 with a grade of C or better.
PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE may be granted if the Department of Mathematics is convinced that the applicant has promise of graduating with a degree in mathematics. In cases of provisional acceptance, courses and performance standards will be specified so that the applicant may be granted full acceptance.
A mathematics minor must complete MATH 1307 or 1311, 1308 or 1312, 2321, and nine (9) hours of upper division mathematics.
The Honors Program
The Mathematics Department offers an Honors Program to provide students the opportunity to develop their capacity for mathematical skill and knowledge by completing a senior honors thesis. The thesis may be written in collaboration with any other university department that offers instruction. Specifics for interdisciplinary thesis must be worked out on an individual basis with the department. The Honors Program requires a minimum of nine credit hours arranged over two or three semesters. Six of these hours must be taken in the senior year and devoted to work on the thesis. The remaining three hours must be taken in an upper division course completed by the end of the junior year in the area in which the thesis is to be written. The specific upper division course will be chosen with the consent of the adviser.
Application and Procedures
Application for admission to the Honors Program is made through the department in the fall of the junior year. The University requires a 3.3 overall grade point average and two faculty letters of recommendation for admission to the program. In addition, the mathematics department requires at least 15 hours of work in mathematics courses as well as a 3.2 average on all work attempted in the department.
Before an application is submitted, the candidate must obtain the consent of a full time department member to serve as the thesis adviser. The application is then submitted to the thesis adviser who determines if the documentation merits further consideration. Given the judgment by the thesis adviser that the student is a good candidate for the thesis, the student, in collaboration with the adviser, prepares a description of the work proposed along with a bibliography. These documents are forwarded to the department faculty for approval. Given a positive recommendation from the faculty, the student is then an official candidate for departmental honors. At this point the department, in collaboration with the thesis adviser, recommends a thesis committee to the Office of Academic Affairs. The committee will consist of the thesis adviser, another mathematics department faculty member who serves as reader, and a third member who may be from another department or an expert from outside the University.
The Honors Program requires a minimum of nine credit hours arranged over two or three semesters. Six of these hours must be taken in the senior year and devoted to work on the thesis. The remaining three hours must be taken in an upper division course completed by the end of the junior year in the area in which the thesis is to be written. The specific upper division course will be chosen with the consent of the adviser.
A final presentation of the completed thesis will be made to the department during the second semester of the student’s senior year. After the presentation and a reading of the final thesis, the department will determine its acceptability for departmental honors. The accepted thesis will be sent to the Office of Academic Affairs for binding. The student will pay the cost of the binding. The completed thesis will be bound and placed in the Trinity University library.
For further information, contact the department at (210) 999-8205.