Bachelor of Science in Discrete Mathematics

Certain areas of mathematics have become increasingly important over the past thirty years due to the introduction of computing into nearly every aspect of science, technology, and business. These are the branches of mathematics that are devoted to the study of discrete as opposed to continuous structures. Methods of discrete mathematics are used whenever objects are to be counted, when the relationships between finite sets are examined, and when processes involving a finite number of steps are studied. These methods become essential when, for example, computer algorithms are analyzed, transportation networks or communications systems are designed, or when optimal schedules are sought.

Many problems associated with the transmission and storage of information, the design of complicated circuits, or the identification of organic chemicals require the tools of discrete mathematics. Several fields of application, most notably operations research and computer science, not only use the techniques of discrete mathematics, but have also contributed significantly to the development of the subject. For this reason, the curriculum for the bachelor's degree program in discrete mathematics combines basic work in mathematics and science and advanced studies in discrete mathematics with substantial training in these areas of application.

After completion of the program's core requirements in the first two years, students take fifteen hours of mathematics, ten hours of computer science, and six hours of industrial and systems engineering. The program requires nine hours of approved technical electives. The list of approved technical electives includes mathematics, computing, electrical engineering, and operations research. Four hours for the senior research project and twelve hours of free electives complete the program.

In addition to the Institute requirement of a grade-point average of at least 2.0, the School of Mathematics requires a grade of C or higher in MATH 4022, 4107, and 4317. Students may count no more than two hours of coursework in physical education toward graduation. Only free electives and MATH 4999 in the degree program may be taken on a pass/fail basis, and no more than nine hours are allowed under this option.

Bachelor of Science in Discrete Mathematics Business and Research Options

A student may elect to complete both the Business Option and the Research Option.

Completion of the Business and Research Options is noted by "Business Option" and "Research Option" designations on the student's transcript.

Bachelor of Science in Discrete Mathematics - Research Option

For the BS in Discrete Mathematics - Research Option, a student conducts supervised research with a faculty advisor over two to three semesters and completes nine hours of either MATH 2698/4698 (research for pay) or MATH 2699/4699 (research for credit). In addition, students take: two one-hour writing courses: 1) LMC 4701: Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing in which a short proposal on their research project is developed (typically taken during the first or second semester of research), and 2) LMC 4702: Undergraduate Research Thesis Writing (taken during the thesis-writing semester), prepare a research report (research paper, project report/thesis); and make an oral presentation of the project. Four hours of MATH 4699 may be used in place of MATH 4080 and 4090 (Senior Project I and II) for the BS in Discrete Mathematics.

Completion of this Research Option is noted by the designation "Research Option in Mathematics" on the student's transcript.

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