The Department of Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.
For information on URI’s minor in mathematics, see the end of this section.
Faculty: Professor Baglama, chairperson. Professors Eaton, Finizio, Kaskosz, Kulenovic, Merino, and Wu; Associate Professors Bella, Comerford, Medina-Bonifant, and Thoma; Assistant Professors Barrus, Kinnerseley, Sharland, and Perovic; Professors Emeriti Beauregard, Clark, Datta, Driver, Fraleigh, Grove, Ladas, Lewis, Roxin, Schwartzman, and Verma.
BACHELOR OF ARTS
Students in the B.A. curriculum may tailor a program to suit their individual needs and interests. They should meet with their advisor no later than the end of the first semester of the sophomore year to plan a complete program. This program, and any subsequent changes in it, must be approved by the advisor and the department chairperson. It must contain at least 32 credits (maximum 45) in mathematics, and include MTH 141, 142, 215, 243, 307 and 316, plus 12 or more additional credits in mathematics, at least three credits of which must be at the 400 level.
Credits earned in MTH 101, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 208, or 362 cannot be applied toward this degree.
A total of 120 credits is required in the B.A. curriculum. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Students in the B.S. curriculum may elect either the general program or the applied mathematics option. The Office of the Dean must be informed of any substitutions.
General Program. This program stresses basic theories and techniques, and includes an introduction to the principal areas of mathematics. It is recommended for students considering graduate study in mathematics. Students in this program must complete MTH 141, 142, 215, and 243. These courses should normally be taken in the freshman and sophomore years. Students must complete an additional 29 credits in mathematics, including MTH 307, 316, 435/436, and 462.
Applied Mathematics Option. This program is intended for the student who anticipates a career as an applied mathematician or mathematical consultant with an organization such as an industrial or engineering firm or with a research laboratory. The student learns the mathematical ideas and techniques most often encountered in such work. Although a theoretical foundation is developed, the applications are emphasized. The student must take MTH 141, 142, 215, and 243, preferably by the end of the sophomore year. The student must complete an additional 18 credits in mathematics including one of the sequences MTH 435/436 or 437/438, and of the 12 remaining credits in mathematics, at least three credits should be at the 400-level. Also, the student must complete an additional four courses, one of which must be chosen from CSC 106, 200, 201, 211, 212, PHY 410, or CHE 272, and three other courses chosen from Group I (Applications).
Group I: BME 207; BUS 320, 321, 335, 337; CHE 272, 313, 314; CHM 431, 432: CSC 340, 350, 406, 418, 440, 445; ECN 323, 324, 327, 328, 375; ELE 313, 314, 322, 438, 457; ISE 411, 412, 432, 433; MCE 341, 354, 366, 372, 411, 466; NRS 409, 410; OCE 301; PHY 306, 322, 331, 410, 420, 451, 452, 455; STA 307, 308, 409, 411, 412. Other courses may be used for this group with prior permission of the chairperson.
Credits earned in MTH 101, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 208, 362, or 420 cannot be applied toward this degree (general program and applied mathematics option).
Both B.S. programs require 120 credits for graduation.
Minor in Mathematics
Students declaring a math minor must earn credit for MTH 141, 142, 215, and 243, and two three-credit math courses chosen from MTH 244, 307, 316, 322, or any 400-level course. At least one of these two courses must be at the 400 level. Substitutions may be made with permission of the chairperson.