Mathematics (BA) Online - Curriculum

Online Degree in Math Provides Excellent Preparation

From calculus to algebra to statistics, the courses included in the online degree in math program will help you develop advanced abilities in math. The skills that you gain in this program also allow you to pursue a variety of career paths as the skills are transferable across many industries and positions. If you decide to continue your studies with a graduate degree, your online degree in math is good preparation. Advanced studies in math have been correlated to higher scores on graduate entrance exams, including the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT.

SNHU faculty who teach in the mathematics program have years of experience as mathematicians and educators. They are well skilled in applying theories, principles and concepts of mathematics to real-world situations across a broad range of fields, such as business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences.

Online Degree in Math Curriculum

In addition to completing your core BA requirements, you will complete 30 credits in math courses as you work toward your math degree online. You also will choose two math electives based on your particular interests in math, including math education or applied mathematics. Taking courses toward your math degree online gives you extensive flexibility in organizing your course work around your schedule.

Required Core Courses

NOTE: Math majors must take MAT 230 & Mat 240 as part of General Education Program

School of Arts and Sciences Program Requirements

GEO-200: World Geography
This course examines the implications of global location and topography for the people of planet Earth. Students will explore how geography shapes the dynamics of human societies, with an emphasis on the geoenvironmental, geopolitical, and geosocial phenomena that help to define the modern world. Global marker.
PHL-214: Formal Logic
This course is a study of the fundamental principles of correct and incorrect argument, historical forms of deductive logic, and the significance of language and clear verbalization. Offered as needed.

Select one of the following:

COM-341: Technical Writing
This course trains students to produce documents of a technical nature commonly found in a business context. Students are required to prepare a variety of technical reports, including audits, technical manuals and feasibility studies.
ENG-121, ENG-121H or ENG-200
ENG-330: Nonfiction Writing Workshop
This course introduces students to the basic skills and principles of writing creative nonfiction and magazine feature articles. Student-centered workshop critiques and frequent conferences with the instructor are the primary methods used in the course. The course includes significant reading assignments in nonfiction genres.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H

Mathematics Major Courses

MAT-225: Calculus I: Single-Variable Calculus
Calculus is the mathematical study of change that has widespread applications in science, engineering, economics and business. This course provides a rigorous introduction to single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, applications of derivatives, and integration, including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. This course will encourage students to think beyond memorizing formulas and to work towards understanding concepts. Students may not take both MAT 210 and MAT 225 for credit.
MAT-275: Calculus II: Integration & Series
This course is a continuation of MAT 225 that deepens a student's understanding of single-variable calculus. Students will learn new techniques of integration, including substitution, integration by parts, partial fractions, and integration tables. This course will also extend a student's knowledge of addition. That is, students already know how to add two, three, or n numbers together but, in this course they will learn how to add an infinitely many numbers together. This will enable students to represent differentiable functions-including exponential, trigonometric and logarithmic functions-as functions that look like polynomials with infinitely many terms. In doing so, students will enhance their abilities to evaluate and estimate integrals. Finally, students will also learn about parametric curves and polar coordinates-both useful tools for describing the motion of moving objects such as projectiles, planets, or satellites-in order to apply single-variable calculus skills in additional settings. Students may not take both MAT 211 and MAT 275 for credit.
MAT-225 with a grade of C or better
MAT-299: Mathematical Proof and Problem Solving
This course introduces students to the language and methods used to create and write mathematical proofs and solve problems. Methods of proof will include: direct, contrapositive, contradiction, and induction. Methods of problem solving will be based on Polya's four steps for problem solving. Students will learn about and utilize the many functions of proof including: verification, explanation, communication, discovery, justification, and inquiry. The course will also explore the relationship between problem solving and the process of proving. Students will explore fundamental abstract concepts in mathematics including: functions and relations, set theory, number theory, and logic.
MAT-230 with a grade of C or better
MAT-325: Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus
Many real-world applications of calculus in science, engineering, economics, and business employ functions with many variables. This course extends the basic concepts of single-variable calculus developed in MAT 225 and MAT 275 to functions of several variables. Topics include vectors, the geometry of space, vector-valued functions, motion in space, partial derivatives and multiple integrals.
MAT-275 with a grade of C or better
MAT-330: Differential Equations
Differential equations are useful in modeling real-world phenomenon involving rates of change such as the spread of disease, the change in a population, the free fall of an object, and the decay of a radioactive substance. This is a first course in differential equations. Topics include solving first- and higher-order differential equations and modeling with first- and higher-order differential equations.
MAT-211 or MAT-275 with a grade of C or better
MAT-350: Applied Linear Algebra
This is a first course in linear algebra and matrices. Topics include systems of linear equations, linear independence, matrices of linear transformations, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. After mastering the basic concepts and skills, students will use their knowledge of linear algebra to model a selection of applied mathematics problems in business, science, computer science and economics.
MAT-210 or MAT- 225 with a grade of C or better
MAT-415: Abstract Algebra
Algebra is concerned with sets of objects and operations on these sets. This course will take students beyond the real number and polynomials to groups and other algebraic structures. In a modern, or abstract algebra course, one assumes a small number of basic properties as axioms and then proves many other properties from the axioms. This will assist the student in becoming more proficient at proof-writing.
MAT-299 with a grade of C or better
MAT-470: Real Analysis
This course provides a theoretical foundation for single-variable calculus concepts. Topics include the structure of the real numbers, sequences, continuity, differentiation and Riemann integration. This course will be run as a seminar that emphasize problem solving, proof writing and orally defending proofs.
MAT-299 with a grade of C or better

Select three of the following:

MAT-200 Level Mathematics

Excluding: MAT-206, MAT-210, MAT-211, MAT-360, MAT-362, MAT-490, MAT-495, EDU-441 and any math courses already required as part of the mathematics major.

MAT-135: The Heart of Mathematics
The Heart of Mathematics considers the history, mathematical beauty, and real world applications of a wide variety of topics. This discussion-based course encourages "out-of-the-box" thinking to explore the connections between mathematics and the world around us. Topics may include: patterns in nature, infinity, topology, geometry, networking, fractals, and chaos theory, among others.

Free Elective Credits: 33

Total Credits: 120

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