Legend has it that across the arched entrance to the Academy founded by Plato in 357 B.C. were the words "Let no man ignorant of geometry enter here."
Whether or not the legend is true, there is no question of the importance of mathematics at this early institution of higher education. The motto reflects
the belief, widely held then and now, that a demonstrated mathematical maturity – a mind trained with logical rigor – is an essential prerequisite
for facing the intellectual challenges of advanced education. In addition to training the mind, the discipline of mathematics appeals to our intrinsic sense of
beauty and order. As our minds seek patterns and explanations for the patterns we observe, we move inexorably to the world of mathematics.
In addition to its purely aesthetic qualities, mathematics is truly the language of the sciences. While the physical sciences like chemistry and physics have
long and obvious connections with mathematics, more and more the biological and social sciences are becoming more quantitative, more modeling-oriented, and simply
more mathematical. In today's world, scientists operate largely in the realm of mathematics.
Like all programs in the Honors College, the mathematics program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, with a Concentration in Mathematics.
The mathematics program may be tailored for individual students and will constitute an excellent background for a wide range of careers and advanced or professional
degree programs. In particular, the course offerings are designed to prepare students for graduate work in mathematics.
Available Options: Concentration in Mathematics; Minor concentration in Mathematics.
Note: Students declaring a concentration prior to Spring 2009 may adhere to this version
or the previous version of the Math Concentration.
Concentration in Mathematics
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MAC 2311||Honors Calculus I||4|
|MAC 2312||Honors Calculus II||4|
|MAC 2313||Honors Calculus III||4|
|MAS 2103||Honors Matrix Theory||3|
|MAS 4301||Honors Modern Algebra||3|
|MAA 4200||Honors Modern Analysis||3|
|MAT 4971||Honors Thesis in Mathematics (2 semesters)||6|
| ||Upper Division Mathematics Electives||12|
| ||General Mathematics Electives (any level)||6|
| ||Total Credits||45|
Electives: At least one elective (3 credits) must be in geometry, topology, applied mathematics or statistics.
One elective course may be replaced by an elective in Computer Science. A list of Mathematics electives is given below.
(Note that a few courses in other departments count as Mathematics electives.) With the advisor's approval, a student may count
up to 6 credit hours of upper division mathematics electives taken at other FAU campuses towards the concentration.
Students are reminded they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate.
Group A: Intermediate Level Mathematics Courses
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|MAT 1932||Honors Topics in Mathematics||3|
|MAT 1933||Honors Freshman Seminar in Mathematics||3|
|STA 2023||Honors Introductory Statistics||3|
|MAD 2104||Honors Discrete Mathematics||3|
|MAP 2302||Honors Differential Equations I||3|
|STA 3164||Honors Intermediate Statistics||3|
|MAS 3203||Honors Introduction to Number Theory||3|
|MAA 4402||Honors Introductory Complex Analysis||3|
|MTG 4302||Honors General Topology||3|
|MAT 4906||Honors Directed Independent Study in Mathematics||1-4|
|MAT 4930||Honors Special Topics in Mathematics||1-4|
Restrictions: To count towards the Concentration, a Mathematics course must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Minor Concentration in Mathematics
For a minor concentration in mathematics, students must complete the following courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.0:
- MAC 2311 H Calculus I (4 credits);
- MAC 2312 H Calculus II (4 credits);
- At least 13 credits of Honors Electives numbered 2000 or higher, including at least one 3 credit course numbered 3000 or higher.
A computer science course may be used as one of the required electives. TOTAL: 21 credits.