Mathematical Sciences

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

The Mathematical Sciences Department is designed to meet the ever-increasing demands for diverse quantitative skills.

The B.A. in Mathematical Sciences is designed to prepare students for careers using mathematics, operations research, and statistics in the fields of teaching, research, industry, insurance, and management or for graduate study in mathematical sciences or related areas.

By making different choices from technical electives, students can tailor their degrees to prepare for these various careers. Those who plan to teach mathematics or work in engineering or the physical sciences should choose mathematics courses. Those who wish to apply mathematical methods to life sciences, social sciences, or business fields should choose operations research or statistics courses. Any of these choices provide excellent preparation for graduate work in fields that need quantitative skills.

A minor in mathematical sciences augments a student’s background in mathematics by increasing knowledge of mathematics, operations research, or statistics — knowledge that is useful in careers in teaching, research, industry, or management.

There are two options for studying mathematics at UIS: on campus or online.


On Campus degree – Entrance requirements
A. Admission to UIS and admissions fee (See

B. Completion of entrance assessment test for majors (given at the beginning of each semester).

C. Matriculation into the Mathematical Sciences Department. Requirements for matriculation are 1) selection of a mathematical sciences faculty advisor, 2) completion of three semesters of calculus (MAT 115, MAT 116, MAT 217), 3) ability to write computer programs in a procedural language, and 4) enrollment in MAT 330 Entrance Assessment.

Online degree – Application requirements
Formal application to both the university and the department is required for admission.
1. UIS application (See
2. UIS application fee

Degree entrance requirements
1. Earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at the lower-division level
2. GPA of 2.00 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited college or university
3. Completion of 3 semesters of calculus
4. Ability to write computer programs in a procedural language
5. Enrollment in MAT 330 Entrance Assessment

Enrollment capacity
The online mathematics degree will accept new students each fall and spring semester. For best consideration, students should submit application materials as early as possible prior to the semester in which they would like to attend. Contact the online coordinator for specific information.

Note: Courses taken to satisfy matriculation requirements for on-ground and online degree programs are not counted as a part of the upper-division work needed for graduation. Students may begin work toward a degree before matriculation into the department, but matriculation should be completed before the last 16 semester hours of MAT courses needed for graduation.

Major Requirement
MAT 330 Entrance Assessment 0 Hrs.

Required Mathematical Sciences Courses
MAT 332 Linear Algebra 4 Hrs.
MAT 415 Advanced Calculus 4 Hrs.
MAT 431 Mathematical Statistics I 4 Hrs.
MAT 444 Operations Research Methods 4 Hrs.

One of the following clusters:
Cluster A

MAT 403 Abstract Algebra 4 Hrs.
MAT 404 Geometry 4 Hrs.
Two MAT elective courses 8 Hrs.

Cluster B

MAT 421 Statistical Methods 4 Hrs.
MAT 432 Mathematical Statistics II 4 Hrs.
Two MAT elective courses 8 Hrs.

Note: Required and elective MAT courses must be taken for a letter grade. The CR/NC option is not acceptable. Transfer credit for upper-division coursework is evaluated on a case-by-case basis through the Student Petition process.

Students should consult with advisors in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of general education requirements.


To earn a minor in Mathematical Sciences, students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours, at least 12 hours of which must be upper-division course work taken at UIS. Transfer credit for lower-division course work and for upper-division mathematics courses is evaluated on a case-by-case basis through the student petition process. Core courses include MAT 115 Calculus I, MAT 116 Calculus II, and MAT 332 Linear Algebra, or its equivalent. Students must then select an area of specialization (mathematics, operations research, or statistics) and complete 12 semester hours as follows —

Mathematics specialization requires (12 Hrs.):
MAT 403 Abstract Algebra 4 Hrs.
MAT 404 Geometry 4 Hrs.
One elective from B or C 4 Hrs.

Operations research specialization requires (12 Hrs.):
MAT 442 Probability Modeling and Computer Simulation 4 Hrs.
MAT 444 Operations Research Methods 4 Hrs.
One elective from A 4 Hrs.

Statistics specialization requires (12 Hrs.):
MAT 421 Statistical Methods 4 Hrs.
MAT 431 Mathematical Statistics I 4 Hrs.
One elective from A 4 Hrs.

Students wishing to minor in Mathematical Sciences should select an advisor from among the Mathematical Sciences faculty who will help ensure that all requirements for the minor are met.


Bachelor of Arts, Undergraduate Minor


Hei-Chi Chan, Yuichi Iwashita, Mahdi Majidi-Zolbanin, Nicole Meismer, Tung Nguyen, Richard Ringeisen, Carol Saltsgaver, Larry Stonecipher, Chung-Hsien Sung


Phone: 217/206-8405