2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]
Mathematical Sciences (MATH)
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the B.S. degree with a major in mathematical sciences with emphases in general mathematical sciences, applied mathematics, computational mathematics, probability and statistics, mathematics education, and actuarial science. Students who successfully complete the program and pass the state mandated Teacher Performance Assessment will have completed all required Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards for receiving university recommendation for licensure to teach mathematics at the 9-12 grade levels. Successful completion of the program without receipt of a passing score on the state mandated Teacher Performance Assessment will result in the student receiving a degree without university recommendation for licensure.
The department also offers minors in mathematical sciences, elementary mathematics education, applied probability and statistics, and actuarial science. These minors should be of interest to students majoring in the physical or social sciences or in business. In addition, the department offers an honors program in mathematical sciences and participates in the University Honors Program.
Students interested in the emphasis in probability and statistics, the emphasis in actuarial science, a degree with honors in probability and statistics, a minor in applied probability and statistics or a minor in actuarial science should contact the office of the Division of Statistics.
Several of the department’s courses fulfill the university quantitative literacy foundational studies requirement, and others can be used by non-majors toward fulfilling the nature and technology knowledge domain requirements in the university’s general education program. In addition, many of its courses are included as requirements for other programs.
Mathematical sciences majors are not permitted to count courses in computer science (CSCI) toward fulfilling general education area requirements.
For all majors in the department, the GPA in the major is calculated by using only those mathematical sciences courses numbered 229 or above which are available for credit toward the major.
Students majoring or minoring in mathematical sciences must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.00 in those MATH/STAT and professional education courses applicable to that major or minor. Courses not applicable to the major or minor are identified in the course descriptions. Some emphases and programs may have a higher GPA requirement; see the appropriate section of the catalog.
All majors are required to have a satisfactory portfolio of work done during their undergraduate studies on file in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The contents of the portfolio are to be used to assess the department’s program and are to be accumulated largely through course work assignments and examinations; students are expected to cooperate with instructors as these items are collected. In addition, each student must submit in his or her senior year a 250-300 word typed essay describing the student’s experience in the major, including comments on the connections of mathematics with other disciplines. Details on the submission of materials and approval of the portfolio should be obtained from the student’s adviser in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
With department permission, students are allowed to complete certain combinations of the major and one or more minors in the department, or multiple minors within the department. In all such cases, for each minor in the department, the student must earn at least 6 semester hours in MATH/STAT courses that are not counted in fulfillment of the major or any other minors in the department.
Mathematics Placement Examination Policy
Students planning to take MATH 110, MATH 155, MATH 206, MATH 210, MATH 211, or MATH 229 must take the Mathematics Placement Examination, so they may begin their mathematical studies at the appropriate level.
Proficiency Examination Policy
Ordinarily students will not be allowed to attempt a proficiency examination for a course if they have received credit for a higher numbered course (for exceptions, consult the department).
Mathematical Sciences Faculty
Jeffrey L. Thunder, Ph.D., University of Colorado, professor, chair
John Wolfskill, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, associate professor, assistant chair
Douglas Bowman, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, professor
Jose Yunier Bello Cruz Ph.D., Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics - Brazil, assistant professor
Biswa N. Datta, Ph.D., University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor
Paul Dawkins, Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, associate professor
Sien Deng, Ph.D., University of Washington, professor
Nader Ebrahimi, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Distinguished Research Professor
Alastair Fletcher, Ph.D., University of Warwick, associate professor
Michael Geline, Ph.D., University of Chicago, associate professor
Barbara Gonzalez, Ph.D., Cornell University, associate professor, director, Division of Statistics
Daniel Grubb, Ph.D., Kansas State University, associate professor
Qingkai Kong, Ph.D., University of Alberta, professor
Ilya Krishtal, Ph.D., Voronezh State University, professor
Nathan Krislock Ph.D., University of Waterloo, assistant professor
Ying C. Kwong, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, associate professor
Anders Linnér, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, associate professor
Maya Mincheva, Ph.D., University of Waterloo, associate professor
Deepak Naidu, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, associate professor
Alan Polansky, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, associate professor
Mary Shafer, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, associate professor
Gleb Sirotkin, Ph.D., Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis, associate professor
Joseph B. Stephen, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, associate professor