Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Department of Mathematics. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog

INTD 234. Numb3rs in W4r & Espion4ge
The Mathematics and Politics of Military Code-Breaking. This course explores mathematical methods in military cryptography and places special emphasis on the political context, the organizational environment, and the war-time consequences of breaking some of these military codes. Students will study and attempt to crack codes used by the military and governments through WWII, study modern computational cryptosystems, and explore current issues in satellite/internet security and communication. Lessons might include mathematical lectures, problem sets, class discussions of readings and viewings, code-breaking exercises, guest lecturers, written responses and major expository papers. Prerequisite: MATH 085 (or COSC 120) & 200-Level PLSC course or Instructor Permission.

MATH 280. Abstract Thinking
Designed to bridge the gap between lower- and upper-division mathematics courses. Deals with sets, applications of logic, propositional and predicate calculus, techniques of mathematical proofs, relations, functions, number systems, mathematical induction, algebraic structures. Prerequisite: 141A,B.

MATH 354. Mathematical Modeling
Formulation and evaluation of models; continuous and stochastic models; sources of error; accuracy, precision and robustness; mathematical techniques used in modeling; analytical and numeric solutions; optimization. Prerequisites: 141B.

MATH 480. A,B Modern Algebra I, II
Sets, mappings, relations, operations, algebraic structures (groups, rings, fields, modules), homomorphisms, substructures, quotient structures, finite fields, field extensions, proof of impossibility of some geometric constructions using only compass and ruler, Galois Correspondence. Prerequisite: 141B and 280. One semester, 3 credits each.

MATH 491. A,B Senior Seminar
Develops the student's ability to learn mathematics independently and to write for a mathematical audience. Includes a significant expository or research paper and a public presentation. Must be taken in the fall semester of the senior year. Permission required. Fall 1 credit, January 3 credits.