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MATH 1000 - Mathematics at Northeastern
Designed for freshman math majors to introduce them to one another, their major, their college, and the University. Students are introduced to our advising system, register for next semester’s courses, and learn more about co-op. Also helps students develop the academic and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed as a university student. Prereq. Mathematics majors only.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 1110 - College Algebra
Covers laws of exponents, roots, graphing of equations and inequalities, special curves (that is, conic sections), functions and operations on functions, complex numbers, matrices, and vectors. If time permits, also explores elementary discrete probability and least squares curve fitting.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 1120 - Precalculus
Focuses on linear, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Emphasis is placed on understanding, manipulating, and graphing these basic functions, their inverses and compositions, and using them to model real-world situations (that is, exponential growth and decay, periodic phenomena). Equations involving these functions are solved using appropriate techniques. Special consideration is given to choosing reasonable functions to fit numerical data.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 1130 - College Math for Business and Economics
Introduces students to some of the important mathematical concepts and tools (such as modeling revenue, cost and profit with functions) used to solve problems in business and economics. Assumes familiarity with the basic properties of linear, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Topics include the method of least squares, regression curves, solving equations involving functions, compound interest, amortization, and other consumer finance models. (Graphing calculator required, see instructor for make and model.)
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 1180 - Statistical Thinking
Introduces statistical thinking to students without using any sophisticated mathematics. Uses extensive class discussion and homework problems to cover statistical reasoning and to evaluate critically the usage of statistics by others. Readings from a wide variety of sources are assigned. Topics include descriptive statistics, sampling theory, and fundamentals of statistical inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing).
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core MOI: Natural World, UG College of Science

MATH 1213 - Interactive Mathematics
Develops problem-solving skills while simultaneously teaching mathematics concepts. Each unit centers on a particular applied problem, which serves to introduce the relevant mathematical topics. These may include but are not limited to polling theory, rate of change, the concepts behind derivatives, probability, binomial distributions, and statistics. The course is not taught in the traditional lecture format and is particularly suited to students who work well in collaborative groups and who enjoy writing about the concepts they are learning. Assessment is based on portfolios, written projects, solutions to “problems of the week,” and exams.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1215 - Mathematical Thinking
Focuses on the development of mathematical thinking and its use in a variety of contexts to translate real-world problems into mathematical form and, through analysis, to obtain new information and reach conclusions about the original problems. Mathematical topics include symbolic logic, truth tables, valid arguments, counting principles, and topics in probability theory such as Bayes’ theorem, the binomial distribution, and expected value.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1216 - Recitation for MATH 1215
Provides small-group discussion format to cover material in MATH 1215.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Recitation/Discussion

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 1220 - Mathematics of Art
Presents mathematical connections and foundations for art. Topics vary and may include aspects of linear perspective and vanishing points, symmetry and patterns, tilings and polygons, Platonic solids and polyhedra, golden ratio, non-Euclidean geometry, hyperbolic geometry, fractals, and other topics. Includes connections and examples in different cultures.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1225 - Game Theory
Uses the unifying theme of game theory to explore mathematical techniques for gaining an understanding of real-world problems. Includes matrix algebra, linear programming, probability, trees, von Neumann’s minimax theorem, and Nash’s theorem on equilibrium points. Considers zero-sum and non-zero-sum games, multiperson games, and the prisoner’s dilemma. Explores the applications of game theory, including conflict analysis, and various issues in psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and business. Prereq. Mathematics SAT of at least 600 or permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1231 - Calculus for Business and Economics
Provides an overview of differential calculus including derivatives of power, exponential, logarithmic, logistic functions, and functions built from these. Derivatives are used to model rates of change, to estimate change, to optimize functions, and in marginal analysis. The integral calculus is applied to accumulation functions and future value. Emphasis is on realistic business and economics problems, the development of mathematical models from raw business data, and the translation of mathematical results into verbal expression appropriate for the business setting. Also features a semester-long marketing project in which students gather raw data, model it, and use calculus to make business decisions; each student is responsible for a ten-minute presentation. (Graphing calculator required, see instructor for make and model.)
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1241 - Calculus 1
Serves as both the first half of a two-semester calculus sequence and as a self-contained one-semester course in differential and integral calculus. Introduces basic concepts and techniques of differentiation and integration and applies them to polynomial, exponential, log, and trigonometric functions. Emphasizes the derivative as rate of change and integral as accumulator. Applications include optimization, growth and decay, area, volume, and motion. Prereq. Not open to students in the College of Computer and Information Science.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1242 - Calculus 2
Continues MATH 1241. Introduces additional techniques of integration and numerical approximations of integrals and the use of integral tables; further applications of integrals. Also introduces differential equations and slope fields, and elementary solutions. Introduces functions of several variables, partial derivatives, and multiple integrals. Prereq. MATH 1231, MATH 1241, or MATH 1341; not open to students in the College of Computer and Information Science.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1251 - Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 1
Begins with the fundamentals of differential calculus and proceeds to the specific type of differential equation problems encountered in biological research. Presents methods for the solutions of these equations and how the exact solutions are obtained from actual laboratory data. Topics include differential calculus: basics, the derivative, the rules of differentiation, curve plotting, exponentials and logarithms, and trigonometric functions; using technology to understand derivatives; biological kinetics: zero- and first-order processes, processes tending toward equilibrium, bi- and tri-exponential processes, and biological half-life; differential equations: particular and general solutions to homogeneous and nonhomogeneous linear equations with constant coefficients, systems of two linear differential equations; compartmental problems: nonzero initial concentration, two-compartment series dilution, diffusion between compartments, population dynamics; and introduction to integration.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1252 - Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 2
Continues MATH 1251. Begins with the integral calculus and proceeds quickly to more advanced topics in differential equations. Introduces linear algebra and uses matrix methods to analyze functions of several variables and to solve larger systems of differential equations. Advanced topics in reaction kinetics are covered. The integral and differential calculus of functions of several variables is followed by the study of numerical methods in integration and solutions of differential equations. Provides a short introduction to probability. Covers Taylor polynomials and infinite series. Special topics include reaction kinetics: Michaelis-Menten processes, tracer experiments, and inflow and outflow through membranes. Prereq. MATH 1251.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1260 - Math Fundamentals for Games
Discusses linear algebra and vector geometry in two-, three-, and four-dimensional space. Examines length, dot product, and trigonometry. Introduces linear and affine transformations. Discusses complex numbers in two-space, cross product in three-space, and quaternions in four-space. Provides explicit formulas for rotations in three-space. Examines functions of one argument and treats exponentials and logarithms. Describes parametric curves in space. Discusses binomials, discrete probability, Bézier curves, and random numbers. Concludes with the concept of the derivative, the rules for computing derivatives, and the notion of a differential equation.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1340 - Intensive Calculus for Engineers
Contains the material from the first semester of MATH 1341, preceded by material emphasizing the strengthening of precalculus skills. Topics include properties of exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; differential calculus; and introductory integral calculus.
6.000 Credit hours
6.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1341 - Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Covers definition, calculation, and major uses of the derivative, as well as an introduction to integration. Topics include limits; the derivative as a limit; rules for differentiation; and formulas for the derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, and exponential/logarithmic functions. Also discusses applications of derivatives to motion, density, optimization, linear approximations, and related rates. Topics on integration include the definition of the integral as a limit of sums, antidifferentiation, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and integration by substitution.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1342 - Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering
Covers further techniques and applications of integration, infinite series, and introduction to vectors. Topics include integration by parts; numerical integration; improper integrals; separable differential equations; and areas, volumes, and work as integrals. Also discusses convergence of sequences and series of numbers, power series representations and approximations, 3D coordinates, parameterizations, vectors and dot products, tangent and normal vectors, velocity, and acceleration in space. Prereq. MATH 1341 or permission of head mathematics advisor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1343 - Calculus 2 for Engineering Technology
Builds upon the differential and integral calculus topics in MATH 1341 to develop additional tools such as partial derivatives and multiple integrals needed by students of engineering technology. This course is not equivalent to MATH 1342. Prereq. MATH 1341.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 1365 - Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
Covers the basics of mathematical reasoning and problem solving to prepare incoming math majors for more challenging mathematical courses at Northeastern. Focuses on learning to write logically sound mathematical arguments and to analyze such arguments appearing in mathematical books and courses. Includes fundamental mathematical concepts such as sets, relations, and functions.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 1990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 2201 - History of Mathematics
Traces the development of mathematics from its earliest beginning to the present. Emphasis is on the contributions of various cultures including the Babylonians, Egyptians, Mayans, Greeks, Indians, and Arabs. Computations and constructions are worked out using the techniques and notations of these peoples. The role of mathematics in the development of science is traced throughout, including the contributions of Descartes, Kepler, Fermat, and Newton. More modern developments are discussed as time permits.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Diversity, NU Core Comp Stdy of Cultures, UG College of Science

MATH 2210 - Foundations of Mathematics
Investigates the modern revolutions in mathematics initiated by Cantor, Gödel, Turing, and Robinson in the fields of set theory, provability, computability, and analysis respectively, as well as provides background on the controversy over the philosophy and underlying logic of mathematics.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Hist,Ethcl,Asth Prspv, UG College of Science

MATH 2230 - Mathematical Encounters
Covers interesting and significant developments in pure and applied mathematics, from ancient times to the present. Fundamental mathematical ideas have a power and utility that are undeniable and a beauty and clarity that can be inspirational. Selected topics may include: prime and irrational numbers, different infinities and different geometries, map coloring, and famous unsolved and recently solved problems. Provides students with an opportunity for hands-on experience actually doing some of the mathematics discussed and to research topics in the library and on the Web. Prereq. MATH 1120, MATH 1215, MATH 1231, MATH 1241, or MATH 1341.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 2250 - Programming Skills for Mathematics
Introduces basic programming skills for applied mathematics. Also serves as preparation for co-op assignments. Topics include Excel macros, MATLAB programming, and the R statistical package. Every mathematics major or student in a mathematics combined major is required to take this course or an equivalent course in another department.
2.000 Credit hours
2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 2280 - Statistics and Software
Provides an introduction to basic statistical techniques and the reasoning behind each statistical procedures. Covers appropriate statistical data analysis methods for applications in health and social sciences. Also examines a statistical package such as SPSS or SAS to implement the data analysis on computer. Topics include descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, parameter estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, nonparametric inference, and analysis of variance and regression with a minimum of mathematical derivations. Prereq. Nonmathematics majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 2285 - Introduction to Multisample Statistics
Provides an introduction to statistical techniques, including multisample statistics and regression. Offers an opportunity to learn to choose appropriate statistical data analysis methods for applications in various scientific fields and to learn to use a statistical package to implement the data analysis. Topics include descriptive statistics, elementary probability theory, parameter estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression. May also include optimal design. Prereq. MATH 1120, MATH 1215, MATH 1231, MATH 1241, or MATH 1341; not open to students who have completed MATH 2280.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 2310 - Discrete Mathematics
Provides the discrete portion of the mathematical background needed by students in electrical and computer engineering. Topics include Boolean algebra and set theory, logic, and logic gates; growth of functions, and algorithms and their complexity; proofs and mathematical induction; and graphs, trees, and their algorithms. As time permits, additional topics may include methods of enumeration and finite-state machines.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 1, UG College of Science

MATH 2321 - Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering
Extends the techniques of calculus to functions of several variables; introduces vector fields and vector calculus in two and three dimensions. Topics include lines and planes, 3D graphing, partial derivatives, the gradient, tangent planes and local linearization, optimization, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, the divergence theorem, and theorems of Green and Stokes with applications to science and engineering and several computer lab projects. Prereq. MATH 1342 or MATH 1252.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Mathematics, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 2322 - Recitation for MATH 2321
Provides small-group discussion format to cover material in MATH 2321.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Recitation/Discussion

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 2331 - Linear Algebra
Uses the Gauss-Jordan elimination algorithm to analyze and find bases for subspaces such as the image and kernel of a linear transformation. Covers the geometry of linear transformations: orthogonality, the Gram-Schmidt process, rotation matrices, and least squares fit. Examines diagonalization and similarity, and the spectral theorem and the singular value decomposition. Is primarily for math and science majors; applications are drawn from many technical fields. Computation is aided by the use of software such as Maple or MATLAB, and graphing calculators. Prereq. MATH 1342 or CS 2800.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 2341 - Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering
Studies ordinary differential equations, their applications, and techniques for solving them including numerical methods (through computer labs using MS Excel and MATLAB), Laplace transforms, and linear algebra. Topics include linear and nonlinear first- and second-order equations and applications include electrical and mechanical systems, forced oscillation, and resonance. Topics from linear algebra, such as matrices, row-reduction, vector spaces, and eigenvalues/eigenvectors, are developed and applied to systems of differential equations. Prereq. MATH 1342.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 2342 - Recitation for MATH 2341
Provides small-group discussion format to cover material in MATH 2341.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Recitation/Discussion

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 2351 - Ordinary Differential Equations
Studies ordinary differential equations from both the quantitative and qualitative points of view: first-order equations and systems, second-order equations, analytic solution techniques, numerical methods and visualization (through computer labs), and applications to mechanical and electrical oscillations. Emphasizes the dynamical systems approach including instances of chaos. Prereq. MATH 1342.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 2990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 3000 - Co-op and Experiential Learning Reflection Seminar 1
Intended for math majors who have completed their first co-op assignment or other integrated experiential learning component of the NU Core. The goal is to examine the mathematical problems encountered in these experiences and relate them to courses already taken and to the student’s future program. Faculty members and other guests contribute to the discussion. Grades are determined by the student’s participation in the course and the completion of a final paper. Prereq. Mathematics majors and computer science/mathematics combined majors only.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 3081 - Probability and Statistics
Focuses on probability theory. Topics include sample space; conditional probability and independence; discrete and continuous probability distributions for one and for several random variables; expectation; variance; special distributions including binomial, Poisson, and normal distributions; law of large numbers; and central limit theorem. Also introduces basic statistical theory including estimation of parameters, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. Prereq. MATH 1342 or MATH 1252.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 3150 - Real Analysis
Provides the theoretical underpinnings of calculus and the advanced study of functions. Emphasis is on precise definitions and rigorous proof. Topics include the real numbers and completeness, continuity and differentiability, the Riemann integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, inverse function and implicit function theorems, and limits and convergence. Required of all mathematics majors. Prereq. (a) MATH 2321 and (b) MATH 2331 and (c) ENGL 1111 or ENGL 1102 and (d) junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

MATH 3175 - Group Theory
Presents basic concepts and techniques of the group theory: symmetry groups, axiomatic definition of groups, important classes of groups (abelian groups, cyclic groups, additive and multiplicative groups of residues, and permutation groups), Cayley table, subgroups, group homomorphism, cosets, the Lagrange theorem, normal subgroups, quotient groups, and direct products. Studies structural properties of groups. Possible applications include geometry, number theory, crystallography, physics, and combinatorics. Prereq. MATH 2321 and MATH 2331.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 3527 - Number Theory
Introduces number theory. Topics include linear diophantine equations, congruences, design of magic squares, Fermat’s little theorem, Euler’s formula, Euler’s phi function, computing powers and roots in modular arithmetic, the RSA encryption system, primitive roots and indices, and the law of quadratic reciprocity. As time permits, may cover diophantine approximation and Pell’s equation, elliptic curves, points on elliptic curves, and Fermat’s last theorem. Prereq. MATH 1342.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 3530 - Numerical Analysis
Considers various problems including roots of nonlinear equations; simultaneous linear equations: direct and iterative methods of solution; eigenvalue problems; interpolation; and curve fitting. Emphasizes understanding issues rather than proving theorems or coming up with numerical recipes. Prereq. MATH 2331 and three semesters of calculus.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 3532 - Numerical Solutions of Differential Equations
Covers numerical problems in interpolation, differentiation, integration, Fourier transforms, and the solving of differential equations. Emphasizes practical methods and techniques. The heart of the course is a study of modern methods for finding numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations, both initial value problems and boundary value problems. Homework and projects are based on MATLAB. Prereq. (a) MATH 2331 and (b) MATH 2341 or MATH 2351.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 3533 - Combinatorial Mathematics
Introduces techniques of mathematical proofs including mathematical induction. Explores various techniques for counting such as permutation and combinations, inclusion-exclusion principle, recurrence relations, generating functions, Polya enumeration, and the mathematical formulations necessary for these techniques including elementary group theory and equivalence relations. Prereq. MATH 1342 and two semesters of calculus.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 3541 - Chaotic Dynamical Systems
Presents an experimental study using simple mathematical models of chaotic behavior in dynamical systems. (Such systems are frequently found in science and industry.) Goals include the development of skills of experiment and inquiry, integration of visual and analytical modes of thought, and appreciation of issues of problem formulation and representation. Prereq. MATH 1342 and two semesters of calculus.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Math/Anly Think Lvl 2, UG College of Science

MATH 3560 - Geometry
Studies classical geometry and symmetry groups of geometric figures, with an emphasis on Euclidean geometry. Teaches how to formulate mathematical propositions precisely and how to construct and understand mathematical proofs. Provides a line between classical and modern geometry with the aim of preparing students for further study in group theory and differential geometry. Prereq. MATH 2331.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 3990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 4000 - Co-op and Experiential Learning Reflection Seminar 2
Intended for math majors who have completed their second co-op assignment or other integrated experiential learning component of the NU Core. The goal is to examine the mathematical problems encountered in these experiences and relate them to courses already taken and to the student’s future program. Faculty members and other guests contribute to the discussion. Grades are determined by the student’s participation in the course and the completion of a final paper. Prereq. Mathematics majors and computer science/mathematics combined majors only.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 4025 - Applied Mathematics Capstone
Offers students of mathematics an opportunity to use their skills to study problems that arise in industry and other real-world settings. Students build on exciting industrial or research experiences they may have had through co-op or other employment. Intended for juniors and seniors with some experience or interest in applications of mathematics. Prereq. MATH 3081 and junior or senior standing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
NU Core Capstone, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, UG College of Science

MATH 4525 - Applied Analysis
Demonstrates the applications of mathematics to interesting physical and biological problems. Methods are chosen from ordinary and partial differential equations, calculus of variations, Laplace transform, perturbation theory, special functions, dimensional analysis, asymptotic analysis, and other techniques of applied mathematics. Prereq. (a) MATH 2321 and (b) MATH 2331 and (c) MATH 2341 or MATH 2351.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4535 - Mathematical Topics in Computer Vision
Studies topics in computer vision and the mathematical approaches to them. These include but are not limited to detection of object boundaries in images, nonlinear diffusion, optimization, and curve evolution. Students are required to be able to program algorithms that the course develops. Prereq. MATH 2321 and programming experience with MATLAB or an equivalent computer algebra system; familiarity with matrices and their properties is helpful.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 4541 - Advanced Calculus
Offers a deeper and more generalized look at the ideas and objects of study of calculus. Topics include the generalized calculus of n-space, the inverse and implicit function theorems, differential forms and general Stokes-type theorems, geometry of curves and surfaces, and special functions. Prereq. MATH 2321, MATH 2331, and MATH 3150.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4545 - Fourier Series and PDEs
Provides a first course in Fourier series, Sturm-Liouville boundary value problems, and their application to solving the fundamental partial differential equations of mathematical physics: the heat equation, the wave equation, and Laplace’s equation. Green’s functions are also introduced as a means of obtaining closed-form solutions. Prereq. MATH 2351 or MATH 2341.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4555 - Complex Variables
Provides an introduction to the analysis of functions of a complex variable. Starting with the algebra and geometry of complex numbers, basic derivative and contour integral properties are developed for elementary algebraic and transcendental functions as well as for other analytic functions and functions with isolated singularities. Power and Laurent series representations are given. Classical integral theorems, residue theory, and conformal mapping properties are studied. Applications of harmonic functions are presented as time permits. Prereq. MATH 2321.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4565 - Topology
Introduces the student to fundamental notions of topology. Introduces basic set theory, then covers the foundations of general topology (axioms for a topological space, continuous functions, homeomorphisms, metric spaces, the subspace, product and quotient topologies, connectedness, compactness, and the Hausdorff condition). Also introduces algebraic and geometric topology (homotopy, covering spaces, fundamental groups, graphs, surfaces, and manifolds) and applications. Other topics are covered if time permits. Prereq. MATH 2321 and MATH 2331.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4571 - Advanced Linear Algebra
Provides a more detailed study of linear transformations and matrices: LU factorization, QR factorization, Spectral theorem and singular value decomposition, Jordan form, positive definite matrices, quadratic forms, partitioned matrices, and norms and numerical issues. Topics and emphasis change from year to year. Prereq. MATH 2331.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4576 - Rings and Fields
Introduces commutative rings, ideals, integral domains, fields, and the theory of extension fields. Topics include Gaussian integers, Galois groups, and the fundamental theorem of Galois theory. Applications include the impossibility of angle-trisection and the general insolvability of fifth- and higher-degree polynomials. Other topics are covered as time permits. Prereq. MATH 2331.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4581 - Statistics and Stochastic Processes
Continues topics introduced in MATH 3081. The first part of the course covers classical procedures of statistics including the t-test, linear regression, and the chi-square test. The second part provides an introduction to stochastic processes with emphasis on Markov chains, random walks, and Brownian motion, with applications to modeling and finance. Prereq. MATH 3081.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
CAS Core Analysis, UG College of Science

MATH 4606 - Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physics
Covers advanced mathematical methods topics that are commonly used in the physical sciences, such as complex calculus, Fourier transforms, special functions, and the principles of variational calculus. Applies these methods to computational simulation and modeling exercises. Introduces basic computational techniques and numerical analysis, such as Newton’s method, Monte Carlo integration, gradient descent, and least squares regression. Uses a simple programming language, such as MATLAB, for the exercises. Prereq. (a) PHYS 2303 and (b) MATH 2321 and (c) MATH 2341 or MATH 2351.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 4681 - Probability and Risks
Reviews main probability and statistics concepts from the point of view of decision risks in actuarial and biomedical contexts, including applications of normal approximation for evaluating statistical risks. Also examines new topics, such as distribution of extreme values and nonparametric statistics with examples. May be especially useful for students preparing for the first actuarial exam on probability and statistics. Prereq. MATH 3081.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 4682 - Theory of Interest and Basics of Life Insurance
Reviews basic financial instruments in the presence of interest rates, including the measurement of interest and problems in interest (equations of value, basic and more general annuities, yield rates, amortization schedules, bonds and other securities). Examines numerous practical applications. Also introduces problems of life insurance with examples. May be especially useful for students preparing for the second actuarial exam on theory of interest. Prereq. MATH 3081.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 4970 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Focuses on in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Combined with Junior/Senior Project 2 or college-defined equivalent for 8-credit honors project. Prereq. MATH 3081 and Honors Program participation and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 4971 - Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Focuses on second semester of in-depth project in which a student conducts research or produces a product related to the student’s major field. Culminating experience in the University Honors Program. Prereq. MATH 4970, Honors Program participation, and permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Honors, Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 4990 - Elective
Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Off-campus instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 4991 - Research
Offers an opportunity to conduct research under faculty supervision. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 4992 - Directed Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 4993 - Independent Study
Offers independent work under the direction of members of the department on a chosen topic. Course content depends on instructor. Prereq. Permission of advisor.
1.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
1.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, UG College of Science

MATH 4994 - Internship
Offers students an opportunity for internship work. Prereq. Permission of instructor.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
UG College of Science

MATH 4996 - Experiential Education Directed Study
Draws upon the student’s approved experiential activity and integrates it with study in the academic major. Restricted to those junior and senior mathematics majors who are using it to fulfill their experiential education requirement; for these students it may count as a mathematics elective, subject to approval by instructor and adviser. Prereq. Junior or senior standing and permission of instructor; mathematics majors only.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Individual Instruction

Mathematics Department

Course Attributes:
Do not publish in schedule, NU Core Experiential Learning, UG College of Science


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