Bachelor of Science in Discrete Mathematics

Certain areas of mathematics have become increasingly important over the past thirty years due to the introduction of computing into nearly every aspect of science, technology, and business. These are the branches of mathematics that are devoted to the study of discrete as opposed to continuous structures. Methods of discrete mathematics are used whenever objects are to be counted, when the relationships between finite sets are examined, and when processes involving a finite number of steps are studied. These methods become essential when, for example, computer algorithms are analyzed, transportation networks or communications systems are designed, or when optimal schedules are sought.

Many problems associated with the transmission and storage of information, the design of complicated circuits, or the identification of organic chemicals require the tools of discrete mathematics. Several fields of application, most notably operations research and computer science, not only use the techniques of discrete mathematics, but have also contributed significantly to the development of the subject. For this reason, the curriculum for the bachelor's degree program in discrete mathematics combines basic work in mathematics and science and advanced studies in discrete mathematics with substantial training in these areas of application.

After completion of the program's core requirements in the first two years, students take

Computer Science10
Industrial and Systems Engineering6
Approved Technical Electives in MATH, Computing, ECE, and Operations Research9
Senior Research Project4
Free Electives12
Total Credit Hours56

In addition to the Institute requirement of a grade-point average of at least 2.0, the School of Mathematics requires a grade of C or higher in

MATH 4022Intro to Graph Theory3
MATH 4107Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 4317Analysis I3

Students may count no more than two credit hours of coursework in physical education toward graduation. Only free electives and MATH 4999 in the degree program may be taken on a pass/fail basis, and no more than nine credit hours are allowed under this option.

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Business and Research Options

A student may elect to complete both the Business Option and the Research Option.

Completion of the Business and Research Options is noted by "Business Option" and "Research Option" designations on the student's transcript.

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Research Option

Select one of the following Research Options: 19
Research Assistantship
and Research Assistantship (for pay)
Undergraduate Research
and Undergraduate Research (for credit) 2
LMC 4701US Rsch Proposal Writing (take during the first or second semester of research) 31
LMC 4702US Rsch Thesis Writing (take during the thesis-writing semester) 41
Total Credit Hours11

supervised research with a faculty advisor over two to three semesters


Four credit hours of MATH 4699 may be used in place of MATH 4080 and MATH 4090 for the BS in Discrete Mathematics.


a short proposal on their research project is developed


prepare a research report (research paper, project report/thesis); and make an oral presentation of the project

Completion of this Research Option is noted by the designation "Research Option in Mathematics" on the student's transcript.

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