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Chair

  • Hyde, Scott K. Chair (hydes@byuh.edu
    GCB 160A, (808) 675-3308, Fax (808) 675-3467  

Professors

  • Barton, Susan D. (1986) B.S. 1980, Utah State University; M.S. 1984, Utah State University; Ph.D. 1995, Oregon State University.
  • Hyde, Scott K. (2004) A.S. 1996, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; B.S. 1996, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.S. 1999, Montana State University-Bozeman; Ph.D. 2004, Montana State University-Bozeman.

Associate Professors

  • Hurst, Paul R. (1995) B.A. 1988, University of Utah; Ph.D. 1995, Purdue University.
  • Helms, Joel R. (2012) A.S. 1987, Niagara County Community College; B.S. 1990, SUNY Albany, M.S. 1995, Clarkson University; Ed.D. 2016, University of Southern California.

Assistant Professors

  • Carlson, Russel (2010) B.S. 1995, Brigham Young University; M.S. 1997, University of Oregon; Ph.D. 2002, Utah State University.
  • Wong, Ka Lun (2017) B.S. 2009, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.S. 2011, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. 2017, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Special Instructors

  • Johnson, Cassandra K. (1978) B.S. 1970, Church College of Hawaii.
  • Oleole, Elissa (1973) B.S. 1968, Church College of Hawaii; M.Mt. 1971, Utah State University.
  • Smith, Diane (2013) B.S. 1990, Brigham Young University.
 

Emeritus Faculty

  • Johnson, Jack V. (1966-2005)
  • Furuto, David (1970-72, 1985-86, 1987-2012)
  • Merrill, Elaine Spendlove (1983-2016)

Advisor

  • Patricia Hi'i Campbell, Academic Advisor (ph002@byuh.edu)
    MCK 173B, (808) 675-3597

Career Opportunities


The mathematics major prepares students for careers in teaching, government service, industry, and research, or graduate study in mathematics. The student has two options: mathematics major and the mathematics education major. The student has three options: BS in Mathematics, pure track, BS in Mathematics, applied track, and the Mathematics Education major.

Program Outcomes


Upon completing a major in Mathematics, students will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in Algebra and Trigonometry, as well as Integral, Differential and Multivariable Calculus necessary for success in advanced mathematical studies.
  2. Demonstrate content knowledge of both abstract and applied mathematical disciplines by stating definitions, salient theorems, and proofs of major theorems and concepts that are core content in upper division courses.
  3. Organize and explain their knowledge of logic and mathematical content in the structure of original valid proofs.
  4. Communicate mathematical ideas effectively in both written and oral context.
  5. Apply major definitions, theorems and algorithms in problem solving.
  6. Use appropriate technological tools while solving mathematical problems.
  7. Prepare professionally for graduate school or employment in mathematics or related fields.
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Admission to All Programs

All undergraduate degree programs in the Department of Mathematics are open enrollment.
 

Major and Minor Requirements

All entering freshman and transfer students must take the Mathematics Placement Test at the Testing Center or an equivalent mathematics placement test (such as the ACT) before registration. The mathematics course for which a student may register will depend upon the student's performance on the mathematics placement test.

Students who have received credit for a mathematics course numbered 111 or above may not enroll in or receive credit by examination for a mathematics course numbered below 106. No credit can be received for mathematics courses numbered below 106 through credit by examination. All mathematics courses for which credit is received by examination will use Pass/Not Pass. Students may demonstrate proficiency in, or satisfy prerequisites for, a course through the appropriate mathematics placement test(s). To register for any mathematics course which has a mathematics prerequisite, the student must achieve a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite mathematics course within the past year, have the instructor's consent, or have taken the Math Placement Test within the past year and been placed into the mathematics course requested by the student.

Every student should register for a mathematics course each semester until the student has satisfied the mathematics requirements for general education.


B.S. Mathematics, Pure Track (48 hours)
 

Core Courses (42 hours)

  • MATH 112 Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 113 Calculus II (5)
  • MATH 214 Multivariable Calculus (5)
  • MATH 301 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 321 Mathematical Statistics (3)
  • MATH 332 Introduction to Complex Variables (3)
  • MATH 334 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 343 Elementary Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 371 Abstract Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 372 Abstract Algebra II (3)
  • MATH 441 Introduction to Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 442 Introduction to Analysis II (3)

Elective Courses (Choose 6 hours) 

(Other courses may be approved by Math Dept. Chair)

  • MATH 311 Numerical Analysis (3)
  • MATH 490R Mathematics Seminar (2)
  • PHYS 121 General Physics I (3)
  • PHYS 122 General Physics II (3)
  • PHYS 221 General Physics III (3)
  • CIS 202 Object-Oriented Programming (3)

MATH 490R and additional year-long courses in computer science, physics, and/or chemistry are strongly recommended. Students must complete all lower-division courses with a C- or better. No more than one upper-division course in which a D (D-, D or D+) is received may be used to meet the major requirements. The student must have a 2.0 average in these required courses.

Students will be required to take departmental assessment exams prior to graduation.


B.S. Mathematics, Applied Track (Minimum of 48 hours)
 

 Core Courses (27 credits)

  • MATH 112 Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 113 Calculus II (5)
  • MATH 214 Multivariable Calculus (5)
  • MATH 221 Principles of Statistics (3)
  • MATH 301 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 334 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 343 Elementary Linear Algebra (3)

Applied Clusters (12-14 credits)

Each student will take courses from one of the following clusters:

    Physics (12 credits)

  • PHYS 121 General Physics I (3)
  • PHYS 121L General Physics Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 122 General Physics II (3)
  • PHYS 122L General Physics Laboratory (1)
  • PHYS 221 General Physics III (3)
  • PHYS 221 General Physics Laboratory (1)

    Psychology (12 credits)

  • MATH 321 Mathematical Statistics (3)
  • MATH 441 Introduction to Analysis I (3)
  • PSYC 305 Research Methods (3)
  • PSYC 405 Multivariable Statistics (3)

    Biology (14 credits)

  • MATH 321 Mathematical Statistics (3)
  • BIOL 112 General Biology (3)
  • BIOL 265 Molecular and Cellular Biology (3)
  • BIOL 265L Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 330 Bioinformatics (3)
  • BIOL 330L Bioinformatics Lab (1)

    Computational (12 credits)

  • CIS 202 Object Oriented Programming I (3)
  • CS 203 Object Oriented Programming II (3)
  • CS 301 Algorithms and Complexity (3)
  • CS 320 Introduction to Computational Theory (3)
  • MATH 311 Numerical Analysis (Required as one of the Advanced Math Electives)

    Mathematics (14 credits)

  • MATH 111 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (3)
  • MATH 302 Foundations of Geometry (3)
  • MATH 308 Mathematics Using Technologies (3)
  • MATH 377 Secondary Mathematics Teaching Methods (3)
  • MATH 409R Mathematics Seminar (2)

    Variable (minimum of 12 credits)

  • Subjects in which math is applied as approved by the Math Department Chair

Advanced Math Electives (minimum of 9 credits)

Each student will take at least three more elective courses from the following list (Other courses may be approved by the Math Dept. Chair.)
  • MATH 311 Introduction to Numerical Methods (3)
  • MATH 321 Mathematical Statistics (5)
  • MATH 332 Introduction to Complex Variables (3)
  • MATH 371 Abstract Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 372 Abstract Algebra II (3)
  • MATH 441 Introduction to Analysis I (3)
  • MATH 442 Introduction to Analysis II (3)
  • MATH 490R Mathematics Seminar (can be taken twice) (2-4)

B.S. Mathematics Education (79 hours)
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Mathematics Minor (19-21 hours)

Core Courses (10 Hours)

  • MATH 112 Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 113 Calculus II (5)

Elective Courses—Choose Three (9-11 Hours)

  • CIS 205/L Discrete Mathematics I and Lab (3)
  • MATH 214 Multivariable Calculus (5)
  • MATH 221 Principles of Statistics (3)
  • MATH 301 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 302 Foundations of Geometry (3)
  • MATH 311 Introduction to Numerical Methods (3)
  • MATH 321 Mathematical Statistics (3)
  • MATH 332 Introduction to Complex Variables (3)
  • MATH 334 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 343 Elementary Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 371 Abstract Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 441 Introduction to Analysis I (3)


Introduction to Mathematics Minor (14-18 hours)

Core Courses (5 Hours)

  • MATH 112 Calculus I (5)

Elective Courses—Choose Three (9-13 Hours)

  • MATH 111 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry (3)
  • MATH 113 Calculus II (5)
  • MATH 214 Multivariable Calculus (5)
  • MATH 221 Principles of Statistics (3)
  • MATH 301 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 302 Foundations of Geometry (3)
  • MATH 311 Introduction to Numerical Methods (3)
  • MATH 321 Mathematical Statistics (3)
  • MATH 332 Introduction to Complex Variables (3)
  • MATH 334 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 343 Elementary Linear Algebra (3)
  • MATH 371 Abstract Algebra I (3)
  • MATH 441 Introduction to Analysis I (3)

Elementary Mathematics Minor (13-14 hours)

Core Courses - Choose Two (6 Hours)

  • MATH 107 Quantitative Reasoning (3)
  • MATH 111 Trigonometry & Analytic Geometry (3)
  • MATH 221 Principles of Statistics (3)

Calculus Core Coursework — Choose One (4-5 Hours)

  • MATH 112 Calculus I (5)
  • MATH 119 Applied Calculus (4)

Capstone Coursework — Choose One (3 Hours)

  • MATH 340 Matrix Methods (3)
  • MATH 343 Elementary Linear Algebra (3)