May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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368 Mathematics and Science Center
(248) 370-3430
Fax: (248) 370-4184

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Chairperson: Anna M. Spagnuolo

Professors Emeriti: J. Curtis Chipman, David J. Downing, George F. Feeman, Jerrold W. Grossman, Robert H. Kushler, Louis J. Nachman, Irwin E. Schochetman, Sze Kai Tsui, J. Barry Turett

Distinguished Professors:  Eddie Cheng, Meir Shillor

Professors: Kevin T. Andrews, Baruch Cahlon, Charles C. Cheng, Dorin Drignei, Ravindra Khattree, László Lipták, Subbaiah Perla, Xiangqui Qu, Darrell Schmidt, Anna M. Spagnuolo, Stuart S. Wang, Stephen J. Wright, Wen Zhang

Associate Professors: Aycil Cesmelioglu, Serge Kruk, Li Li, Theophilus Ogunyemi, Tanush Shaska, Peter Shi, Daniel Steffy

Assistant Professors: Tamas Horvath, Jun Hu, Nghia T.A. Tran

Adjunct Professors: Ian Bradbury, David Lamb, Gary C. McDonald, Charles Wampler

Chief Adviser: Darrell Schmidt


The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics, Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics or applied statistics, Bachelor of Science degree in actuarial science that is jointly offered with the Department of Economics, Master of Science degree in industrial applied mathematics, Master of Science degree in applied statistics, Master of Arts degree in mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied mathematical sciences. In addition, the department offers courses that are required or recommended as electives in other academic programs. For further information on the graduate programs offered by the department, see the Oakland University Graduate Catalog.

Students are encouraged to elect a variety of applied courses, both inside and outside of the department. The greater the familiarity with applications of mathematics, the greater the possibilities of employment in a world that is becoming more mathematics-oriented each year. Concentrations or minors, or even second majors, are available in computer science, the life sciences, the physical sciences, engineering, business administration, the social sciences and linguistics. Mathematics majors are advised to consult department faculty when planning their programs.

Prerequisites and Placement

Each student enrolling in a course offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics must meet the prerequisites for that course. Students who do not meet the prerequisites will not be permitted to enroll or remain enrolled in the course.

The prerequisites may be met in a number of ways: by completing the stated prerequisite course(s) with a grade of (C) or better; by completing an equivalent course at another university, college or community college with a grade of (C) or better; or through placement.

Grades below (C) in prerequisite courses are not acceptable, nor are high school courses. In rare cases, the department may grant permission to enroll in a course without the formal prerequisites. Students with unusual circumstances should consult the instructor of the course or a department adviser.

Placement into levels E, I, R, or C, described below, is determined by the mathematics ACT (or SAT equivalent) Score or by a placement test. For details on this placement, consult an adviser or the department’s webpage. The levels of placement are as follows:

E: The student is ready for MTH 0661 * or MTH 1118 .

I: The student has demonstrated competence through MTH 0661 * and is ready for MTH 0662 * or MTH 1118 .

R: The student has demonstrated competence through MTH 0662 * and is ready for MTH 1118 , MTH 1221 , MTH 1331 , MTH 1441 , MTE 2110  or STA 2220 .

C: The student has demonstrated competence through MTH 1441  and is ready for MTH 1118 , MTH 1221 , MTH 1222 , MTH 1554  ,MTE 2110 , STA 2220 , STA 2221  or STA 2222 .

Formal course competency credit is not available in MTH 0661 *, MTH 0662 *, MTH 1331 , MTH 1332  or MTH 1441 .

*See information concerning these skill enrichment courses below.

Capstone courses: The department offers the following options for students to satisfy the capstone requirement for their major: ACS 4550 - Financial Mathematics , MTH 4114 - History of Mathematics , STA 4228 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II .

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors may be awarded to graduating seniors in either the B.A. or the B.S. degree program who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their mathematical science coursework, as evidenced by high grades, high level courses and/or more than a minimum number of courses. Further information is available from the department chairperson. In addition, the department will normally present the Louis R. Bragg Graduating Senior Award each year to the most outstanding graduate in any of the departmental majors.

Skill Enrichment Courses: MTH 0661 and MTH 0662

  and   are academic skill enrichment courses specially designed to aid incoming students who need additional preparation prior to entering one of the University’s standard mathematical sciences sequences. Note that when a student exercises the repeat option and takes   or   to replace a grade previously earned in MTH 011, MTH 012, MTH 102, MTH 103, MTH 111 or MTH 112, the grade earned in   or   will replace the former grade.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.



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