# 2.1-Option A (Pure Mathematics)

**(2.1) Option A (Pure Mathematics)**

**(2.1.1) Introduction**

Option A is centered around a core curriculum of four courses covering the fundamental areas of mathematics. The requirements are flexible enough to accommodate students with a variety of mathematical interests and post-graduate plans, including doctoral study in mathematics or the mathematical sciences, and employment in government or industry.

**(2.1.2)** **Core Curriculum**

An M.S. student in Option A must complete these core courses: Math 541 (Algebra), Math 543 (Linear Algebra), Math 551 (Real Analysis) and Math 581(Topology) with a grade B or better in each of these courses.

**(2.1.3) Examinations**

The Basic Exam in Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra is given as a placement exam at the beginning of graduate study.

Students in Option A must pass the M.S. Advanced Exam, as described in Attachment 2, by the end of the third year of their study. The Advanced Exam also serves as the Ph.D. Entrance Examination. See Attachment 2.

**(2.1.4) Other Requirements**

The plan of study must include a minimum of eighteen (18) hours of graduate course work within the Department of Mathematics. A student can complete the degree requirements in one of the following options:

A. Complete twenty-seven credits in course work plus a thesis representing three credits of Math 697 Research.

B. Complete thirty credits in course work.