The Department of Mathematics offers three majors:
The Mathematics major has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of career options and to encourage students to
pursue a second area of interest by means of a double major, a double minor, or a double concentration. A major in Mathematics coupled with a
strong minor in accounting, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, physics, psychology, or sociology uniquely fits one for a
number of career choices as well as for graduate school. A Mathematics major takes 42 semester hours of mathematics, 3 hours of statistics and 3 hours of
The Mathematics Education degree fulfills all the requirements for a state teaching certificate in addition to
providing a strong background in mathematics. Students who choose this major are well-prepared either to enter the teaching field immediately upon graduation
or to go to graduate school. The Mathematics Education major takes 31 semester hours of mathematics, 33 semester hours of education,
3 semester hours of statistics, and 3 hours of computer science.
The Statistics degree is offered in cooperation with the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans (L.S.U.M.C.).
The Statistics program offers Xavier students the opportunity to obtain both a B.S. degree from Xavier in Statistics and an M.S. degree in biostatistics
from L.S.U.M.C. in only five years. This program contains 27 semester hours of mathematics and 59 semester hours of statistics along
with a computer programming course. Forty-four (44) of these 59 hours of statistics are taken at L.S.U.M.C. and are credited toward both the B.S. degree
in statistics at Xavier and the M.S. degree from L.S.U.M.C. (See the policies for this program below.)
During the senior year, the student in each major must pass a written comprehensive examination.
For the Mathematics and Mathematics Education major,
the examination covers mathematics courses required in the programs; for the Statistics major, the examination covers mathematics and statistics
courses required by the program and taken on Xavier's campus.
In order for a mathematics or statistics course to be counted for degree credit, students must earn a grade of "C" or better. Furthermore, all students
in this programs are required to attend all departmental meetings.
Minor in Mathematics
-- The minor in mathematics consists of eighteen (18) semester hours of mathematics of which at least 8 must be at the 2000-level or above.
The calculus sequence (MATH 1070-2070-2080) is strongly recommended as part of the minor program. Students planning to minor in mathematics should be
advised by the mathematics chairperson or someone he or she designates as well as by their primary academic advisor.
Honors in Mathematics
For placement in the Honors in Mathematics Program, students should apply to the Mathematics Department. To receive the disntinction "Honors in Mathematics",
students must satisfy one of the following two criteria:
- Students must take MATH 1070H and MATH 2070H and at least four (4) additional hours
of mathematics or statistics at the 2000 level or above. Examples of additional course
work that satisfy these requirements are third semester calculus (MATH 2080); basic
statistics with a technology lab (STAT 2010 and STAT 2150L); MATH 2030 or MATH 2530
or MATH 2550 together with a technology lab (MATH 2160L). Students must receive a
cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in all mathematics and statistics courses
taken with no grade of "C" or below.
Students must take MATH 1070 (or MATH 1070H) and MATH 2070, and at least six (6)
additional hours of mathematics or statistics at the 2000 level or above. Students must
receive a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in all mathematics and statistics
courses taken with no grade of "C" or below.
Policies for the Joint XU/LSUMC Statistics Program -- The following policies apply to the statistics major:
- Xavier students having at least a 3.0 GPA in mathematics and statistics
courses listed in the first three years of the program and having an overall GPA of
at least 2.5 are eligible, upon approval of the LSUHSC Department of Biostatistics,
for admission at LSUHSC to those courses listed in the fourth
year of the program.
- During the fourth year of the program, students will register at both
LSUHSC and Xavier. In addition to their Xavier courses,
- in the fall semester, students will register at Xavier for 10 semester
hours of courses to be taken at LSUHSC and
- in the spring semester, students will register at Xavier for 10 semester
hours of courses to be taken at LSUHSC. These students will be
considered full-time students at Xavier and pay full Xavier tuition.
At LSUHSC, the students will be considered special students
paying no additional tuition. (LSUHSC will bill Xavier directly for
the LSUHSC courses in which the students are enrolled.)
- To graduate from Xavier at the end of the fourth year
of this program with a B.S. in Statistics, students must:
- maintain at least a "C" grade in each of the courses
taken at LSUHSC,
- pass a comprehensive examination covering
mathematics and statistics courses taken at Xavier, and
- satisfy all other Xavier University general
- Admission as a regular graduate student at LSUHSC.
in the fifth year of this program is contingent upon approval of the Department
of Biostatistics at LSUHSC
- To graduate from LSUHSC with an M.S. degree from the
Department of Biostatistics, students must:
- maintain at least a "B" average at LSUHSC,
- make an acceptable score on the Graduate Record
Examination which must be taken prior to the fifth year of the program, and
- satisfy all other regular requirements of the LSUHSC School of Graduate Studies and the
Department of Biostatistics