Dr. Karen Aucoin, Department Head
The Department of Mathematical Sciences supports the mission of McNeese State University by offering quality programs of study in the mathematical sciences for degree and non-degree students. The department offers college-level courses for majors as well as college-level courses for non-majors and special courses to professionals who wish to update their knowledge in various areas of the mathematical sciences. The department seeks to promote and encourage scholarly activities and service from all mathematical science faculty.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in mathematical sciences degree with concentrations in mathematical physics, mathematics, mathematics education grades 6-12, physics education grades 6-12, and statistics. A double major is offered in computer science and mathematical sciences. With additional coursework, students may obtain more than one concentration. The Department of Mathematical Sciences also offers minors in mathematics and statistics.
General education courses in the mathematical sciences are offered to meet the needs of students who do their major work in other departments of the University.
Students majoring in mathematical sciences receive the basic preparation for work in business and industry, as well as undergraduate prerequisites for work on advanced degrees. The curricula also provide experiences in liberal arts.
Students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must earn a grade of C or better in all MATH and STAT courses and meet all graduation requirements listed in the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of the Academic Regulations page. In addition, credit for courses taken at other universities (regardless of subject area) with a grade lower than C cannot be applied toward a mathematical sciences degree. A student concentrating in mathematics education or physics education must also meet all requirements for admission and progression through the teacher education program, student teaching, and graduation as stated on the Burton College of Education page.
Each student is also required to complete a capstone experience which includes taking a departmental test in the major area.
Mathematics Placement Tests
Tests in mathematics are given to place students in the proper mathematics sequence. These tests may not be retaken for placement or credit.
Co-op and Intern Programs with Industry
Mathematical science students who enroll in MATH 399 or STAT 399 for 3 hours, working full-time in a co-op program, and making progress towards a mathematical science degree are considered full-time students in the fall or spring semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for citizenship and immigration services reporting. Co-op and intern students are selected by industry based on grades, experience, and interviews. A co-op or intern position cannot be guaranteed to any applicant.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a program leading to the Master of Science degree in mathematical sciences. The student may choose a concentration in computer science, mathematics, or statistics. Additional information about graduate programs is available on the William J. Doré, Sr. School of Graduate Studies page.
ProgramsBachelor of Science