The principal purpose of the Department of Mathematics at Francis Marion University is to offer all University students a varied and well-balanced program of undergraduate education in mathematics. In the liberal arts tradition, the courses in the program teach students to think logically, to analyze problems and solve them appropriately, and to communicate their ideas clearly.

The department provides a broad range of entry-level courses in order to meet the needs of students with widely varying mathematical backgrounds and to provide them with skills appropriate for their selected majors. The mid-level and upper-level curriculum provided by the department leads to baccalaureate degrees in two distinct but overlapping areas: mathematical sciences and teacher licensure in mathematics. These courses prepare students for careers in education, business or industry, or for further study at the graduate level. The department also offers graduate courses in support of the post-baccalaureate program in teacher relicensure.

To maintain the vitality of the department and enhance the University’s teaching mission, members of the department undertake new course development, conduct research, or pursue other avenues of faculty development. The department serves the general public by hosting an annual high-school mathematics competition and by actively participating in workshops, seminars, science fairs, and other programs that support the region’s general education and development.


Major: Mathematics (B.A. or B.S.) with two options available:

1. Mathematical Sciences

2. Teacher Licensure Option

Minors: Mathematics, Statistics

Collateral: Mathematics


A major in mathematics requires students to select one of two options:

1. Mathematical Sciences Option:

a) Mathematics 201, 202, 203, 304, 306, and 499

b) Mathematics 311 (Double majors may substitute Mathematics 230 for Mathematics 311 but not if they plan to take Mathematics 407)

c) Mathematics 405 or 407 or 411

d) Three mathematics electives above the 199 level – at least one of these at the 400 level and no more than one at the 200 level

e) Choice of Math 213 or Computer Science 226


2. Teacher Licensure Option: The Francis Marion University School of Education prepares caring and competent teachers for the 21st century. The Department of Mathematics provides the major knowledge base for students seeking licensure to teach mathematics in the state of South Carolina. The department supports and encourages the conceptual framework of the School of Education.

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