2014-15 General Bulletin

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231 Yost Hall
www.case.edu/artsci/math
Phone: 216.368.2880; Fax: 216.368.5163
Daniela Calvetti, Department Chair

The Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics at Case Western Reserve University is an active center for mathematical research. Faculty members conduct research in algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, convexity, dynamical systems, geometry, imaging, inverse problems, life sciences applications, mathematical biology, modeling, numerical analysis, probability, scientific computing, stochastic systems, and other areas.

The department offers a variety of programs leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional and applied mathematics and statistics. Undergraduate degrees are Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in mathematics, Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics, and Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in statistics. Graduate degrees are Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. The Integrated BS/MS program allows a student to earn a Bachelor of Science in either mathematics or applied mathematics and a master’s degree from the mathematics department or another department in five years. The department, in cooperation with the college's Teacher Licensure Program, offers a program for individuals interested in pre-college teaching. Together with the Department of Physics, it offers a specialized joint Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics.

Mathematics plays a central role in the physical, biological, economic, and social sciences. Because of this, employment prospects are always strong for individuals with degrees in mathematics, and there are excellent career opportunities. A bachelor’s degree in mathematics or applied mathematics offers a strong background for graduate school in many areas (including computer science, medicine, and law, in addition to mathematics and science) or a position in the private sector. A master’s degree in mathematics or applied mathematics, or an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics combined with a master’s in a different area, is an excellent basis for employment in the private sector in a technical field. A PhD degree is usually necessary for college teaching and research.

Statistics links mathematics to other disciplines in order to understand uncertainty and probability in the abstract and in the context of actual applications to science, medicine, actuarial science, social science, management science, business, engineering, and contemporary life. As technology brings advances, the statistical theory and methodology required to do them justice becomes more challenging: higher dimensional, dynamic, or computer-intensive. The field of statistics is rapidly expanding to meet the three facets of these challenges: the underlying mathematical theory, the data analysis and modeling methodology, and the interdisciplinary collaborations and new fields of application.

Students in the department, both undergraduate and graduate, have opportunities to interact personally with faculty and other students, and research and other activities are available. In addition, undergraduates can obtain teaching experience via the department’s supplemental instruction program.

Department Faculty

Daniela Calvetti, PhD
(University of North Carolina)
James Wood Williamson Professor and Chair
Scientific computing; imaging, inverse problems; modeling and simulation in life science

Alethea Barbaro, PhD
(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Assistant Professor
Computational Science and Engineering

Jenny Brynjarsdóttir, PhD
(The Ohio State University)
Assistant Professor
Bayesian methodology; bayesian hierarchial modeling; dimension reduction in space-time modeling; environmental statistics; applications in climate and paleoclimate sciences; uncertainty quantification; model discrepancy

Christopher Butler, MS
(Case Western Reserve University)
Instructor and Theodore M. Focke Professorial Fellow
Teaching of mathematics

Julia Dobrosotskaya, PhD
(University of California, Los Angeles)
Assistant Professor
Harmonic analysis; PDE; variational methods; signal processing

John Duncan, PhD
(Yale University)
Assistant Professor and Theodore M. Focke Professorial Fellow
The structure theory of vertex algebras; applications of vertex algebra in representation theory; algebraic geometry; number theory; topology

Weihong Guo, PhD
(University of Florida)
Warren E. Rupp Assistant Professor
Image processing and analysis; compressive sensing; computational neuroscience; computer vision

David Gurarie, PhD
(Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)
Professor
Applied mathematics (differential equations, dynamical systems) in physics, chemistry, biology: applications to population biology, infectious disease modeling, epidemiology, metabolism, geophysical fluid dynamics

Michael Hurley, PhD
(Northwestern University)
Professor
Dynamical systems; dynamics of cellular automata; dynamics of numerical methods

Steven H. Izen, PhD
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Professor
Image reconstruction from projections, both theoretically and in applied situations

Joel Langer, PhD
(University of California, Santa Cruz)
Professor
Static and dynamics of curves and related physical models; the interplay between geometry and integrable Hamiltonian systems; geometry of finite and infinite dimensional spaces of curves

Marshall J. Leitman, PhD
(Brown University)
Professor
Continuum physics; integral equations; functional analysis; mechanics of materials

Elizabeth Meckes, PhD
(Stanford University)
Associate Professor
Probability theory; probabilistic problems in geometry, topology, and physics; random matrix theory

Mark Meckes, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Professor
Geometry in high dimensions; random matrix theory; geometric probability

Anirban Mondal, PhD
(Texas A&M Universiity)
Assistant Professor
Bayesian Inference, Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods, spatial statistics, inverse problems

David A. Singer, PhD
(University of Pennsylvania)
Professor
Geometry; differential and algebraic geometry of curves, finite and infinite-dimensional spaces of curves, variational problems

Erkki Somersalo, PhD
(University of Helsinki)
Professor
Modeling and simulation of complex biological systems; inverse problems and Bayesian scientific computing; medical imaging

Wanda Strychalski, PhD
(The Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Assistant Professor
Mathematical biology; scientific computing; computational cell biology

Stanislaw J. Szarek, PhD
(Mathematical Institute, Polish Academy of Science)
Kerr Professor of Mathematics
Geometric functional analysis and its applications to study of high-dimensional phenomena including quantum information theory

Peter Thomas, PhD
(University of Chicago)
Associate Professor
Stochastic phenomena in signaling pathways and neural dynamics. Motor control; synchronization and entrainment; information theory; pattern formation; bioinformatics.

Elisabeth Werner, PhD
(Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI)
Professor
Convex geometry; analysis; probability; applications to approximation theory; mathematical physics; quantum information theory

Patricia Williamson, PhD
(Bowling Green University)
Instructor
Bayesian analysis; estimation; hypothesis testing

Wojbor A. Woyczynski, PhD
(Wroclaw University, Poland)
Professor
Probability theory, stochastic calculus, Levy processes, nonlinear diffusions, chaotic dynamics; mathematical neurosciences, biology, economics, physics and engineering; history of mathematics

Longhua Zhao, PhD
(The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Assistant Professor
Mathmatical modeling; fluid mechanics; numerical analysis; scientific computing


Secondary Faculty

Colin McLarty, PhD
(Case Western Reserve University)
Truman P. Handy Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
Logic; philosophy of mathematics, history of mathematics


Adjunct Faculty

Carsten Schütt, PhD
(Christian-Albrecht Universität, Kiel)
Adjunct Professor
Convex geometry; Banach space theory; functional analysis

Richard Varga, PhD
(Harvard University)
Adjunct Professor
Rational approximation; Riemann hypothesis; Gershgorin disks

BA in Mathematics  I  Teacher Licensure  |  BS in Mathematics  |  BS in Applied Mathematics BS in Mathematics and Physics  |  BA in Statistics  |  BS in Statistics  |  Integrated BS/MS  |  Minor in Mathematics  |  Minor in Statistics

Undergraduate Programs

Majors

A Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and physics, a Bachelor of Arts in statistics, and a Bachelor of Science in statistics are available to students at Case Western Reserve University. All undergraduate degrees in the department are based on a four-course sequence in calculus and differential equations and have a computational component. The mathematics degrees all require a further mathematics core in analysis and algebra. The statistics degrees all require a further statistics core. Each of these cores consists of four courses. There are additional technical requirements particular to each degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

The BA degree in mathematics requires at least 38 hours of mathematics courses, including:

MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
MATH 307Introduction to Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 308Introduction to Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 321Fundamentals of Analysis I3
MATH 322Fundamentals of Analysis II3
MATH 324Introduction to Complex Analysis3
or MATH 425 Complex Analysis I
Three approved technical electives *9
ENGR 131Elementary Computer Programming **3
or MATH 330 Introduction of Scientific Computing
Total Units41
*

 No more than one can be from outside the department.

**

 Or other approved computer science course.

Teacher Licensure

The Department offers a special option for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a mathematics major and a career in teaching. The Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Teacher Licensure Program in Integrated Mathematics prepares CWRU students to receive an Ohio Teaching License for grades 7-12. Students declare a second major in education – which involves 34 hours in education and a practicum requirement – and complete a planned sequence of mathematics content courses within the context of a mathematics major. The program is designed to offer several unique features not found in other programs and to place students in mentored teaching situations throughout their teacher preparation career. This small, rigorous program is designed to capitalize on the strengths of the department, the CWRU Teacher Licensure Program, and the relationships the university has built with area schools.

The requirements of the program are:

(a) Completion of the BA program in mathematics, including the following as the three approved technical electives:

MATH 150Mathematics from a Mathematician's Perspective3
MATH 304Discrete Mathematics3
STAT 312Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science3
Total Units9

(b) The completion of a second major in education. Students interested in this option should consult the description of the Teacher Licensure Program elsewhere in this bulletin or contact the director of teacher licensure.


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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

The BS degree in mathematics requires at least 50 hours of mathematics courses, including:

MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
MATH 307Introduction to Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 308Introduction to Abstract Algebra II3
MATH 321Fundamentals of Analysis I3
MATH 322Fundamentals of Analysis II3
MATH 324Introduction to Complex Analysis3
or MATH 425 Complex Analysis I
MATH 330Introduction of Scientific Computing3
Six approved technical electives *18
The following three courses:
PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
One of the following sequences:6
The Sun and its Planets
   and Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Principles of Chemistry I
   and Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
   and Chemistry of Materials
Physical Geology
   and Introduction to Oceanography
Historical Geology/Paleontology
Total Units67
*

No more than 9 hours may be from outside the department.


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Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics                                                                            

A student in this degree program must design a program of study in consultation with his or her academic advisor. This program of study must explicitly list the mathematics electives and the professional core in the area of application.

Areas of research in applied mathematics well represented in the department include:

  • Applied dynamical systems
  • Applied probability and stochastic processes
  • Imaging
  • Life science
  • Scientific computing

Study plans with emphasis on areas of application closely related to mathematics but centered in other departments will also be  considered. Such areas might include engineering applications, biology, cognitive science, or economics.

The BS degree in applied mathematics requires at least 50 hours of course work in mathematics and related subjects, in addition to a professional core that is specific to the area of application of interest to the student, including:

MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
MATH 307Introduction to Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 321Fundamentals of Analysis I3
MATH 322Fundamentals of Analysis II3
MATH 330Introduction of Scientific Computing3
One of the following two courses:3
Introduction to Complex Analysis
Complex Analysis I
Approved mathematics electives:21
Four courses specific to the concentration area of interest to the student (12 units)
Three MATH courses at the 300 level or higher (9 units)
Professional Core requirement12
12 approved credit hours specific to an area of application. This requirement is intended to promote scientific breadth and encourage application of mathematics to other fields.
Non-mathematics requirements
The following three courses:
PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
One of the following sequences:6-8
The Sun and its Planets
   and Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Principles of Chemistry I
   and Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
   and Chemistry of Materials
Physical Geology
   and Introduction to Oceanography
Historical Geology/Paleontology
Total Units79-81

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics

In contrast to the BS in applied mathematics or the BS in physics with a mathematical physics concentration, this degree provides a synergistic, coherent, and parallel education in mathematics and physics. To a close approximation, the challenging course work corresponds to combining the mathematics and physics cores, with the Physics Laboratory cluster replaced by a single, fourth-year laboratory semester. A student in this new program may use either of two official advisors, one available from each department, who would also constitute a committee for the administration of the degree and the approval of curriculum petitions.

The BS degree in mathematics and physics requires a total of 126 credits, including:

A. Mathematics requirements (35)
MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
MATH 307Introduction to Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 308Introduction to Abstract Algebra II3
or MATH 330 Introduction of Scientific Computing
MATH 321Fundamentals of Analysis I3
MATH 322Fundamentals of Analysis II3
MATH 324Introduction to Complex Analysis3
Approved Mathematics electives6
B. Physics requirements (38)
PHYS 121General Physics I - Mechanics4
or PHYS 123 Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism4
or PHYS 124 Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 221Introduction to Modern Physics3
PHYS 310Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 313Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics3
PHYS 331Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3
or PHYS 481 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 332Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II3
or PHYS 482 Quantum Mechanics II
One of the following:3
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Physical Optics
Laser Physics
Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe
Modern Cosmology
General Relativity
PHYS 423Classical Electromagnetism3
PHYS 472Graduate Physics Laboratory3
Two of the following: *6
Computational Methods in Physics
Methods of Mathematical Physics I
Methods of Mathematical Physics II
C. Senior project and seminar; one of two options: (6-7)6-7
C. (i) Mathematics option
Senior Project for the Mathematics and Physics Program
SAGES departmental seminar in Mathematics
C. (ii) Physics option
Advanced Laboratory Physics Seminar
Senior Physics Project
Senior Physics Project Seminar
D. Other science requirements (9-11)
CHEM 105Principles of Chemistry I3-4
or CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
CHEM 106Principles of Chemistry II3-4
or ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials
ENGR 131Elementary Computer Programming3
Total Units88-91
*

 If approved by the M&P committee, other science sequence courses may be substituted.

In addition to the major coursework listed, there are requirements of 10 hours of SAGES First and University Seminars, 12 hours of CAS distribution requirements, and enough open electives to bring the total number of hours to at least 126. 

First YearUnits
FallSpring
General Physics I - Mechanics (PHYS 121)
or Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics (PHYS 123)
4  
Calculus for Science and Engineering I (MATH 121)4  
Elementary Computer Programming (ENGR 131)3  
Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 105)
or Principles of Chemistry for Engineers (CHEM 111)
3-4  
SAGES First Seminar4  
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 113)2  
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 122)
or Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 124)
  4
Calculus for Science and Engineering II (MATH 122)
or Calculus II (MATH 124)
  4
Principles of Chemistry II (CHEM 106)
or Chemistry of Materials (ENGR 145)
  3-4
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory (CHEM 113)  2
Other non-major course**  3
Year Total: 20-21 16-17
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Introduction to Modern Physics (PHYS 221)3  
Calculus for Science and Engineering III (MATH 223)
or Calculus III (MATH 227)
3  
Introduction to Abstract Algebra I (MATH 307)3  
Non-major courses**9  
Classical Mechanics (PHYS 310)  3
MP Group I*  3
Elementary Differential Equations (MATH 224)
or Differential Equations (MATH 228)
  3
Introduction to Abstract Algebra II (MATH 308)
or Introduction of Scientific Computing (MATH 330)
  3
Year Total: 18 12
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (PHYS 313)3  
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 331)
or Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 481)
3  
Fundamentals of Analysis I (MATH 321)3  
MP Group II*3  
Non-major courses**9  
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 332)
or Quantum Mechanics II (PHYS 482)
  3
Fundamentals of Analysis II (MATH 322)  3
Introduction to Complex Analysis (MATH 324)  3
MP Group III*  3
Year Total: 21 12
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 3XX***3  
Graduate Physics Laboratory (PHYS 472)3  
MP Group IV*3  
SAGES Departmental Seminar****3  
Classical Electromagnetism (PHYS 423)  3
Senior Project****  3-4
Non-major courses**  12
Year Total: 12 18-19
 
Total Units in Sequence:  129-132
*

The "M&P group" of four courses corresponds to two physics courses and two mathematics courses. The physics courses would be chosen from PHYS 250, PHYS 349, and PHYS 350. The mathematics courses are subject to approval by the advisory committee and are thereby referred to as 'approved electives.' They may be chosen from the general list of mathematics courses at the 300 level or higher. Also subject to approval, students may choose a course from outside the mathematics and physics departments as a substitute in the M&P group.

**

The number of open electives will vary depending on whether students choose 3-credit or 4-credit courses to fulfill other requirements (chemistry, senior project)

***

An advanced physics course to be selected from the following list: PHYS 315 Introduction to Solid State Physics, PHYS 316 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, PHYS 326 Physical Optics, PHYS 327 Laser Physics, PHYS 328 Cosmology and the Structure of the Universe, PHYS 336 Modern Cosmology, PHYS 365 General Relativity.

****

The Senior Project and SAGES Departmental Seminar should either be the Mathematics option (MATH 351 Senior Project for the Mathematics and Physics Program and a Mathematics departmental seminar), or the Physics option (PHYS 351 Senior Physics Project, and PHYS 352 Senior Physics Project Seminar). 


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Bachelor's Degrees in Statistics

Students in statistics begin with a foundation in mathematics. Then they add statistical theory, plus intensive modern data analysis and a concentration in a field of their choice. The goal is to develop an appreciation of each facet of the discipline and a mastery of technical skills. This prepares students to enter a growing profession with opportunities in the academic, governmental, actuarial, and industrial spheres.

For the undergraduate student looking toward graduate school, the course of study within these guidelines easily incorporates additional mathematics in preparation for graduate courses. The more specialized option in actuarial science expands the basic program in statistics to incorporate topics from operations research and numerical analysis which are fundamental to actuarial theory and computation. This actuarial option includes the course work necessary to prepare for Courses 1-3 of the Society of Actuaries Exams.

BA in Statistics 

The BA degree offers flexibility and the chance to pursue a wider range of interests than the BS degree allows. It also offers students the possibility of expanding the interdisciplinary aspect of the program by completing a second major. For example, students may combine statistics with computer science, biology (molecular, organismal, or ecological), psychology, economics, accounting, or management science.

The BA degree in statistics requires a minimum of 56 hours of approved course work, including 27 hours in statistics and the remainder in related disciplines and a substantive field of application. The specific requirements are as follows:

MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
MATH 201Introduction to Linear Algebra3
Two computation classes6
Elementary Computer Programming
An additional higher-numbered course in computation from EECS or EPBI 414
STAT 325Data Analysis and Linear Models3
STAT 326Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining3
STAT 345Theoretical Statistics I3
STAT 346Theoretical Statistics II3
At least 15 hours of courses in statistical methodology, to be chosen from courses numbered 300 and higher offered by the statistics department, or approved courses in statistical methodology or probability taught in biostatistics, electrical engineering and computer science, economics, mathematics, operations research, systems engineering, etc. At least 6 hours must be in STAT. STAT 243 and STAT 244 may be counted.15
Two approved courses (or more) numbered 300 or above in an approved discipline outside statistics.6
Total Units56

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BS in Statistics 

The BS degree in statistics requires a minimum of 68 hours of approved course work, including 27 hours in statistics and the remainder in related disciplines and a substantive field of application. In addition to the requirements for the BA, the BS degree includes a laboratory science requirement. For students seriously interested in basic science, a natural science is the logical choice as a focus for the application, and the BS degree is the logical choice of program. The specific requirements are as follows:

MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
MATH 122Calculus for Science and Engineering II4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223Calculus for Science and Engineering III3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224Elementary Differential Equations3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
MATH 201Introduction to Linear Algebra3
Two computation classes6
Elementary Computer Programming
An additional higher-numbered course in computation from EECS or EPBI 414
STAT 325Data Analysis and Linear Models3
STAT 326Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining3
STAT 345Theoretical Statistics I3
STAT 346Theoretical Statistics II3
At least 15 hours of courses in statistical methodology, to be chosen from courses numbered 300 and higher offered by the statistics department, or approved courses in statistical methodology or probability taught in biostatistics, electrical engineering and computer science, economics, mathematics, operations research, systems engineering, etc. At least 6 hours must be in STAT. STAT 243 and STAT 244 may be counted.15
Two approved courses (or more) numbered 300 or above in an approved discipline outside statistics.6
A combined total of 12 hours (or more) in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS which may be counted toward a major in that field, including at least one of the following sequences:12
General Physics I - Mechanics
   and General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism
Principles of Chemistry I
   and Principles of Chemistry II
   and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory
Students are strongly encouraged to include advanced expository or technical writing courses in their programs.
Total Units68
Bachelor’s Degree Option in Actuarial Science

The actuarial program leading to either a BA or a BS in statistics requires 30 hours in statistics and actuarial studies and must satisfy the requirements for the appropriate degree program, with the following in addition to required courses.

  • At least 12 hours in statistical methodology, to be chosen from courses numbered 300 and higher offered by the statistics department, or approved courses taught in EPBI, EECS, ECON, MATH, OPRE, etc. At least 6 hours must be in STAT courses; STAT 243 Statistical Theory with Application I and STAT 244 Statistical Theory with Application II may be counted.
  • [references to nonexistent STAT 317-318] and .

 Students ordinarily can expect to be prepared to take Courses 1-3 of the Society of Actuaries Exams upon graduation.


Integrated BS/MS Program in Mathematics and/or Applied Mathematics

The integrated BS/MS program is intended for highly motivated candidates for the BS in mathematics and applied mathematics who wish to pursue an advanced degree. Application to the BS/MS program must be made after completion of 75 semester hours of course work and prior to attaining senior status (completion of 90 semester hours). Generally, this means that a student will submit the application during his/her sixth semester of undergraduate course enrollment and will have no fewer than two semesters of remaining BS requirements to complete. Applicants should consult the dean of undergraduate studies. 

A student admitted to the program may, in the senior year, take up to nine hours of graduate courses (400 level and above) that will count towards both BS and MS requirements. The courses to be doubled-counted must be specified at the time of application. Any undergraduate course work that is to be applied to the MS must be beyond that used to satisfy BS degree requirements and must conform to university, graduate school, and department rules. Students may petition to transfer graduate course work taken prior to application to the BS/MS program subject to the rules of the graduate school.

Students for whom the master’s project or thesis is a continuation and development of the senior project should register for (or the appropriate project course) during the senior year and are expected to complete all other courses for the BS before enrolling in further MS course work and thesis (continuing the senior project). Students for whom the master’s thesis or project is distinct from the senior project will be expected to complete the BS degree before taking further graduate courses for the master’s degree.


Integrated BS/MS in Applied Mathematics and Another Discipline

There is the possibility of an integrated five-year study plan leading to a BS in applied mathematics and an MS in the area of application. In order to complete the requirements for the BS/MS in five years, students must choose an area outside mathematics that integrates well with mathematics, such as computing/information science, operations research, systems engineering, control theory, biology, or cognitive science. The general academic requirements for Integrated BS/MS programs must be followed. (Since the graduate courses required for the MS degree are determined by the respective department, each student in the dual-degree program should have a secondary advisor in that department, starting no later than the junior year, and should consult with this advisor concerning requirements for the MS degree.)


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Minor in Mathematics

A minor in mathematics is available to all undergraduates.  No more than two courses can be used to satisfy both minor requirements and the requirements of the student’s major field (meaning departmental degree requirements, including departmental technical electives and common course requirements of the student’s school).

The minor in mathematics requires 17 hours of mathematics courses, including:

Calculus for Science and Engineering I
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
Calculus for Science and Engineering II
Calculus II
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II
Calculus for Science and Engineering III
Calculus III
Elementary Differential Equations
Differential Equations
Mathematics from a Mathematician's Perspective *
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
Undergraduate Reading Course
Departmental Seminar
Elementary Number Theory
Discrete Mathematics
Introduction to Abstract Algebra II
Fundamentals of Analysis I
Fundamentals of Analysis II
Introduction to Complex Analysis
Convexity and Optimization
Introduction of Scientific Computing
Mathematics and Brain
Introduction to Dynamical Systems
Theoretical Computer Science
Knot Theory
Introduction to Probability
Or any 400-level MATH course
*

 To count toward a minor in mathematics, MATH 150 Mathematics from a Mathematician's Perspective must be taken in the first or second year.


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Minor in Statistics

A minor in statistics requires a minimum of 15 hours of approved course work. The minor must satisfy the requirements below and must include a minimum of 9 credits in STAT courses.

One of the following sequences:6
Statistical Theory with Application I
   and Statistical Theory with Application II
Theoretical Statistics I
   and Theoretical Statistics II
Or other approved sequence
One of the following:3
Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science
Statistics for Experimenters
Statistics for Signal Processing
Uncertainty in Engineering and Science
Data Analysis and Linear Models
Two approved elective courses numbered 300 or above.6
Total Units15

Graduate Programs

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. At both the master’s and the doctoral levels, students may pursue degrees in mathematics or applied mathematics.

A student must satisfy all of the general requirements of the graduate school as well as the more specific requirements of the department to earn either a master’s or doctoral degree. Each graduate student is assigned a faculty advisory committee during the first year of study. The committee’s primary responsibility is to help the student plan an appropriate and sufficiently broad program of course work and study that will satisfy both the degree requirements and the special interests of the student. With the aid of the advisory committee, each student must present a study plan indicating how he or she intends to satisfy the requirements for a graduate degree.

The main requirements are as follows.

Master of Science in Mathematics

A minimum of 27 credit hours of approved course work, at least 18 of which must be at the 400 level or higher, is required for the MS degree in mathematics. Courses in two of the following three basic areas must be included among the 27 credit hours required for graduation:

Abstract Algebra6
Abstract Algebra I
Abstract Algebra II
Analysis6
Introduction to Real Analysis I
Introduction to Real Analysis II
Complex Analysis I
Topology3
Introduction to Topology
Total Units15

The student must pass a comprehensive oral examination on three areas, two of which must be selected from the basic ones listed above (although no particular courses are specified). The third area for the examination may be any approved subject.

A student in the MS program in mathematics may substitute the comprehensive exam examination requirement with an expository or original thesis, which will count as 6 credit hours of course work. The thesis will be defended in the course of an oral examination, during which the student will be questioned about the thesis and related topics. These two variants correspond to the graduate school's Plan A and Plan B.

Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

The department offers specialized programs in applied mathematics. For each of the programs, there is a minimum requirement of 27 credit hours of course work, at least 18 of which must be at the 400 level or higher. Students in the program must complete course work requirements in each of the following groups:

  • At least 15 hours offered by the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics
  • At least 6 hours of courses offered outside the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics
  • 6 hours of thesis work (see below) or successful completion of a comprehensive exam

Given the great diversity of topics used in applications, there cannot be a large common core of requirements for the MS in applied mathematics.  Still, all students pursuing this degree are strongly advised to take MATH 431 Introduction to Numerical Analysis I and MATH 441 Mathematical Modeling. In addition, to add breadth to the student’s education, the set of courses taken within the department must include three credit hours of approved course work in at least three of the following seven breadth areas. (The list includes suitable courses for each area. Please note that a course may be used to satisfy only one breadth area requirement.)

Applied Mathematics Breadth Areas

Analysis and Linear Analysis:
Advanced Engineering Mathematics *
Introduction to Real Analysis I
Advanced Matrix Analysis
Probability and its Applications:
Integrated Numerical and Statistical Computations
Probability I
Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing:
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Differential Equations
Numerical Solutions of Nonlinear Systems and Optimization
Differential Equations:
Ordinary Differential Equations
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
Dynamical Models for Biology and Medicine
Inverse Problems and Imaging:
Integrated Numerical and Statistical Computations
Computational Inverse Problems
Mathematics of Imaging in Industry and Medicine
Logic and Discrete Mathematics:
Mathematical Logic and Model Theory
Introduction to Cryptology
Life Science:
Mathematical Modeling
Dynamical Models for Biology and Medicine
Computational Neuroscience
*

Not suitable for credit towards the PhD requirements.

Other suitable courses for students in applied mathematics include:

MATH 424Introduction to Real Analysis II3
MATH 425Complex Analysis I3
MATH 427Convexity and Optimization3
MATH 428Fourier Analysis3
MATH 444Mathematics of Data Mining and Pattern Recognition3
MATH 475Mathematics of Imaging in Industry and Medicine3
MATH 492Probability II3

The student must pass a comprehensive oral examination on three areas, two of which must be on the list of breadth areas  (although no particular courses are specified). The third area for the examination may be any approved subject.

A student in the MS program in applied mathematics may substitute the comprehensive examination requirement with an expository or original thesis, which will count as 6 credit hours of course work. The thesis will be defended in the course of an oral examination, during which the student will be questioned about the thesis and related topics. These two variants correspond to the graduate school's Plan A and Plan B.

PhD Program

The doctorate is conferred not merely upon completion of a stipulated course of study, but rather upon clear demonstration of scholarly attainment and capability of original research work in mathematics. A doctoral student may plan either a traditional program of studies in mathematics (mathematics track) or a program of studies oriented toward applied mathematics (applied mathematics track). In either case, each student must take 36 credit hours of approved courses with a grade average of B or better. For students entering with a master’s degree in a mathematical subject compatible with our program, as determined by the graduate committee, this requirement is reduced to 18 credit hours of approved courses.

In addition to the course work, all PhD students in both tracks must complete the following specific requirements:

Qualifying Exams

Each student will be required to take two written qualifying exams. The exams will be in analysis and algebra for the mathematics track, and in numerical analysis and modeling for the applied mathematics track. Syllabi for the exams are available to students. Exams will be offered twice a year, usually in January and August. Students may attempt each exam up to three times. Under normal circumstances, students are expected to have passed both exams by the end of their fifth semester.

Area Exam

Each student will be required to pass an oral examination showing knowledge of the background and literature in the chosen area of specialization. The exam will be administered by the student’s advising committee, chaired by the principal advisor. The exam should normally take place within one year after final passage of the qualifying examinations and at least one year before the defense takes place. A student may retake the required exam once.

A written syllabus, with a list of the papers for which the student will be responsible, should be prepared and agreed upon by the student and advising committee at least two months before the exam takes place, at which time a specific date and time for the exam should be decided. Both the syllabus and the scheduled date of the exam should then be reported to the graduate committee.

Yearly Progress Reports

After passing the area exam, students will present yearly progress reports to their advising committees, usually in April. These reports will consist of both a written summary of progress and an oral presentation delivered to the advising committee.

Dissertation, Expository Talk, and Defense

Students are required to produce a written dissertation and present an oral defense. The dissertation is expected to constitute an original contribution to mathematical knowledge. It must be provided to the defense committee (the composition of which is discussed below) at least 10 days prior to the defense. Students are required to give a colloquium-level presentation of their thesis work, open to all students and faculty, followed by an oral defense of the thesis work to the defense committee. The committee consists of at least four faculty members, including the student’s principal advisor and at least one outside faculty member.

Deadlines for the thesis defense and approval of the dissertation are determined by the School of Graduate Studies. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of deadlines and make sure they are met.

Requirements specific to the different tracks

Mathematics Track

A student in the traditional mathematics program must demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts and techniques of algebra, analysis (real and complex), and topology. This includes taking all courses in the three basic areas, and successfully completing qualifying examinations in algebra and analysis.

Qualifying Examination

A doctoral student in the mathematics track must take written examinations on abstract algebra and real analysis, as well as an oral examination in his or her chosen area of specialization. Subjects include complex analysis, control and calculus of variations, differential equations, dynamical systems, functional analysis, geometry, probability, and topology.

Abstract Algebra:6
Abstract Algebra I
Abstract Algebra II
Analysis:9
Introduction to Real Analysis I
Introduction to Real Analysis II
Complex Analysis I
Topology:3
Introduction to Topology
18 credit hours of approved course work18
Total Units36

A student with a master’s degree in a mathematical subject compatible with our program, as determined by the graduate committee, must take 18 credit hours of approved courses. The graduate committee will determine which of the specific course requirements stated above have been satisfied by the master’s course work.

Applied Mathematics Track

A student in the applied mathematics track must demonstrate knowledge of scientific computing, mathematical modeling, and differential equations. This includes taking qualifying examinations in the areas of computational mathematics and mathematical modeling, and taking certain courses in these three areas, as specified below. 

Qualifying Examination

A doctoral student in the applied mathematics track must take written examinations in numerical analysis and in mathematical modeling, as well as an oral examination in his or her chosen area of specialization. Subjects include but are not restricted to fluid mechanics, statistical mechanics, epidemiology, neuroscience, and more traditional fields of mathematics.

MATH 431Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
One of the following:3
Numerical Differential Equations
Numerical Solutions of Nonlinear Systems and Optimization
MATH 441Mathematical Modeling3
One of the following:3
Ordinary Differential Equations
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
24 hours of approved courses *24
Total Units36
*

Must include at least 9 hours of courses offered outside the department and at least 9 credit hours offered by the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics.

A student with a master’s degree in a mathematical subject compatible with our program, as determined by the graduate committee, must take 18 credit hours of approved courses, which must include at least 6 credit hours of courses offered outside the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics and at least 9 credit hours offered by the Department of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics. The graduate committee will determine which of the specific course requirements stated above have been satisfied by the master’s course work.

Sample study plans for students with concentrations in scientific computing, imaging, mathematical biology, and stochastics follow. The graduate committee will entertain ideas for other serious study plans or qualifying exam subjects in addition to the most common variants.

Scientific Computing Concentration
MATH 431Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 432Numerical Differential Equations3
MATH 433Numerical Solutions of Nonlinear Systems and Optimization3
MATH 439Integrated Numerical and Statistical Computations3
or MATH 440 Computational Inverse Problems
MATH 441Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 445Introduction to Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 449Dynamical Models for Biology and Medicine3
or MATH 478 Computational Neuroscience
Application area9
Imaging Concentration
MATH 428Fourier Analysis3
MATH 431Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 432Numerical Differential Equations3
MATH 433Numerical Solutions of Nonlinear Systems and Optimization3
MATH 439Integrated Numerical and Statistical Computations3
or MATH 440 Computational Inverse Problems
MATH 441Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 444Mathematics of Data Mining and Pattern Recognition3
MATH 445Introduction to Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 475Mathematics of Imaging in Industry and Medicine3
EBME 410Medical Imaging Fundamentals3
PHYS 431Physics of Imaging3
PHYS 460Advanced Topics in NMR Imaging3
Life Science Concentration
MATH 431Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 432Numerical Differential Equations3
MATH 433Numerical Solutions of Nonlinear Systems and Optimization3
MATH 439Integrated Numerical and Statistical Computations3
MATH 440Computational Inverse Problems3
MATH 441Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 445Introduction to Partial Differential Equations3
MATH 449Dynamical Models for Biology and Medicine3
MATH 478Computational Neuroscience3
Application area9
Stochastics Concentration
MATH 423Introduction to Real Analysis I3
MATH 424Introduction to Real Analysis II3
MATH 431Introduction to Numerical Analysis I3
MATH 441Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 491Probability I3
MATH 492Probability II3
Application area9

PhD students entering with a bachelor’s degree are subject to the same breadth requirements as students pursuing the MS degree in applied mathematics.

Petitions

Any exceptions to departmental regulations or requirements must have the formal approval of the department's graduate committee. Such exceptions are to be sought by a written petition, approved by the student’s advisory committee or thesis advisor, to the graduate committee.

Any exception to university rules and regulations must be approved by the dean of graduate studies. Such exceptions are to be sought by presenting a written petition to the graduate committee for departmental endorsement and approval prior to forwarding the petition to the dean.

Graduate Programs in Statistics

Please note: Currently, admission to the graduate program in Statistics is frozen due to reorganization of the program. Please check with the department for the latest update.

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and to the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate assistantships, both with teaching responsibilities and with research duties, are available to qualified applicants. The dual core of the MS program is mathematical statistics and modern data analysis, with the option of a special Entrepreneurial Track. Expanding from this core, students develop technical facility in a variety of statistical methodologies. This breadth of competence is designed to equip graduates to go beyond the appropriate choice of method for implementation and to be able to adapt these techniques and to construct new methods to meet the specific objectives and constraints of new situations.

Master of Science

The MS degree in statistics requires a minimum of 27 hours of approved course work in statistics and related disciplines and an MS research project or a thesis. Each student’s program is developed in consultation with the director of graduate studies or a senior faculty mentor and must satisfy the following requirements:

STAT 425
  & STAT 426
Data Analysis and Linear Models
   and Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining
6
STAT 445
  & STAT 446
Theoretical Statistics I
   and Theoretical Statistics II
6
STAT 455Linear Models3
STAT 495AConsulting Forum3
or STAT 495B Consulting Forum With Practicum
STAT 621M.S. Research Project3
or STAT 651 Thesis M.S.
A minimum of six hours of approved graduate-level statistics electives.6
Total Units27

The goals of this program are:

  1. to give each student a balanced view of statistical theory and the application of statistics in practice or in substantive research
  2. to have the student develop a broad competence in statistical methodology.

The required core course work reflects this balance. The first two requirements are for full-year sequences in data analysis and theory; the third develops the theory underlying linear modeling. The requirement for applications of statistics will be satisfied through intensive participation in the consulting forum; the selection of an MS research project provides additional exposure. Graduate students are also required to participate in a forum or seminar to gain experience in written and oral presentation.

The remainder of each student’s program is individualized to address the more specialized statistical demands of the selected field of concentration or the focus of multidisciplinary work. Each student may choose either the applied research project or the thesis option, depending on individual interests. In either case, the student can expect to work with a faculty mentor in undertaking a significant task, the results of which will be suitable for publication or for presentation at professional society meetings.

A student coming to school from a position as a professional statistician might choose a statistical problem arising in the workplace as the basis for an MS research project. A student intending to continue graduate work toward a PhD might choose an MS research project to explore the intimate relationship of statistics to substantive fields. Alternatively, either student might choose the thesis option to tailor a methodology to a new setting or to make a first essay at mathematical statistical research.

Entrepreneurial Track

The Master of Science in Statistics – Entrepreneurial Track (MSS-ET) is a professional degree designed to provide training in statistics focused on developing data analysis and decision-making skills in industrial, government, and consulting environments where uncertainties and related risks are present. It expands our master's program in statistics by creating a professional track that includes some business training. The Entrepreneurial Track provides instruction and real-world business experience to students who have a background in statistics and a vision for new and growing ventures. The MSS – ET program requires a minimum of 27 hours.

The required New Venture Creation and Technology Entrepreneurship courses will be offered by the Weatherhead School of Management. Students on internships will sign up for the consulting forum sequence. In addition, students are required to participate in an intensive (up to 30 hours) one-week annual workshop on the industrial use of statistics from the management perspective. This non-credit workshop will take place during the fall or spring undergraduate breaks.

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program focuses on research, with a plan of study devoted to the development of statistical methodology or theory with innovative applications. Graduates will be able both to extend the theoretical basis for statistics and to bring statistical thought to scientific research in other fields. The objective of preparing students to collaborate in interdisciplinary work demands breadth as well, so advanced knowledge of a substantive field and participation in the collaborative experience are also integral to the program.

Students planning to enter the doctoral program in statistics should obtain information from the departmental office. Plans of study are prepared individually by the graduate student and a faculty advisor to develop the talents and interests of each student.

MATH Courses

MATH 110. Introduction to Mathematical Communication and Software. 1 Unit.

Mathematical text editors. Mathematical composition and exposition. Posting mathematical material on the Web. Basics of computer symbolic manipulation (Mathematica). Computer vector/matrix manipulation and applications (MATLAB). Basic computer statistical methods (Minitab). Integration of output from computer calculations into text.

MATH 120. Elementary Functions and Analytic Geometry. 3 Units.

Polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions (emphasis on computation, graphing, and location of roots) straight lines and conic sections. Primarily a precalculus course for the student without a good background in trigonometric functions and graphing and/or analytic geometry. Not open to students with credit for MATH 121 or MATH 125. Prereq: Three years of high school mathematics.

MATH 121. Calculus for Science and Engineering I. 4 Units.

Functions, analytic geometry of lines and polynomials, limits, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions. Definite integral, antiderivatives, fundamental theorem of calculus, change of variables. Prereq: Three and one half years of high school mathematics. Counts for CAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MATH 122. Calculus for Science and Engineering II. 4 Units.

Continuation of MATH 121. Exponentials and logarithms, growth and decay, inverse trigonometric functions, related rates, basic techniques of integration, area and volume, polar coordinates, parametric equations. Taylor polynomials and Taylor's theorem. Prereq: MATH 121, MATH 123 or MATH 126.

MATH 124. Calculus II. 4 Units.

Review of differentiation. Techniques of integration, and applications of the definite integral. Parametric equations and polar coordinates. Taylor's theorem. Sequences, series, power series. Complex arithmetic. Introduction to multivariable calculus. Prereq: MATH 123 and placement by department.

MATH 125. Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I. 4 Units.

Discrete and continuous probability; differential and integral calculus of one variable; graphing, related rates, maxima and minima. Integration techniques, numerical methods, volumes, areas. Applications to the physical, life, and social sciences. Students planning to take more than two semesters of introductory mathematics should take MATH 121. Prereq: Three and one half years of high school mathematics. Counts for CAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MATH 126. Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II. 4 Units.

Continuation of MATH 125 covering differential equations, multivariable calculus, discrete methods. Partial derivatives, maxima and minima for functions of two variables, linear regression. Differential equations; first and second order equations, systems, Taylor series methods; Newton's method; difference equations. Prereq: MATH 121, MATH 123 or MATH 125.

MATH 150. Mathematics from a Mathematician's Perspective. 3 Units.

An interesting and accessible mathematical topic not covered in the standard curriculum is developed. Students are exposed to methods of mathematical reasoning and historical progression of mathematical concepts. Introduction to the way mathematicians work and their attitude toward their profession. Should be taken in freshman year to count toward a major in mathematics. Prereq: Three and one half years of high school mathematics. Counts for CAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MATH 201. Introduction to Linear Algebra. 3 Units.

Matrix operations, systems of linear equations, vector spaces, subspaces, bases and linear independence, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of matrices, linear transformations, determinants. Less theoretical than MATH 308. May not be taken for credit by mathematics majors. Only one of MATH 201 or MATH 308 may be taken for credit. Prereq: MATH 122, MATH 124 or MATH 126.

MATH 223. Calculus for Science and Engineering III. 3 Units.

Introduction to vector algebra; lines and planes. Functions of several variables: partial derivatives, gradients, chain rule, directional derivative, maxima/minima. Multiple integrals, cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Derivatives of vector valued functions, velocity and acceleration. Vector fields, line integrals, Green's theorem. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 124.

MATH 224. Elementary Differential Equations. 3 Units.

A first course in ordinary differential equations. First order equations and applications, linear equations with constant coefficients, linear systems, Laplace transforms, numerical methods of solution. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

MATH 227. Calculus III. 3 Units.

Vector algebra and geometry. Linear maps and matrices. Calculus of vector valued functions. Derivatives of functions of several variables. Multiple integrals. Vector fields and line integrals. Prereq: MATH 124 and placement by the department.

MATH 228. Differential Equations. 3 Units.

Elementary ordinary differential equations: first order equations; linear systems; applications; numerical methods of solution. Prereq: MATH 227 or placement by the department.

MATH 301. Undergraduate Reading Course. 1 - 3 Unit.

Students must obtain the approval of a supervising professor before registration. More than one credit hour must be approved by the undergraduate committee of the department.

MATH 302. Departmental Seminar. 3 Units.

A seminar devoted to understanding the formulation and solution of mathematical problems. SAGES Department Seminar. Students will investigate, from different possible viewpoints, via case studies, how mathematics advances as a discipline--what mathematicians do. The course will largely be in a seminar format. There will be two assignments involving writing in the style of the discipline. Enrollment by permission (limited to majors depending on demand). Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar.

MATH 303. Elementary Number Theory. 3 Units.

Primes and divisibility, theory of congruencies, and number theoretic functions. Diophantine equations, quadratic residue theory, and other topics determined by student interest. Emphasis on problem solving (formulating conjectures and justifying them). Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 124.

MATH 304. Discrete Mathematics. 3 Units.

A general introduction to basic mathematical terminology and the techniques of abstract mathematics in the context of discrete mathematics. Topics introduced are mathematical reasoning, Boolean connectives, deduction, mathematical induction, sets, functions and relations, algorithms, graphs, combinatorial reasoning. Offered as EECS 302 and MATH 304. Prereq: MATH 122, MATH 124 or MATH 126.

MATH 305. Introduction to Advanced Mathematics. 3 Units.

A course on the theory and practice of writing, and reading mathematics. Main topics are logic and the language of mathematics, proof techniques, set theory, and functions. Additional topics may include introductions to number theory, group theory, topology, or other areas of advanced mathematics. Prereq: MATH 122, MATH 124 or MATH 126.

MATH 307. Introduction to Abstract Algebra I. 3 Units.

First semester of an integrated, two-semester theoretical course in abstract and linear algebra, studied on an axiomatic basis. The major algebraic structures studied are groups, rings, fields, modules, vector spaces, and inner product spaces. Topics include homomorphisms and quotient structures, the theory of polynomials, canonical forms for linear transformations and the principal axis theorem. This course is required of all students majoring in mathematics. Only one of MATH 201 or MATH 307 may be taken for credit. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 124.

MATH 308. Introduction to Abstract Algebra II. 3 Units.

Continuation of MATH 307. Prereq: MATH 307.

MATH 319. Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes for Biology. 3 Units.

Applications of probability and stochastic processes to biological systems. Mathematical topics will include: introduction to discrete and continuous probability spaces (including numerical generation of pseudo random samples from specified probability distributions), Markov processes in discrete and continuous time with discrete and continuous sample spaces, point processes including homogeneous and inhomogeneous Poisson processes and Markov chains on graphs, and diffusion processes including Brownian motion and the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck process. Biological topics will be determined by the interests of the students and the instructor. Likely topics include: stochastic ion channels, molecular motors and stochastic ratchets, actin and tubulin polymerization, random walk models for neural spike trains, bacterial chemotaxis, signaling and genetic regulatory networks, and stochastic predator-prey dynamics. The emphasis will be on practical simulation and analysis of stochastic phenomena in biological systems. Numerical methods will be developed using both MATLAB and the R statistical package. Student projects will comprise a major part of the course. Offered as BIOL 319, EECS 319, MATH 319, BIOL 419, EBME 419, and PHOL 419. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 223 and BIOL 300 or BIOL 306 and MATH 201 or MATH 307 or consent of instructor.

MATH 321. Fundamentals of Analysis I. 3 Units.

Abstract mathematical reasoning in the context of analysis in Euclidean space. Introduction to formal reasoning, sets and functions, and the number systems. Sequences and series; Cauchy sequences and convergence. Required for all mathematics majors. Additional work required for graduate students. (May not be taken for graduate credit by graduate students in the Department of Mathematics.) Offered as MATH 321 and MATH 421. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

MATH 322. Fundamentals of Analysis II. 3 Units.

Continuation of MATH 321. Point-set topology in metric spaces with attention to n-dimensional space; completeness, compactness, connectedness, and continuity of functions. Topics in sequences, series of functions, uniform convergence, Fourier series and polynomial approximation. Theoretical development of differentiation and Riemann integration. Required for all mathematics majors. Additional work required for graduate students. (May not be taken for graduate credit by graduate students in the Department of Mathematics.) Offered as MATH 322 and MATH 422. Prereq: MATH 321.

MATH 324. Introduction to Complex Analysis. 3 Units.

Properties, singularities, and representations of analytic functions, complex integration. Cauchy's theorems, series residues, conformal mapping and analytic continuation. Riemann surfaces. Relevance to the theory of physical problems. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 326. Geometry and Complex Analysis. 3 Units.

The theme of this course will be the interplay between geometry and complex analysis, algebra and other fields of mathematics. An effort will be made to highlight significant, unexpected connections between major fields, illustrating the unity of mathematics. The choice of text(s) and syllabus itself will be flexible, to be adapted to the range of interests and backgrounds of pre-enrolled students. Possible topics include: the Mobius group and its subgroups, hyperbolic geometry, elliptic functions, Riemann surfaces, applications of conformal mapping, and potential theory in classical physical models. Offered as MATH 326 and MATH 426. Prereq: MATH 324.

MATH 327. Convexity and Optimization. 3 Units.

Introduction to the theory of convex sets and functions and to the extremes in problems in areas of mathematics where convexity plays a role. Among the topics discussed are basic properties of convex sets (extreme points, facial structure of polytopes), separation theorems, duality and polars, properties of convex functions, minima and maxima of convex functions over convex set, various optimization problems. Offered as MATH 327, MATH 427, and OPRE 427. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

MATH 330. Introduction of Scientific Computing. 3 Units.

An introductory survey to Scientific Computing from principles to applications. Topics which will be covered in the course include: solution of linear systems and least squares, approximation and interpolation, solution of nonlinear systems, numerical integration and differentiation, and numerical solution of differential equations. Projects where the numerical methods are used to solve problems from various application areas will be assigned throughout the semester. Prereq or Coreq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 333. Mathematics and Brain. 3 Units.

This course is intended for upper level undergraduate students in Mathematics, Cognitive Science, Biomedical Engineering, Biology or Neuroscience who have an interest in quantitative investigation of the brain and its functions. Students will be introduced to a variety of mathematical techniques needed to model and simulate different brain functions, and to analyze the results of the simulations and of available measured data. The mathematical exposition will be followed--when appropriate--by the corresponding implementation in Matlab. The course will cover some basic topics in the mathematical aspects of differential equations, electromagnetism, Inverse problems and imaging related to brain functions. Validation and falsification of the mathematical models in the light of available experimental data will be addressed. This course will be a first step towards organizing the different brain investigative modalities within a unified mathematical framework. Lectures will include a discussion portion. A final presentation and written report are part of the course requirements. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 338. Introduction to Dynamical Systems. 3 Units.

Nonlinear discrete dynamical systems in one and two dimensions. Chaotic dynamics, elementary bifurcation theory, hyperbolicity, symbolic dynamics, structural stability, stable manifold theory. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

MATH 343. Theoretical Computer Science. 3 Units.

Introduction to different classes of automata and their correspondence to different classes of formal languages and grammars, computability, complexity and various proof techniques. MATH/EECS 343 and MATH 410 cannot both be taken for credit. Offered as EECS 343 and MATH 343. Prereq: MATH 304 and EECS 340.

MATH 351. Senior Project for the Mathematics and Physics Program. 2 Units.

A two-semester course (2 credits per semester) in the joint B.S. in Mathematics and Physics program. Project based on numerical and/or theoretical research under the supervision of a mathematics faculty member, possibly jointly with a faculty member from physics. Study of the techniques utilized in a specific research area and of recent literature associated with the project. Work leading to meaningful results which are to be presented as a term paper and an oral report at the end of the second semester. Supervising faculty will review progress with the student on a regular basis, including detailed progress reports made twice each semester, to ensure successful completion of the work. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone.

MATH 352. Mathematics Capstone. 3 Units.

Mathematics Senior Project. Students pursue a project based on experimental, theoretical or teaching research under the supervision of a mathematics faculty member, a faculty member from another Case department or a research scientist or engineer from another institution. A departmental Senior Project Coordinator must approve all project proposals and this same person will receive regular oral and written progress reports. Final results are presented at the end of the second semester as a paper in a style suitable for publication in a professional journal as well as an oral report in a public Mathematics Capstone symposium. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone.

MATH 357. Mathematical Modeling Across the Sciences. 3 Units.

A three credit course on mathematical modeling as it applies to the origins sciences. Students gain practical experience in a wide range of techniques for modeling research questions in cosmology and astrophysics, integrative evolutionary biology (including physical anthropology, ecology, paleontology, and evolutionary cognitive science), and planetary science and astrobiology. Offered as ORIG 301, ORIG 401 and MATH 357. Prereq: ORIG 201, ORIG 202, BIOL 225, MATH 122, CHEM 106 and (PHYS 122 or PHYS 124).

MATH 361. Geometry I. 3 Units.

An introduction to the various two-dimensional geometries, including Euclidean, spherical, hyperbolic, projective, and affine. The course will examine the axiomatic basis of geometry, with an emphasis on transformations. Topics include the parallel postulate and its alternatives, isometrics and transformation groups, tilings, the hyperbolic plane and its models, spherical geometry, affine and projective transformations, and other topics. We will examine the role of complex and hypercomplex numbers in the algebraic representation of transformations. The course is self-contained. Counts as SAGES Departmental Seminar. Prereq: MATH 224.

MATH 363. Knot Theory. 3 Units.

An introduction to the mathematical theory of knots and links, with emphasis on the modern combinatorial methods. Reidemeister moves on link projections, ambient and regular isotopies, linking number tricolorability, rational tangles, braids, torus knots, seifert surfaces and genus, the knot polynomials (bracket, X, Jones, Alexander, HOMFLY), crossing numbers of alternating knots and amphicheirality. Connections to theoretical physics, molecular biology, and other scientific applications will be pursued in term projects, as appropriate to the background and interests of the students. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

MATH 376. Dynamics of Biological Systems II: Tools for Mathematical Biology. 3 Units.

Building on the material in Biology 300, this course focuses on the mathematical tools used to construct and analyze biological models, with examples drawn largely from ecology but also from epidemiology, developmental biology, and other areas. Analytic "paper and pencil" techniques are emphasized, but we will also use computers to help develop intuition. By the end of the course, students should be able to recognize basic building blocks in biological models, be able to perform simple analysis, and be more fluent in translating between verbal and mathematical descriptions. Offered as BIOL 306 and MATH 376. Prereq: BIOL 300 or MATH 224 or consent of instructor.

MATH 378. Computational Neuroscience. 3 Units.

Computer simulations and mathematical analysis of neurons and neural circuits, and the computational properties of nervous systems. Students are taught a range of models for neurons and neural circuits, and are asked to implement and explore the computational and dynamic properties of these models. The course introduces students to dynamical systems theory for the analysis of neurons and neural learning, models of brain systems, and their relationship to artificial and neural networks. Term project required. Students enrolled in MATH 478 will make arrangements with the instructor to attend additional lectures and complete additional assignments addressing mathematical topics related to the course. Recommended preparation: MATH 223 and MATH 224 or BIOL 300 and BIOL 306. Offered as BIOL 378, COGS 378, MATH 378, BIOL 478, EBME 478, EECS 478, MATH 478 and NEUR 478.

MATH 380. Introduction to Probability. 3 Units.

Combinatorial analysis. Permutations and combinations. Axioms of probability. Sample space and events. Equally likely outcomes. Conditional probability. Bayes' formula. Independent events and trials. Discrete random variables, probability mass functions. Expected value, variance. Bernoulli, binomial, Poisson, geometric, negative binomial random variables. Continuous random variables, density functions. Expected value and variance. Uniform, normal, exponential, Gamma random variables. The De Moivre-Laplace limit theorem. Joint probability mass functions and densities. Independent random variables and the distribution of their sums. Covariance. Conditional expectations and distributions (discrete case). Moment generating functions. Law of large numbers. Central limit theorem. Additional topics (time permitting): the Poisson process, finite state space Markov chains, entropy. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227.

MATH 394. Introduction to Information Theory. 3 Units.

This course is intended as an introduction to information and coding theory with emphasis on the mathematical aspects. It is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science and electrical engineering. Course content: Information measures-entropy, relative entropy, mutual information, and their properties. Typical sets and sequences, asymptotic equipartition property, data compression. Channel coding and capacity: channel coding theorem. Differential entropy, Gaussian channel, Shannon-Nyquist theorem. Information theory inequalities (400 level). Additional topics, which may include compressed sensing and elements of quantum information theory. Recommended Preparation: MATH 201 or MATH 307. Offered as MATH 394, EECS 394, MATH 494 and EECS 494. Prereq: MATH 223 and MATH 380 or requisites not met permission.

MATH 400. Mathematics Teaching Practicum. 1 Unit.

Practicum for teaching college mathematics. Includes preparation of syllabi, exams, lectures. Grading, alternative teaching styles, use of technology, interpersonal relations and motivation. Handling common problems and conflicts.

MATH 401. Abstract Algebra I. 3 Units.

Basic properties of groups, rings, modules and fields. Isomorphism theorems for groups; Sylow theorem; nilpotency and solvability of groups; Jordan-Holder theorem; Gauss lemma and Eisenstein's criterion; finitely generated modules over principal ideal domains with applications to abelian groups and canonical forms for matrices; categories and functors; tensor product of modules, bilinear and quadratic forms; field extensions; fundamental theorem of Galois theory, solving equations by radicals. Prereq: MATH 308.

MATH 402. Abstract Algebra II. 3 Units.

A continuation of MATH 401. Prereq: MATH 401.

MATH 405. Advanced Matrix Analysis. 3 Units.

An advanced course in linear algebra and matrix theory. Topics include variational characterizations of eigenvalues of Hermitian matrices, matrix and vector norms, characterizations of positive definite matrices, singular value decomposition and applications, perturbation of eigenvalues. This course is more theoretical than MATH 431, which emphasizes computational aspects of linear algebra Prereq: MATH 307.

MATH 406. Mathematical Logic and Model Theory. 3 Units.

Propositional calculus and quantification theory; consistency and completeness theorems; Gödel incompleteness results and their philosophical significance; introduction to basic concepts of model theory; problems of formulation of arguments in philosophy and the sciences. Offered as PHIL 306, MATH 406 and PHIL 406.

MATH 408. Introduction to Cryptology. 3 Units.

Introduction to the mathematical theory of secure communication. Topics include: classical cryptographic systems; one-way and trapdoor functions; RSA, DSA, and other public key systems; Primality and Factorization algorithms; birthday problem and other attack methods; elliptic curve cryptosystems; introduction to complexity theory; other topics as time permits. Recommended preparation: MATH 303.

MATH 421. Fundamentals of Analysis I. 3 Units.

Abstract mathematical reasoning in the context of analysis in Euclidean space. Introduction to formal reasoning, sets and functions, and the number systems. Sequences and series; Cauchy sequences and convergence. Required for all mathematics majors. Additional work required for graduate students. (May not be taken for graduate credit by graduate students in the Department of Mathematics.) Offered as MATH 321 and MATH 421.

MATH 422. Fundamentals of Analysis II. 3 Units.

Continuation of MATH 321. Point-set topology in metric spaces with attention to n-dimensional space; completeness, compactness, connectedness, and continuity of functions. Topics in sequences, series of functions, uniform convergence, Fourier series and polynomial approximation. Theoretical development of differentiation and Riemann integration. Required for all mathematics majors. Additional work required for graduate students. (May not be taken for graduate credit by graduate students in the Department of Mathematics.) Offered as MATH 322 and MATH 422. Prereq: MATH 321 or MATH 421.

MATH 423. Introduction to Real Analysis I. 3 Units.

General theory of measure and integration. Measures and outer measures. Lebesgue measure on n-space. Integration. Convergence theorems. Product measures and Fubini's theorem. Signed measures. Hahn-Jordan decomposition, Radon-Nikodym theorem, and Lebesgue decomposition. SpaceP-integrable function. Lebesgue differentiation theorem in n-space. Prereq: MATH 322 or MATH 422.

MATH 424. Introduction to Real Analysis II. 3 Units.

Measures on locally compact spaces. Riesz representation theorem. Elements of functional analysis. Normed linear spaces. Hahn-Banach, Banach-Steinhaus, open mapping, closed graph theorems. Weak topologies. Banach-Alaoglu theorem. Function spaces. Stone-Weierstrass and Ascoli theorems. Basic Hilbert space theory. Application to Fourier series. Additional topics: Haar measure on locally compact groups. Prereq: MATH 423.

MATH 425. Complex Analysis I. 3 Units.

Analytic functions. Integration over paths in the complex plane. Index of a point with respect to a closed path; Cauchy's theorem and Cauchy's integral formula; power series representation; open mapping theorem; singularities; Laurent expansion; residue calculus; harmonic functions; Poisson's formula; Riemann mapping theorem. More theoretical and at a higher level than MATH 324. Prereq: MATH 322 or MATH 422.

MATH 426. Geometry and Complex Analysis. 3 Units.

The theme of this course will be the interplay between geometry and complex analysis, algebra and other fields of mathematics. An effort will be made to highlight significant, unexpected connections between major fields, illustrating the unity of mathematics. The choice of text(s) and syllabus itself will be flexible, to be adapted to the range of interests and backgrounds of pre-enrolled students. Possible topics include: the Mobius group and its subgroups, hyperbolic geometry, elliptic functions, Riemann surfaces, applications of conformal mapping, and potential theory in classical physical models. Offered as MATH 326 and MATH 426.

MATH 427. Convexity and Optimization. 3 Units.

Introduction to the theory of convex sets and functions and to the extremes in problems in areas of mathematics where convexity plays a role. Among the topics discussed are basic properties of convex sets (extreme points, facial structure of polytopes), separation theorems, duality and polars, properties of convex functions, minima and maxima of convex functions over convex set, various optimization problems. Offered as MATH 327, MATH 427, and OPRE 427.

MATH 428. Fourier Analysis. 3 Units.

Introduction to the mathematical aspects of Fourier analysis and synthesis. Accessible to upper level undergraduates and graduate students in the sciences and engineering. Periodic functions. Fourier series. Convergence theorems. The classical sine and cosine series. General orthogonal systems. Multiple Fourier series. Applications. Fourier integrals and Fourier Transforms. Integrable and square integrable function theory. Inversion theorems. Classical sine and cosine transforms. Multiple Fourier Transform. Spherical symmetry. Other important transforms. Applications. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 431. Introduction to Numerical Analysis I. 3 Units.

Numerical linear algebra for scientists and engineers. Matrix and vector norms, computer arithmetic, conditioning and stability, orthogonality. Least squares problems: QR factorization, normal equations and Singular Value Decomposition. Direct solution of linear system: Gaussian elimination and Cholesky factorization. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors: the QR algorithm, Rayleigh quotient, inverse iteration. Introduction to iterative methods. Students will be introduced to MATLAB. Prereq: MATH 201 or MATH 307.

MATH 432. Numerical Differential Equations. 3 Units.

Numerical solution of differential equations for scientists and engineers. Solution of ordinary differential equations by multistep and single step methods. Stability, consistency, and convergence. Stiff equations. Finite difference schemes. Introduction to the finite element method. Introduction to multigrid techniques. The diffusion equation: numerical schemes and stability analysis. Introduction to hyperbolic equations. MATLAB will be used in this course. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 433. Numerical Solutions of Nonlinear Systems and Optimization. 3 Units.

The course provides an introduction to numerical solution methods for systems of nonlinear equations and optimization problems. The course is suitable for upper-undergraduate and graduate students with some background in calculus and linear algebra. Knowledge of numerical linear algebra is helpful. Among the topics which will be covered in the course are Nonlinear systems in one variables; Newton's method for nonlinear equations and unconstrained minimization; Quasi-Newton methods; Global convergence of Newton's methods and line searches; Trust region approach; Secant methods; Nonlinear least squares. Prereq: MATH 223 or MATH 227, and MATH 431 or permission.

MATH 434. Optimization of Dynamic Systems. 3 Units.

Fundamentals of dynamic optimization with applications to control. Variational treatment of control problems and the Maximum Principle. Structures of optimal systems; regulators, terminal controllers, time-optimal controllers. Sufficient conditions for optimality. Singular controls. Computational aspects. Selected applications. Recommended preparation: EECS 408. Offered as EECS 421 and MATH 434.

MATH 435. Ordinary Differential Equations. 3 Units.

A second course in ordinary differential equations. Existence, uniqueness, and continuation of solutions of ODE. Linear systems, fundamental matrix, qualitative methods (phase plane). Dependence on initial data and parameters (Gronwall's inequality, nonlinear variation of parameters). Stability for linear and nonlinear equations, linearization, Poincare-Bendixson theory. Additional topics may include regular and singular perturbation methods, autonomous oscillations, entrainment of forced oscillators, and bifurcations. Prereq: MATH 224 and either MATH 201 or MATH 307.

MATH 439. Integrated Numerical and Statistical Computations. 3 Units.

This course will embed numerical methods into a Bayesian framework. The statistical framework will make it possible to integrate a prori information about the unknowns and the error in the data directly into the most efficient numerical methods. A lot of emphasis will be put on understanding the role of the priors, their encoding into fast numerical solvers, and how to translate qualitative or sample-based information--or lack thereof--into a numerical scheme. Confidence on computed results will also be discussed from a Bayesian perspective, at the light of the given data and a priori information. The course should be of interest to anyone working on signal and image processing statistics, numerical analysis and modeling. Recommended Preparation: MATH 431. Offered as MATH 439 and STAT 439.

MATH 440. Computational Inverse Problems. 3 Units.

This course will introduce various computational methods for solving inverse problems under different conditions. First the classical regularization methods will be introduced, and the computational challenges which they pose, will be addressed. Following this, the statistical methods for solving inverse problems will be studied and their computer implementation discussed. We will combine the two approaches to best exploit their potentials. Applications arising from various areas of science, engineering, and medicine will be discussed throughout the course.

MATH 441. Mathematical Modeling. 3 Units.

Mathematics is a powerful language for describing real world phenomena and providing predictions that otherwise are hard or impossible to obtain. The course gives the students pre-requisites for translating qualitative descriptions given in the professional non-mathematical language into the quantitative language for mathematics. While the variety in the subject matter is wide, some general principles and methodologies that a modeler can pursue are similar in many applications. The course focuses on these similarities. The course is based on representative case studies that are discussed and analyzed in the classroom, the emphasis being on general principles of developing and analyzing mathematical models. The examples will be taken from different fields of science and engineering, including life sciences, environmental sciences, biomedical engineering and physical sciences. Modeling relies increasingly on computation, so the students should have basic skills for using computers and programs like Matlab or Mathematica. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 444. Mathematics of Data Mining and Pattern Recognition. 3 Units.

This course will give an introduction to a class of mathematical and computational methods for the solution of data mining and pattern recognition problems. By understanding the mathematical concepts behind algorithms designed for mining data and identifying patterns, students will be able to modify to make them suitable for specific applications. Particular emphasis will be given to matrix factorization techniques. The course requirements will include the implementations of the methods in MATLAB and their application to practical problems. Prereq: MATH 201 or MATH 307.

MATH 445. Introduction to Partial Differential Equations. 3 Units.

Method of characteristics for linear and quasilinear equations. Second order equations of elliptic, parabolic, type; initial and boundary value problems. Method of separation of variables, eigenfunction expansions, Sturm-Liouville theory. Fourier, Laplace, Hankel transforms; Bessel functions, Legendre polynomials. Green's functions. Examples include: heat diffusion, Laplace's equation, wave equations, one dimensional gas dynamics and others. Appropriate for seniors and graduate students in science, engineering, and mathematics. Prereq: MATH 201 or MATH 308 and MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 449. Dynamical Models for Biology and Medicine. 3 Units.

Introduction to discrete and continuous dynamical models with applications to biology and medicine. Topics include: population dynamics and ecology; models of infectious diseases; population genetics and evolution; biological motion (reaction-diffusion and chemotaxis); Molecular and cellular biology (biochemical kinetics, metabolic pathways, immunology). The course will introduce students to the basic mathematical concepts and techniques of dynamical systems theory (equilibria, stability, bifurcations, discrete and continuous dynamics, diffusion and wave propagation, elements of system theory and control). Mathematical exposition is supplemented with introduction to computer tools and techniques (Mathematica, Matlab). Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228, or BIOL/EBME 300, and MATH 201.

MATH 461. Introduction to Topology. 3 Units.

Metric spaces, topological spaces, and continuous functions. Compactness, connectedness, path connectedness. Topological manifolds; topological groups. Polyhedra, simplical complexes. Fundamental groups. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 462. Algebraic Topology. 3 Units.

The fundamental group and covering spaces; van Kampen's theorem. Higher homotopy groups; long-exact sequence of a pair. Homology theory; chain complexes; short and long exact sequences; Mayer-Vietoris sequence. Homology of surfaces and complexes; applications. Prereq: MATH 461.

MATH 465. Differential Geometry. 3 Units.

Manifolds and differential geometry. Vector fields; Riemannian metrics; curvature; intrinsic and extrinsic geometry of surfaces and curves; structural equations of Riemannian geometry; the Gauss-Bonnet theorem. Prereq: MATH 321.

MATH 467. Differentiable Manifolds. 3 Units.

Differentiable manifolds and structures on manifolds. Tangent and cotangent bundle; vector fields; differential forms; tensor calculus; integration and Stokes' theorem. May include Hamiltonian systems and their formulation on manifolds; symplectic structures; connections and curvature; foliations and integrability. Prereq: MATH 322.

MATH 471. Advanced Engineering Mathematics. 3 Units.

Vector analysis, Fourier series and integrals. Laplace transforms, separable partial differential equations, and boundary value problems. Bessel and Legendre functions. Emphasis on techniques and applications. Prereq: MATH 224 or MATH 228.

MATH 473. Introduction to Mathematical Image Processing and Computer Vision. 3 Units.

This course introduces fundamental mathematics techniques for image processing and computer vision (IPCV). It is accessible to upper level undergraduate and graduate students from mathematics, sciences, engineering and medicine. Topics include but are not limited to image denoising, contrast enhancement, image compression, image segmentation and pattern recognition. Main tools are discrete Fourier analysis and wavelets, plus some statistics, optimization and a little calculus of variation and partial differential equations if time permitting. Students gain a solid theoretical background in IPCV modeling and computing, and master hands-on application experiences. Upon completion of the course, students will have clear understanding of classical methods, which will help them develop new methodical approaches for imaging problems arising in a variety of fields. Recommended preparation: Some coursework in scientific computing and ability to program in (or willingness to learn) a language such as Matlab or C/C++. Prereq: MATH 330 or MATH 431 or equivalent.

MATH 475. Mathematics of Imaging in Industry and Medicine. 3 Units.

The mathematics of image reconstruction; properties of radon transform, relation to Fourier transform; inversion methods, including convolution, backprojection, rho-filtered layergram, algebraic reconstruction technique (ART), and orthogonal polynomial expansions. Reconstruction from fan beam geometry, limited angle techniques used in MRI; survey of applications. Recommended preparation: PHYS 431 or MATH 471.

MATH 478. Computational Neuroscience. 3 Units.

Computer simulations and mathematical analysis of neurons and neural circuits, and the computational properties of nervous systems. Students are taught a range of models for neurons and neural circuits, and are asked to implement and explore the computational and dynamic properties of these models. The course introduces students to dynamical systems theory for the analysis of neurons and neural learning, models of brain systems, and their relationship to artificial and neural networks. Term project required. Students enrolled in MATH 478 will make arrangements with the instructor to attend additional lectures and complete additional assignments addressing mathematical topics related to the course. Recommended preparation: MATH 223 and MATH 224 or BIOL 300 and BIOL 306. Offered as BIOL 378, COGS 378, MATH 378, BIOL 478, EBME 478, EECS 478, MATH 478 and NEUR 478.

MATH 491. Probability I. 3 Units.

Probabilistic concepts. Discrete probability, elementary distributions. Measure theoretic framework of probability theory. Probability spaces, sigma algebras, expectations, distributions. Independence. Classical results on almost sure convergence of sums of independent random variables. Kolmogorov's law of large numbers. Recurrence of sums. Weak convergence of probability measures. Inversion, Levy's continuity theorem. Central limit theorem. Introduction to the central limit problem. Prereq: MATH 322.

MATH 492. Probability II. 3 Units.

Conditional expectations. Discrete parameter martingales. Stopping times, optional stopping. Discrete parameter stationary processes and ergodic theory. Discrete time Markov processes. Introduction to continuous parameter stochastic processes. Kolmogorov's consistency theorem. Gaussian processes. Brownian motion theory (sample path properties, strong Markov property, Martingales associated to Brownian motion, functional central limit theorem). Prereq: MATH 491.

MATH 494. Introduction to Information Theory. 3 Units.

This course is intended as an introduction to information and coding theory with emphasis on the mathematical aspects. It is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science and electrical engineering. Course content: Information measures-entropy, relative entropy, mutual information, and their properties. Typical sets and sequences, asymptotic equipartition property, data compression. Channel coding and capacity: channel coding theorem. Differential entropy, Gaussian channel, Shannon-Nyquist theorem. Information theory inequalities (400 level). Additional topics, which may include compressed sensing and elements of quantum information theory. Recommended Preparation: MATH 201 or MATH 307. Offered as MATH 394, EECS 394, MATH 494 and EECS 494.

MATH 499. Special Topics. 3 Units.

Special topics in mathematics.

MATH 528. Analysis Seminar. 1 - 3 Unit.

Continuing seminar on areas of current interest in analysis. Allows graduate and advanced undergraduate students to become involved in research. Topics will reflect interests and expertise of the faculty and may include functional analysis, convexity theory, and their applications. May be taken more than once for credit. Consent of department required.

MATH 535. Applied Mathematics Seminar. 1 - 3 Unit.

Continuing seminar on areas of current interest in applied mathematics. Allows graduate and advanced undergraduate students to become involved in research. Topics will reflect interests and expertise of the faculty and may include topics in applied probability and stochastic processes, continuum mechanics, numerical analysis, mathematical physics or mathematical biology. May be taken more than once for credit.

MATH 549. Mathematical Life Sciences Seminar. 1 - 3 Unit.

Continuing seminar on areas of current interest in the applications of mathematics to the life sciences. Allows graduate and advanced undergraduate students to become involved in research. Topics will reflect interests and expertise of the faculty and may include mathematical biology, computational neuroscience, mathematical modeling of biological systems, models of infectious diseases, computational cell biology, mathematical ecology and mathematical biomedicine broadly constructed. May be taken more than once for credit.

MATH 601. Reading and Research Problems. 1 - 18 Unit.

Presentation of individual research, discussion, and investigation of research papers in a specialized field of mathematics.

MATH 651. Thesis (M.S.). 1 - 18 Unit.


MATH 701. Dissertation (Ph.D.). 1 - 18 Unit.

Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.

STAT Courses

STAT 201. Basic Statistics for Social and Life Sciences. 3 Units.

Designed for undergraduates in the social sciences and life sciences who need to use statistical techniques in their fields. Descriptive statistics, probability models, sampling distributions. Point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing. Elementary regression and analysis of variance. Not for credit toward major or minor in Statistics. Counts for CAS Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

STAT 243. Statistical Theory with Application I. 3 Units.

Introduction to fundamental concepts of statistics through examples including design of an observational study, industrial simulation. Theoretical development motivated by sample survey methodology. Randomness, distribution functions, conditional probabilities. Derivation of common discrete distributions. Expectation operator. Statistics as random variables, point and interval estimation. Maximum likelihood estimators. Properties of estimators. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 126.

STAT 244. Statistical Theory with Application II. 3 Units.

Extension of inferences to continuous-valued random variables. Common continuous-valued distributions. Expectation operator. Maximum likelihood estimators for the continuous case. Simple linear, multiple and polynomial regression. Properties of regression estimators when errors are Gaussian. Regression diagnostics. Class or student projects gathering real data or generating simulated data, fitting models and analyzing residuals from fit. Prereq: STAT 243.

STAT 312. Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science. 3 Units.

For advanced undergraduate students in engineering, physical sciences, life sciences. Comprehensive introduction to probability models and statistical methods of analyzing data with the object of formulating statistical models and choosing appropriate methods for inference from experimental and observational data and for testing the model's validity. Balanced approach with equal emphasis on probability, fundamental concepts of statistics, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, design of experiments, and regression modeling. Note: Credit given for only one (1) of STAT 312, 313, 333, 433. Prereq: MATH 122 or equivalent.

STAT 313. Statistics for Experimenters. 3 Units.

For advanced undergraduates in engineering, physical sciences, life sciences. Comprehensive introduction to modeling data and statistical methods of analyzing data. General objective is to train students in formulating statistical models, in choosing appropriate methods for inference from experimental and observational data and to test the validity of these models. Focus on practicalities of inference from experimental data. Inference for curve and surface fitting to real data sets. Designs for experiments and simulations. Student generation of experimental data and application of statistical methods for analysis. Critique of model; use of regression diagnostics to analyze errors. Note: Credit given for only one (1) of STAT 312, 313, 333, 433. Prereq: MATH 122 or equivalent.

STAT 317. Actuarial Science I. 3 Units.

Practical knowledge of the theory of interest in both finite and continuous time. That knowledge should include how these concepts are used in the various annuity functions, and apply the concepts of present and accumulated value for various streams of cash flows as a basis for future use in: reserving, valuation, pricing, duration, asset/liability management, investment income, capital budgeting, and contingencies. Valuation of discrete and continuous streams of payments, including the case in which the interest conversion period differs from the payment period will be considered. Application of interest theory to amortization of lump sums, fixed income securities, depreciation, mortgages, etc., as well as annuity functions in a broad finance context will be covered. Topics covered include areas examined in the American Society of Actuaries Exam 2. Offered as STAT 317 and STAT 417. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 126 or requisites not met permission.

STAT 318. Actuarial Science II. 3 Units.

Theory of life contingencies. Life table analysis for simple and multiple decrement functions. Life and special annuities. Life insurance and reserves for life insurance. Statistical issues for prediction from actuarial models. Topics covered include areas examined in the American Society of Actuaries Exam 3. Offered as STAT 318 and STAT 418. Prereq: STAT 312 or STAT 317 or STAT 345 or requisites not met permission.

STAT 325. Data Analysis and Linear Models. 3 Units.

Basic exploratory data analysis for univariate response with single or multiple covariates. Graphical methods and data summarization, model-fitting using S-plus computing language. Linear and multiple regression. Emphasis on model selection criteria, on diagnostics to assess goodness of fit and interpretation. Techniques include transformation, smoothing, median polish, robust/resistant methods. Case studies and analysis of individual data sets. Notes of caution and some methods for handling bad data. Knowledge of regression is helpful. Offered as STAT 325 and STAT 425. Prereq: STAT 207 or STAT 243 or STAT 312 or EPBI 431 or EPBI 441 or EPBI 458.

STAT 326. Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining. 3 Units.

Extensions of exploratory data analysis and modeling to multivariate response observations and to non-Gaussian data. Singular value decomposition and projection, principal components, factor analysis and latent structure analysis, discriminant analysis and clustering techniques, cross-validation, E-M algorithm, CART. Introduction to generalized linear modeling. Case studies of complex data sets with multiple objectives for analysis. Recommended preparation: STAT 325/425. Offered as STAT 326 and STAT 426.

STAT 332. Statistics for Signal Processing. 3 Units.

For advanced undergraduate students or beginning graduate students in engineering, physical sciences, life sciences. Introduction to probability models and statistical methods. Emphasis on probability as relative frequencies. Derivation of conditional probabilities and memoryless channels. Joint distribution of random variables, transformations, autocorrelation, series of irregular observations, stationarity. Random harmonic signals with noise, random phase and/or random amplitude. Gaussian and Poisson signals. Modulation and averaging properties. Transmission through linear filters. Power spectra, bandwidth, white and colored noise. ARMA processes and forecasting. Optimal linear systems, signal-to-noise ratio, Wiener filter. Completion of additional assignments required from graduate students registered in this course. Offered as STAT 332 and STAT 432. Prereq: MATH 122.

STAT 333. Uncertainty in Engineering and Science. 3 Units.

Phenomena of uncertainty appear in engineering and science for various reasons and can be modeled in different ways. The course integrates the mainstream ideas in statistical data analysis with models of uncertain phenomena stemming from three distinct viewpoints: algorithmic/computational complexity; classical probability theory; and chaotic behavior of nonlinear systems. Descriptive statistics, estimation procedures and hypothesis testing (including design of experiments). Random number generators and their testing. Monte Carlo Methods. Mathematica notebooks and simulations will be used. Note: Credit given for only one (1) of STAT 312, 313, 333, 433. Graduate students are required to do an extra project. Offered as STAT 333 and STAT 433. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 223.

STAT 345. Theoretical Statistics I. 3 Units.

Topics provide the background for statistical inference. Random variables; distribution and density functions; transformations, expectation. Common univariate distributions. Multiple random variables; joint, marginal and conditional distributions; hierarchical models, covariance. Distributions of sample quantities, distributions of sums of random variables, distributions of order statistics. Methods of statistical inference. Offered as STAT 345, STAT 445, and EPBI 481. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 223 or Coreq: EPBI 431.

STAT 346. Theoretical Statistics II. 3 Units.

Point estimation: maximum likelihood, moment estimators. Methods of evaluating estimators including mean squared error, consistency, "best" unbiased and sufficiency. Hypothesis testing; likelihood ratio and union-intersection tests. Properties of tests including power function, bias. Interval estimation by inversion of test statistics, use of pivotal quantities. Application to regression. Graduate students are responsible for mathematical derivations, and full proofs of principal theorems. Offered as STAT 346,STAT 446, and EPBI 482. Prereq: STAT 345 or STAT 445 or EPBI 481.

STAT 395. Senior Project in Statistics. 3 Units.

An individual project done under faculty supervision involving the investigation and statistical analysis of a real problem encountered in university research or an industrial setting. Written report. Counts as SAGES Senior Capstone.

STAT 412. Statistics for Design and Analysis in Engineering and Science. 3 Units.

For graduate students (primarily) and advanced undergraduates in engineering, physical sciences, and life sciences. After basic statistical concepts are reviewed, the remainder of the course consists of a comprehensive introduction to statistical methods of designing experiments and analyzing data. The general objective is to train students in statistical modeling and in the choice of experimental designs to use in scientific investigations. A variety of experimental designs are covered, and regression analysis is presented as the primary technique for analyzing data from designed experiments, and in discriminating between various possible statistical models. The course is oriented toward graduate students engaged in or embarking on research. Prereq: MATH 122.

STAT 417. Actuarial Science I. 3 Units.

Practical knowledge of the theory of interest in both finite and continuous time. That knowledge should include how these concepts are used in the various annuity functions, and apply the concepts of present and accumulated value for various streams of cash flows as a basis for future use in: reserving, valuation, pricing, duration, asset/liability management, investment income, capital budgeting, and contingencies. Valuation of discrete and continuous streams of payments, including the case in which the interest conversion period differs from the payment period will be considered. Application of interest theory to amortization of lump sums, fixed income securities, depreciation, mortgages, etc., as well as annuity functions in a broad finance context will be covered. Topics covered include areas examined in the American Society of Actuaries Exam 2. Offered as STAT 317 and STAT 417. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 126 or requisites not met permission.

STAT 418. Actuarial Science II. 3 Units.

Theory of life contingencies. Life table analysis for simple and multiple decrement functions. Life and special annuities. Life insurance and reserves for life insurance. Statistical issues for prediction from actuarial models. Topics covered include areas examined in the American Society of Actuaries Exam 3. Offered as STAT 318 and STAT 418. Prereq: STAT 312 or STAT 317 or STAT 345 or requisites not met permission.

STAT 425. Data Analysis and Linear Models. 3 Units.

Basic exploratory data analysis for univariate response with single or multiple covariates. Graphical methods and data summarization, model-fitting using S-plus computing language. Linear and multiple regression. Emphasis on model selection criteria, on diagnostics to assess goodness of fit and interpretation. Techniques include transformation, smoothing, median polish, robust/resistant methods. Case studies and analysis of individual data sets. Notes of caution and some methods for handling bad data. Knowledge of regression is helpful. Offered as STAT 325 and STAT 425.

STAT 426. Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining. 3 Units.

Extensions of exploratory data analysis and modeling to multivariate response observations and to non-Gaussian data. Singular value decomposition and projection, principal components, factor analysis and latent structure analysis, discriminant analysis and clustering techniques, cross-validation, E-M algorithm, CART. Introduction to generalized linear modeling. Case studies of complex data sets with multiple objectives for analysis. Recommended preparation: STAT 325/425. Offered as STAT 326 and STAT 426.

STAT 427. Statistical Computing. 3 Units.

Basic topics in statistical computing: floating point arithmetic; seminumerical computation including generation and test of random numbers, Monte Carlo methods, variance reduction methods, stochastic models and simulation studies; numerical computation including numerical linear algebra, optimization and root-rinding, numerical integration; some graphical and symbolic computations, special topics in statistical computing: resampling methods, EM algorithms, Gibbs sampling and projection pursuit. Prereq: STAT 345 or STAT 425 or permission of department.

STAT 432. Statistics for Signal Processing. 3 Units.

For advanced undergraduate students or beginning graduate students in engineering, physical sciences, life sciences. Introduction to probability models and statistical methods. Emphasis on probability as relative frequencies. Derivation of conditional probabilities and memoryless channels. Joint distribution of random variables, transformations, autocorrelation, series of irregular observations, stationarity. Random harmonic signals with noise, random phase and/or random amplitude. Gaussian and Poisson signals. Modulation and averaging properties. Transmission through linear filters. Power spectra, bandwidth, white and colored noise. ARMA processes and forecasting. Optimal linear systems, signal-to-noise ratio, Wiener filter. Completion of additional assignments required from graduate students registered in this course. Offered as STAT 332 and STAT 432. Prereq: MATH 122.

STAT 433. Uncertainty in Engineering and Science. 3 Units.

Phenomena of uncertainty appear in engineering and science for various reasons and can be modeled in different ways. The course integrates the mainstream ideas in statistical data analysis with models of uncertain phenomena stemming from three distinct viewpoints: algorithmic/computational complexity; classical probability theory; and chaotic behavior of nonlinear systems. Descriptive statistics, estimation procedures and hypothesis testing (including design of experiments). Random number generators and their testing. Monte Carlo Methods. Mathematica notebooks and simulations will be used. Note: Credit given for only one (1) of STAT 312, 313, 333, 433. Graduate students are required to do an extra project. Offered as STAT 333 and STAT 433. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 223.

STAT 437. Stochastic Models: Time Series and Markov Chains. 3 Units.

Introduction to stochastic modeling of data. Emphasis on models and statistical analysis of data with a significant temporal and/or spatial structure. This course will analyze time and space dependent random phenomena from two perspectives: Stationary Time Series: Spectral representation of deterministic signals, autocorrelation. Power spectra. Transmission of stationary signals through linear filters. Optimal filter design, signal-to-noise ratio. Gaussian signals and correlation matrices. Spectral representation and computer simulation of stationary signals. Discrete Markov Chains: Transition matrices, recurrences and the first step analysis. Steady rate. Recurrence and ergodicity, empirical averages. Long run behavior, convergence to steady state. Time to absorption. Eigenvalues and nonhomogeneous Markov chains. Introduction to Gibbs fields and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). This course is related to STAT 538 but can be taken independently of it. Prereq: STAT 312 or equivalent.

STAT 439. Integrated Numerical and Statistical Computations. 3 Units.

This course will embed numerical methods into a Bayesian framework. The statistical framework will make it possible to integrate a prori information about the unknowns and the error in the data directly into the most efficient numerical methods. A lot of emphasis will be put on understanding the role of the priors, their encoding into fast numerical solvers, and how to translate qualitative or sample-based information--or lack thereof--into a numerical scheme. Confidence on computed results will also be discussed from a Bayesian perspective, at the light of the given data and a priori information. The course should be of interest to anyone working on signal and image processing statistics, numerical analysis and modeling. Recommended Preparation: MATH 431. Offered as MATH 439 and STAT 439.

STAT 445. Theoretical Statistics I. 3 Units.

Topics provide the background for statistical inference. Random variables; distribution and density functions; transformations, expectation. Common univariate distributions. Multiple random variables; joint, marginal and conditional distributions; hierarchical models, covariance. Distributions of sample quantities, distributions of sums of random variables, distributions of order statistics. Methods of statistical inference. Offered as STAT 345, STAT 445, and EPBI 481. Prereq: MATH 122 or MATH 223 or Coreq: EPBI 431.

STAT 446. Theoretical Statistics II. 3 Units.

Point estimation: maximum likelihood, moment estimators. Methods of evaluating estimators including mean squared error, consistency, "best" unbiased and sufficiency. Hypothesis testing; likelihood ratio and union-intersection tests. Properties of tests including power function, bias. Interval estimation by inversion of test statistics, use of pivotal quantities. Application to regression. Graduate students are responsible for mathematical derivations, and full proofs of principal theorems. Offered as STAT 346, STAT 446 and EPBI 482. Prereq: STAT 345 or STAT 445 or EPBI 481.

STAT 448. Bayesian Theory with Applications. 3 Units.

Principles of Bayesian theory, methodology and applications. Methods for forming prior distributions using conjugate families, reference priors and empirically-based priors. Derivation of posterior and predictive distributions and their moments. Properties when common distributions such as binomial, normal or other exponential family distributions are used. Hierarchical models. Computational techniques including Markov chain, Monte Carlo and importance sampling. Extensive use of applications to illustrate concepts and methodology. Recommended preparation: STAT 445.

STAT 455. Linear Models. 3 Units.

Theory of least squares estimation, interval estimation and tests for models with normally distributed errors. Regression on dummy variables, analysis of variance and covariance. Variance components models. Model diagnostics. Robust regression. Analysis of longitudinal data. Prereq: MATH 201 and STAT 346 or STAT 446

STAT 491. Graduate Student Seminar. 1 - 2 Unit.

Seminar run collaboratively by graduate students to investigate an area of current research, the topic chosen each semester. All graduate students participate in presentation of material each semester. Satisfies requirement for every full-time graduate student to enroll in a participatory seminar every semester while registered in any graduate degree program. Recommended preparation: Graduate standing.

STAT 495A. Consulting Forum. 1 - 3 Unit.

This course unifies what students have learned in their course work to apply their knowledge in consulting. It recognizes the fact that the essence of the statistical profession is continuing interaction with practitioners in the sciences, engineering, medicine, economics, etc. The course presents the views of prominent experts in the field as obtained from the literature and other sources. The responsibilities of the consultant and the client are discussed. Sample consulting problems are presented and strategies for solving them are provided. Prereq: STAT 325 or STAT 425.

STAT 495B. Consulting Forum With Practicum. 3 Units.

This course is designed to provide a hands-on experience with statistical consulting under the guidance of the instructor. It will include discussion of practical aspects of consulting such as the entrepreneurial nature of this activity. The students will become involved in actual consulting projects generated in a collaborative environment. Statistical problems, together with their substantive background, will be presented by individuals from the private sector (e.g., from industry) and/or CWRU faculty and students. Selected problems will be addressed in a collaborative fashion; i.e., by a team involving graduate students from the Statistics Department, the course instructor, and scientists. Some of these problems may lead to collaborative research or entrepreneurial ventures. Prereq: STAT 495A, STAT 325, or STAT 425 or consent of department.

STAT 525. Advanced Data Analysis. 3 Units.

Topics drawn from resampling methods (including bootstrapping), MCMC (Gibbs sampling), nonparametric curve and surface fitting, kernel density estimation, projection pursuit, mixture models, time series (time permitting), approaches to model uncertainty, models for repeated measures and structural-functional models, statistical inference for large systems, modern data analysis techniques. Recommended preparation: STAT 426 or permission of department.

STAT 527. Advanced Statistical Computing. 3 Units.

Special topics drawn from statistical computing, complex system and dynamic computation. Oriented to research. Prereq: STAT 427.

STAT 538. Stochastic Models: Diffusive Phenomena and Stochastic Differential Equations. 3 Units.

Introduction to stochastic modeling of data. Emphasis on models and statistical analysis of data with significant temporal and/or spatial structure. This course will analyze time and space dependent random phenomena from two perspectives: Brownian motion and diffusive processes: Classification of stochastic processes, finite dimensional distributions, random walks and their scaling limits, Brownian motion and its paths properties, general diffusive processes, Fokker-Planck-Kolmogorov equations, Poisson and point processes, heavy tail diffusions, Levy processes, tempered stable diffusions. Stochastic calculus and stochastic differential equations: Wiener random integrals, mean-square theory, Brownian stochastic integrals and Ito formula, stochastic integrals for Levy processes, martingale property, basic theory and applications of stochastic differential equations. This course is related to STAT 437 but can be taken independently of it. Prereq: STAT 312 or equivalent.

STAT 545. Advanced Theory of Statistics I. 3 Units.

A systematic development of advanced statistical theory. Background concepts. Limits, order comparisons, convergence. Sample moments, quantiles and other statistics. Transformations. Characterization of distribution functions and characteristic functions. Normal and other approximations to distributions. Quadratic forms and other functions of asymptotically normal statistics. Asymptotic properties of statistics including asymptotic efficiency, consistency. Admissibility, sufficiency and ancillarity. Nuisance parameters, parameter orthogonality. Distribution theory in nuisance parameters. Recommended preparation: STAT 446.

STAT 571. Advanced Topics in Statistics. 1 - 3 Unit.

For advanced graduate students. Topics in specialized areas of statistical theory and methodology, with emphasis on recent advances in theory, developments of new methodology and definition of new research questions. Topics may change from year to year. Number of credit hours for the class will be predetermined each semester based on the material to be presented.

STAT 576. Advanced Topics in Modeling. 1 - 3 Unit.

Advanced topics in specialized areas of statistics and stochastic modeling designed to define new research directions drawing on recent advances in theory and model formulation. Focus on statistical issues arising in the application of statistical or stochastic models to new substantive research efforts. Topics may change from year to year. Number of credit hours for the class will be predetermined each semester based on the material to be presented.

STAT 601. Reading and Research. 1 - 9 Unit.

Individual study and/or project work.

STAT 621. M.S. Research Project. 1 - 9 Unit.

Completion of statistical design and/or analysis of a research project in a substantive field which requires substantial and/or nonstandard statistical techniques and which leads to results suitable for publication. Written project report must present the context of the research, justify the statistical methodology used, draw appropriate inferences and interpret these inferences in both statistical and substantive scientific terms. Oral presentation of research project may be given in either graduate student seminar or consulting forum.

STAT 651. Thesis M.S.. 1 - 18 Unit.

(Credit as arranged.) May be used as alternative to STAT 621 (M.S. Research Project) in fulfillment of requirements for M.S. degree in Statistics.

STAT 701. Dissertation Ph.D.. 1 - 18 Unit.

(Credit as arranged.) Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.