The College of New Jersey

Apply     Visit     Give     |     Alumni     Parents     Offices     TCNJ Today     

Advising Information

Registration for the Fall 2020 semester will begin on April 6th, and advising will begin shortly. There have been a number of important changes happening in the department that we want to make sure you are aware of. Please see the Advising Newsletter for more information, including the list of expanded descriptions for the Mathematics and Statistics options courses.

Recent Curricular Changes:

  • Fall 2020
    • Cryptography: MAT 370-01 in Fall 2020 will be taught by Dr. Schmoyer.
    • Applied Mathematics Depth Requirement: The Department has approved eliminating the depth requirement for students in the Applied Mathematics specialization, effective as of the Fall 2020 semester.
    • Learning Assistants: Dr. Liebars sent out an email about Learning Assistants on March 20th. We are looking for Learning Assistants for the fall for the following courses: MAT 105, MAT 120, MAT 127, MAT 128, MAT 200, MAT 205, STA 215, MAT 301, MAT 326. Learning assistants enroll in the course MTT 3XX (the number is still to be determined): Learning Assistant in Math Education, as a half unit course. Learning Assistants will attend the class for which they are acting as an assistant, assist the professor of the course as appropriate, hold office hours, and write a paper at the end of the semester about the experience.If you are interested in being a Learning Assistant in the fall semester for one of the courses below, please write a brief essay describing your background for being a Learning Assistant and why you would like this experience. Please indicate for which courses from the list below you would be willing to serve as a Learning Assistant, in order of preference. Please send the essay to Dr. Liebars no later than April 10.Learning Assistant Requirements: a) The student must have taken at TCNJ at least four course units in math; b) A student must have at least an A- in the course they plan to be an intern, where relevant; c) A student must have at least a 3.0 Math GPA; and d) a student can take a maximum of one course unit of MTT 3XX.
  • Fall 2018
    • The Precalculus changed its number. It is now MAT 120: Precalculus and is a regular course that counts for 1 course unit. Also, MAT 119: Introduction to Functions is a 1 course unit course aimed for Business students as the prerequisite for MAT 125: Business Calculus (and replaces MAT 120 as the prerequisite).
    • MAT 426: Partial Differential Equations is now an official course. We expect it to be offered every two years in the fall semesters of odd years.
    • STA 404: Computational and Bayesian Statistics is now officially listed. We expect it to be offered every two years.
    • The retention requirements for Math/Stat majors were updated. Students now need to earn a 2.5 GPA in the following courses (if taken at TCNJ): MAT 127, MAT 128, MAT 200, MAT 205, MAT 229, STA 215 (for Statistics majors).
    • The entrance requirements for the department were updated. Students must earn a C- in MAT 127 and MAT 200 to be admitted to the department.
  • Fall 2017
    • All math/stat majors now receive BS degrees. This represents a change for the majors in the Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics specializations and the Mathematics Secondary Education major. Due to a technical issue, all students in these majors have had their Academic Requirements reports changed to they requirements in effect as of the Fall 2017 semester. For many students, the updated requirements may be preferable to the old requirements. However, sophomore, junior, or senior majors may prefer to satisfy the requirements listed under your previous “Academic Requirements” plan. To do this, Dr. Hagedorn, the chair of the Math/Stat department, will need to write a waiver on PAWS. Students should first meet with their academic advisor to confirm that they should remain on their old plan and then send an email request to Dr. Hagedorn to have the waiver posted.
    • Mathematics Secondary Education major:
      • A new senior level course MAT 497: Topics in Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint has been approved. This course will be required for all new Mathematics Secondary Education majors starting in Fall 2017. It will run every fall semester.
      • New majors now only need to demonstrate fluency in a second language at the 102 level, except if they took the same language in high school, in which case, the fluency at the 103 level is still required.
    • Applied Mathematics specialization: There were several changes to the specialization adopted this summer. Please see the Applied Math webpage, program planner, or PAWS for all details. The main changes are:
      • A reduction in the number of required natural science correlate courses from two course units to one course unit.
      • New majors must now complete STA 215: Statistical Inference or STA 216: Statistical Inference and Probability.
      • The adoption of a two course depth requirement. Students must take two courses in one of four chosen tracks: Dynamical Systems, Analysis, Computational Mathematics, or Probability and Statistics.
      • The new course MAT 341: Computational Mathematics can count towards fulfilling the computer science correlate requirement.
    • Mathematics specialization: The specialization now allows majors to take one of the following courses as one of the options for the major:
      • PHY 401, BIO 471/CSC 471, FIN 360, CSC 335, CSC 445, CHE 372
    • Statistics specialization: All STA 300/400 courses now count as statistics options.
    • MAT 341: Computational Mathematics is a newly listed course that is expected to run every other year.
    • MAT 200: Proof Writing Through Discrete Mathematics now has MAT 127: Calculus A as a prerequisite.
    • The capstone (MAT/STA 498) syllabi were updated and have new prerequisites.
  • Spring 2017
    • B.S. Degree: The state of New Jersey has approved the department’s proposal to change our degree programs from B.A. degree programs to B.S. degree programs. This change will be implemented for all students graduating in Fall 2017 and thereafter.
    • Math Options in Fall: MAT 370: Combinatorics and MAT 370: Computational Mathematics are two math option courses offered in Fall 2017 that are only offered occasionally. Please consider these very interesting courses as you design your schedule.
    • Math 400 level courses in 2017-18: MAT 405: Topology and MAT 454: Applied Dynamical Systems will be offered in the fall. MAT 451: Seminar in Algebra (Representation Theory) will be offered in the Spring.
    • Statistics Options: STA 370: Bayesian and Computational Statistics will be offered in the Fall 2017 semester. STA 307: Data Mining will be offered in Spring 2018.
    • MAT 331: Numerical Analysis: This course will be offered in Spring 2018 instead of the Fall 2017 semester currently listed.
    • Computer Science CSC 270 prerequisite: The computer science course CSC 270 is a prerequisite for many upper level CSC courses. CSC 270 has significant content overlap with MAT 200 but is not the same course. The CS department has agreed to waive the CSC 270 prerequisite for students who have taken MAT 200 and who complete a .25 independent study course from the CS department focusing on the topics in CSC 270 not covered in MAT 200.
    • Math Specialization 400-level requirement: The 400-level requirement for students in the math specialization has been clarified. Students need to complete two course units of MAT courses at the 400-level. These courses must be non-independent work courses with a number less than 490.
    • Calculus Placement Criteria: To meet the MAT 125/127 Calculus prerequisite, students must now meet one of the following: a) earn a 630 on the math SAT or a 28 on the math ACT exam; b) pass a Precalculus course (with a grade of at least C) at another college or university; c) earn a 50 on the Collegeboard CLEP Precalculus exam; or d) pass a credit-by-examination Precalculus test.
  • Fall 2016
    • Actuarial and Financial Risk Minor: FIN 201 now has ACC 201 as a prerequisite. Declared actuarial minors are exempt from this requirement.
    • Sophomore/Junior Seminar: The department is offering a .5 unit course MAT 270 to introduce students to topics not normally seen in the foundational courses of the curriculum, career opportunities, research methods, and the use of math/stat software.
    • Applied Mathematics Specialization: MAT 370: Computational Mathematics will now count towards the computing requirement. Applied math students can now fulfill the requirement by taking CSC 220/MAT 370 instead of CSC 220/230.
    • Statistics Specialization: Students can now take any 300/400 level STA courses to satisfy the 3.0 course units of statistics options for the major.
    • Statistics Specialization: The science requirement has been changed. Students now can take any two science courses from biology, chemistry, and physics, at the 200 or above level, with at least one course having a lab.
    • MAT 265: Introduction to Financial Mathematics is now officially listed in the course catalog (it was previously offered as STA 270). It also counts as a course for the Actuarial and Financial Risk Minor and is listed as one of the Group B courses.
    • Internships: The department now offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit for internships with the courses MAT 299/399, STA 299/399. Please see the department webpage for details and contact internship coordinators Dr. Conjura and Dr. Ochs for more information.

Science Requirements:

List of School of Science science courses without a laboratory and without two lab courses as prerequisites:

  • Biology: BIO 370: Topics in Biology (only BIO 201) and BIO 371: Topics in Computational Biology (BIO 201 and CSC 220)
  • Chemistry: History of Chemistry and Physics.
  • Physics: PHY 261: Advanced Astronomy.


Previous Advising Newsletters: