Special Course Offerings in the Department
The NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a full range of courses at all levels, giving students a wide variety of areas of mathematics to pursue at different levels of expertise -- from transitional pre-college courses to graduate seminars in current research in the mathematical sciences. The courses are described in the NIU Undergraduate Catalogue and Graduate Catalogue.
Not every course is available every semester; please consult the current NIU search for classes for courses scheduled this term. Note that even when a course is offered, it may not be available for every student (because of course pre-requisites and space limitations). It is also true that some courses may be more natural for students with certain backgrounds and interests, to take earlier or later in their plans of study. For these reasons we encourage students to make contact with an advisor in the department to ensure that they can schedule the courses in our department which they need for their programs.
Every course in our department required for an NIU undergraduate degree program will be offered at least once every academic year. Other "elective" courses are offered on a rotating basis. In addition, new and experimental courses may be offered as resources warrant.
For particularly talented students with special interests in mathematics, it is possible to arrange reading courses with individual faculty members, as well as in-class honors sections attached to regular courses. We also offer the course MATH 494 for qualified research and internship programs, and encourage students to explore such possibilities on and off campus.
The department's graduation requirements have been designed to allow students to graduate equipped with an appropriate minimum understanding of the mathematical sciences. Additional coursework in the department is always recommended for interested and qualified students. (Caveat Students must complete a minimum of 70 credit-hours of coursework not in mathematics or statistics. While not ordinarily a constraint, this will affect some students who complete more than three elective courses.)