Department of Mathematics, Physics,

& Engineering

Dr. Javier Garza, Head

Math Building, Room 122

(254) 968-9168

FAX (254) 968-9534

Professors: Kirby, Little, Littleton, McCoy,

Snider, Winton

Associate Professors: DeOtte, Easterling, Garza, Hibbs,

Lawrence, McLatchy, Talley, White

Assistant Professors: Agapie, Brawner, Forrest, Marble, Martin, Martinez, Reese, Riggs, Wyatt

Instructors: Peters, J. Wood, K. Wood

        The Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering Physics, Hydrology, and Computer Science. The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics provides a program of study that prepares students that are: 1) seeking to teach mathematics at the secondary level or 2) seeking employment in industry. On the graduate level, the Master of Science in Mathematics provides a program of study that prepares students additionally (beyond the undergraduate level) for employment in industry. Students completing the M.S. in Mathematics also receive preparatory work for pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics or mathematics education. For further information about the graduate program, see the graduate section of the catalog. For more information about the Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Hydrology, or Computer Science programs, visit the departmental web site at http://www.math.tarleton.edu.

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS
  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum 

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.
See your academic advisor for assistance in selecting specific courses to satisfy these core curriculum requirements.
47
 
Courses Required for BS in Mathematics  
MATH 1204, 13132, 2094, 3073, 3103, 3113, 3323, 40931
26
PHYS 12242   
4
Approved science elective      
3
Approved C S electives, 3 hours advanced   
6
Electives
6
   
Additional Required Courses  
For BS in Mathematics with Secondary Certification  

MATH 3013, 3023, 4043

6

6 hours from MATH 2104, 3063, 3603, 4203, 4903 

6

EDU 3303, 3353, 4303, 4353, 4906, PSY 2203 or 3033, RDG 3513

24

ENGL 2303   

3

Elective

1
   
For BS in Mathematics without certification

MATH 2104, 3063  

7

9 hours from MATH 3013, 3603, 4203, 4903     

9

Advanced electives 

6

Supporting field, 9 hours advanced4 

21

1 See p. 354 for MATH course descriptions.
2 May satisfy university core curriculum requirement.
3 PHYS 1224 and 2424 are recommended for fulfillment of core Lab Science requirement.
4 Courses for supporting field are to be chosen from an academic area in which mathematics is applicable. Supporting field must be developed in consultation with the department heads involved.

ENGINEERING PHYSICS

        The Engineering Physics program at Tarleton State University prepares the student for employment as a professional engineer in the area of Electrical or Computer Engineering or for graduate study in Physics or Engineering.  Extensive study in math, science, engineering, and physics gives the Engineering Physics graduate the ability to design components, processes, and systems to meet specifications and the ability to work and communicate effectively in team-oriented, project-management-driven environments. Computer simulation and modern analytical tools are used to solve physical and electrical problems. Software development, hardware integration, and testing of microcomputers, microcontrollers, and design of microelectronic circuitry provide the graduate with the tools to apply computer and software-based solutions. Additional studies in ethics assure that the graduate understands engineers’ special responsibilities to protect the health and well being of the general public. See more details at: http://www.tarleton.edu/~Engineering.

        The first two years of the Engineering Physics program consist of the courses in the Engineering program. When the student successfully completes each designated course in the Engineering program with a grade of “C” or better, he or she may apply for admission into the Engineering Physics program.  Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in each course listed below as “Courses Required for BS in Engineering Physics” in order to graduate with a BS in Engineering Physics.

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ENGINEERING PHYSICS
  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum 

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.
See p. 371 for course descriptions in PHYS, p. 314 for ENGR, and p. 315 for ENPH
47
 
Courses Required for BS in Engineering Physics  
(Grade of “C” or better in each required for graduation)  
PHYS 12241, 24241, 3343, 4353 
14
ENGR 1113, 1123, 2213, 2223, 2233, 4603   
18
ENPH 2254, 2484, 3143, 3303, 3323, 3454, 4434, 4414, 4363, 4303 
35
Advanced PHYS, ENGR, ENPH, or CS elective  
9
MATH 12041, 2094, 2104, 3063 
15
CHEM 1054, 1084   
8

1 Applies to University Core Curriculum

PHYSICS

        Physics is the science that investigates and tries to understand the basic laws of nature. In this pursuit, it deals with the entire range of natural phenomena from the smallest domain of sub-nuclear particles to the largest domain of distant objects in the universe. This breadth of interests is reflected in the type of work pursued by physicists. Some are interested in research on problems that are at the frontiers of knowledge. Some apply this newly acquired knowledge to make practical advances in fields like engineering. Still others use a knowledge of physics as a basis for careers in medicine, law, teaching or administration. A physical science secondary certification is also available as part of a BS in Physics.

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PHYSICS
  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum 

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.
See your academic advisor for assistance in selecting specific courses to satisfy these core curriculum requirements.
See p. 371 for course descriptions in PHYS.
47
 
Courses Required for BS in Physics

PHYS 1224, 2424, 3313, 3323, 3333, 3343, 4303,4323, 4343, 4353, 3 hours PHYS elective   

35
MATH 1204, 2094, 2104, 3063, 3323, 3 hours advanced MATH elective
21
 
Additional Required Courses
For BS in Physics (without certification)

Supporting field 

17

Advanced supporting field 

6

Approved C S elective

3
 
For BS in Physics with Teacher Certification, Physical Science (8-12)

EDU 3303, 3353, 4303, 4353, 4906, PSY 2203 or 3033, RDG 3513

24

ENGL 2303

3

CHEM 1054, 1084, 2014, 4861

13

COMPUTER SCIENCE

        The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science prepares graduates to enter the high-tech work force or to continue their studies in computer science or related disciplines at the graduate level. This program provides a strong foundation in computer science, mathematics, and general science as recommended in the criteria for accrediting computing programs put forth by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and in the computing curricula proposed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Students are encouraged to also specialize in a complementary area, through the support field of study.

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum 

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.
See your academic advisor for assistance in selecting specific courses to satisfy these core curriculum requirements.
See p.295 for C S course descriptions.
47
 
Courses Required for BS in Computer Science  
MATH 1313, 1204, 2094, 3103 
14
Lab science, 2-semester sequence from BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS
8
Science/engineering electives   
4

Technical electives (2 to be chosen from MATH 1163, 3063, 3323, science elective)  

6
Supporting field   
12
Advanced supporting field 
9
C S 1103, 1153, 2413, 2423, 2543, 3434, 3893
22
Advanced C S electives  
12

Advanced technical electives from MATH 3603, ELEN 4414, ELEN 4434, advanced C S electives, approved advanced CIS electives       

6

 HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES

        One of the unique features of the Hydrology and Water Resources Program at Tarleton State University is that each student is required to complete an internship before graduation. The manner in which this requirement is met is for the student to work from 9 to 13 weeks (generally 40 hours a week) for a company or agency that has some expertise in hydrology. Often this leads to full-time employment at the end of the internship. See "4403. Internship" in the course offerings below and note the prerequisite that the "student must have completed all other courses listed on an official degree plan and have a grade of C or higher in all required courses in the following disciplines: hydrology, biology, geology, chemistry, math and physics." Personnel in the Hydrology and Water Resources/Engineering Division will assist in finding an appropriate internship sponsor.

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN HYDROLOGY
  Semester Hours

University Core Curriculum 

See p. 40 for additional information about Tarleton’s core curriculum requirements.
47
 
Courses Required for BS in Hydrology  

HYDR 1103, 2114, 3004, 3104, 3203, 4103, 4204, 4303, 4403, 45032 

34
PHYS 1224,1 2424
8
CHEM 20143 
4
MATH 2094, 2104, 3003  
11
GEOL 1054 
4
C S 3443
3
Advised elective4   
3
1 This course satisfies a core curriculum requirement.
2 See p. 344 for HYDR course descriptions.
3 Prerequisite CHEM 1054 and 1084 are taken to meet Core requirements for Laboratory Science.
4 Chemistry track students may take BIOL 1204 as the advised elective.
   
Courses required for Support Areas  
For Classical  

BIOL 1204, 1214, 2034, 4414 

16

ENGL 2303

3
 
For Agriculture

A EN 3183, AGRN 3014, 4203

10

R&RM 3013, 3203,AGRN 1053, 4273; or ECO 2013, 2023, A EC 3013, 4253

12
 
For Biology

BIOL 1204, 1214, 2034, 4414

16

2 electives from BIOL 3403, 4014, 4423, CHEM 2024 

6-8
 
For Chemistry

BIOL 1214, 4414, CHEM 2024, 3234 

16

2 electives from CHEM 3244, CHEM 4273 or 4283, CHEM 3074 or 4084  

7-8
 
For Engineering

MATH 3063 

3

ENGR 1113, 1123, 2213, 2223, 2233, 2253, 4863  

21
 
For Geosciences

GEOL 1064, 2034, 3103, 3134, 3143, 4123 

21
 
For Computer Science

MATH 3063, 3603, 4203

9

C S 1103, 1153, 2413, 3613, 4013 

15

        A student who wishes to be eligible to take the Engineering Fundamentals Examination as a graduate of an engineering-related science program should take the following courses:

ENGR 2213    Principles of Engineering I ENGR 3033 Engineering Economy
ENGR 2223    Principles of Engineering II ELEN 2253 Electrical Circuit Theory
ENGR 2233    Principles of Engineering III  ELEN 2484 Introduction to Digital Systems Design
MATH 3063     Differential Equations   

A typical curriculum incorporating these courses may be obtained from the Division of Hydrology and Water Resources/Engineering. Completing these courses allows the student to minor in engineering.

ENGINEERING PROGRAM

The Engineering program at Tarleton State University prepares the student for further studies in specific engineering disciplines either at Tarleton State University or other colleges and universities. The Engineering Program comprises approximately one half of the course work required for a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and is the entry point for all students wishing to major in engineering. Entry into the Engineering Program requires registration in Trigonometry, Pre-calculus or higher. Once the designated Engineering courses in the table below have been completed with a “C” or better, the student may apply for admission into the upper level programs leading to a degree in an engineering discipline at Tarleton.

The student may also choose to transfer to another engineering degree-granting college or university to complete the requirements for an engineering degree. To facilitate such transfers, Tarleton has made formal arrangements with Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Students who intend to earn their Engineering degrees from UTA may participate in UTA's Work Study Program while they are enrolled at Tarleton. The Engineering Program is aligned with the current program at Texas A&M University for seamless transfer.

Entering freshman Engineering students are evaluated for mathematics preparedness. The normal course progression calls for taking Mathematics 1204 (Calculus I) as the first mathematics course.  If the student is not prepared to take Calculus I as the first course, then he or she may be required to take MATH 1073 (College Algebra), MATH 1093 (Plane Trigonometry) or MATH 1163 (Pre-Calculus) instead. It is strongly recommended that students who are not certain that they are well grounded in algebra and trigonometry come to Tarleton and take the placement tests early enough in the summer prior to first enrollment so they can take any necessary calculus preparatory courses in summer school if they wish.

SUGGESTED CURRICULUM FOR ENGINEERING1

Courses from University Core Curriculum

Semester Hours

ENGL 1113, 1123

                 6

MATH 12042

                 4

CHEM 1054, 1084

                 8

HIST 2013, 2023

                 6

POLS 2013, 2023

                 6

HLTH 1013

                 3

Other Required Courses

 

MATH 20942, 2104, 3063

               11

ENGR 11132, 11232, 22132, 22232, 2233, ENPH 2254

               19

PHYS 12242, 24242

                 8

1   Requirements for different schools of engineering vary considerably. Students should seek counsel from the Engineering advisors in the Division of Engineering, Physics, Hydrology and Computer Science.
2    These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before the student can make application to the upper level engineering programs at Tarleton State University

Please Note:

1)  TAMU, UTA, Texas Tech and many other universities require all students who have not taken two years of the same foreign language in high school to take a minimum of six semester hours of the same foreign language in college.
2)  The Agricultural Engineering courses listed elsewhere in this catalog are not intended for engineers and do not count toward accredited engineering degrees.