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## [under construction]## Geometry (MTH 3301)Some time around the year 300 BC, Euclid, the patriarch of mathematics as we know it, founded a school of geometry in Alexandria; his Prerequisite: MATH 2413 or permission of instructor. ## Modern Abstract Algebra (MTH 4301)"Symmetry, as wide or narrow as you may define its meaning, is one idea by which man through the ages has tried to comprehend and create order, beauty, and perfection" (Weyl, The goal of this course is to study some of the symmetry groups that have applications in art and nature, and to learn something of their historical and cultural significance. We will begin with familiar notions of sets and natural numbers and build up group theory axiomatically. Students will also read The highlight of the course is a field trip to the San Antonio Museum of Art, during which students participate in a symmetry group scavenger hunt. Get your symmetry field guide here. Prerequisite: MTH 3304. Students who have taken MTH 3310 and are interested in the course should contact me, even if they don't have the prerequisite. ## Readings and Research (MTH 4327)All senior math majors close to graduation are encouraged to participate in our capstone course this spring. It will be run as an informal readings course; students will work through and discuss Coxeter's classic Contact me if interested. ## Additional Course InformationThe two-year course rotation of the RGC mathematics program may be viewed here. Course descriptions may be viewed here. If you are a new math major at RGC, I recommend making sure you've taken Calculus I and II right away. Begin your studies here with Geometry and Discrete Mathematics, and any other courses you have the prerequisites for. If you have any questions about advising, or would simply like to talk to me about your degree or mathematics in general, please do not hesitate to contact me. |

**Michael Ortiz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department of Natural and Behavioral Sciences**

Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College

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