2004-2005 Mathematics Program

2004 - 2005 Mathematics Program (MATH)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Teaching Major | Teaching Minor | Placement | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Bill Bynum, Carolyn Connell, Tyler Evans, Liz Herrick, Richard Wellman, Janine Wittwer

Program Goals

  • To gain an understanding of the historical development of the subject.
  • To achieve competency in the core curriculum of mathematics, including calculus (single and multivariable), linear algebra, differential equations, and probability/statistics.
  • To pursue in depth one field of mathematics, either pure or applied.
  • To become logical thinkers, able to construct a valid mathematical proof.
  • To become effective problem-solvers, and to learn how to effectively communicate one's results, orally and in writing.

Objectives

The Mathematics Program offers an academic and a teaching major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as an academic and teaching minor. The curriculum in mathematics meets the needs of students preparing to teach mathematics, students desiring to pursue non-teaching degrees in mathematics, students majoring in other academic disciplines who need a mathematics foundation, and students desiring practice in the art of logical and accurate thinking.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the academic or teaching majors and minors. Prerequisite courses must be satisfied with a grade of C- or better. Students enrolled in mathematics courses without the required prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

There are no LE requirements included as part of the Mathematics major.


Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Mathematics majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Mathematics Courses

15

MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics

4
4
4
3

III.

Upper Division Mathematics Courses

15

MATH 303 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus
MATH 340 History of Mathematics

4
4
4
3

IV.

Electives

16

Additional upper division mathematics course work

16

V.

Required Courses from Other Programs

8

CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science I
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Lab I

4
4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

62

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

22

MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 303 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 340 History of Mathematics

4
4
4
3
4
3

II.

Electives

7

Additional upper division mathematics course work

7

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

29

Teaching Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Mathematics Teaching major.

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE




4

 

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Mathematics Teaching majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

8

II.

Lower Division Mathematics Courses

19

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics

4
4
4
4
3

III.

Upper Division Mathematics Courses

21

MATH 303 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry
MATH 340 History of Mathematics
MATH 350 Teaching Methods, Secondary
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus

4
4
4
3
2
4

IV.

Electives

2

Additional upper division Mathematics course work

2

V.

Required Courses from Other Programs

4

CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science I

4

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR

54

Teaching Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

29

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry
MATH 350 Teaching Methods, Secondary

4
4
4
4
3
4
4
2

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR

29

Placement in Mathematics Courses

Proper placement in mathematics is critical, especially for students registering for a first college-level mathematics course. Information about placement in the beginning courses (MATH 085 - MATH 105) is contained in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of this catalog. Placement testing through the START Center may be helpful in determining proper placement.

For mathematics courses listing a MATH 105 prerequisite, that requirement may be satisfied in a variety of ways as described in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of this catalog. A member of the Mathematics faculty should be consulted for questions about mathematics placement.

Students receiving scores of 3, 4, or 5 on one of the calculus advanced placement examinations receive the following Westminster credit:

Exam

Score

Credit Given

Calculus AB

3

MATH 141 and 4 hours elective credit

4 - 5

MATH 141 and 201

Calculus BC

3

MATH 141 and 201

4 - 5

MATH 201 and 202