2006  2007 Mathematics Program (MATH)
Program Goals  Objectives
 Program Requirements  Academic
Major  Plan of Study  Academic
Minor  Teaching Major  Teaching
Minor  Placement  Course
Descriptions
Faculty: Bill Bynum, Carolyn Connell, Liz Herrick, Richard Wellman, Janine
Wittwer
Program Goals
1.

Critical, Analytical, and Integrative Thinking


a.
b.
c.
d.

To become effective problem solvers.
In more advanced courses, to learn to read and construct valid mathematical
proofs.
To learn appropriate uses of technology at all levels.
For majors, to acheive competency in the core curriculum of mathematics
sufficient for success in a graduate program.

2.

Creative and Reflective Capacities


a.
b.

To gain an understanding of the historical development of mathematics
and its role in the history of human civilization.
To gain a greateer appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.

3.

Writing and Other Communication Skills


a.

To learn how to effectively communicate one's mathematical ideas, both
in writing and orally.

4.

Leadership, Collaboration, and Teamwork


a.

To offer curricular and cocurricular opportunities for student leadership
and collaboration.

5.

Career Planning


a.

To learn about career opportunities in mathematical and related fields.

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 at Westminster meets the needs of students preparing to teach mathematics, students planning on graduate studies, students desiring to pursue nonteaching degrees in mathematics, students majoring in other academic disciplines who need a mathematics foundation, and students desiring practice in the art of logical thinking.
Program Requirements
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for both the academic major and minor and the teaching major and minor. Also for the teaching major and minor, each course grade must be at least C. No more than six (6) credit hours from May term courses may be applied to the elective upper division mathematics requirement for the academic major. 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 Students enrolled in mathematics courses without the required prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.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


The Physical Sciences LE requirement is fulfilled by meeting major requirements
(PHYS 211).

Requirement Description


I.

Foreign Language Requirement



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


II.

Lower Division Mathematics Courses



MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics I


III.

Upper Division Mathematics Courses



MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus
MATH 340 History of Mathematics
MATH 385 ETS Exam


IV.

Electives



Additional upper division mathematics course work
Students may apply at most six credits of May term hours toward the upper
division elective requirement.


V.

Required Courses from Other Programs



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


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR


Recommended Plan of Study for Mathematics Majors
Listed below is a recommended plan of study for completing the mathematics
course requirements. Students must also meet collegewide requirements for graduation.
See the appropriate section of this catalog for details.
Fall


Spring

Freshman Year

MATH 
201 
Calculus I (if needed) 
(4) 

MATH 
202 
Calculus II 
4 
PHYS 
211 
Physics for Scientists & Engineers and Lab I 
4 

MATH 
210 
Discrete Math I 
4 

Sophomore Year

MATH 
203 
Multivariate Calcul. 
4 

MATH 
204 
Linear Alg/Dif Equat 
4 
CMPT 
201 
Intro to Cmpt Science 
4 

Upper division math elective 









Junior Year

Upper division math electives 

MATH 
312 
Abstract Algebra 
4 





Upper division math elective 






Senior Year

MATH 
321 
Advanced Calculus 
4 

MATH 
340 
History of Math. 
3 
Upper division math elective 

MATH 
385 
ETS Exam 
0 
Upper Division Electives
Every Fall semester: MATH 308
Every Spring semester: MATH 360
Fall semester evennumbered years: MATH 311, 314
Spring semester evennumbered years: MATH 310, 323, 362
Fall semester oddnumbered years: MATH 363
Academic Minor
Requirement Description


I.

Required Courses



MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics I
MATH 340 History of Mathematics


II.

Electives



Additional upper division mathematics course work


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR


Teaching Major
Liberal Education Courses


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

Requirement Description


I.

Foreign Language Requirement



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


II.

Lower Division Mathematics Courses



MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed)
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics I


III.

Upper Division Mathematics Courses



MATH 310 Probability and Statistics
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus
MATH 340 History of Mathematics
MATH 350 Teaching Methods, Secondary
MATH 385 ETS Exam


IV.

Electives



Additional upper division Mathematics course work


V.

Required Courses from Other Programs



CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science I


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR


Recommended Plan of Study for Teaching Majors
Listed below is a recommended plan of study for completing the mathematics
course requirements. Students must also complete school of education and collegewide
requirements for graduation. See the appropriate section of this catalog for
details.
Fall


Spring

Freshman Year

MATH 
201 
Calculus I (if needed) 
(4) 

MATH 
202 
Calculus II 
4 





MATH 
210 
Discrete Math I 
4 









Sophomore Year

MATH 
203 
Multivariate Calcul. 
4 

MATH 
204 
Linear Alg/Dif Equat 
4 
MATH 
314 
Found of Geometry 
4 

MATH 
310 
Probability & Stats 
4 

(if evennumbered year) 


(if evennumbered year) 
CMPT 
201 
Intro to Cmpt Science 
4 














Junior Year

MATH 
350 
Meth of Teach Math 
2 

MATH 
312 
Abstract Algebra 
4 
MATH 
314 
Found of Geometry 
4 

MATH 
310 
Probability & Stats 
4 

(if evennumbered year) 


(if evennumbered year) 





MATH 
340 
History of Math. 
3 









Senior Year

MATH 
321 
Advanced Calculus 
4 

MATH 
385 
ETS Exam 
0 
Upper division math elective 
2 





Teaching Minor
Requirement Description


I.

Required Courses



MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed)
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics I
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry
MATH 350 Teaching Methods, Secondary


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR


Placement in Mathematics Courses
A member of the mathematics faculty should be consulted for any questions about
placement in mathematics courses.
Proper placement in mathematics is critical, especially for students registering for a freshmanlevel mathematics course. Information about placement in the beginning courses (MATH 095  MATH 141) is contained in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of this catalog. Placement testing through the START Center may be helpful for proper placement.
Mathematics courses listing MATH 105 as a prerequisite may be satisfied in
a variety of ways as described in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section
of this catalog.
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

