20082009 Mathematics Program (MATH)
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 (not including the foreign language requirement) 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 Students enrolled in mathematics courses without the required prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.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 PHYS 211 but not by AP Physics credit. 
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 coursework
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 (or 4 or 5 on the AP Physics Exam) 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 

Recommended Plan of Study for Mathematics Majors
Listed below is a suggested plan of study for completing the mathematics course requirements. Students should check with their advisors at least once a year as course offerings may change from what is listed. Students must also meet collegewide requirements for graduation. See the appropriate section of this catalog for details.

Fall Semester 
Spring Semester 
Freshman Year 
MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed)
CMPT 201 Intro to Cmpt Sci 
(4)
4 
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 210 Discrete Math I 
4
4 
Sophomore Year 
MATH 203 Multivariate Calc
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Lab I

4
4

MATH 204 Linear Alg/Dif Eq
Upper division math elective

4
4 
Junior Year 
Upper division math elective 
4 
MATH 312 Abrstract Algebra
Upper division math electives 
4
4 
Senior Year 
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus
Upper division math electives 
4
4 
MATH 340 History of Math
MATH 385 ETS Exam 
3
0 
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 suggested plan of study for completing the mathematics course requirements. Students should check with their advisors at least once a year as course offerings may change from what is listed. Students must also complete school of education and collegewide requirements for graduation. See the appropriate section of this catalog for details.

Fall Semester 
Spring Semester 
Freshman Year 
MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed)
CMPT 201 Intro to Cmpt Sci 
(4)
4 
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 210 Discrete Math I 
4
4 
Sophomore Year 
MATH 203 Multivariate Calc
MATH 314 Found of Geometry (4)
or
MATH 310 Probability & Stats (4)

4
4

MATH 204 Linear Alg/Dif Eq

4

Junior Year 
MATH 350 Meth of Teach Math
MATH 314 Found of Geometry (4)
or
MATH 310 Probability & Stats (4) 
2
4 
MATH 312 Abrstract Algebra 4
MATH 340 History of Math 3 
4
3

Senior Year 
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus
Upper division math electives 
4
2

MATH 385 ETS Exam 
0 
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 095MATH 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 

45 
MATH 141 and 201 
Calculus BC 
3 
MATH 141 and 201 

45 
MATH 201 and 202 
