2005  2006 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 achieve 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 greater 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
the academic major and minor. For the teaching major and the teaching 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prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.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 "Group 2: Physical Sciences" LE requirement is fulfilled
by meeting major requirements (PHY 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 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics I


III.

Upper Division Mathematics Courses



MATH 303 Multivariate Calculus
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 
4 

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


MATH 
210 
Discrete Math I 
4 

Sophomore Year

MATH 
204 
Linear Alg/Dif Equat 
4 

MATH 
303 
Multivariate Calcul. 
4 
CMPT 
201 
Intro to Cmpt Science 
4 

MATH 
340 
History of Math. 
3 









Junior Year

Courses from Group A 

MATH 
312 
Abstract Algebra 
4 





Courses from Group B 






Senior Year

MATH 
321 
Advanced Calculus 
4 

MATH 
385 
ETS Exam 
0 
Courses from Group A 

Courses from Group B 
Group A
Upper division courses offered Fall semester
Even numbered years: 
MATH 
311 
Linear Algebra II 

MATH 
314 
Foundations of Geometry





Odd numbered years: 
MATH 
363 
Differential Equations II 

MATH 
310 
Probability and Statistics 
Group B
Upper division courses offered Spring semester
Even numbered years: 
MATH 
360 
Discrete Mathematics II





Odd numbered years: 
MATH 
323 
Real and Complex Analysis 

MATH 
362 
Numerical Analysis

Academic Minor
Requirement Description


I.

Required Courses



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


III.

Upper Division Mathematics Courses



MATH 303 Multivariate Calculus
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


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
Fall


Spring

Freshman Year

MATH 
201 
Calculus I 
4 

MATH 
202 
Calculus II 
4 





MATH 
210 
Discrete Math I 
4 









Sophomore Year

MATH 
204 
Linear Alg/Dif Equat 
4 

MATH 
303 
Multivariate Calcul. 
4 
MATH 
310 
Probability & Stats 
4 

MATH 
340 
History of Math. 
3 

(if oddnumbered year) 





MATH 
314 
Found of Geometry 
4 






(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 
310 
Probability & Stats 
4 






(if oddnumbered year) 





MATH 
314 
Found of Geometry 
4 






(if evennumbered year) 














Senior Year

MATH 
321 
Advanced Calculus 
4 

MATH 
385 
ETS Exam 
0 
Teaching Minor
Requirement Description


I.

Required Courses



MATH 201 Calculus I
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 105) 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

