2009-2010 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, Jonas D’Andrea, Liz Herrick, Sean Raleigh, 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 co-curricular opportunities for student leadership and collaboration.
5. Career Planning
  a. To learn about career opportunities in mathematics and related fields.
6. Global Consciousness, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Awareness
  a. To engage the community through service learning and other opportunities.

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 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 thinking.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses (excluding 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 Credit Hours
The Physical Sciences LE requirement is fulfilled by PHYS 211 but not by AP Physics credit.

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 16
  MATH 201 Calculus I
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics I
(4)
4
4
4
4
III. Upper Division Mathematics Courses 11
  MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus
MATH 340 History of Mathematics
MATH 385 ETS Exam
4
4
3
0
IV. Electives 16
  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 8
  CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Lab I (or 4 or 5 on the AP Physics Exam)
4
4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 59

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 college-wide requirements for graduation. See the appropriate section of this catalog for details.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MATH 201 (if needed)
CMPT 201
MATH 202
MATH 210
Sophomore Year MATH 203
PHYS 211
MATH 204
MATH elective
(upper division)
Junior Year MATH elective
(upper division)
MATH 312
MATH elective
(upper division)
Senior Year MATH 321
MATH elective
(upper division)
MATH 340
MATH 385

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 19
  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
MATH 340 History of Mathematics
(4)
4
4
4
4
3
II. Electives 7
  Additional upper division mathematics course work 7
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 26

Teaching Major

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
There are no LE requirements included as part of the Mathematics teaching major.

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 16
  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
(4)
4
4
4
4
III. Upper Division Mathematics Courses 21
  EDUC 387 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Math
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus
MATH 340 History of Mathematics
MATH 385 ETS Exam
3
4
4
4
4
3
0
IV. Electives 2
  Additional upper division Mathematics course work 2
V. Required Courses from Other Programs 4
  CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science 4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR 52

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 college-wide requirements for graduation. See the appropriate section of this catalog for details.

Recommended Plan of Study for Teaching Majors

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year MATH 201 (if needed)
CMPT 201
MATH 202
MATH 210
Sophomore Year MATH 203
MATH 314 or MATH 310
MATH 204
Junior Year EDUC 387
MATH 314 or MATH 310
MATH 312
MATH 340
Senior Year MATH 321
MATH elective
(upper division)
MATH 385

Teaching Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 27
  EDUC 387 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Math
MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed)
MATH 202 Calculus II
MATH 204 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry
3
(4)
4
4
4
4
4
4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 27

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 freshman-level 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