2011  2012 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
 Critical, Analytical, and Integrative Thinking
a. To become effective problem solvers.
b. In more advanced courses, to learn to read and construct valid mathematical proofs.
c. To learn appropriate uses of technology at all levels.
d. For majors, to achieve competency in the core curriculum of mathematics sufficient for success in a graduate program.  Creative and Reflective Capacities
a. To gain an understanding of the historical development of mathematics and its role in the history of human civilization.
b. To gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.  Writing and Other Communication Skills
a. To learn how to effectively communicate one's mathematical ideas, both in writing and orally.  Leadership, Collaboration, and Teamwork
a. To offer curricular and cocurricular opportunities for student leadership and collaboration.  Career Planning
a. To learn about career opportunities in mathematics and related fields.  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 major, minor, and applied minor as well as a secondary teaching major and minor and an elementary 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 (excluding the foreign language requirement) required for both the academic major and minors and the teaching major and minors. Also for the teaching major and minors, 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 210 Discrete Mathematics MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra 
(4) 4 4 4 4 

III.  Upper Division Mathematics Courses  13 
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra MATH 321 Advanced Calculus MATH 340 History of Mathematics MATH 485 Senior Seminar 
4 4 3 2 

IV.  Electives  15 
Additional upper division mathematics coursework Students may apply at most six credits of May term hours toward the upper division elective requirement. 
15  
V.  Required Courses from Other Programs  8 
CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Lab I (or a 4 or 5 on the AP Physics Exam) 
4 4 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR  60 
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.
Fall Semester  Spring Semester  
Freshman Year  MATH 201 (if needed) CMPT 201 
MATH 202 MATH 210 
Sophomore Year  MATH 203 PHYS 211 
MATH 211 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 485 
Academic Minor
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  
I.  Required Courses  19 
MATH 201 Calculus I MATH 202 Calculus II MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra MATH 340 History of Mathematics 
4 4 4 4 3 

II.  Electives  7 
Chosen from MATH 203, Multivariate Calculus, and upper division mathematics coursework  
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR  26 
Applied Minor
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  
I.  Required Courses  1012 
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics (4) or MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences (4) or MATH 306 Introduction to Statistical Methods (2) MATH 201 Calculus I MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra 
24 4 4 

II.  Electives  14 
MATH 202 Calculus II (4) MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4) MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4) MATH 308 Putnam Seminar (may be taken twice for credit) (1) MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4) MATH 311 Linear Algebra II (4) MATH 362 Topics in Applied Mathematics (4) MATH 363 Differential Equations (4) MATH 300 Special Topics designated as applied math topics 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE APPLIED MINOR  2426 
Secondary Teaching Major (Level 4)
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 210 Discrete Mathematics MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra 
(4) 4 4 4 4 

III.  Upper Division Mathematics Courses  25 
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics MATH 312 Abstract Algebra MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry MATH 321 Advanced Calculus MATH 340 History of Mathematics MATH 363 Differential Equations MATH 485 Senior Seminar 
4 4 4 4 3 4 2 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MAJOR  49 
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.
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.
Fall Semester  Spring Semester  
Freshman Year  MATH 201 (if needed)  MATH 202 MATH 210 
Sophomore Year  MATH 203 MATH 314 or MATH 310 
MATH 211 MATH 340 or MATH 363 
Junior Year  MATH 314 or MATH 310  MATH 312 MATH 340 or MATH 363 MATH 485 
Senior Year  MATH 321 
Secondary Teaching Minor (Level 3)
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  
I.  Required Courses  24 
MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed) MATH 202 Calculus II MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra MATH 310 Probability and Statistics MATH 312 Abstract Algebra MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry 
(4) 4 4 4 4 4 4 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SECONDARY TEACHING MINOR  24 
Elementary Teaching Minor (Level 2)
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  
I.  Required Courses  2627 
EDUC 220 Math for K6 Teachers I EDUC 221 Math for K6 Teachers II EDUC 387 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Math MATH 141 College Algebra (if needed) MATH 142 Trigonometry MATH 150 Elementary Statistics MATH 201 Calculus I Choose two of the following three courses: 78 MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4) MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry (4) MATH 340 History of Mathematics (3) 
3 3 3 (4) 2 4 4 78 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHING MINOR  2627 
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 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 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 plus 4 hours elective credit 

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

45 
MATH 201 and 202 