2012  2013 Mathematics Program (MATH)
Objectives  Program Requirements  Academic Major  Plan of Study  Academic Minor  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 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 minors. For students seeking a mathematics teaching Level 2, Level 3 or Level 4 endorsement, 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  


II. Lower Division Mathematics Courses  16  


III. Upper Division Mathematics Courses  13  


IV. Electives  15  


V. Required Courses from Other Programs  8  


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR  60 
By choosing MATH 310, MATH 314, and MATH 363 as electives, a student with an Educator License is eligible for a Mathematics Level 4 Endorsement.
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  15  


II. Electives  11  
Chosen from MATH 203, Multivariate Calculus, and upper division mathematics coursework  
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR  26 
Applied Minor
Students may count credit hours in sections I and II below toward this minor and toward completion of a major. In other words, this is an exception to the college policy that disallows doublecounting of elective courses, in general.
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  
I. Required Courses  1012  


II. Upper Division Courses  4  
Choose one of the following courses, from any of the groups:


III. Electives  10  


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE APPLIED MINOR  2426 
Secondary Teaching Minor (Level 3)
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  
I. Required Courses  24  


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SECONDARY TEACHING MINOR  24 
Elementary Teaching Minor (Level 2)
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  
I. Required Courses  1819  


TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHING MINOR  1819 
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 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 