2013–2014 Mathematics Program (MATH)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Applied Minor Secondary Teaching Minor | Elementary Teaching Minor | Placement | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Bill Bynum, Carolyn Connell, Jonas D’Andrea, Liz Herrick, Sean Raleigh, Richard Wellman, Janine Wittwer, Holly Zullo

Program Goals

Critical, Analytical, and Integrative Thinking

Creative and Reflective Capacities

Writing and Other Communication Skills

Leadership, Collaboration, and Teamwork

Career Planning

Global Consciousness, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Awareness

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 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 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 Students enrolled in mathematics courses without the required prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Mathematics major:

Academic Major


Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses 15  
The Physical Sciences LE requirement is fulfilled by PHYS 211 but not by AP Physics credit.    

 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8  

Mathematics majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.

   
II. Lower Division Mathematics Courses 16  
MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed) (4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of instructor or placement test
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester   MATH 201 (LE) or 201B (LE) or placement test
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)—offered every fall   MATH 202
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)   MATH 201 (LE)
MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra (4)   MATH 201 (LE)
III. Upper Division Mathematics Courses 13  
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra (4)—offered every spring   MATH 203, 210, 211
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus (4)—offered every fall   MATH 203, 210, 211, junior/senior standing
MATH 340 History of Mathematics (3)—offered every spring   MATH 202, 210
MATH 485 Senior Seminar (2)   senior standing or consent of instructor, see course description
IV. Electives 15  

Additional upper division mathematics coursework (15)
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 (4)—offered ever fall
or
  co-requisite: MATH 105
BIOL 370 Scientific Computing (4)
or
  PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201 (LE), see course description
CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (4)
or
  PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201 (LE), see course description
PHYS 370 Scientific Computing (4)   PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201 (LE), see course description
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Lab I (4)
(or 4 or 5 on the AP Physics Exam)
  MATH 141–142 (LE), co-requisites: MATH 201-202 (LE)
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

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.

 

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 Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 15  
MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed) (4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of
instructor or placement test
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester   MATH 201 (LE) or 201B (LE) or placement test
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)—offered every semester   MATH 201 (LE)
MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra (4)   MATH 201 (LE)
MATH 340 History of Mathematics (3—offered every spring  

MATH 202, 210

II. Elective Courses 11  
Chosen from MATH 203, Multivariate Calculus, and upper division
mathematics coursework (11)
   
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 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 double-counting of elective courses, in general.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 10–12  
Choose one of these:    
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences (4)   MATH 141 (LE)
MATH 306 Introduction to Statistical Methods (2)   MATH 201 (LE)
Choose one of these:    
MATH 201 Calculus I, LE (4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of
instructor or placement test
MATH 201B Calculus for the Life Sciences(4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of
instructor or placement test
MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra (4)   MATH 201 (LE)
II. Upper Division Courses 4  
Choose one of the following courses, from any of the groups:    
Statistics:    
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)   MATH 150 (LE)
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4)   MATH 202
Economics/Finance:    
ECON 499 Introduction to Econometrics (4)—offered fall   ECON 253 (LE), 263; MATH 141 (LE), 150 (LE)
FINC 305 Investments and Analysis (4)   FINC 300
Science:    
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics (4)   MATH 202; PHYS 211
MATH 363 Differential Equations (4)   MATH 202
Computation:    
CMPT 306 Algorithms and Data Structures (4)—offered fall   CMPT 202; MATH 210
MATH 362 Topics in Applied Mathematics (4)   MATH 201 (LE), 211, or MATH 201 (LE), PHYS 309
III. Electives 10  
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester   MATH 201 (LE) or 201B (LE) or placement test
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)—offered every fall   MATH 202
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)—offered every semester   MATH 201 (LE)
MATH 308 Putnam Seminar (1)—offered every fall   MATH 211, junior/senior standing
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4)   MATH 202
MATH 311 Linear Algebra II (4)   MATH 201 (LE), 210, 211
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus (4)—offered every fall   MATH 203, 210, 211, junior/senior standing
MATH 362 Topics in Applied Mathematics (4)   MATH 201 (LE), 211, or MATH 201, PHYS 309
MATH 363 Differential Equations (4)   MATH 202
MATH 300 Special Topics designated as applied math topics
Other MATH course work as approved by the program chair.
  consent of instructor
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE APPLIED MINOR 24–26  

Secondary Teaching Minor (Level 3)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 24  
MATH 201 Calculus I (if needed) (4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of
instructor or placement test
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester   MATH 202 (LE) or 201B (LE)
or placement test
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)—offered every semester   MATH 201 (LE)
MATH 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra (4)   MATH 201 (LE)
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4)   MATH 202
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra (4)—offered every spring   MATH 203, 210, 211
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry (4)   MATH 201 (LE), pre- or co-requisite: MATH 210
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE SECONDARY TEACHING MINOR 24  

Elementary Teaching Minor (Level 2)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 18–19  
EDUC 387 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Math (3)   consent of instructor
MATH 141 College Algebra (if needed) (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 142 Trigonometry (if needed) (2)—offered every semester   MATH 141 (LE) or placement test
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics (4)—offered every semester   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)—offered every semester   MATH 142 (LE) or consent of
instructor or placement test
Choose two of these:    
MATH 120 Quantitative Reasoning, LE (4)   MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)—offered every semester   MATH 201 (LE)
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry (4)   MATH 201, pre- or co-requisite: MATH 210
MATH 340 History of Mathematics (3)—offered every spring   MATH 202, 210
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHING MINOR 18–19  

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 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
4–5

 

MATH 141 plus 4 hours elective credit
MATH 141 and 201
Calculus BC 3
4–5
MATH 141 and 201
MATH 201 and 202