2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Mathematics - Bachelor of Arts (30+ credits)

(30-31 credits plus 9-10 credits of experiential learning)

Mathematics is a discipline of interconnected concepts that focus on pattern, quantity, space, and change. Through mathematics, we can better understand, represent, and solve problems in our world. A primary goal of the mathematics major is to help students develop habits of mind that enable them to look at real-world problems with a critical and analytical eye, and to take appropriate action. Students in the major will encounter the challenging, creative, and empowering ideas of mathematics that make this discipline an exceptional achievement of the human mind.

This major is directly linked to the mission of the University as it provides a powerful set of tools that enables students to participate more fully as citizens and in the role of social activists. The program is designed with the following principles:

  • Mathematics is relevant. Full participation in today's complex world requires deep understanding of mathematics. Courses focus on describing, modeling, and analyzing real-life situations.
  • Mathematics is meaningful. Students are expected to construct mathematical meaning and to communicate their ideas effectively in several representational forms: numerical, graphical, analytical, verbal.
  • Mathematics is a laboratory discipline in that it emphasizes students' collaborative involvement in mathematical investigations.
  • Mathematics increases students' career options. Greater participation in mathematical careers is a critical goal of the program. All students in the major complete related field experiences or internships.
  • Mathematics evolves with technological advances. Teaching and learning mathematics is optimized in a technology-rich environment.

Learning Goals for the Mathematics Major:

I. To develop an appreciation of the power, beauty, and utility of mathematics

  • Use mathematics to model real-life problems in the sciences and other disciplines
  • Conduct a real-world mathematical study
  • Demonstrate a sociocultural perspective of mathematics including how mathematics provides a lens on global issues, cultural concerns, and social responsibility

II. To develop a grounding in critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving

  • Generate, collect, and organize information systematically
  • Analyze and construct logical arguments
  • Discover patterns, formulate conjectures, and construct appropriate models through exploration and experimentation

III. To develop an understanding of both theoretical and applied mathematics

  • Conceptually justify mathematical procedures
  • Apply the conceptual ideas and skills of calculus
  • Interpret and apply statistical methods
  • Use, evaluate, and choose appropriate technology to explore and solve mathematical problems

IV. To develop the ability to communicate and justify mathematical concepts and solution strategies

  • Connect multiple representations of mathematical ideas (e.g. graphs, tables, formulas, situations)
  • Read, write, and create mathematical justifications using correct mathematical terminology and symbols
  • Engage in mathematical discourse, work in collaborative teams, and reflect on the mathematical ideas of others

V. To develop the ability to pursue future careers and learning

  • Gain mathematical skills necessary for entry into the job market, graduate program, or civic engagement
  • Apply mathematical knowledge within field placements
  • Seek opportunities to grow professionally, explore current scholarship, and reflect on one’s own practice

Degree Requirements

I. Required Courses (12 Credits):

CMATH 1990Concepts and Applications of Calculus I

3

CMATH 2590Concepts and Applications of Calculus II

3

CMATH 3522Inferential Statistics

3

Choose ONE:

CMATH 4550Directed Research Capstone: Math

3

CNSCI 4550Directed Research Capstone: Science

3

II. Electives (18-19 Credits):

Choose six courses from categories A and B (except as noted). At least one of the courses in Category A must be at the 3000 level or above.

Students preparing to be High School Mathematics teachers:

  • Must take all the courses marked with single or double asterisks (6 courses)

Students preparing to be Middle School Mathematics teachers:

  • May take all 6 courses from Category A or no more than one course from Category B,

    AND

  • Must take Discrete Mathematics and Topics in Geometry (courses marked with single asterisks)”

All other students:

  • May take all 6 courses from Category A or no more than two courses from Category B

Category A:

CMATH 1501Problem Solving

3

CMATH 2140Discrete Mathematics

3

CMATH 1522Introduction to Statistics

3

CMATH 1590Patterns and Functions

3

CMATH 2144Topics in Geometry

3

CMATH 2150Number Theory

3

CMATH 2990Multivariable Calculus

3

CMATH 3000Transition to Abstract Mathematics through Number Theory

3

CMATH 3001Mathematics in Context

3

CMATH 4200Abstract Algebra

3

CMATH 4089Practicum in Curriculum and Procedures

3

CMATH 2140 and CMATH 2144: Must be completed by middle school and secondary education majors

CMATH 2105, CMATH 2990, CMATH 3001, and CMATH 4200: Must be completed by secondary education majors

Category B:

CMGMT 3440Not-for-Profit Management

3

CMGMT 2457Managerial Accounting

3

CMGMT 3460Corporate Finance I

3

CNSCI 4550Directed Research Capstone: Science

3

CPHYS 1250Physics I with Lab: Forces, Sound, Momentum & Energy

4

CSOCS 3444Research Methods in the Social Sciences

3

III. Internship (6-12 credits):

(NOT required for Education majors or students who move from an education licensure program to an education minor.)

Working with his/her advisor and the Internship Office, each student develops an individual plan for applying his or her mathematical knowledge to the professional world. For example, a student may want to apply mathematics in an internship that emphasizes the gathering and organizing of data to model, understand, and solve social and scientific problems. A student might also choose to apply his/her mathematical skills in profit or non-profit financial arenas.

CNSCI 3100Internship and Seminar

3-6

CNSCI 4100Research Internship and Seminar

3-6

Total credits for students without a professional major or minor 39-40 credits.