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Mathematics course catalog

2017-18

THOMAS E. BENGTSON, Professor
A.B., Augustana; Ph.D., California (San Diego)

JON M. CLAUSS, Professor
B.A., Indiana; M.S., Ph.D., Oregon

BRIAN KATZ, Associate Professor
B.A., Williams; Ph.D., Texas-Austin

MARY J. KILBRIDE, Adjunct Instructor
B.A., Saint Mary's; M.A.T., Vanderbilt

DIANE C. MUELLER, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A., Concordia; M.S., Illinois State

STACEY A. RODMAN, Associate Professor, Chair
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus; M.A., Ph.D. Oregon

FORREST STONEDAHL, Assistant Professor
B.A., Carleton College; M.S., Ph.D., Northwestern University

ANDREW SWARD, Assistant Professor
B.S., Northeastern University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois

MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS. 30 credits, including 16 at the 300-400 level, and including MATH-221, Math-340 and MATH-411; plus 0 to 4 credits for completion of a Senior Inquiry in mathematics.

Senior Inquiry in mathematics is satisfied by completing MATH-270, MATH-479 and one of MATH-470, MATH-471, MATH-474, MATH-477.

Those who studied calculus in high school may have satisfied, depending on their initial placement in college mathematics courses, up to 6 credits in 200-level courses.

Recommended supporting course (3 credits): CSC211.
Recommended supporting course (3 credits): PHIL-310.

MAJOR IN APPLIED MATHEMATICS. 42 to 46 credits, including MATH-219-220-221, MATH-230, MATH-315, MATH-329, MATH-336, MATH-338, CSC-211, one of MATH-316, MATH-343, MATH-340, MATH-411, work in applied disciplines, and completion of Senior Inquiry in mathematics. Senior Inquiry in mathematics is satisfied by completing MATH-270, MATH-479 and one of MATH-470, MATH-471, MATH-474, MATH-478. Work in applied disciplines is satisfied by either a breadth option or a depth option. The depth option is satisfied by nine credits with a single departmental designation from the choices listed and including the courses listed for that choice, which are ACCT-311 and ACCT-321; or BIOL-310 and BIOL-380; or BUSN-474; or CHEM-361 and CHEM-362; or CSC-310 and CSC-370; or ECON-301 and ECON-302; or GEOG-272 and GEOG-373; or GEOL-115 or GEOL-116 and two of three from GEOL-309, GEOL-330, GEOL-403; or PHYS-311 and PHYS-320. The breadth option is satisfied by three courses with three different department designations from ASTR-311, ASTR-315, BIOL-310, BIOL-380, BUSN-313, BUSN-331, CHEM-122, CSC-212, ECON-201, ECON-202, GEOG-272, GEOG-373, GEOG-374, GEOL-101, GEOL-115, GEOL-116, PHIL-312, PHYS-201. Those who studied calculus in high school may have satisfied, depending on their initial placement in college mathematics courses, up to 6 credits in 200-level courses.
Actuarial Science Note: Students who wish to pursue work in actuarial science should take MATH-316 to fulfill the Mathematics depth option. In addition, other recommended courses include BUSN-205 Business Writing, BUSN-301 Management, BUSN-321 Marketing, BUSN-331 Business Finance, COMM-104 Public Speaking, and CSC-212 Introduction to Computer Science II, ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics, and ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics.

MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION. 29 credits, including MATH-219-220, MATH-230, MATH-315, MATH-329, MATH-340, MATH-350, MATH-411, CSC-211, and completion of Senior Inquiry in mathematics. Senior Inquiry in mathematics is satisfied by completing MATH-270, INTR-EAD90, EDUC-422 and EDUC-450. (MATH-471 is not an option for teaching mathematics.)

MINOR IN MATHEMATICS. 18 credits, including 6 at the 300-400 level and including MATH-329. A typical course progression for a minor in mathematics would be MATH-219, 220, 230, 329 and two other courses, at least one at the 300-400 level. A student who places out of MATH-219 or 220 should consult with a math advisor about coursework for the minor.

The courses 218-219-220-221 form the pre-calculus/calculus sequence. Commercially available software is integrated into 219, 220, and 221.  A graphing calculator is generally required for 218, 219 and 220.  The department uses the Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus in 218 and 219 and the TI-89 Titanium in 220 and other courses. (Students planning to take 220 may use the TI-89 in 218 and 219, so need not purchase both.)

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.


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