Mathematics

Faculty: Bill Bynum, Jonas D’Andrea,  Kenan Ince, Sean Raleigh, Richard Wellman, Janine Wittwer, Holly Zullo

Program Goals

Critical, Analytical, and Integrative Thinking

  • To become effective problem solvers.
  • In more advanced courses, to learn to read and construct valid mathematical proofs.
  • To learn appropriate uses of technology at all levels.
  • For majors, to achieve competency in the core curriculum of mathematics sufficient for success in a graduate program.

Creative and Reflective Capacities

  • To gain an understanding of the historical development of mathematics and its role in the history of human civilization.
  • To gain a greater appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.

Writing and Other Communication Skills

  • To learn how to effectively communicate one’s mathematical ideas, both in writing and orally.

Leadership, Collaboration, and Teamwork

  • To offer curricular and co-curricular opportunities for student leadership and collaboration.

Career Planning

  • To learn about career opportunities in mathematics and related fields.

Global Consciousness, Social Responsibility, and Ethical Awareness

  • 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 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 world language requirement) required for both the academic major and minors and the teaching minors. For students seeking a mathematics teaching Level 2 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 Students enrolled in mathematics courses without the required prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.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:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore requirements

Mathematics Major

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Mathematics majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Lower Division Courses 24
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) – offered every semester Math 105
MATH 201 Calculus I  (if needed) (4)—offered every semester MATH 142  or MATH 143  or consent of instructor or placement test
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester MATH 201 or placement test
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)—offered every fall MATH 202
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)—offered every semester
WCSAM 203 Linear Algebra (4)—offered every fall
III. Upper Division Courses 10
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra (4)—offered every spring MATH 203, 210, either Math 211 or WCSAM 203
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus (4)—offered every fall MATH 203, 210, either Math 211 or WCSAM 203, and junior/senior standing
MATH 485 Senior Seminar (2)—offered every spring senior standing or consent of instructor
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
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Lab I (4)
(or 4 or 5 on the AP Physics Exam)
MATH 141–142 or 143 , co-requisites: MATH 201-202
Choose four credits from the following list:
  • CMPT 201 Introduction to Computer Science (4)—offered every fall
co-requisite: MATH 105
  • BIOL 370 Scientific Computing (4)
PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201
  • CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (4)
PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201
  • PHYS 370 Scientific Computing (4)
PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201
TOTAL HOURS FOR MATHEMATICS MAJOR 65

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

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
DATA 220


WCSAM 203  or MATH 211
MATH elective (upper division)

Junior Year

MATH elective (upper division)
PHYS 211


MATH 312
MATH elective (upper division)

Senior Year

MATH 321
MATH elective (upper division)


MATH 485


Mathematics Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 20
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) – offered every semester MATH 105
MATH 201 Calculus I   (if needed) (4)—offered every semester MATH 142  or MATH 143  or consent of instructor or placement test
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester MATH 201  or placement test
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)—offered every semester
WCSAM 203 Linear Algebra (4)—offered every fall
II. Elective Courses 11
Chosen from MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus, and upper division
mathematics coursework (11)
TOTAL HOURS FOR MATHEMATICS MINOR 31

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.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 10–12
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)—offered every semester MATH 142 or MATH 143  or consent of
instructor or placement test
WCSAM 203 Linear Algebra (4)—offered every fall
Take one of the following courses:
  • DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4) – offered every semester
MATH 105
  • MATH 306 Introduction to Statistical Methods (2)—offered every odd May term
MATH 201
II. Upper Division Courses 4
Take one of the following courses, from any of the groups:
Computation
BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 370 Scientific Computing (4) PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201
CMPT 306 Algorithms and Data Structures (4)—offered every fall CMPT 202; MATH 210
MATH 362 Topics in Applied Mathematics (4) MATH 201; and WCSAM 203 or Math 211 or PHYS 309
Economics/Finance
ECON 499 Introduction to Econometrics (4)—offered every fall ECON 253, 263; MATH 141, and either MATH 150 or DATA 220
FINC 305 Investments and Analysis (4) FINC 300
Science
MATH 363 Differential Equations (4)—offered every even spring MATH 202
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics (4) MATH 202; PHYS 211
Statistics
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4)—offered every fall MATH 202
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4) DATA 220
PUBH 305 Epidemiology (4) PUBH 101, 210
III. Electives 10
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)—offered every semester MATH 201 or placement test
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)—offered every fall MATH 202
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)—offered every semester
MATH 308 Putnam Seminar (1)—offered every fall MATH 211 or WCSAM 203
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4)—offered every odd fall MATH 202
MATH 311 Linear Algebra II (4) MATH  210 and Math211 or WCSAM 203
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus (4)—offered every fall MATH 203, 210, and Math211 or WCSAM 203, junior/senior standing
MATH 362 Topics in Applied Mathematics (4)—offered every fall MATH 201; and MATH 211 or WCSAM 203 or PHYS 309
MATH 363 Differential Equations (4)—offered every even spring 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 APPLIED MINOR 24–26

Elementary Teaching Minor (Level II)

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 24-27
EDUC 387 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Math (3)
MATH 141 College Algebra (if needed) (4) MATH 105 or placement test
MATH 201 Calculus I (4) MATH 142 or MATH 143 or consent of instructor or placement test
Take one course from each of the following groups:
  • DATA 150 Data and Society (4) or
    DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)
MATH 105
  • MATH 142 Trigonometry (if needed) (2) or
    MATH 143 Precalculus (if needed) (4)
MATH 141 or placement test
Take two of the following courses:
  • MATH 120 Quantitative Reasoning (4)
MATH 105 or placement test
  • MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)
  • MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry (4)
MATH 201 and
Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 210
  • MATH 340 History of Mathematics (3)
MATH 202, 210
TOTAL HOURS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHING MINOR 24-27

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 100–MATH 143) 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 have the prerequisite satisfied in a variety of ways as described in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Students receiving scores of  4 or 5 on one of the calculus advanced placement examinations receive the following Westminster credit:

Exam Score Credit Given
Statistics AP 4-5 4 elective credits
Calculus AB 4–5 MATH 201 (4 credits)
Calculus BC 4–5 MATH 201 and MATH 202  (8 credits)
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