Mathematics
Faculty: Spencer Bagley, Bill Bynum, Jonas D’Andrea (chair), Kenan Ince, Sean Raleigh, Bianca Thompson, Janine Wittwer
Program Goals
Critical 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.
Creativity
 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.
Collaboration
 To offer curricular and cocurricular opportunities for student leadership and collaboration.
Communication
 To learn how to effectively communicate one’s mathematical ideas, both in writing and orally.
Global Responsibility
 To engage the community through service learning and other opportunities.
Career Planning
 To learn about career opportunities in mathematics and related fields.
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 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 world language requirement) required for both the academic major and minors and the teaching minors. For students seeking a mathematics teaching Level 2 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 Students enrolled in mathematics courses without the required prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.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 collegewide 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)  
MATH 201 Calculus I (4) (if needed)  MATH 144 or placement test  
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)  MATH 201 or placement test  
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)  MATH 202  
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)  
WCSAM 203 Linear Algebra (4)  
III. Upper Division Courses  10  
MATH 312 Abstract Algebra (4)  MATH 210  
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus (4)  MATH 201, 210  
MATH 485 Senior Seminar (2) OR
WCSAM 400 Science Capstone (2) (by advisor approval) 
Senior standing or consent of instructor  
IV. Electives  15  
Additional upperdivision coursework in MATH or DATA (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 I and Lab (4) (or 4 or 5 on the AP Physics Exam) 
MATH 144, corequisite: MATH 201  
Choose four credits from the following list:  

corequisite: MATH 101  

PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201  

PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201  

PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201  
TOTAL HOURS FOR MATHEMATICS MAJOR  65 
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 collegewide requirements for graduation.
Fall Semester  Spring Semester  
Freshman Year  MATH 201 (if needed) CMPT 201 
MATH 202 MATH 210 
Sophomore Year 
MATH 203 
WCSAM 203 
Junior Year 
MATH elective (upper division) 
MATH 312 
Senior Year 
MATH 321 
MATH 485 or WCSAM 400 
Mathematics Minor
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  Prerequisites 
I. Required Courses  20  
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)  
MATH 201 Calculus I (4) (if needed)  MATH 144 or placement test  
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)  MATH 201 or placement test  
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)  
WCSAM 203 Linear Algebra (4)  
II. Elective Courses  7  
Chosen from MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus, and upperdivision coursework in MATH or DATA (7)  
TOTAL HOURS FOR MATHEMATICS MINOR  27 
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.
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  Prerequisites 
I. Required Courses  12  
DATA 220 Introduction to Statistics (4)  
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)  MATH 144 or placement test  
WCSAM 203 Linear Algebra (4)  
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 (4)  CMPT 202, MATH 210  
MATH 362 Topics in Applied Mathematics (4)  MATH 201, and WCSAM 203, MATH 211, or PHYS 309  
Economics/Finance  
ECON 499 Introduction to Econometrics (4)  ECON 253 or 263, and either DATA 150 or DATA 220  
FINC 305 Investments and Analysis (4)  FINC 300  
Science  
MATH 363 Differential Equations (4)  MATH 202  
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics (4)  MATH 202, PHYS 211  
Statistics  
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4)  MATH 202  
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)  DATA 220, PSYC 270  
PUBH 305 Epidemiology (4)  PUBH 101, 210  
III. Electives  10  
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)  MATH 201 or placement test  
MATH 203 Multivariate Calculus (4)  MATH 202  
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)  
MATH 308 Putnam Seminar (1)  WCSAM 203 or MATH 211  
MATH 310 Probability and Statistics (4)  MATH 202  
MATH 311 Linear Algebra II (4)  MATH 210, WCSAM 203  
MATH 321 Advanced Calculus (4)  MATH 201, 210  
MATH 362 Topics in Applied Mathematics (4)  MATH 201 and WCSAM 203 or PHYS 309  
MATH 363 Differential Equations (4)  MATH 202  
MATH 300 Special Topics in Mathematics designated as applied math topics Other MATH course work as approved by the program chair. 
instructor permission  
DATA 350 Statistical Modeling (4)  DATA 220  
DATA 370 Statistical Learning (4)  DATA 350  
TOTAL HOURS FOR APPLIED MINOR  26 
Elementary Teaching Minor (Level II)
Requirement Description 
Credit Hours  Prerequisites 
I. Required Courses  23  
EDUC 387 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Math (3)  
MATH 144 Functions Modeling Change (4) (if needed)  MATH 101 or placement test  
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)  MATH 144 or placement test  
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics (4)  
MATH 314 Foundations of Geometry (4)  MATH 201; pre or corequisite: MATH 210  
Take one course from the following group:  


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHING MINOR  23 
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. Students with questions regarding placement should consult with their academic advisors.
Students receiving scores of 4 or 5 on one of the calculus advanced placement examinations receive the following Westminster credit:
Exam  Score  Credit Given 
Calculus AB  4–5  MATH 201 (4 credits) 
Calculus BC  4–5  MATH 201 and MATH 202 (8 credits) 