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Mathematics/Computer Science Department

 

Faculty

Mark Johnson (chair), Russell Goodman, Thomas Linton, Mark Mills, Wendy Weber

 

Department Information

Mathematics, one of the keystones of the liberal arts, combines the study of patterns and abstract structures with the art of problem-solving. The ability to reason with quantitative information and solve intricate problems is, and will continue to be, a highly-valued skill. No less important is the ability to communicate technical material. The mathematics faculty is committed to developing these skills in all students.

 

All majors will study contemporary and classic branches of mathematics. In addition, faculty encourage students to gain breadth in the major by taking both theoretical and applied courses. Other course requirements are flexible, allowing students to obtain teacher certification, gain practical experience in an internship, or go overseas on one of Central College’s abroad programs. Whether in teaching, in graduate school, or in the workplace, graduates with a liberal arts major in mathematics have the tools they need for success.

 

The mathematics and computer science department offers three distinct majors: mathematics, computer science, and mathematics with secondary education emphasis. (Please see the appropriate sections of this catalog for information on the computer science major.)

 

Study Abroad

Majors are encouraged to study abroad at any Central College site. Mathematics/secondary education emphasis majors are encouraged to consider Budapest Semesters in mathematics education. For many students, the spring semester of their sophomore year is an ideal time for an abroad experience. Students should consult mathematics faculty while planning to go abroad.

 

Mathematics credit by proficiency

For information on earning credit by proficiency in mathematics, please see the Credit by Proficiency section of this catalog.

 

Major Communication Skills

The department believes that it is essential that majors in mathematics are able to speak, read, write, and listen within the discipline. As such, many courses throughout the major include activities that evaluate students’ ability to communicate. The final evaluation of a student’s communication skills occurs in MATH 386 Mathematics Seminar. In this course, students develop and hone their reading, research, writing, and speaking skills through exploration of mathematical topics.

 

Major/minor restrictions

Students interested in combining business and mathematics may want to consider the actuarial science major but a mathematics major may not also declare a major in actuarial science. Students seeking a mathematics teaching endorsement should consult the education department.

 

Mathematics Major Requirements (42 credits)

Some students choose to pursue teaching licensure through the Mathematics major.  The Mathematics and Computer Science Department will not recommend for teacher licensure students whose grade point average within their mathematics and computer science courses is below 2.5.  The department has advised the Education Department that such students should be denied admission to or be dropped from the teacher education program until their grade point average within the mathematics and computer science courses has been brought up to at least 2.5.

 

  1. Complete all of the following:
    MATH 131 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 132 Calculus II (4)
    MATH 221 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
    MATH 231 Multivariable Calculus (3)
    MATH 240 Linear Algebra (4)
    MATH 386 Mathematics Seminar (3)
    MATH 421 Abstract Algebra I (3)
    MATH 431 Real Analysis I (3)         
    COSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
  2. Complete 12 credits of the following electives:
    MATH 215 Applied Statistics (4)
    MATH 250 Differential Equations (3) 
    MATH 310 Geometry (3)
    MATH 330 Mathematical Modeling (3)
    MATH 341 Probability (3)
    MATH 342 Statistics (3)
    MATH 370 Numerical Analysis (3)
    MATH 390/490 Topics in Mathematics (3)

 

Mathematics Major/Secondary Education Emphasis Requirements (42-43 credits)

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department will not recommend for teacher licensure students whose grade point average within their mathematics and computer science courses is below 2.5.  The department has advised the Education Department that such students should be denied admission to or be dropped from the teacher education program until their grade point average within the mathematics and computer science courses has been brought up to at least 2.5.

 

  1.  Complete all of the following:
    MATH 131 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 132 Calculus II (4)
    MATH 221 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
    MATH 231 Multivariable Calculus (3)
    MATH 240 Linear Algebra (4)
    MATH 310 Geometry (3)
    MATH 386 Mathematics Seminar (3)
    MATH 421 Abstract Algebra I (3)
    COSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
  2. Complete option a or b as follows:
    a. Complete all of the following:
    MATH 341 Probability (3) and
    MATH 342 Statistics (3)
                   AND
    Two of the following electives:
    MATH 250 Differential Equations (3)
    MATH 330 Mathematical Modeling (3)
    MATH 370 Numerical Analysis (3)
    MATH 431 Real Analysis I (3)
    MATH 390/490 Topics in Mathematics (3)

    b. Complete all of the following:
    MATH 215 Applied Statistics (4)
    AND
    Three of the following electives:
    MATH 250 Differential Equations (3)
    MATH 330 Mathematical Modeling (3)
    MATH 341 Probability (3)
    MATH 370 Numerical Analysis (3)
    MATH 431 Real Analysis I (3)
    MATH 390/490 Topics in Mathematics (3)

 

Mathematics Minor Requirements (21 credits)

  1.  Complete all of the following:
    MATH 131 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 132 Calculus II (4)
    MATH 240 Linear Algebra (4)
  2. Complete an additional 9 credits of MATH courses numbered 215 or higher; COSC 235 may be taken in place of MATH 221.

 

Mathematics Teaching Minor Requirements (26-28 credits)

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department will not recommend for teacher licensure students whose grade point average within their mathematics and computer science courses is below 2.5.  The department has advised the Education Department that such students should be denied admission to or be dropped from the teacher education program until their grade point average within the mathematics and computer science courses has been brought up to at least 2.5.

  1. Complete all of the following:
    MATH 131 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 132 Calculus II (4)
    MATH 310 Geometry (3)*
    COSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science (3)
    *Note: MATH 310 has a prerequisite of MATH 221; COSC 235 may satisfy this prerequisite with instructor approval.
  2. Complete one of the following:
    COSC 235 Discrete Structures (3)
    MATH 221 Foundations of Mathematics (3)
  3. Complete one of the following:
    MATH 240 Linear Algebra (4)
    MATH 421 Abstract Algebra I (3)
  4. Complete option a or b as follows:
    a. Complete all of the following:
    MATH 341 Probability (3) and
    MATH 342 Statistics (3)

    b. Complete all of the following:
    MATH 215 Applied Statistics (4) and
    3 credits of MATH courses numbered 231 or higher