# Mathematics (B.A., B.S.)

# Major: Mathematics (B.A., B.S.)

Students studying mathematics at Nebraska Wesleyan University have opportunities to engage themselves fully in their education by conducting research with faculty, teaching in the Math Tutoring Center, grading for courses, attending Math Club events, and working collaboratively with their peers.

Courses | 33 hours |
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MATH 1600 Calculus I | 5 hours |

MATH 1610 Calculus II | 5 hours |

MATH 2200 Introduction to Higher Mathematics | 3 hours |

MATH 2600 Calculus III | 4 hours |

MATH 3200 Linear Algebra | 3 hours |

MATH 3300 Mathematical Statistics I | 3 hours |

MATH 3600 Mathematical Problem Solving | 1 hour |

MATH 3750 Numerical Analysis or MATH-3700 |
3 hours |

MATH 4200 Abstract Algebra I | 3 hours |

MATH 4300 Real Analysis | 3 hours |

Math Elective | 3-4 hours |
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Select one of the following (may not use a course taken above as an elective): |

Capstone | 3 hours |
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MATH 4980 Mathematics Seminar | 3 hours |

Students seeking an education field endorsement in mathematics follow the above requirements with the following changes:

- Take MATH 3500 Geometry rather than MATH 4300 Real Analysis.
- Take EDUC 4870 Supervised Teaching in the Secondary School rather than MATH 4980 Mathematics Seminar.
- May use MATH 4300 Real Analysis or MATH 4980 Mathematics Seminar as part of the 3-4 hours of mathematics electives.

See the Nebraska Wesleyan University Department of Education for information regarding education courses required for teaching certification.

Required Supporting Program | 20 hours |
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An approved supporting program of 20 hours that includes CMPSC 1500 Program Design is also required for all Mathematics majors. Cooperatively designed by the student and advisor, the supporting program may overlap with one or more minors or a second major. For the mathematics major, the B.A. degree requires a minor from the humanities or arts, or more than 50 percent of the supporting program from these areas, while the B.S. degree requires a minor from the natural or social sciences, or more than 50 percent of the supporting program from these areas. Mathematics majors seeking an education endorsement whose supporting program consists of education courses will receive a B.S. degree. |

***A Mathematics major may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree. However, if a student has a first major that is associated with a different baccalaureate degree, the Mathematics major may serve as a second major for the degree associated with the first major (B.FA., B.M., B.S.N.). *

A disciplined approach to the development of programs to solve problems on a computer. Topics include data types, control structures, abstraction, and software development. A lab component introduces a high-level programming language and software tools.

*Corequisite(s): CMPSC 1000 Introduction to Computational Problem Solving or permission of the instructor.*

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Students work with one or more regular teachers in a secondary school. They attend the student teaching seminar and conference with their college supervisor as directed.

*Prerequisite(s): Completion of preliminary student teaching requirements or approval of the department chair.*

An introduction to calculus of a single variable. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation, and beginning integration with applications. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Math ACT score of at least 27 or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 1470 Trigonometry or MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus. *

(Normally offered each semester.)

A continuation of MATH 1600 Calculus I. Topics studied include integration techniques and applications, differential equations, numerical approximations, sequences and series, and vectors. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair or grade of "C" or better in MATH 1600 Calculus I. *

(Normally offered each semester.)

A study of mathematical induction and other methods of proof, recursion, formal logic, and set theory.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II or permission of the instructor. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

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An introduction to multivariable calculus. Topics include vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and analysis. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair or grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered each fall semester.)

A study of ordinary differential equations. Topics include first- and higher-order, linear and nonlinear differential equations with applications. Additional topics may be chosen from systems of differential equations, transform techniques, and numerical methods. Use will be made of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

A study of vector spaces, determinants, linear transformations, matrices, matrix equations, and their applications in the natural and social sciences.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

An introduction to basic probability and statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, Bayes' Theorem, discrete and continuous probability distributions, joint probability distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II.*

(Normally offered fall of even-numbered years.)

Selected topics from Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, geometry as a mathematical structure, and geometry as a study of invariants of set transformations.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 2200 Introduction to Higher Mathematics. *

(Normally offered fall of odd-numbered years.)

A seminar on problem solving skills and their application to nontrivial problems. May be repeated.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 2200 Introduction to Higher Mathematics or permission of the instructor. *

(Normally offered each fall semester.)

An introduction to the numerical approximation of solutions of various types of problems. Topics include root-finding, interpolation and numerical differentiation and integration. Additional topics may be drawn from numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations and linear systems.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II.*

(Normally offered fall of odd-numbered years.)

A study of various algebraic systems arising in modern mathematics, such as groups and rings.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 2200 Introduction to Higher Mathematics. *

(Normally offered fall of even-numbered years.)

A formal approach to limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration with emphasis on the proofs of theorems. Additional topics may include topology, uniform continuity, and uniform convergence.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 2200 Introduction to Higher Mathematics and MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered spring of even-numbered years.)

An independent research experience involving survey and synthesis of literature in a particular mathematical topic. In some cases, the student may undertake novel investigations. The experience will culminate in a conference-style presentation and written report. Students will keep a reflection journal throughout the experience.

*Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair.*

Pass/Fail Only.

A study of topics of special interest in mathematics. Students begin the course by studying an advanced topic in mathematics. Students then work on individualized projects culminating in a symposium presentation and survey paper.

*Prerequisite(s): Major in mathematics, senior standing, grade of "C" or better in either MATH 4200 Abstract Algebra I or MATH 4300 Real Analysis, and permission of the instructor. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

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