Curriculum

The Mathematics program offers a major in Mathematics that can be taken with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a major in Mathematics Education that can be taken with a Bachelor of Science, and a Mathematics minor. The requirements for the majors and minor are given below.

Students of MnSCU's seven 4-year universities are required to complete a total of 120 credits, 40 of which must be at the 300 levels or above. The general education requirements of the 4-year universities must conform to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MTC). The MTC was developed in an attempt to allow for ease of transfer throughout the MnSCU system. It is an outdated "cafeteria plan" that is in desperate need of an overhaul. One of its regulations is that courses from Business, Computer Science, Physical Education, and with one exception, Foreign Language, cannot be part of the MTC.

The MTC can be viewed at http://www.mntransfer.org/transfer/mntc/t_sample.php
SMSU's Liberal Education Program can be viewed at http://www.smsu.edu/catalog/index.html?catalogYear=75&categoryId=711

The Mathematics majors were revised in 2010. Prior to this time, majors in both Mathematics and Mathematics Education were required to take MATH 450 Advanced Calculus I, MATH 460 Abstract Algebra I, and either MATH 451 Advanced Calculus II or MATH 461 Abstract Algebra II. MATH 450 and MATH 460 were offered each Fall semester and MATH 451 and MATH 461 were offered alternate Spring Semesters. As a result, enrollments in MATH 451 and MATH 461 were each quite low. In addition, Mathematics Education majors, who normally student teach in the Spring of their Senior year, would have to take MATH 451 or MATH 461 when they were Juniors and were forced to take which ever of the two happened to be offered that year. The majors were changed so that students were required to take 3 courses at the 400 level. MATH 450, MATH 460, and MATH 430 are offered in consecutive semesters together with an occasional fourth 400 level course thus ensuring that all majors must take at least one of MATH 450 Advanced Calculus (the name of this course was recently changed to Introduction to Mathematical Analysis or MATH 460 Abstract Algebra. This change seems to have somewhat alleviated the problem of low enrollments in the 400 level courses.

The Mathematics majors and minor consist of the following courses. (Click on the course number to see a course syllabus/outline.)

Mathematics Major (BA)

Required Courses in Mathematics (29 Credits)

MATH 150 Calculus I ........................................................5 cr
MATH 151 Calculus II .......................................................5 cr
MATH 200 Intro to Statistics ..............................................3 cr
MATH 252 Calculus III ......................................................3 cr
MATH 320 Foundations of Mathematics .............................3 cr
MATH 325 Combinatorics .................................................3 cr
MATH 350 Differential Equations .......................................3 cr     
MATH 360 Linear Algebra ................................................3 cr     
MATH 480 Mathematics Seminar ......................................1 cr     

Mathematics Electives (15 Credits)
MATH 4XX MATH courses numbered 400 or above........9 cr
MATH 3XX MATH courses numbered 300 or above........6 cr
Additional Courses (3 Credits)
ENG 360 Scientific and Technical Writing.........................3 cr

Total credits     47     (31 credits at 300 level or above)

Mathematics Education Major (BS)

Required Courses in Mathematics (29 Credits)

MATH 150 Calculus I ........................................................5 cr
MATH 151 Calculus II .......................................................5 cr
MATH 200 Intro to Statistics ..............................................3 cr
MATH 252 Calculus III ......................................................3 cr
MATH 300 Geometry.........................................................3 cr
MATH 320 Foundations of Mathematics .............................3 cr
MATH 325 Combinatorics .................................................3 cr
MATH 350 Differential Equations .......................................3 cr     
MATH 360 Linear Algebra ................................................3 cr     
MATH 480 Mathematics Seminar ......................................1 cr     

Mathematics Electives (12 Credits)
MATH 4XX MATH courses numbered 400 or above........9 cr
MATH 3XX MATH courses numbered 300 or above........3 cr

Total credits     44     (28 credits at 300 level or above)

 

Mathematics Minor (Non-Teaching)

Required Courses in Mathematics (16 Credits)

MATH 150 Calculus I ........................................................5 cr
MATH 151 Calculus II .......................................................5 cr
MATH 252 Calculus III ......................................................3 cr
MATH 320 Foundations of Mathematics .............................3 cr

Additional Courses (6 Credits)
MATH 2XX MATH courses numbered 200 or above........6 cr

Total credits     22     (3 - 9 credits at 300 level or above)

Elective courses offered in recent years include: MATH 486 Topology, MATH 440 Abstract Algebra, MATH 450 Advanced Calculus, MATH 430 Probability and Statistics.

The full list of course offerings and course descriptions are available at http://www.smsu.edu/catalog/?catalogYear=76&categoryId=803

Last Modified: 8/9/17 4:18 PM