2011-12 Undergraduate Catalog
Otto Miller Hall
Mathematics offers curricula leading to the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees.
Admission to the Major or Minor
A GPA of 2.5 or above in 15 credits of mathematics that apply to the major or minor is required for admission to the major or minor. A 2.5 GPA must be maintained in all math courses to earn the B.S. degree. A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.
High school preparation
Three years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry, are required for all students entering one of the degree programs. However, students who plan to make mathematics a career are urged to take a minimum of four years of high school mathematics.
Students deficient in their high school mathematics preparation must take the appropriate courses below the calculus level in consultation with the Mathematics Department to make up the deficiency before starting one of the math degree programs.
Advanced Placement Program
Students who have completed at least one year of advanced placement calculus or statistics in high school may apply for college credit as noted below. To receive credit, an official AP score report must be submitted to SPU.
Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus-AB exam will receive credit for MAT 1234 (Calculus I, 5 credits). Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus-BC exam will receive credit for both MAT 1234 and MAT 1235 (Calculus I and II, 10 credits total).
Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP statistics exam will receive credit for MAT 1360 (Introduction to Statistics, 5 credits).
Students without transferred college mathematics credit or AP credit that meets the Exploratory Curriculum mathematics requirement will place into one or more of the following mathematics courses: MAT 0144, 0145, 1110, 1221, 1234, 1360, 1521, 1560, or 2700.
Appropriate placement depends upon the student’s intended major as well as eligibility criteria. Eligibility can be demonstrated through an SAT or ACT math score, the Washington state General Math Placement Test (MPT-G), or transfer of a college course. (The MPT-G is given at high schools throughout the state or at college testing centers. See the Math Department for availability of the test at SPU.)
Other departments may also require one of the Mathematics Placement Levels listed below as a prerequisite for courses in their major.
Mathematics Placement Level A
To be eligible to enroll in MAT 0145, MAT 1521, or MAT 1560, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Students who do not meet any of the criteria for Mathematics Placement Level A should begin by taking MAT 0144.
Mathematics Placement Level B
To be eligible to enroll in MAT 1360, MAT 2700, or MAT 1110, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Mathematics Placement Level C
To be eligible to enroll in MAT 1221 or MAT 1234, a student must achieve a passing score on the SPU's online Calculus Placement test prior to registering for the course. Students planning to take MAT 1234 who do not achieve a passing score on the test must first complete MAT 1110 with a grade of C- or better. Students planning to take MAT 1221 who do not achieve a passing score on the test must first complete MAT 1010 with a grade of C- or better.
College Readiness Mathematics
The courses MAT 0144 and MAT 0145, College Readiness Mathematics I and II, are designed for students who do not have adequate mathematical backgrounds to succeed in college level coursework in mathematics.
Students needing to take course with prerequisites of Mathematics Placement Level A will need to take MAT 0144 if they do not meet any of the other conditions listed. Students needing to take courses with prerequisites of Mathematics Placement Level B may need to take both MAT 0144 and 0145.
The three mathematics placement levels are summarized in the table below. To be eligible to enroll in a course listed at a particular placement level in the following table, a student must meet at least one of the criteria in the corresponding row.
* A grade of C- or better is required in prerequisite coursework. Courses may be transferred.
** Students planning to take MAT 1221 or 1234 must achieve a passing score on the online Calculus Placement Test prior to registering for the course.
Computer use. Each mathematics student should have strong computer skills. Students wishing careers in industry or applied mathematics should have skill in programming.
Courses MAT 4363 and MAT 4830 are strongly recommended. A maximum of 3 credits in MAT 4930 may be applied.
For the B.S. in mathematics, 15 credits in related approved courses in which mathematics is applied are also required. A GPA of 2.5 must be maintained for all mathematics courses. Students who plan graduate work in mathematics are strongly advised to take further work in real analysis in their upper-division program and to acquire a reading knowledge of French, German, or Russian.
This is an interdisciplinary major designed for students interested in careers involving the application of mathematics and computer science. Some courses are offered only every other year, so careful planning is recommended.
All upper-division electives for the mathematics minor must be approved by the mathematics department faculty. MAT 3749 and MAT 4402 are strongly recommended for all minors and a teaching minor must include MAT 3749, MAT 4402, and MAT 3441 or MAT 3443. A maximum of 3 credits in MAT 4904 or MAT 4930 may be applied.
A student interested in becoming an actuary should major in mathematics or mathematics/economics. The following mathematics courses should be included: MAT 3360, MAT 4363, MAT 4725, MAT 4830, and some independent study.
This provides the foundation for beginning the sequence of exam offered by the Society of Actuaries. Further work in economics is helpful.
Students desiring a major in mathematics-economics should consult a mathematics advisor for information on a student-designed major.
(For students seeking K-8 certification)
Students who are planning to obtain elementary school certification and are interested in mathematics must major in the Integrated studies major with a concentration in mathematics.