2014–15 Undergraduate Catalog
Otto Miller Hall
Mathematics Department at
Mathematics Degree Programs
The Mathematics Department offers three degree paths:
Students who plan to obtain elementary school (K-8) teaching certification and are interested in mathematics should major in Integrated Studies with a concentration in Mathematics.
In addition to these degree programs, a minor in Mathematics is also offered.
Computer use. Each mathematics student should have strong computer skills. Students wishing careers in industry or applied mathematics should have skills in computer programming.
BA in Mathematics
The BA degree in Mathematics is designed to provide students with a good general background in mathematics. Students majoring in Mathematics can learn analytical skills, which can be used in a wide variety of fields. This option also provides an excellent background for students interested in mathematics as a liberal arts major and for those who wish to teach mathematics at the secondary level. A minimum of 60 credits are required for the major, including 39 upper-division.
Students pursuing an endorsement in Secondary Education must take MAT 3401 as 3 of the 8 mathematics elective credits for the BA. A maximum of 3 credits in MAT 4930 may be applied.
BS in Mathematics
The BS degree in Mathematics is designed for students planning graduate work or professional careers in mathematics. A minimum of 67 credits are required for the major, including 46 upper-division.
Courses MAT 4363 and MAT 4830 are strongly recommended for the BS. A maximum of 3 credits in MAT 4930 may be applied.
For the BS 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 to earn the BS in Mathematics. Students planning to pursue 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.
BS in Applied Mathematics
The BS degree in Applied Mathematics is a flexible, yet demanding, major designed for students interested in careers involving the applications of mathematics in a particular field. In addition to completing coursework in mathematics, students must select a field of concentration in which mathematics is applied and complete coursework in both fields. Example programs of study can be found on the Mathematics Department website.
A total of 71 credits are required for the major, including 46 credits in mathematics, 5 credits in computer science, and a minimum of 20 credits in an applied field. A minimum of 45 upper-division credits are required, including 25 in mathematics and 20 in the applied field.
Note: Upper-division courses in the applied field will typically have lower-division prerequisites, which are not listed in the credit total. Depending on the choice of concentration, there could be as many as 25 credits of necessary lower-division course work outside the major.
Courses MAT 3237, 3238 and 3360 are strongly recommended as part of the upper-division electives for the BS in Applied Mathematics. CSC 2430 may replace CSC 2230 for students emphasizing computing in their applied field.
Secondary Teacher Certification
Students seeking secondary (high school) teacher certification for mathematics should pursue a BA in Mathematics and must also complete Requirements for Secondary Certification through the School of Education.
Integrated Studies Major With a Concentration in Mathematics
(For students seeking K-8 certification)
Students planning to obtain Residency Teacher Certification and are interested in mathematics must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in mathematics.
30 credits minimum, Including 15 upper-division
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.
Admission to the Major or Minor
Students should apply for the major by the beginning of the junior year using this application form (PDF). 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 student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the major or minor.
When applying for the major in Applied Mathematics, students must submit an individual plan specifying which upper-division elective courses they intend to take. This plan should be submitted and approved before the student has completed more than two of the upper-division elective courses in either mathematics or the applied field.
When submitting the plan, the student should explain why the courses in the applied field are chosen. At least three of the upper-division courses in the applied field should be mathematically oriented.
High School Preparation
Three years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry, are required for all students entering one of the degree programs. However, students planning 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 3 on the AP Calculus-BC exam with an AB subscore of at least 4 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 "Calculus II" (10 credits total).
Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam will receive credit for MAT 2360 "Introduction to Statistics for the Sciences" (5 credits).
Students without transferred college credit (or credit awarded for AP, IB, or CLEP exams) to fulfill the Exploratory Curriculum Ways of Knowing in Quantitative Reasoning (WKQR) requirement will place into one or more of the following mathematics courses:
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 to 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 0
A placement level of zero indicates one of two things:
Mathematics Placement Level A
To be eligible to enroll in MAT 0145, MAT 1521, MAT 1560, or CSC 1521, a student must meet at least one of the following criteria:
Mathematics Placement Level B
To be eligible to enroll in MAT 1300, MAT 2360, MAT 2700, MAT 1110, BUS 2700, EDU 2600, PSY 2360 or SOC 2360, 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.