Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts (728P, 728)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/math
Program Coordinator
Ngoc B. Nguyen, ngoc.nguyen@wku.edu, (000) 000-0000
This major is intended for students that are pursuing a basic math major for employment purposes and/or are interested in mathematics as part of a degree with two majors. Students pursuing teacher certification will also major in Science and Mathematics Education (774).
Concentrations
- Teacher Education (TCHR)
- General (Non-Teacher Certifiable) (MATN)
Admission Requirements
To be fully admitted to the majors in mathematics with reference numbers 728 or 528, students must complete the following admission requirements:
- Earn a “C” or better in each of the following courses: MATH 136, MATH 137, and MATH 307 (or MATH 310).
- Have an overall GPA of at least 2.4 in the mathematics program courses completed prior to admission (MATH 136, MATH 137, and MATH 307 (or MATH 310)).
- Note: If a course is repeated, then the second grade is used to compute the GPA. If a course is repeated multiple times, then the average of all grades after the first attempt is used to compute the GPA. Students can earn a grade in a course a maximum of three times.
Program Requirements (39 hours)
A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.
Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.
A major in mathematics provides a Bachelor of Arts degree and require a minimum of 39 semester hours for a general major with a minor or second major. Note: All mathematics courses listed as prerequisites for other mathematics courses must have been completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Students who wish to declare a 728 mathematics major will initially be designated as “seeking admission” until the following requirements have been satisfied:
- Complete MATH 136, MATH 137, and MATH 307 or MATH 310, with a grade of “C” or better in each course.
- Have an overall GPA of at least 2.4 in mathematics program courses (MATH 136 and above) completed prior to admission.
The general mathematics major (728) offers two options:
- Teacher Certifiable Option (Secondary Mathematics Teacher Certification)
- General (Non-teacher Certifiable) Option
Students in the general mathematics major (728) are required to satisfy a computational requirement as detailed within the options below.
Students must complete a minimum of 39 hours of mathematics with a minor or second major giving a total of at least 59 hours (53 unduplicated) with the following requirements.²
Core Mathematics Courses
All students in the general mathematics (728) major must complete the following core mathematics courses:
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
MATH 136 | Calculus I | 4 |
MATH 137 | Calculus II | 4 |
MATH 237 | Multivariable Calculus | 4 |
MATH 307 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 3 |
MATH 310 | Introduction to Discrete Mathematics | 3 |
MATH 317 | Introduction to Algebraic Systems | 3 |
MATH 337 | Elements of Real Analysis | 3 |
MATH 498 | Senior Seminar | 3 |
Total Hours | 27 |
Teacher Certifiable Option (TCHR)
Students in the Teacher Certifiable Option must complete a second major in Science and Mathematics Education (774).
In addition to the Core Mathematics Courses, students must complete 12 additional hours as follows:
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Required Courses: ^{3} | ||
MATH 304 | Functions, Applications and Explorations | 3 |
MATH 323 | Geometry I | 3 |
MATH 421 | Problem Solving for Secondary Teachers | 3 |
STAT 301 | Introductory Probability and Applied Statistics | 3 |
Total Hours | 12 |
Students in the Teacher Certifiable Option must satisfy a computational requirement by completing either CS 170 or CS 180.
General (Non-Teacher Certifiable) Option (MATN)
Students in the Non-Teacher Certifiable Option must complete a minor or second major giving a total of at least 59 hours (53 unduplicated).
In addition to the Core Mathematics Courses, students must complete 12 additional hours as follows:
Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|
Select six (6) hours from the following: ^{1} | 6 | |
Numerical Analysis I | ||
Numerical Analysis II | ||
Algebra and Number Theory | ||
Algebraic Systems | ||
Geometry II | ||
Intermediate Analysis I | ||
Partial Differential Equations | ||
Topology I | ||
Complex Variables | ||
Introduction to Operations Research | ||
Introduction to Graph Theory | ||
Probability and Statistics II | ||
Select six (6) hours from the following: ^{1} | 6 | |
Introduction to Mathematical Modeling | ||
Theory of Numbers | ||
Geometry I | ||
Differential Equations | ||
Applied Techniques in Mathematics | ||
Advanced Computational Problem Solving | ||
Probability and Statistics I | ||
Seminar ((up to 3 hours)) | ||
Numerical Analysis I | ||
Numerical Analysis II | ||
Algebra and Number Theory | ||
Algebraic Systems | ||
Geometry II | ||
Partial Differential Equations | ||
Topology I | ||
Complex Variables | ||
Introduction to Operations Research | ||
Selected Topics in Mathematics ((up to 3 hours)) | ||
Probability and Statistics II | ||
Introductory Probability and Applied Statistics | ||
Total Hours | 12 |
Students in the General Option must satisfy a computational requirement by completing either CS 180, PHYS 316, PHYS 318 or STAT 330.
- ^{ 1 }
Students may take certain 500-level mathematics courses for undergraduate credit with the approval of the Department Chair in place of courses listed in the elective sections of the General Option.
- ^{ 2 }
Note: This major is not intended to prepare students adequately for graduate mathematics. Students intending to seek a graduate degree in mathematics should pursue major 528.
- ^{ 3 }
Before the "professional semester," the student must complete MATH 136, MATH 137, and either MATH 307 or MATH 310 with a grade of "C" or better and achieve a GPA of at least 2.4 in all mathematics program courses.
Finish in Four Plans
Teacher Certifiable Option (TCHR)
First Year | |||
---|---|---|---|
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 136 | 4 | MATH 137 | 4 |
SMED 101 | 3 | SMED 102 | 3 |
CS 180 or CS 170 | 3-4 | COMM 145 | 3 |
ENG 100 | 3 | HIST 101 or HIST 102 | 3 |
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab | 3-5 | Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Science | 3 |
16-19 | 16 | ||
Second Year | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 307 | 3 | MATH 310 | 3 |
MATH 237 | 4 | MATH 304 | 3 |
SMED 310 | 3 | SMED 320 | 3 |
ENG 200 | 3 | Colonnade - Arts & Humanities | 3 |
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ no lab | 3 | World Language Requirement or General Elective | 3 |
16 | 15 | ||
Third Year | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 317 | 3 | MATH 337 | 3 |
MATH 323 | 3 | MATH 421 | 3 |
SMED 340 | 3 | STAT 301 | 3 |
Colonnade - Writing in the Disciplines | 3 | SMED 360 | 3 |
Colonnade - Local to Global | 3 | Colonnade - Systems | 3 |
15 | 15 | ||
Fourth Year | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 498 | 3 | SMED 489 | 3 |
SMED 470 | 3 | SEC 490 | 10 |
Colonnade - Social & Cultural | 3 | ||
General Elective | 3 | ||
General Elective | 2-3 | ||
14-15 | 13 | ||
Total Hours 120-124 |
General (Non-Teacher Certifiable) Option (MATN)
First Year | |||
---|---|---|---|
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 136 | 4 | MATH 137 | 4 |
Computational Requirement | 3-4 | General Elective | 3 |
ENG 100 | 3 | COMM 145 | 3 |
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab | 3-5 | HIST 101 or HIST 102 | 3 |
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Science | 3 | ||
13-16 | 16 | ||
Second Year | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 307 | 3 | MATH 310 | 3 |
MATH 237 | 4 | Minor Elective | 3 |
Minor Course | 3 | Colonnade - Social & Cultural | 3 |
ENG 200 | 3 | Colonnade - Arts & Humanities | 3 |
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ no lab | 3 | World Langauge Requirement or General Elective | 3 |
16 | 15 | ||
Third Year | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
MATH 317 | 3 | MATH 337 | 3 |
Math upper-division Elective | 3 | Math upper-division Elective | 3 |
Minor Course | 3 | Minor Course | 3 |
Colonnade - Local to Global | 3 | Colonnade - Systems | 3 |
Colonnade - Writing in the Disciplines | 3 | General Elective | 3 |
15 | 15 | ||
Fourth Year | |||
Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |
Math upper-division Elective | 3 | MATH 498 | 3 |
Minor Course | 3 | Math upper-division Elective | 3 |
Minor Course or General Elective | 3 | Minor Course | 3 |
General Elective | 3 | General Elective | 3 |
General Elective | 3 | General Elective | 3 |
15 | 15 | ||
Total Hours 120-123 |