# Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts (728P, 728)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/math

**Program Coordinator**

Molly Dunkum, molly.dunkum@wku.edu

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)
- 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 (36-39 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 requires either a minimum of 36-39 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 major (728) offers two options:

- Non-teacher Certifiable Major in Mathematics
- Major Certifiable for Teaching Secondary Level Mathematics.

Option 1 students in the general major (728) are required to satisfy a computational requirement by completing either one course chosen from CS 180, PHYS 316, or PHYS 318. Option 2 students are required to complete either CS 170 or CS 180.

## Option 1: Non-Teacher Certifiable Major In Mathematics-39 hours

The student 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

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 | 1-3 |

Select two courses 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 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 | 37-39 |

## Option 2: Major Certifiable for Teaching Secondary Level Mathematics (General Certifiable Major)-36 hours

The student must complete a minimum of 36 hours of mathematics with a second major in Science and Mathematics Education (reference number 774) with the following requirements:

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

Required Courses: ^{3} | ||

MATH 136 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 137 | Calculus II | 4 |

MATH 237 | Multivariable Calculus | 4 |

MATH 304 | Functions, Applications and Explorations | 3 |

MATH 307 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 3 |

MATH 310 | Introduction to Discrete Mathematics | 3 |

MATH 317 | Introduction to Algebraic Systems | 3 |

MATH 323 | Geometry I | 3 |

MATH 498 | Senior Seminar | 1-3 |

STAT 301 | Introductory Probability and Applied Statistics | 3 |

Select a 400-level mathematics course from the following: | 3 | |

Numerical Analysis I | ||

Numerical Analysis II | ||

History of Mathematics | ||

Algebra and Number Theory | ||

Algebraic Systems | ||

Problem Solving for Secondary Teachers | ||

Geometry II | ||

Intermediate Analysis I | ||

Partial Differential Equations | ||

Topology I | ||

Complex Variables | ||

Introduction to Operations Research | ||

Probability and Statistics II | ||

Total Hours | 34-36 |

^{1} | Students make take certain 500-level mathematics courses for undergraduate credit with the approval of the Department Head in place of courses listed in the elective sections of option 1. |

^{2} | Note: This major is not intended to prepare students adequately for graduate mathematics. Students intending to seek a graduate degree 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 ** **

*Non-Teacher Certifiable Concentration*

First Year | |||
---|---|---|---|

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

MATH 136 | 4 | MATH 137 | 4 |

CS 180 | 4 | CS 221, STAT 330, or MATH 371 | 3-4 |

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 | ||

14-16 | 16-17 | ||

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 | 2 | General Elective | 3 |

14 | 15 | ||

Total Hours 120-123 |

*Teacher Education Concentration*

First Year | |||
---|---|---|---|

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

MATH 136 | 4 | MATH 137 | 4 |

SMED 101 | 3 | SMED 102 | 2-3 |

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 | 15-16 | ||

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 | Foreign Language Requirement or General Elective | 3 |

16 | 15 | ||

Third Year | |||

Fall | Hours | Spring | Hours |

MATH 317 | 3 | STAT 301 | 3 |

MATH 323 | 3 | Math Elective (400 level) | 3 |

SMED 340 | 3 | SMED 360 | 3 |

Colonnade - Writing in the Disciplines | 3 | SPED 330 | 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 |

LTCY 421 | 3 | ||

Colonnade - Social & Cultural | 3 | ||

General Elective | 3-5 | ||

15-17 | 13 | ||

Total Hours 120-126 |