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Math minors have an undeniable love for solving complex numeric problems and finding real-world uses for their efforts. The mission of the mathematics program is to provide a challenging and rigorous undergraduate education in mathematics to include a demanding set of course requirements and extensive mentoring by faculty on academic topics, careers and graduate education.


Catherine Erbes, (2014) Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Carleton College;
M.A., Indiana University;
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Denver

Shawn Osell, (2021) Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Statistics
B.A., University of Minnesota, Duluth;
M.A., Minnesota State University;
Ph.D., Norther Illinois University

Course Descriptions

MATH 10100:  BASIC MATHEMATICS I:  3 Hour(s)  

BASIC MATHEMATICS I ~ Development of basic mathematical skills necessary for other mathematics courses. The number system and its operations, use of percent, problem solving. (Not for students with prior credit for college-level mathematics.)

MATH 10200:  BASIC MATHEMATICS II:  3 Hour(s)  

BASIC MATHEMATICS II ~ A continuation of MATH 10100. Solving equations, problem solving, geometric and graphical properties of functions, systems of equations with applications. Prerequisite: MATH 10100 or placement

Prerequisite: MATH 10100 (may be taken concurrently)

MATH 10300:  FUNDAMENTALS OF MATH I:MM:  4 Hour(s)  

FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS I:MM ~ A study of elementary school mathematics topics to promote a deep understanding in the areas of problem solving; number (whole numbers, integers, rational and irrational numbers) and operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division); and algebra and functions. Students will learn to apply manipulatives and the technology of calculators and other software. Students will become familiar with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) resource Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards. For early childhood and middle childhood education majors only.

Core: Modeling Methods


FUNDAMENTALS OF MATHEMATICS II:MM ~ A continuation of MATH 10300.Topics include geometry (planar and 3 dimensional figures; transformation, symmetries, and tilings; and congruence and similarity), measurement (length, area, perimeter, volume, surface area), and statistics, probability and data analysis. Students will learn to apply manipulatives, and the technology of both calculators and geometry and statistical software. Students will continue to become familiar with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) resource Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards. For early childhood and middle childhood education majors only.

Core: Modeling Methods

MATH 10800:  STATISTICS:MM:  4 Hour(s)  

STATISTICS:MM ~ An introduction to the art and science of obtaining meaning from data. The emphasis is on conceptual understanding and developing statistical thinking, rather than on mere calculation and procedures. Topics include experiments and observational studies, data displays and data summaries, correlation and linear regression, randomization, the normal model, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and testing hypotheses. Technology is used as an aid in developing concepts and analyzing data. Some sections of this course may be considered service learning (SL).

Prerequisite: Math Placement Test-Algebra with a score of 09

Core: Modeling Methods


COMPUTATIONS FOR NURSING ~ This course provides the students with essential knowledge for the preparation and administration of medications in the clinical setting, including introduction to drug measures, syringe calibrations and dosage calculations as well as intravenous therapy calculations. Also addressed are calculations for pediatrics and older adults. This is a required course for students in the BSN program. For nursing majors only.

Prerequisite: NURS 21000


METHODS OF DECISION MAKING:MM ~ An introduction to the field of decision theory. Contemporary mathematical thinking is used to model problems in modern society. Topics may include applications of graph theory, scheduling, voting and apportionment, game theory, and linear programming. Prerequisite: Mathematics Placement Test

Prerequisite: Math Placement Test-Algebra with a score of 09

Core: Modeling Methods

MATH 18000:  WKSP::  1 Hour(s)  

WORKSHOP ~ This workshop provides the opportunity for students to examine a special topic in mathematics. Through readings, discussions and written assignments there will be opportunities to evaluate the topic at issue. Workshops may be taken Pass/No Credit only. Students may take no more than nine workshops for credit toward graduation. Workshops can be used as elective credit only. Pass/No Credit only.

MATH 19700:  PRECALCULUS:  4 Hour(s)  

PRECALCULUS ~ Exponential and logarithmic functions, the trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, and topics in analytic geometry. For students who plan to study calculus but need to supplement their prior mathematics courses.

Prerequisite: Math Placement Test-Algebra with a score of 16

MATH 19800:  CALCULUS I:MM:  4 Hour(s)  

CALCULUS I:MM ~ The differential calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, maxima/minima and other applications of the derivative.

Prerequisite: MATH 19700 or (Math Placement Test-Algebra with a score of 16 and Math Placement-Trig/Function with a score of 09 and Math Placement-Calc Readiness with a score of 13)

Core: Modeling Methods

MATH 19900:  CALCULUS II:MM:  4 Hour(s)  

CALCULUS II:MM ~ A continuation of MATH 19800. The integral calculus. Topics include antidifferentiation, the Riemann integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of the definite integral, techniques of integration, sequences, and infinite series.

Prerequisite: MATH 19800

Core: Modeling Methods

MATH 20000:  CALCULUS III:MM:  4 Hour(s)  

CALCULUS III:MM ~ A continuation of MATH 19900. Infinite series, multivariable and vector calculus. Topics include parametrizations, polar coordinates, partial derivatives, directional derivatives, multiple integrals. A computer algebra system is used throughout the course.

Prerequisite: MATH 19900

Core: Modeling Methods


PROBLEM SOLVING IN MATHEMATICS ~ Methods, strategies and skills to solve a large variety of mathematical problems will be studied. Topics such as mathematical induction, indirect reasoning, and symmetry will be developed as needed. Pass/No Credit Only.


DISCRETE MATHEMATICS ~ An introduction to proofs and mathematical reasoning in the context of discrete mathematical structures. Topics include proof techniques, mathematical logic, elementary number theory, set theory, relations, and elementary function theory.

Prerequisite: Math Placement Test-Algebra with a score of 21

MATH 21800:  LINEAR ALGEBRA:MM:  3 Hour(s)  

LINEAR ALGEBRA:MM ~ Systems of linear equations, matrix algebra and determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and linear transformations are studied.

Prerequisite: Math Placement Test-Algebra with a score of 21 or MATH 19900

Core: Modeling Methods


DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS:MM ~ A study of the theory, solution, and application of ordinary differential equations. Existence and uniqueness theorems. Solutions of several types of first-order equations. Solution of homogeneous and non-homogeneous higher-order linear equations; Laplace transform methods. Applications for first and second order equations.

Prerequisite: MATH 20000 (may be taken concurrently)

Core: Modeling Methods

MATH 28000:  SEM::  1-4 Hour(s)  


MATH 28100:  INDEPENDENT STUDY:  1-4 Hour(s)  


MATH 29800:  FIELD EXPERIENCE:  1-4 Hour(s)  


MATH 30100:  MODERN GEOMETRIES:  4 Hour(s)  

MODERN GEOMETRIES ~ This course surveys selected topics in Euclidean, non-Euclidean, finite, and projective geometries, together with the historical development of these geometries.

Prerequisite: MATH 21700


ADVANCED EUCLIDEAN GEOMETRY ~ This course presents an advanced study of Euclidean geometry, with a focus on developments since the eighteenth century. Topics include Ceva's Theorem, Menelaus' Theorem, the Euler line, the Nine-Point Circle, Morley’s Theorem, and the Simson line. Dynamic geometry software is used throughout the course.

Prerequisite: MATH 21700


MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS I ~ A calculus-based, mathematical approach to the study of probability. Includes basic discrete and continuous probability models, moment-generating functions, multivariate distributions, distributions of random variables and functions of random variables, limiting distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, and approximations for discrete distributions.

Prerequisite: MATH 20000


MATHEMATICAL STATISTICS II ~ A continuation of MATH 30800 focusing on inferential statistics. Topics include interval and point estimation, tests of statistical hypotheses, and regression analysis.

Prerequisite: MATH 30800 (may be taken concurrently)


HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS:EW ~ This course examines the historical development of major mathematical concepts, focusing on the period through the invention of the calculus in the late seventeenth century. Both European and non-European mathematical developments are explored.

Prerequisite: MATH 19900 or MATH 21700

Core: Experiencing the World

MATH 37100:  ANALYSIS I:  4 Hour(s)  

ANALYSIS I ~ Real analysis, often called the theory of calculus, is a core course in the mathematics curriculum. Most of the topics will be familiar from the study of elementary calculus; however, theory and deeper understanding will be stressed. Topics include sequences, limits, continuity, and differentiation.

Prerequisite: MATH 20000 or MATH 21700

MATH 37200:  ANALYSIS II:  3 Hour(s)  

ANALYSIS II ~ A continuation of MATH 37100. Topics include integration, sequences of functions, and series.

Prerequisite: MATH 37100 (may be taken concurrently)

MATH 38000:  SEMINAR::  1-4 Hour(s)  

Seminar ~

MATH 38100:  TPC::  1-4 Hour(s)  

TOPICS IN MATHEMATICS ~ Various advanced topics, such as topology, graph theory, complex variables, combinatorics, and number theory, are offered when need or sufficient interest is demonstrated. Credit hours and prerequisites are established for each offering. May be taken more than once for credit.

MATH 38500:  JUNIOR SEMINAR:  1 Hour(s)  

JUNIOR SEMINAR ~ The student will read and evaluate mathematics literature on topics not included in the standard undergraduate curriculum. By the end of the course, the student will have selected a topic for the Senior Seminar capstone project and will have begun research on that topic. (Formerly offered as MATH 38000)

MATH 46100:  ABSTRACT ALGEBRA I:  4 Hour(s)  

ABSTRACT ALGEBRA I ~ Abstract algebra is a core course in the mathematics curriculum because of its focus on the basic underlying structures that occur in many mathematical systems. The basic structures of study in this course are groups and rings.

Prerequisite: MATH 21700

MATH 46200:  ABSTRACT ALGEBRA II:  3 Hour(s)  

ABSTRACT ALGEBRA II ~ A continuation of MATH 46100. The basic structures of study in this course are rings and fields.

Prerequisite: MATH 46100 (may be taken concurrently)

MATH 48000:  SENIOR SEMINAR:  3 Hour(s)  

SENIOR SEMINAR ~ The mathematics capstone. In this course a student works independently on a substantial mathematics project that involves techniques and concepts beyond the typical content of a single course. The project culminates in a paper and a public oral presentation.

Prerequisite: MATH 38500

MATH 48100:  INDPENDENT RESEARCH:  1-4 Hour(s)  


MATH 49800:  INTERNSHIP:  4 Hour(s)  


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