The Department of Mathematics offers programs of study with a major or minor in mathematical sciences, a major or minor for secondary-level teacher certification in mathematics, and a major for grades 4-8 certification in mathematics.
For students taking mathematics courses, the department is committed to teaching the fundamental skills and techniques of mathematics, developing mathematics as a mode of thought, and encouraging attitudes, habits, and ideals inherent in the study of mathematics, including the desire to pursue further study.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (EDUCATION)
- Candidates with a major in secondary education will create and synthesize lessons in a comprehensive unit plan.
- Candidates with a major in secondary education will demonstrate mastery of the required standards in the TEA clinical teaching domains.
- Candidates with a major in a secondary education field will demonstrate competency of the required standards related to pedagogy and professional responsibility as specified by the Texas Education Agency.
- Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will exhibit mastery of the content in their field by assessing appropriate methods to solve problems and by developing proofs of mathematical statements.
- Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will be able to discriminate among various calculus techniques and be able to apply them to problems requiring differential, integral, and multivariate calculus.
- Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will be able to evaluate various mathematical techniques learned in applied mathematics courses and solve problems related to those applied mathematics courses.
- Graduates with a major in mathematics (B.S.E.) will demonstrate the ability to construct mathematically rigorous and logically correct proofs.
The mathematics major, in accordance with a recommendation of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), has been designed to reflect a more applied orientation demanded for today’s career opportunities. To provide this more versatile curriculum, the major is designated as “mathematical sciences.” The course requirements for the major in mathematical sciences provide preparation for industrial positions, graduate study in mathematics, and a variety of other career options.
General Education Requirements - 42 hours
English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9 hours
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3 hours
History 1301 and 1302 - 6 hours
Political Science 2305 - 3 hours
Science - PHYS 1401 - 4 hours
Mathematics 1342 - 3 hours
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, arts, or equivalent) - 3 hours
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2 hours
Religion 1320 and 1330 - 6 hours
Psychology 3331 - 3 hours
Professional Development (See Professional Development Requirements in the Teacher Education section) - 24 hours
Departmental Requirements for Mathematics Majors:
Mathematics for Secondary Level Certification, Plan I:
One course in science or computer science, approved by the advisor
Departmental Recommendations for Mathematics Majors:
Mathematics for Secondary Level Certification, Plan I, II, and III:
PHYS 1402 General Physics II (This course could be used to meet the
“Departmental Requirements” listed above for Plan I)
Major area of study (see below) - 36-43 hours
Minor - 18-25 hours
Plan II requires a minor (second teaching field) selected from those specified in the Department of Teacher Education section - 24-25 hours
Plan III requires a minor from any available non-teacher education minor - 18 hours
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours
Mathematics for Secondary Level Certification, Plan II and Plan III, on the B.S.E.
Completion of thirty-four to thirty-five (34-35) semester hours:
MATH 1425 Precalculus
MATH 2401 Calculus I
MATH 2402 Calculus II
MATH 3300 Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 3308 Linear Algebra
MATH 3325 Using Technology to Teach Mathematics
MATH 3356 Methods for Teaching Secondary Mathematics
MATH 4100 Content Review and Preparation
MATH 4302 College Geometry
MATH 4308 High School Math from an Advanced Perspective
One course from the following:
MATH 3403 Calculus III
MATH 4305 Abstract Algebra