Mathematics

Josie Hamer, Chair
hamerj@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall 019, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9347
(203) 837-8769 (fax)

Linda Carpenter, Department Secretary
carpenterl@wcsu.edu
WS 249, Westside Classroom Building
or Higgins Hall 018R
(203) 837-9345 or (203) 837-9299
(203) 837-8769 (fax)

Faculty

J. Hamer, Chair D. Burns R. Kutz
S. Lightwood A. Lubell P. Maida
B. Mittag L. Novozhilova C. Rocca
C. E. Sandifer X. Wang  

Adjunct Faculty

J. Digiacomo M. Fogary A. Spadafino
B. Twitchell C. Wallace R. Wollkind

Overview

The mathematics programs offered by the department are designed to meet the needs of students interested in pure or applied mathematics or mathematics education. The programs are flexible and kept up to date. They can accommodate students who plan to continue with graduate studies in mathematics or related fields as well as those who want to enter the profession directly from college.

Mission

The Department of Mathematics supports the University's mission as an accessible, responsive, and creative intellectual resource for the people and institutions of Connecticut. We strive to meet the mathematical needs of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship, and public service. The department aspires to provide students with the background in mathematics and mathematics education necessary to be successful in their chosen careers and to be productive members of society.

Mathematics is a core component of education for the 21st century, forming a basis of modern technological society. As such, it must be at the forefront of topics stressed by a public university. mathematics is a tool for developing a technologically literate citizenry. Both an art and a science, mathematics remains at the heart of a liberal arts education. Learning mathematics enables a person to think logically, solve problems, and delve beneath the surface of many varied and seemingly unrelated subjects.

To accomplish this mission, the department:

  • Prepares students in mathematics through its major offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Prepares students with strong skills in mathematical communication, problem-solving, mathematical reasoning, and connections to related areas.
  • Enhances the lifetime preparation of students so they are mathematically and technologically literate members of society.
  • Provides needed resources for continuing education and retraining in mathematics for
  • regional citizens currently employed and those who are switching fields.
  • Shares its expertise in mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics with many departments within the university as well as a wide variety of businesses and schools outside the university.
  • Conducts basic and applied research in the fields of mathematics and mathematics education.
  • Provides developmental mathematics courses for students entering the university who are not adequately prepared for university-level mathematics work.
  • Provides a personalized learning environment for students of mathematics.

University Mathematics Testing and Placement Program

All students admitted to the University will be tested in mathematics (Algebra 1 and 2) prior to registration. The purpose of the testing is to determine whether the student possesses the basic quantitative skills needed for success in college level quantitative studies. The student will be placed in a mathematics course according to test scores.

If the student requires additional work in the skills area, placement will be in MAT 098 Elementary Algebra or MAT 100 Intermediate Mathematics. Otherwise, the student may opt for any general education course appropriate to the student's educational goals.

Student who receive a 600 or higher score on the Mathematics section of the SAT are exempt from taking the placement test. These students must register for and pass a general education course in order to satisfy the University's mathematics requirement.

Guidelines for Students Taking and Transferring Developmental and Core Courses in Mathematics

  1. If a student tests into MAT 098 or MAT 100 and takes an "equivalent" course at another institution, s/he must retake the placement test and earn a satisfactory score before registering for a mathematics course at WCSU.
  2. If a student tests into MAT 098 or MAT 100, permission will not be given to take a core course at another institution for transfer to WCSU until the student has a) completed MAT 098 and/or MAT 100 or b) retaken the placement test and earned a satisfactory score on it.

Degree Programs in Mathematics and Computer Science

Bachelor of Arts

Mathematics
Mathematics with Computer Science Option

Bachelor of Science

Elementary Education: Mathematics
Secondary Education: Mathematics

Minor Programs

Mathematics
Mathematics for Elementary Education Majors

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (B.A.)

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and additional free electives to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including foreign language and physical education.

CS 170 Computer Science I: Language
MAT 181, 182, 281 Calculus I, II, & III
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MAT 416 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
* One full-year sequence chosen from: MAT 381-382, MAT 431-432, MAT 410-411, MAT 481-482
* Four more major mathematics courses chosen from the department list; see major program sheet.
* A year sequence from one of the following (May also be used to satisfy general education requirement.) BIO 103-104 or CHE 110-111 or ECO 100-101 or PHY 110-111 (6-8 S.H.)

Bachelor of Arts: Mathematics with Computer Science Option (B.A.)

Requirements:

Students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below, and additional free elective to total a minimum of 122 semester hours, including foreign language and physical education.

Mathematics Courses (36-37 SH)
MAT 181,182,281 Calculus I, II & III
MAT 165 Introductory Discrete Mathematics
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Equations
MAT/CS 359 Introduction to the Theory of Computations
One full-year sequence chosen from: MAT 431-432 or MAT 410-411. Two mathematics electives chosen from department list. See program sheet.

Computer Science Courses (19 SH)
CS 170,171 Computer Science I and II
CS 243 Software Engineering
CS 315 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
One CS elective from department list. See major program sheet.
In addition, students must complete a one-year sequence in natural science from the following PHY 110-111, or PHY 120-121, or CHE 110-111, or BIO 103-104.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Secondary Education-History (B.S.)

Requirements:

See p. 99 for education requirements.

Major Mathematics-Elementary Education (B.S.)

MAT 181, 182 Calculus I & II
MAT 120 Elementary Statistics
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MAT 242 Foundations of Geometry
MAT 342 Topics in Geometry
And one of the following:
MAT 251 Posing & Solving Problems or
MAT 250 Mathematical Modeling, or
MAT 363 History of Mathematics
Four mathematics elective course from the department list; see major program sheet.

Mathematics-Secondary Education (B.S.)

CS 170 Computer Science I
MAT 165 Introductory Discrete Mathematics
MAT 181,182,281 Calculus I, II & III
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MAT 242 Foundations of Geometry
MAT 342 Topics in geometry
MAT 416 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
Three major mathematics courses from the department list; see major program sheet.

The following are suggested course selections in mathematics for education majors. Due to the diversity of students' backgrounds, students must consult with their Math faculty advisor to select the program sequence that best fits their needs. For example, students with an inadequate math Background may have to begin with MAT 133 instead of MAT 181.

Mathematics - Elementary Education

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MAT 181 MAT 182

Sophomore Year

MAT 120 MAT 272
MAT 105 MAT Elective

Junior Year

MAT 242 MAT 342
MAT elective MAT elective
MAT elective MAT elective

Mathematics - Secondary Education

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MAT 181 MAT 182
MAT 120 CS 170

Sophomore Year

MAT 281 MAT 272
MAT 242 MAT 342

Junior Year

MAT 416 MAT 165
MAT elective MAT elective
MAT elective  

Minor in Mathematics

At least 17 credits in major mathematics courses, including MAT 181 and MAT 182. In addition, the student must achieve a GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.

Minor in Mathematics for Elementary Education Majors

At least 17 credits to include MAT 181, MAT 182, MAT 120, MAT 242 and at least one of the following: MAT 211, MAT 363 or MAT 251. Additionally, MAT 105 is required, as it is for all elementary education certification students.


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