Department of Mathematical Sciences
Chair: Assistant Professor T. Hoyle
Professor: R. Bass, O. Poliakova
Associate Professor: M. Mystkowski
Assistant Professors: J. Johnson, J. Willis
Instructors: T. Moore
The mission of the Department of Mathematical Sciences is to contribute to superior undergraduate education and to prepare its graduates to make significant contributions for God and humanity by emphasizing the quantitative and analytical reasoning skills of a liberal arts based education in a Christian community of faith and learning.
- To provide excellence in instruction with Christ-like service to our students
- To provide the essential computational and analytical reasoning skills of a liberal arts education through the Basic Course requirements in mathematics
- To refine and expand those skills in students taking further mathematics, assisting in the pre-professional development of teachers of mathematics in the elementary and secondary schools
- To prepare students for advanced studies and professions in mathematics and engineering
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Students majoring in Mathematics will:
- become computationally proficient demonstrate computational proficiency throughout the elements of modern mathematics,
- develop the use of both the discovery/inductive and axiomatic/deductive forms of mathematical reasoning,
- be able to relate common threads from various branches of mathematics, and
- be well-prepared for further study in the mathematical sciences, engineering or other quantitative fields, or for employment in those areas.In addition to the above, students majoring in mathematics with teacher licensure will:
- become proficient in the current standards of mathematical knowledge and pedagogy for secondary schools,
- and through instruction and practice, become effective communicators of mathematics appropriate to the classroom setting.
In addition to the above, students majoring in mathematics with teacher licensure will:
5. demonstrate the ability to prepare instructional plans for secondary level students reflecting current standards and practices of mathematics education, and
6. demonstrate the ability to implement plans of mathematics instruction for secondary level students.
Students majoring in computer science will be prepared for professions and advanced studies in computer science, and to utilize current languages and techniques and adapt to related advancements in programming, networking, and hardware.
Students majoring in computer science will:
- be able to design, implement, and test computer programs that solve substantial computational problems,
- develop critical thinking skills to solve problems by developing and implementing algorithms,
- develop the ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs,
- recognize the need for, and have the ability to engage in, continuing professional development, and
- be well-prepared for further study or employment in information technology.
MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY
The department offers three majors leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:
Mathematics with Teacher Licensure
MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY
MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL
The Basic Course Requirements must be satisfied; the Quantitative Dimension must be satisfied with MATH 151; A minimum grade of C is required for MATH 151. The Dimension of Scientific Inquiry must be satisfied with PHYS 203. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:
MATH 152, 230, 251, 325, 331, 351, 404, 412, and 445 (total of 27 hours);
One course from MATH 405, 413, 421, 422, 441 (3 hours);Any other MATH course numbered above 300 (3 hours).
Additional requirement: CISS 201
A university approved minor or additional study in an approved concentration with the mathematical sciences is required.
- Pure Math: MATH 303, 332, 405, 413, 421, and 441 (18 hours);
- Actuarial Math: MATH 421, MATH 422, FINC 320, ECON 303, and ECON 402 (15 hours)
- Computational Science: PHYS 204, CISS 202, MATH 332, MATH 370, and MATH 413 (16 hours)
For each concentration area, 6 hours can be applied to elective categories in the major.
A minimum grade of C is required for each course in a concentration area.
The Basic Course Requirements must be satisfied; the Dimension of Scientific Inquiry must be satisfied with PHYS 203. Classes required for completing the major, with preparation for secondary (9 – 12) teacher licensure, are as follows:
MATH 151, 152, 230, 251, 331, 303, 310, 311, 325, 404, 421, and 445 (total of 37 hours).
The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of EDUC 250, 350, 440, 450, PSYC 303, and MAED 432 (total of 29 hours)
NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All candidates must be fully admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach.
The North Carolina State Board of Education has adopted new teacher standards and required all teacher education programs to be revisioned. All candidates starting their teacher education program with EDUC 250 in the fall of 2010 or later must complete the new program regardless of the catalogue under which they entered Gardner-Webb University. Candidates who are already in teacher education can choose to complete the current program or the new program.
The Basic Course Requirements must be satisfied; the Quantitative Dimension must be satisfied with MATH 151. A minimum grade of C is required for MATH 151. Chemistry or physics is recommended to satisfy the Dimension of Scientific Inquiry. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:
CISS 201, 202, 285, 360, 380, 423, 433, 460, and 471 (total of 27 hours);
MATH 311 (3 hours); and
Two additional courses from CISS 350, 361, 375, 440, 450, 480, or MATH 370 (6 hours).
A university approved minor area of study is required. A mathematics minor is recommended.
The Quantitative Dimension must be satisfied with MATH 151. A minimum grade of C is required for MATH 151. Students seeking a second major in mathematics must take 30 hours consisting of MATH 152, 230, 251, 302, 325, 351, 404, 412, 445 and any other course numbered above MATH 300. Students seeking a second major in computer science must take 30 hours consisting of CISS 201, 202, 285, 360, 361, 380, 423, 433, 460, 471, and MATH 331or 311.
MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL
MATHEMATICS (17 HOURS)
A minor in Mathematics requires 17 semester hours of mathematics courses, including MATH 151 and 152, and at least one course numbered over 225.
COMPUTER SCIENCE (15 HOURS)
A minor in Computer Science requires 15 hours of CISS courses, excluding CISS 160. Students may count MATH 370 as part of the 15 hours. Additional Requirement: MATH 151 (may be used to satisfied the Quantitative Dimension of the Basic Course Requirements).
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS
All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete PHYS 203 as part of the general education core curriculum.