Mathematics

Area of Scientific Learning

Updated Fall 2013

The mathematics major supports the following goals of Milligan College:

The major is designed for students interested in careers in mathematics, teaching, and industry. It will prepare students for employment in government or industry, teaching in high schools or middle schools, or for graduate study in mathematics.

Graduates with a major in mathematics are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the core areas of knowledge in mathematics which includes calculus (analysis), algebra, and logic;
  2. Demonstrate analytical thinking and problem solving skills relevant to the analysis of abstract mathematical ideas and the solving of applied mathematical problems;
  3. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary to convey abstract mathematical ideas clearly to their peers and others who require such information;
  4. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of careers which use mathematics as well as receive preparation sufficient for further study in mathematics.

Mathematics major - B.A.

Required courses in the major:

The following general education requirement is fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 30

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), student must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Mathematics major –  B.S.

Required courses in the major:

The following general education requirement is fulfilled in the major:

Total number of required hours: 39

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if chosen), student must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described on Pages 41-43 of the 2013-14 catalog.

Those pursuing teacher licensure must choose MATH 213 or 314; 214; and 304 as 9 of the 15 elective hours. For additional information about the teacher licensure program, including a list of courses required for licensure, see the Education: Licensure Programs section of the catalog.

Core Exam for all Mathematics majors

Within one semester of completing the core courses (MATH 211, 212, 301, 303, and 307), students must take and pass a core exam. The core exam will cover material from each of the five core courses.

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a majors exam in each major. The senior major exam for Mathematics is the Major Field Test. All Mathematics majors must complete this test prior to graduation.

Mathematics minor

Required courses in the minor:

The following general education requirement is fulfilled in the minor:

Total number of required hours: 18