Course Requirements

Teaching programs require additional courses in educational methods. The professional education courses are included in this listing.  See the Department of Educational Studies and Teachers College for the descriptions of these courses and of the professional requirements of the teacher education program.

Teaching major in Mathematics, Option 2:  Secondary School; 47-48 hours

MATH 165 - Calculus 1 (4)

MATH 166 - Calculus 2 (4)

MATH 215 - Discrete Systems (4)

MATH 217 - Linear Algebra (4)

MATH 221 - Probability and Statistics (3)

MATH 250 - Pre-College Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint (3)

MATH 496 - Capstone Course for Mathematics Teaching Majors (3)

Option 2:  Secondary School 23 Hours

MATH 267 - Calculus 3 (4)

MATH 311 - Algebraic Structures (3)

MATH 335 - Mathematical Models (3)

MATH 345 - Survey of Geometries (4)

MATH 460 - History of Mathematics (3)

At least 6 hours from (as approved by advisor)

MATH 251 - Introduction to Mathematics of Finance (2)

MATH 259 - Introduction to Mathematical Software (3)

MATH 320 - Probability (4)

MATH 362 - Numerical Analysis 1 (3)

MATH 374 - Differential Equations (3)

MATH 377 - Complex Analysis (3)

MATH 411 - Abstract Algebra 1 (3)

MATH 415 - Mathematics of Coding and Communication (3)

MATH 416 - Theory of Numbers (3)

MATH 441 - Geometry and Topology (3)

MATH 445 - Differential Geometry (3)

MATH 456 - Introduction to Operations Research (3)

MATH 471 - Real Analysis 1 (4)

MATH 473 - Boundary Value Problems (3)

MATH 475 - Topics in Partial Differential Equations (3)

MATH 497 - Student - Faculty Colloquium (1-6)

Students are encouraged to take CS 120 and PHYC 120CS 120 has a WISER+T designation and PHYC 120 satisfies the TIER 1 natural science requirement in the University Core Curriculum.  All students will be required to take a comprehensive exam designated by the department.

Professional Education Sequence

MATH 150 - Introduction to Secondary Mathematics Education (3)

EDMU 205 - Introduction to Multicultural Education (3)

EDPS 251 - Human Growth and Development for Secondary Education (3)

EDPS 390 - Educational Psychology (3)

EDJH 385 - Principal of Teaching in the Middle School (3)

MATH 331 - Technology in the Teaching of Secondary Mathematics (3)

MATH 393 - Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Middle School (3)

EDFO 420 - Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

MATH 395 - Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Secondary School (3)

EDSE 380 - Principles of Teaching in the Secondary School (3)

Student Teaching (12)

                                                                                                                                                                                                 

150 Introduction to Secondary Mathematics Education (3)

An introduction to secondary mathematics teaching.  Content includes constructing an informed vision of mathematics and mathematics teaching, developing basic skills for teaching mathematics, and beginning preparation for teacher licensure.

Prerequisite or parallel:  MATH 165 or permission of the department chairperson.

165 Calculus 1 (4)

Differential calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions and applications, antidifferentiation and the Riemann integral.  Includes the use of graphing calculators and computer software.

Prerequisite:  C- or better in MATH 111 and MATH 112 or sufficient background in algebra and trigonometry as evidenced by the student's SAT/ACT scores and/or score on the mathematics placement test, or permission of the department chairperson.

166 Calculus 2 (4)

Standard techniques of integration, applications of the integral, sequences and series, indeterminate forms, and numerical methods.  Includes the use of graphing calculators and computer software.

Prerequisite:  MATH 165.

215 Discrete Systems (4)

Topics from discrete mathematics, including formal logic, methods of proof, set theory, relations, recursion, combinatorics, and graph theory.  A systematic development of number systems via equivalence classes is included as an application of these topics.

Prerequisite:  MATH 162 or MATH 165 or permission of the department chairperson.

217 Linear Algebra (4)

Theory and application of systems of linear equations, vector equations, linear transformations, vector spaces, and inner product spaces.  Includes the use of computer software.

Prerequisite:  MATH 162 or MATH 165 or permission of the department chairperson.

221 Probability and Statistics (3)

Elementary probability theory, random variables, discrete and continuous probability distributions.  Theory and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics.  Statistical software and graphing calculator use is integrated throughout the course.

Prerequisite:  MATH 162 or MATH 165 or permission of the department chairperson.

250 Pre-College Mathematics from an Advanced Viewpoint (3)

In-depth treatment of concepts underlying common topics in the middle and high school mathematics curriculum.  Topics include number systems, polynomial and transcendental functions, analytic geometry, theory of equations, and measurement.

Prerequisite:  MATH 150 and MATH 166 and MATH 215

Open only to mathematics teaching majors.

251 Introduction to Mathematics of Finance (2)

Mathematical topics in finance as expected to be useful in financial decision-making in the future.  Topics will include compound and simple interest, savings, mortgages, loans, equity, annuities, equations of value, yield rates, amortization, sinking funds, bonds, and current topics in finance as time permits.  Emphasis will be on fundamental principles, calculations, and practical applications.

Prerequisites:  MATH 111 and MATH 112 or sufficient background in algebra and trigonometry as evidenced by the student's SAT/ACT scores and/or score on the mathematics placement test.

259 Introduction to Mathematical Software (3)

Basic introduction to mathematical software currently used for solving math-related problems on computers.  Includes a regularly scheduled computer laboratory.

Prerequisite: MATH 215 or permission of the department chairperson.

267 Calculus 3 (4)

Multidimensional calculus and its applications.  Topics include three-dimensional vector calculus, Gauss's theorem, Green's theorem, and Stoke's theorem.  Includes the use of graphing calculators and computer software.

Prerequisite:  MATH 166.

311 Algebraic Structures (3)

Consideration of the basic algebraic structures: groups, rings, integral domains, and fields.  Examples of these structures and elementary proof will be emphasized as will polynomials over rings, integral domains, and the fields of real and complex numbers.

Prerequisite:  MATH 215 and MATH 217

320 Probability (4)

Probability theory for discrete and continuous sample spaces, random variables, density functions, distribution functions, marginal and conditional distributions, mathematical expectation, moment-generating functions, common distributions, sampling distribution theory, central limit theorem, t, chi-square, and F distributions.

Prerequisite: MATH 166 or permission of the department chairperson.

Parallel:  MATH 215.

331 Technology in the Teaching of Secondary Mathematics (3)

The use of technology in the teaching of secondary and middle school mathematics, such as spreadsheets, calculators, algebraic or geometric modeling tools, educational software, and World Wide Web applications.

Prerequisite:  MATH 250; admission to  Teacher Education; permission to enroll in 300/400-level professional education courses.

335 Mathematical Models (3)

Construction of mathematical models for use with problems in physics, chemistry, biology, and economics.  Emphasizes the construction and interpretation of models.  Existing computer software will be used.

Prerequisite or parallel:  MATH 166 and MATH 217

345 Survey of Geometries (4)

A comparative study of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, their respective histories and technologies, and their applications in mathematics, the sciences, and modern life.

Prerequisite:  MATH 166 and MATH 215 and MATH 217.

362 Numerical Analysis 1 (3)

Topics include error analysis, locating roots of equations, interpolation, numerical differentiation and integration, spline functions, smoothing of data.  Includes programming of numerical algorithms.

Prerequisite:  MATH 162 or MATH 166; and MATH 259 or CS 120; or permission of the department chairperson.

374 Differential Equations (3)

Introduction to nth-order ordinary differential equations, equations of order one, elementary applications, linear equations with constant coefficients, nonhomogeneous equations, undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear systems of equations, and the Leplace transform.  Use of standard computer software.

Prerequisite:  MATH 162 or MATH 166 or permission of the department chairperson.

377 Complex Analysis (3)

Algebra and geometric representation of complex numbers, properties of complex analytic functions, contour integration, power series and Laurent series, poles and residues, conformal mapping, and applications.

Prerequisite:  MATH 267 or permission of the department chairperson.

393 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Middle School (3)

Introduction to national and state mathematics standards, curricular materials, instructional materials and methods, and assessment related to topics taught in middle school mathematics.

Prerequisite:  for teaching major in mathematics option 1 or option 2, MATH 250 with a grade of C- or better; for middle school/junior high mathematics license, MATH 202 with a grade of C- or better; permission to enroll in 300/400-level professional education courses.

395 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Secondary School (3)

Examination of national and state mathematics standards, curricular materials, and methods for teaching mathematics to secondary school students.  Issues related to mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment of secondary school students.  Class ideas applied in teaching situations.

Prerequisite:  MATH 311 or MATH 310 and MATH 345 or MATH 360 and MATH 393, a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 in all mathematics courses are to be applied to the major, and admittance to teacher education and permission to enroll in 300/400- level professional education courses.

411 Abstract Algebra 1 (3)

The theory of groups, including subgroups, cyclic groups, normal subgroups, cosets, Lagrange's Theorem, quotient structures, homomorphisms, automorphisms, group actions, Sylow's Theorems, structure of finite abelian groups, generators, and relations.

Prerequisite:  MATH 215 and MATH 217; or permission of the department chairperson.

415 Mathematics of Coding and Communication (3)

Exploration of applications of number theory, group theory, and linear algebra to areas such as cryptography and error-correcting codes; applications of graph theory to resource allocation and route planning; other possible topis selected by the instructor.

Prerequisite:  MATH 215 and MATH 217; or permission of the department chairperson.

416 Theory of Numbers (3)

Topics include the division algorithm; positional notation; divisibility; primes; congruences; divisibility criteria; the sigma, divisor, and phi functions; diophantine equations; linear, polynomial, and simultaneous congruences; theorems of Fermat, Euler, Lagrange, and Wilson; quadratic reciprocity.

Prerequisite:  MATH 215 or permission of the department chairperson.

441 Geometry and Topology (3)

Introduction to geometric topology, including piecewise linear structures, Euler's formula, surfaces and solids, knots, graphs, and other topics.

Prerequisite:  MATH 217 and MATH 267; or permission of the department chairperson.

445 Differential Geometry (3)

Fundamentals of differential geometry, as an extensive study of curves and surfaces in 3-space.  Includes the use of computer visualization and emphasizes the importance of differential geometry in areas like relativity theory and modern physics.

Prerequisite:  MATH 217 and MATH 267; or permission of the department chairperson.

456 Introduction to Operations Research (3)

Optimization techniques of linear programming, dynamic programming, and integer programming.  Optimal solutions of PERT-CPM networks.  Optimal decision strategies.

Prerequisite: MATH 162 or MATH 166 and MATH 217, or permission of the department chairperson.

460 History of Mathematics (3)

The development of mathematics from prehistoric times to the seventeenth century.  Topics may include number concepts and numeration, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, analytic geometry, and calculus.

Prerequisite:  MATH 161 or MATH 165.

471 Real Analysis 1 (4)

Real and complex number systems; ordered sets, least upper bound property, fields.  Archimedean property; Basic topology; cardinality, metric spaces, completeness, compactness, connectedness; Numerical sequences and series; convergence tests, upper-lower limits; Continuity; continuous functions, uniform continuity, Intermediate and Extreme Value Theorems; Differentiation; derivative, Mean Value Theorem, 1'Hosptial's Rule, Taylor's Theorem.

Prerequisite:  MATH 215 and MATH 267; or permission of the department chairperson.

473 Boundary Value Problems (3)

Fourier Series and integrals, heat and wave equations in one dimension, Laplace's equation in two dimensions, problems in higher dimensions, numerical methods of solving boundary value problems.

Prerequisite:  MATH 374.

475 Topics in Partial Differential Equations (3)

Classical solution techniques for linear PDEs.  Topics include first-and second-order equations, method of characteristics, special functions, orthogonal polynomials, transforms, Green's functions, and fundamental solutions.  A computer algebra system is utilized.

Prerequisite: MATH 267 and MATH 374; or permission of the department chairperson.

496 Capstone Course for Mathematics Teaching Majors (3)

Accompanies the student teaching experience of mathematics teaching majors.

Prerequisite:  MATH 395.

Parallel:  EDSE 460 and EDSE 465.

497 Student-Faculty Colloquium (1-6)

Participatory colloquium experience for motivated students.  A contemporary topic of broad mathematical interest is chosen each semester.  Each student is paired with a faculty member.  These pairs work together to develop and present components of the semester-long course.

Prerequisite:  MATH 267 or permission of the department chairperson. 

A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned.

Education: Foundations (EDFO)

420 Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3)

An academic study of the complex relationships between schools and society through the disciplines of sociology, history, and philosophy of education.  The goal is to develop disciplines of normative, interpretive, and critical perspectives on education.

Open only to juniors.

Education: Junior High/Middle School (EDJH)

385 Principles of Teaching in the Middle School (3)

Combines the theory and practice of teaching at the middle school level.  Includes the study of interdisciplinary planning and instructional strategies, cooperative learning, technology, classroom management, and current curricular issues. Intensive in-school assignments, observations, participation, and direct contact with adolescents required.

Prerequisite:  permission of the department chairperson

Parallel:  EDSE 380

Education: Multicultural (EDMU)

205 Introduction to Multicultural Education (3)

Examines social factors that affect teacher decision making and student achievement in United States schools.  Addresses the need for intercultural competence, culturally informed instructional strategies, promotion of social justice, and reduction of racism and sexism in order to create democratic classrooms.

Prerequisite:  sophomore standing.

Educational Psychology (EDPS)

251 Human Growth and Development for Secondary Education (3)

Introduction to human development from birth through adolescence, emphasizing the preadolescent and adolescent periods.  Covers biological, cognitive, and social development as they apply to the middle school and high school settings.

Open only to students in secondary education programs.

390 Educational Psychology (3)

Study of the psychological principles underlying teaching, learning, thinking, behavior, and motivation.  Content will cover the theories, research, and assessment of these concepts and their application in the school setting.

Prerequisite:  EDPS 250 or EDPS 251.

Education: Secondary (EDSE)

380 Principles of Teaching in the Secondary School (3)

Combines theory and practice of teaching at the secondary level.  Includes the study of instructional strategies, evaluation, curriculum development and organization, learning styles, technology, legal issues, and classroom management.  Intensive in-school assignments, observations, participation, and direct contact with adolescents required. 

Prerequisite:  permission of the department chairperson.

Parallel:  EDJH 385. 

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