Mathematics

Graduation Requirements

All students needing to take calculus will begin their study of mathematics with MATH 176.  The MATH 176-177-278 sequence is an alternative approach to Calculus, which uses a more sophisticated and rigorous approach and integrates multivariate calculus with single variable calculus.  Placement into MATH 177 or MATH 278 (Calculus 2 or 3) via AP credit is not allowed.

Individuals who do not start their college mathematics with calculus should take Math 105, 110, 140, 141, 143, or 145 depending on their major interests.

Credit will not be allowed for any course that is taken after the successful completion of another course for which the first course was a prerequisite.

Major Sequence in Mathematics:

A minimum of eleven course units in mathematics to include:

     1) Math 176, 177, 278.

     2) Math 200 and 215.  Both Math 200 and Math 215 should be completed by the end of the second year. Students should consult with a mathematics advisor in order to determine the best time for them to take these courses

And a minimum of six courses that satisfy the following requirements:

     3) Two courses selected from Math 360, 362, 364, 366, 368, or approved 470. Students must take at least one of the two courses in their junior year.  Students are allowed to take more than two courses from Math 360, 362, 364, 366, or 368.

     4) Four additional electives selected from Math 310, 324, 325, 340, 360, 362, 364, 366, 368, 400, 403, 407, 412, 430, 437, 451, or approved 370/470.

Minor Sequence in Mathematics:

A minimum of six course units in mathematics to include:

  1. Math 176, 177, 278.
  2. Math 200 or 215.
  3. Two additional courses numbered 300 or above, but excluding Math 397.

Math 105, 106, 110, 135, 136, 140, 397, 495, and 499 will not count towards the Mathematics major or minor.

Mathematics majors and minors who desire secondary education licensure and/or middle school teaching endorsements should apply to the Teacher Education Program in their sophomore year. Those students should also refer to the Educational Studies curriculum description in this Catalog and the Teacher Education Handbook (https://www.iwu.edu/edstudies/handbooks/) for further information.

The Department of Mathematics maintains three computer labs. A Mathematics Learning Center (MLC) is also maintained throughout the academic year. It is staffed with student assistants under faculty supervision and is open to students enrolled in most first-year courses.