Math

Graduation Requirements

**New for fall 2019: minors/concentrations in Statistics and Actuarial Science.  See below.

 

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 twelve course units in mathematics to include:

     1) Math 176, 177, 178, and 278.

     2) Math 120X, 220, 320, and 420: Math Immersion Sequence

     3) 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:

     4) 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.

     5) Math 397, 495, or 499 for the completion of a capstone experience duriung the senior year.

     6) Three 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.

Math major with a Concentration in Actuarial Science:

Actuarial science is the study of financial uncertainty that quantifies risk management. Actuaries often work in insurance and finance industries and use mathematical and statistical models to analyze financial risk. The concentration in actuarial science provides a foundation in the areas of mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, and accounting.

A minimum of thirteen course units to include:

  1. Math 176, 177, 178, and 278
  2. Math 120X, 220, 320, 420: Math Immersion Sequence
  3. 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.
  4. Math 324, 325, 403, and ACC 112
  5. 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, 3622, 364, 366, and 368.
  6. Math 397, 495, or 499 for the completion of a capstone experience during the senior year.

At least one of the 12 required math courses should be taken during the senior year.  Students are strongly encouraged to take Econ 100 and FIS 303.

Math major with a Concentration in Statistics:

A minimum of twelve course units in mathematics to include:

  1. Math 176, 177, 178, and 278
  2. Math 120X, 220, 320, 420: Math Immersion Sequence
  3. 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.
  4. Math 324, 325, and 403
  5. 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, 3622, 364, 366, and 368.
  6. Math 397, 495, or 499 for the completion of a capstone experience during the senior year.

At least one of the 12 required math courses should be taken during the senior year.

Minor Sequence in Mathematics:

A minimum of 6.25 course units in mathematics to include:

  1. Math 176, 177, and 178.
  2. Math 200 or 215.
  3. Three additional courses numbered 300 or above, or any other course approved by the Chair of the department.

Math 105, 106, 110, 135, 136, 140, 141, 143, and 145 will not count towards the Mathematics major or minor.

Minor Sequence in Actuarial Science:

A minimum of seven course units to include:

  1. Math 176 and 177
  2. Math 215
  3. Math 324
  4. Math 325
  5. ACC 112
  6. FIS 303

Students are also encouraged to take Introduction to Economics (ECON 100) and Computational Data Analysis (Math 403).  Math majors may not earn a minor in actuarial science.

Minor Sequence in Statistics:

A minimum of six course units to include:

  1. Math 176 and 177
  2. Math 215
  3. Math 324, 325, and 403

Math majors may not earn a minor in statistics.

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.