Department of Mathematics

As both an art and a science, mathematics occupies a special place in the Saint Xavier University curriculum. Mathematics serves as an investigative tool for the natural sciences, social sciences, business, education and psychology. It also plays an important role in the development of human thought. Mathematics forms the bridge whereby the student enters the realm of abstract and precise scientific thinking.

The Department of Mathematics offers two major programs of study: Mathematics (MATH) and Mathematics with Secondary Education Licensure (MATH/SED). Decisions concerning the nature of each student's study of mathematics are made with particular attention to previous preparation and individual educational plans. Students who major in mathematics are prepared for entry into graduate schools as well as entry into business and industrial positions that require a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Students who major in mathematics with licensure in secondary education fulfill the requirements for teaching high school, middle school, or junior school level mathematics. Courses in computer science, natural science, physics and business may be taken to fulfill the application requirement of each program. The department also offers a minor program of study in mathematics that will complement many majors at the University, especially majors in business, computer science, education and science.

Faculty

A. Mojiri, Chair; A. Dagys; M. Hardy; J. Murawska; P. Petkus; K. Schreck; A. Wazwaz

Teaching Assistants

J. Clark; K. Mientkiewicz; S. Wozniak

Requirements for Admission to the Major in Mathematics

  1. Application for admission as a MATH major or a MATH/SED major must be made on the change of major form.
  2. To be admitted as a major in the mathematics department, students with less than 15 hours of undergraduate credit must have four years of high school mathematics and an ACT mathematics sub-score of at least 26.
  3. To be admitted as a major in the mathematics department, students with 15 to 29 hours of existing University credits must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and students with 30 or more hours of existing University credits must have a GPA of 2.3 or higher.

Major Programs of Study

Requirements for a Mathematics (MATH) Major

Students majoring in mathematics have the choice of a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree.

Requirements for an Actuarial Science Major

The following are requirements for a bachelor of science degree for students majoring in actuarial science (55 total credit hours).

Requirements for a Mathematics (MATH/SED) Major Preparing to Teach at the Secondary Level (9-12 Licensure)

Students preparing to teach mathematics at the secondary level have the choice of a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree.

Minor Programs of Study

The department also offers a minor program of study in mathematics that will complement many majors at the University, especially majors in business, computer science, education and science.

Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics

Independent Study

Credit for courses in mathematics may be obtained on an independent study basis only if the following conditions are met:

Technology

The faculty in the department is committed to the use of technology to enhance understanding of mathematical concepts and develop mathematical skills. Computers and hand-held calculators are integrated into coursework in mathematics courses. Graduates of the MATH or MATH/SED program will be able to use mathematics software and technology including graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, and statistical software in an appropriate and effective manner. Note: Calculators are required in all mathematics courses. Please see the course listing for the appropriate calculator.

Placement

The Accuplacer Mathematics Placement Test is required to determine placement in mathematics courses. Students may be required to complete both MATH 090 and MATH 099 or just MATH 099 prior to enrollment in a college-level mathematics course.

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