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Department of Mathematics

As an art and a science, mathematics occupies a special place in the Saint Xavier University curriculum. It serves as an investigative tool for the natural sciences, the 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 and mathematics with secondary education certification. 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, and for entry into business and industrial positions that require a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Students who major in mathematics with certification 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 minor programs of study in mathematics and mathematics education that will complement many majors at the University, especially majors in business, computer science, education and science.

Faculty

B. Becker, Chair; P. Army; A. Dagys; C. Gawlik; M. Hardy; H. Lyne; A. Mojiri; R. Narcaroti;  P. Petkus; C. Riola; J. Smenos; A. Wazwaz.

Requirements for Admission to the Major in Mathematics

  1. Application for admission to the mathematics major or the mathematics major with secondary education certification must be made on the appropriate application form or 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 Major

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

  1. Required mathematics courses (31 credit hours)
    The following courses are required for both B.A. and B.S. degree candidates: MATH 200, 201, 202, 203, 211, 301, 305, 306 and 399.
  2. Application area (6-10 credit hours)
    Two courses in an application area are required for both B.A. and B.S. degree candidates. Possible application areas include Computer Science, Physics (calculus based), Business, and others by petition. Departmental approval is required.
  3. Elective courses
    B.A. candidates must select 2 courses (6 credit hours) and B.S. candidates must select 5 courses (15 credit hours) from the 300-level mathematics elective courses.
  4. Students pursuing the B.A. in mathematics must complete 6 credit hours of foreign language, foreign culture, or global studies courses or a combination of these, as part of the university general education requirements.
  5. Students planning to attend graduate school are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for a B.S. degree.
  6. A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the major.
  7. Majors in the Department of Mathematics are expected to attend special events and lectures sponsored by the department.

Requirements for a Mathematics Major Preparing to Teach at the Secondary Level (6-12 Certification)

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

    1. Required mathematics courses (40 credit hours)
      The following courses are required for both B.A. and B.S. degree candidates: MATH 200, 201, 202, 203, 211, 301, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309 and 399.
    2. Application area (6-10 credit hours)
      Two courses in an application area are required for both B.A. and B.S. degree candidates. Possible application areas include Computer Science, Physics (calculus based), Business and others by petition. Departmental approval is required.
    3. Elective courses
      B.S. candidates must select 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the 300-level mathematics elective courses.
    4. Students pursuing the B.A. in mathematics must satisfy the general education requirements by taking 6 credit hours of foreign language, or foreign culture, or global studies courses or a combination of these.
    5. Students must be admitted to the School of Education Secondary Education Program.
    6. Students planning to attend graduate school are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for a B.S. degree.
    7. A grade of C or better is required in all courses for the major, all general education courses, and all professional education courses, and students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Consult the School of Education section of the catalog for specific requirements and procedures. It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain and fulfill the requirements for the desired degree program. The major advisor will assist the student in this responsibility.
    8. Majors in the Department of Mathematics are expected to attend special events and lectures sponsored by the department.

Minor Programs of Study

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

Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics

  1. Mathematics courses (a minimum of 18 credit hours is required for a minor in mathematics). Only the following courses may be counted toward a minor in mathematics: MATH 200, 201, 202, 203, 211, 301, 303, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 315, 321, 322, 331, 360.
  2. A grade of C or better is required in each course counting toward the minor.

Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics Education

  1. Required mathematics courses (16-17 credit hours) MATH 121, 122, 200, 112 or 201, 351*. Note: MATH 121 and MATH 122 apply toward the mathematics requirement for K-9 certification as well.
  2. Required computer science course (3 credit hours) CMPSC 112.
  3. Elective courses (6 credit hours): elect two courses from: MATH 221*, 222*, 223*, 224*.  Note: MATH 222 applies toward the Mathematics requirement for K-9 certification as well.
  4. A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

*This course has MATH 121 and 122 as prerequisites.

Independent Study

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

  1. The student has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
  2. The student has earned a GPA of 3.0 or above in mathematics courses.
  3. The student has obtained the consent of the department chairperson and the course instructor.

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. Note: Calculators are required in all mathematics courses. Please see the course listing for the appropriate calculator.

Placement

The Compass 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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