WCSU Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 : Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Mathematics

Stavros Christofi, Chair
christofis@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall 101N, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9351
(203) 837-8289 (fax)

Cathy Desisto-Reynolds, Department Secretary
reynoldsc@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall Office Suite 101 Reception, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9299
(203) 837-8289 (fax)


Faculty
D. Burns
S. Christofi, Chair
B. Hall
S. Hayes
S. Lightwood
P. Maida
C. Rocca
M. Shoushani
X. Wang


Adjunct Faculty

M. Aldrich M. Alexandru W. Barrett
J. Breen D. Ciskowski  J. DiGiacomo
P. Ganchev C. Hall R. Hopkins
E. Lehman W. Newsom-Stewart H. Q. Nguyen
P. O’Donnell C. Peterson K. Pisano
M. Saccucci K. Sherman T. Trimble

 

Overview
In the exciting, technologically advanced, and dynamic age we live in, mathematics has become one of the primary players in developing useful solutions to practical problems, receiving its rightful recognition as one of the foundational components of basic and scientific research, discovery, development, and innovation.

Employers from businesses and govern­ment agencies to schools and foundations understand more and more the benefits of hiring an employee with quantitative competencies able to think abstractly, critically, and problem-solve — an employee with the skills that mathematics teaches.

Math Students at WCSU may choose major options in pure or applied mathematics or math education and are challenged to gain mastery in a variety of mathematical areas while fulfilling all requirements of a liberal arts education. The B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics as well as the B. S. in Secondary Education – Mathematics weave career applications into the curriculum.  All programs are flexible and up-to-date.

Students have the opportunity to pursue their particular mathematical interests by working closely with Western’s dedicated math­ematics professors on independent research projects. These may be in such diverse areas as analytical and numerical methods for partial differential equations, combinatorics, actuarial math, axiomatic set theory, cryptology, data science and machine learning, wavelets, topological measure theory, scientific computing, 3-D printing and more.

For students who plan to continue with graduate studies in mathematics, applied mathematics or a related field, as well as those who look forward to beginning a career upon graduation, studying mathematics at Western will provide the knowledge and skills required to achieve success.

 

Mission
It is the mission of the mathematics department to contribute to our society’s mathematical competency in a manner consistent with the university’s mission. To accomplish this, the department has defined its goals for the following three constituencies.

  1. The department supports the development of the mathematics student by providing students with:
    1. A breadth of knowledge in core areas of mathematics.
    2. A depth of knowledge in a specific area.
    3. Strong skills in mathematical communication, problem-solving, mathematical reasoning, and applications to related areas.
    4. Personalized learning experience in mathematics.
  2. The department supports the mission of the university by:
    1. Developing mathematical literacy for all students.
    2. Meeting the mathematical needs of all majors.
    3. Providing expertise in mathematics, applied mathematics, math education, and statistics.
    4. Conducting theoretical and applied research in the mathematical sciences.
    5. Maintaining a wide presence in the university community outside the department.
  3. The department supports the needs of the community by:
    1. Providing expertise in mathematics, applied mathematics, math education, and statistics.
    2. Conducting research in the mathematical sciences.
    3. Providing continuing education and retraining in mathematics, applied mathematics, and mathematics-based fields.
    4. Fostering the appreciation of mathematical sciences.

 

University Mathematics Testing and Placement Program
All students admitted to the university are assigned mathematics placement prior to registration.  A placement test is available for those students placed into developmental math in the Math Emporium, but wish to place higher.  The purpose of the placement/testing is to determine whether the student possesses the basic quantitative skills needed for success in college-level quantitative studies.

If the student requires additional work in the skills area (SAT below 570), placement will be in MAT 098 Elementary Algebra, MAT 100P Intermediate Algebra Plus or MAT 100 Intermediate Mathematics. Otherwise, the student may opt for any general education course appropriate to the student’s educational goals.  Students wishing to register for Calculus must have an SAT score of 620 or above. A 3, or higher, in AP Calculus AB allows a student to earn credit for Calculus I MAT 181. Detailed information regarding placement testing and placement levels can be found on the departmental website (http://www.wcsu.edu/math/placement-testing/ ).

 

Instruction in MAT 098, MAT 100 and MAT 100P
MAT 098, MAT 100 and 100P are taught following the Emporium Model of instruction.  Traditional lecture methods are reduced and the emphasis is placed on individual work and one-on-one help from an instructor or teaching assistant.  The text, homework assignments and course exam preparations are part of an online delivery system.  Exams, including the final, are given as traditional paper and pencil tests. This should not be confused with an online class as daily attendance is required.  Students use a required software program, ALEKS, Assessment and E-Learning in Knowledge Spaces, that guides them to the necessary videos, learning content and required practice assignments needed during the learning process.  Meeting weekly assignment goals as well as the completion of the periodic progress checks and self-assessments are mandatory and are incorporated into the student’s final grade.  These courses are designed to have the student constantly engaged in the learning process using adaptive learning technologies.  A professor and/or teaching assistants are always present during the lab’s open hours and available to teach/help/guide a student when needed, but there is little “Chalk and Talk” in the traditional sense.

Thomas Grant, Math Emporium Coordinator
granttt@wcsu.edu
Higgins Hall 122A, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-9370
(203) 837-8289 (fax)

 

Learning Outcomes – B.A. in Mathematics

At the completion of their B.A. in Mathematics:

  1. Students will communicate mathematics in written form, using appropriate mathematical writing conventions.
  2. Students will read, explain and create mathematical exposition.
  3. Students will analyze, model and solve problems.
  4. Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a variety of technological tools (computer algebra systems, visualization software, statistical packages and some computer programming language).

For those completing a BS in Secondary Education, students will demonstrate competence in the 16 standards for preparation of mathematics teachers as set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  These standards are:

  1. Knowledge of Mathematical Problem Solving
  2. Knowledge of Reasoning and Proof
  3. Knowledge of Mathematical Communication
  4. Knowledge of Mathematical Connections
  5. Knowledge of Mathematical Representation
  6. Knowledge of Technology
  7. Dispositions
  8. Knowledge of Mathematics Pedagogy
  9. Knowledge of Number and Operation
  10. Knowledge of Different Perspectives on Algebra
  11. Knowledge of Geometries
  12. Knowledge of Calculus
  13. Knowledge of Discrete Mathematics
  14. Knowledge of Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
  15. Knowledge of Measurement
  16. Field-Based Experiences

More information about specific indicators can be found on the Math department website at www.wcsu.edu/math.


Learning Outcomes: B.S. In Applied and Computational Mathematics

The BS in Applied and Computational Math program will graduate students who will:

  1. Demonstrate possession of a resilient mathematical foundation that allows them to reason rigorously in mathematical arguments and that is adaptable to current and future trends. This foundation encompasses the core areas of:
    a.Real and numerical analysis
    b. Differential equations
    c. Linear algebra d. Probability and statistics
  2. Connect ferent areas of mathematics with other disciplines and demonstrate proficiency in at least one of the following modern applications:
    a. Data Science and Machine Learning
    b. Scientific Computing (coupled with a specific discipline/application area)
    c. Actuarial Science.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to synthesize and apply major theoretical and/or computational techniques and concepts to analyze, construct, and solve realistic models of practical importance and:
    a.Recognize the limitations of the theoretical concepts in building solutions to real-world problems
    b. Adapt theoretical ideas to develop efficient numerical solutions to real-world problems
    c. Adapt theoretical ideas to develop efficient algorithms that can be applied to real-world problems.
  4. Use relevant software and technology (such as MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, and LaTeX) and/or write computer programs to construct, visualize, analyze, and interpret solutions to applied mathematical problems.
  5. Be able to, working independently or collaboratively, apply concepts learned either from relevant coursework, possible internships, or research projects with faculty, to write mathematical reports that effectively communicate findings to others (for instance, other classmates and/or attendees at local/international conferences or research symposia such as Western Research Day), and that can serve as the basis for possible publications.

For recommended 4-year plans, please refer to https://www.wcsu.edu/math/bachelor-of-science-in-applied-and-computational-mathematics/ and Scroll down to Four Year Plan of Study.

Degree Programs in Mathematical Sciences

Bachelor of Arts
Mathematics

Bachelor of Science
Applied and Computational Mathematics with options in:
Mathematics of Data Science and Machine Learning

Applied Differential Equation and Scientific Computing
Actuarial Science

Secondary Education: Mathematics (in collaboration with the Education and Educational Psychology Department)

Minor Programs
Mathematics

 

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (B.A.)

DescriptionGraduates of the mathematics program will be prepared for the exciting, technologically advanced, and dynamic age we live in, where mathematics has become one of the primary players in developing useful solutions to practical problems, receiving its rightful recognition as one of the foundational components of discovery and innovation. Employers understand the benefits of hiring employees with quantitative competencies able to think abstractly, critically, and problem-solve — an employee with the skills that mathematics teaches. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad. 

Required Courses in the Major: 45 SH.  

MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3 SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar I (FY)  .5 SH 
MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 SH 
MAT 182 Calculus II (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 185 Math with Symbolic Computation  3 SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3 SH 
MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 SH 
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 SH 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4 SH 
MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Equations  3 SH 
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3 SH 
MAT 375 Algebraic Structures  3 SH 
MAT 383 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis  3 SH 
Approved Elective (choose one): MAT 250, 251, 298, 299, 342, 351, 359 or 363  3 SH 
MAT 467 Topics Sequence Elective: To complete a sequence in analysis, algebra, or applied math.  (Check with your advisor)  3 SH 
MAT 453 Senior Seminar  3 SH 
COGNATE 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4 SH 
CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS 143 Visual Basic  3-4 SH 
One of the following sequences: BIO 103/104 Gen. Bio Iⅈ CHE 110/111 Gen Chem Iⅈ PHY110/111 Gen Physics I & II; OR ECO 211/213 Macro and Micro-Economics  6-8 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BA in Mathematics = 2.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BA Mathematics

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar 1 (FY)  .5  MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 
MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3  CS 140 Intro to Programming OR CS143 Visual Basic  3-4 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4  MAT 182 Calculus II (QR, Rpt. 1)  4 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP) or Oral Communication (OC)  3  Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP) or Oral Communication (OC)  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3  MAT 272 Intro to Linear Algebra  3 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4  MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 
MAT 185 Math with Symbolic Computation  3  MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Eq.  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC)*  3  Gen Ed: Intercult. Comp. (IC, Rpt. 2)  3 
Gem Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
       
Semester 5    Semester 6   
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3  MAT 375 Algebraic Structures  3 
Approved Math Elective  3  MAT 383 Intro to Math Analysis  3 
BIO 103/CHE110/PHY110 (SI) OR ECO 211 (CT)  3-4  BIO 104/CHE111/PHY111 (SI) OR ECO 213 (CT)  3-4 
Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry OR Critical Thinking  3-4  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)  2  Free Elective  3 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
MAT 467 Topics Sequence Elective  3  MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE, W3)  3 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  Free electives   9-12 
Free electives  6-9     
Total Credits Required for the BA in Mathematics = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

*Students who completed 3 years of a foreign language at a minimum of a C average do not have to complete a foreign language. All students must complete the Intercultural Competency requirement. Foreign languages satisfy the intercultural competency requirement. 

 

Bachelor of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics (B.S.)

Mathematics of Data Science and Machine Learning Option:

DescriptionThe BS in Applied & Computation Math (ACM) prepares students for myriad career opportunities as well as graduate study. This program emphasizes applied learning experiences in which students pursue research and/or participate in an internship, connecting their work to real world problems.  

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 66 SH.  

MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3 SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar I (FY)  .5 SH 
MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 SH 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 182 Calculus II (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3 SH 
MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 SH 
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 SH 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4 SH 
MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Equations  3 SH 
MAT 322 Probability  3 SH 
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3 SH 
MAT 380 Math Modeling with Symbolic and Scientific Computing  3 SH 
MAT 383 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis  3 SH 
MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE, W3) (OR SIS with Project) (OR Senior Thesis) (OR Internship)  3 SH 
Data Science and Machine Learning Option 
MAT 422 Statistics for Data/Actuarial Science & Machine Learning  3 SH 
MAT 470 Applications of Machine Learning and Wavelets  3 SH 
One of these: MAT 468 Partial Differential Equations (DEs) OR

MAT 469 Numerical Methods for Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations (OPDEs) 

3 SH 
CS 172 Intermediate Java Programming  3 SH 
CS 205 Data Modeling & Database Design  4 SH 
CS 250 Intro to Data Structures, Algorithms, and Complexity  3 SH 
CS 303 Introduction to Data Science with Python  4 SH 
COGNATE 
PHI 227 Ethics in Computing (IL, W2)  3 SH 
CS 140 Introduction to Programming (Python)  4 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BS in ACM = 2.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BS ACM: Data Science & Machine Learning

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar 1 (FY)  .5  MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 
MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3  MAT 182 Calculus II (QR, Rpt. 1)  4 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4  MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 
CS 140 Intro Programming (Python)  4  CS 172 Interm. Java Programming  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)  3 
    Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP)   3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3  MAT 272 Intro to Linear Algebra  3 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4  MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Eq.  3 
CS 205 Data Modeling & DB Design  4  CS 303 Intro to Data Science Python  4 
Oral Communication (OC)  3  PHI 227 Ethics of Computing (IL, W2)  3 
    Gen Ed: Repeat 2  3 
       
Semester 5  SH   Semester 6  SH 
MAT 322 Probability  3  MAT 383 Intro to Math Analysis  3 
MAT 380 Math Modeling   3  MAT 422 Stats for Data/Actuarial Sci and Machine Learning  3 
CS 250 Intro to Data Structures  3  MAT 469 Numerical Methods for OPDEs OR Free Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Competency (IC)  3  Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
       
Semester 7  SH  Semester 8  SH 
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3  MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE, W3) (OR SIS with Project) (OR Senior Thesis)

(OR Approved Internship) 

3 
MAT 468 Partial Differential Equations OR Free Elective  3  Free Electives  6-9 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)  2  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
Free Electives  5-7     
       
Summer 4       
MAT 470 Applications of Machine Learning and Wavelets  3     
       
Total Credits Required for the BS in ACM = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

† Student must take at least one of these two (2) courses 

 

Applied Differential Equations and Scientific Computing Options: CHEM Sequence OR MTR Sequence

DescriptionThe BS in Applied & Computation Math (ACM) prepares students for myriad career opportunities as well as graduate study. This program emphasizes applied learning experiences in which students pursue research and/or participate in an internship, connecting their work to real world problems.  

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH). This includes major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 64 SH.  

MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3 SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar I (FY)  .5 SH 
MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 SH 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 182 Calculus II (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3 SH 
MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 SH 
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 SH 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4 SH 
MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Equations  3 SH 
MAT 322 Probability  3 SH 
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3 SH 
MAT 380 Math Modeling with Symbolic and Scientific Computing  3 SH 
MAT 383 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis  3 SH 
MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE,W3) (OR SIS with Project) (OR Senior Thesis) (OR Internship)  3 SH 
Applied Differential Equations & Scientific Computing Options 
MAT 468 Partial Differential Equations (DEs)  3 SH 
MAT 469 Numerical Methods for Ordinary & Partial Differ. Equations (OPDEs)  3 SH 
MAT 470 Applications of Machine Learning and Wavelets  3 SH 
Choose Chemistry OR Meteorology Sequence  
CHE 110 Gen Chem I – Lecture ONLY  3 SH  PHY 111 Gen Physics (with calc) II  4 SH 
CHE 111 Gen Chem II – Lecture ONLY  3 SH  MTR 310 Atmos. Thermodynamics  3 SH 
CHE 300 P. Chem I – Lecture ONLY  3 SH  MTR 311 Atmos. Dynamics  3 SH 
CHE 301 P. Chem II – Lecture ONLY  3 SH  MTR 340 Mesoscale MTR & Num. Forecasting  3 SH 
COGNATE 
CS 140 Introduction to Programming (Python)  4 SH 
PHY 110 General Physics I (Calc) (For MTR option only)  4 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BS in ACM = 2.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BS ACM: App Diff Eq & Scientific Computing, CHEM Sequence

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar 1 (FY)  .5  MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 
MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3  MAT 182 Calculus II (QR, Rpt. 1)  4 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4  MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP)  3 
CS 140 Intro. to Program. (Python)  4  Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3  MAT 272 Linear Algebra  3 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4  MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Eq.  3 
CHE 110 General Chem I (Lecture ONLY)  3 

 

CHE 111 General Chem II (Lecture ONLY)  3 
Oral Communication (OC)  3  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3  Gen Ed: Repeat 2  3 
       
Semester 5    Semester 6   
MAT 322 Probability  3  MAT 383 Intro to Math Analysis  3 
MAT 380 Math Modeling   3  MAT 469 Numerical Methods for OPDEs  3 
CHE 300 Phys. Chem I (Lecture ONLY)   3 

 

CHE 301 Phys Chem II (Lecture ONLY)   3 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Competency (IC)  3  Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)  2 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3  MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE, W3) (OR SIS with Project)

(OR Senior Thesis)

(OR Approved Internship) 

3 
MAT 468 Partial Differential Equations  3  Free electives   9-12 
Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)  3     
Free electives  6 

 

   
       
Summer 4       
MAT 470 Applications of Machine Learning and Wavelets  3     
Total Credits Required for the BS in ACM = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

 

Sample Four Year Plan: BS ACM: App Diff Eq & Scientific Computing, MTR Sequence
Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar 1 (FY)  .5  MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 
MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3  MAT 182 Calculus II (QR, Rpt. 1)  4 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4  MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 
CS 140 Intro. to Program. (Python)  4  WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3 
Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP)  3  Gen Ed: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4 
Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)  2     
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3  MAT 272 Linear Algebra  3 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4  MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Eq.  3 
PHY 110 General Physics I (Calculus)  4  PHY 111 General Physics II (Calculus)  4 
Oral Communication (OC)  3  Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3 
    Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3 
       
Semester 5  SH  Semester 6  SH 
MAT 322 Probability  3  MAT 383 Intro to Math Analysis  3 
MAT 380 Math Modeling   3  MAT 469 Numerical Methods for OPDEs  3 
MTR 310 Atmos. Thermodynamics  3  MTR 311 Atmos. Dynamics  3 
Gen Ed: Critical Thinking (CT)  3  Gen Ed: Intercultural Competency (IC)  3 
Free electives  3  Gen Ed: Repeat 2  3 
       
Semester 7  SH  Semester 8  SH 
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3  MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE, W3) (OR SIS with Project) (

OR Senior Thesis)

(OR Approved Internship) 

3 
MAT 468 Partial Differential Equations  3  Free electives   9-12 
MTR 340 Mesoscale MTR & Num. Forecasting  3     
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3     
Free electives  3     
       
Summer 4       
MAT 470 Applications of Machine Learning and Wavelets  3     
Total Credits Required for the BS in ACM = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

 

BS Applied & Computational Math: Actuarial Science 

DescriptionThe BS in Applied & Computation Math (ACM) prepares students for myriad career opportunities as well as graduate study. This program emphasizes applied learning experiences in which students pursue research and/or participate in an internship, connecting their work to real world problems.  

Degree Requirements
All degree at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH) that include major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: 64 SH.  

MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3 SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar I (FY)  .5 SH 
MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 SH 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 182 Calculus II (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3 SH 
MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 SH 
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 SH 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4 SH 
MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Equations  3 SH 
MAT 322 Probability  3 SH 
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3 SH 
MAT 380 Math Modeling with Symbolic and Scientific Computing  3 SH 
MAT 383 Introduction to Mathematical Analysis  3 SH 
MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE, W3) (OR SIS with Project) (OR Senior Thesis) (OR Internship)  3 SH 
Actuarial Science 
MAT 329 Actuarial Mathematics  3 SH 
MAT 422 Statistics for Data/Actuarial Sci and Machine Learning  3 SH 
One of these: MAT 468 Partial Differential Equations (DEs); MAT 469 Numerical Methods for Ordinary & Partial Differ. Equations (OPDEs);

OR  MAT 470 Applications of Machine Learning and Wavelets 

3 SH 
ACC 201 Financial Accounting  3 SH 
ECO 211 Principles of Macroeconomics (CT)  3 SH 
ECO 213 Principles of Microeconomics (CT)  3 SH 
FIN 310 Principles of Finance  3 SH 
COGNATE 
CS 143 Visual Basic  3 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BS in ACM = 2.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses.  


Sample Four Year Plan: BS ACM: Actuarial Science

Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar 1 (FY)  .5  MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 
MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3  ACC 201 Financial Accounting  3 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4  MAT 182 Calculus II (QR, Rpt. 1)  4 
CS 143 Visual Basic  3  MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  ECO 211 Prin. of Macroeconomics (CT)  3 
Gen Ed: Oral Communication (OC)  3  Gen Ed: Creative Process (CP)   3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3  MAT 272 Intro to Linear Algebra  3 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4  MAT 282 Ordinary Differential Eq.  3 
ECO 213 Prin. of Microeconomics (CT, Rpt. 2)  3  Gen Ed Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4 
FIN 310 Principles of Finance  3  Gen Ed: Intercultural Competency (IC)  3 
Writing Tier 2 (W2)  3  Gen Ed: Information Literacy (IL)  3 
       
Semester 5    Semester 6   
MAT 322 Probability   3  MAT 383 Intro to Math Analysis  3 
MAT 380 Math Modeling  3  MAT 422 Stats for Data/Actuarial Sci and Machine Learning  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth  6  MAT 469 Numerical Methods for OPDEs OR Free Elective  3 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
       
Semester 7    Semester 8   
MAT 329 Actuarial Mathematics    MAT 453 Senior Seminar (CE, W3) (OR SIS with Project) (OR Senior Thesis)

(OR Approved Internship) 

3 
MAT 332 Applied Linear Algebra and Math of Machine Learning  3  Free electives   7-10 
MAT 468 Partial Differential Equations OR Free Elective  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  1 
Free electives  3-6   Gen Ed: Health and Wellness (HW)  2 
       
Summer 4       
Option to take MAT 470 Applications of Machine Learning and Wavelets  3     
Total Credits Required for the BS in ACM = 120; Minimum GPA 2.0. 

† Student must take at least one of these three (3) courses. 

 

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – Mathematics (B.S.)

DescriptionThis degree provides a math/education curriculum that imparts a broad base of knowledge about mathematics, so that students have the foundational knowledge they need to educate others. 

Degree Requirements
All degrees at WCSU require 120 semester hours (SH) that include major requirements, general education requirements, cognates (where applicable), and free electives. This structure provides room for minors, internships, and study abroad.   

Required Courses in the Major: Math 43 SH, Cert 35 SH 

MAT 150 Math Seminar I (FY)  .5 SH 
MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 SH 
MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3 SH 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 182 Calculus II (QR)  4 SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3 SH 
MAT 212 Math in the Middle Grades  3 SH 
MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 SH 
MAT 242 Foundations of Geometry  3 SH 
MAT 272 Introduction to Linear Algebra  3 SH 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4 SH 
MAT 342 Topics in Geometry  3 SH 
MAT 375 Algebraic Structures  3 SH 
MAT 363 History of Math OR MAT 383 Intro to Analysis  3 SH 
Math Elective 200-400 Level  3 SH 
COGNATE 
Fine Arts: Creative Process (CP)  3 SH 
Lab Science: Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4 SH 
HIS 148/149 American History (CT)  3 SH 
CS 140 Introduction to Programming  4 SH 
Certification Requirements   
ED 206 Introduction to Education (IL, OC)  3 SH 
ED 212 Educational Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence II (W2)  3 SH 
HPX 215 Health Issues in Schools  3 SH 
EPY 405 Intro to Special Education   3 SH 
ED 385 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools co-req ED 386  3 SH 
ED 386 Secondary Education Professional Dev. Experience co-req ED 385  1 SH 
ED 440 Integrating Language  3 SH 
ED 449 Teaching Math in Secondary Schools  3 SH 
ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies (W3)  1 SH 
ED 342 Student Teaching Secondary Education (Grade 7-12) (CE)  12 SH 
Minimum GPA for the BS Secondary Education: Mathematics = 3.0. 


General Education
: All students must complete the General Education curriculum. General Education Requirements include both competency and breadth requirements. In some cases, major courses will satisfy competencies. These are indicated in the parentheses after the course title. For a complete description of the General Education program, follow this link. https://catalogs.wcsu.edu/ugrad/academic-programs-degrees/ 

Cognates: In some programs there are courses outside of the major that are required as pre-requisites or enhancements to the major course work. These courses may satisfy competencies and they will count toward the general education breadth requirement. If cognate courses are required, they are included in the list of courses required in the major.  

Electives: All degrees require 120 semester hours.  Elective credits are opportunities for minors, internships, study abroad, and just following general interests. We encourage all students to speak with their advisors about great opportunities for their elective courses. 


Sample Four Year Plan: BS Secondary Education: Math
Four-year plans are suggestions. Plans change. Consult your advisor to adjust your plan.  

Semester 1  SH  Semester 2  SH 
MAT 150 Math Seminar 1 (FY)  .5  MAT 151 Math Seminar II  .5 
MAT 141 Foundational Discrete Math  3  CS 140 Intro to Programming   4 
MAT 181 Calculus I (QR)  4  MAT 182 Calculus II (QR, Rpt. 1)  4 
WRT 101 Composition I (W1)  3  Gen Ed: Breadth  3 
HIS 148 or 149 American History (CT)  3  Health & Wellness (HW)  2 
Gen Ed: Intercultural Comp. (IC)*  3  Gen Ed: Intercult. Comp. (IC, Rpt. 2)  3 
       
Semester 3  SH  Semester 4  SH 
MAT 207 Proofs  3  MAT 212 Math in the Middle Grades   3 
MAT 281 Calculus III  4  MAT 222 Introductory Statistics  3 
ED 206 Introduction to Education (IL, OC)  3  MAT 272 Intro to Linear Algebra  3 
HPX 215 Health Issues in Schools  3  ED 212 Educational Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence II (W2)  3 
Gen Ed: Repeat 3  3  Gen Ed: Breadth   3 
       
Semester 5  SH  Semester 6  SH 
MAT 242 Foundations of Geometry  3  MAT 342 Topics in Geometry  3 
MAT Elective  3  MAT 375 Algebraic Structures  3 
Lab Science:  Scientific Inquiry (SI)  4  MAT 383 Intro to Math Analysis OR MAT 363 History of Math  3 
Gen Ed: Breadth  3  Fine Arts: Creative Process (CP)  3 
Free Electives  2-3  Gen Ed: Breadth   3 
       
Semester 7  SH  Semester 8  SH 
EPY 405 Intro to Special Education   3  ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies (W3)  1 
ED 385 Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools   3  ED 342 Student Teaching Secondary Education (Grade 7-12) (CE)  12 
ED 386 Secondary Education Professional Dev. Experience   1     
ED 440 Integrating Language  3     
ED 449 Teaching Math in Secondary Schools  3     
Total Credits Required for the BS Secondary Ed in Math = 120; Minimum GPA 3.0. 

* The BS Secondary Ed:  Mathematics requires that students complete a language at or above the elementary II level. Students who have completed three years of a foreign language at a minimum of a C average in high school have met this requirement. However, they must still complete at least one Intercultural Competency course. 

See the Department of Education and Educational Psychology within the School of Professional Studies.

 

Minor in Mathematics (at least 17 SH)

Please see your advisor to review all program requirements.

Required Courses (8 SH):
Mat 171 Calculus I with Review OR MAT 181 Calculus I
MAT 182 Calculus II

Three (3) approved MAT electives (9-12 SH):
Courses selected with approval of Mathematics advisor

 In addition, the student must achieve a GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.