Mathematics and Computer Science

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An essential preparation for living responsibly in a world increasingly depen­dent on quantitative methods in decision-making is familiarity with the mathematical sciences. Courses offered in fulfillment of the core curriculum mathematics require­ment are designed to enable the student to apply mathematics in solving problems related to contemporary issues.

Mathematics — Students in this program will:

  1. develop attitudes of mind and analytical skills required for the efficient use and understanding of mathematics;
  2. be able to abstract from the particular to the general and understand how to construct a proof of a mathematical statement. 
  3. be able to build mathematical models of real world situations;
  4. have competency in the use of computers as a tool in mathematical problem-solving;
  5. be able to work independently on problems in mathematics;
  6. have an understanding of the origin and historical development of basic math­ematical concepts.

Math/Secondary Education
— In addition to the goals of Mathematics majors above, students in this program will:

  1. know and understand mathematics substantially beyond that which they may be expected to teach;
  2. be able to relate that mathematics to the world of the student;
  3. be able to make the pupil aware of the role of mathematics in our culture and of the relationship between mathematics and the natural and social sciences;
  4. be able to plan and implement a program of learning in mathematics for students of varying backgrounds and abilities;
  5. be able to evaluate the learning process through a variety of methods and set up an environment conducive to learning;
  6. recognize learning disabilities and know the appropriate measures to take in such cases.


General Requirements — All Students

All students must complete at least one course in Mathematics. Courses designed to satisfy this requirement are MATH 110, 120, 201, 202, 216.

Degree Requirements

Credits required for Mathematics

Major: 48
Core: 43/46
Electives: 35
Total to Graduate: 126

Credits required for Mathematics / Secondary Education

Major: 44 + 35
Core: 43/46
Electives: 4
Total to Graduate: 126

Curriculum Requirements — Majors and Minors

B.S. Mathematics or Mathematics/Secondary Education (40 credits)

I. (28 credits) All courses in this list:

CS 142 Programming in C++
MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MATH 202 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MATH 203 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
MATH 204 Calculus with Analytic Geometry IV
MATH 220 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MATH 216 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
MATH 271 Transition to Advanced Mathematics 3
MATH 321 Abstract Algebra
MATH 322, 322L Linear Algebra
MATH 495 Senior Seminar

II. Cognate requirement (4 or 8 credits): (Satisfies Category III of the Core Requirements) Math/Secondary Ed majors must take PHYS 303 and PHYS 303L. Mathematics majors must take PHYS 303, 304 and PHYS 303L, 304L.

List A (6 credits) Mathematics majors must choose two courses from this list. Math/Secondary Ed majors must take MATH 323 and 324.

CS 314 Mathematical Modeling 3
MATH 323 Theory of Numbers
MATH 324 College Geometry
MATH 420 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 456 Mathematical Statistics

List B (6 credits) Mathematics majors must choose two courses from this list. Math/Secondary Ed majors need no courses from this list but must take MATH 219 and MATH 411B.

MATH 311 Differential Equations
MATH 425 Topology
MATH 430 Real Analysis
MATH 440 Complex Variables

Education Requirements for Math/Secondary Ed (35 credits):

EDUC 000 Field Experience (every semester) 0
EDUC005D Practicum IV Secondary/K-12 1
EDUC 100, 101 Introduction to Education .5,.5
PSY 252 Adolescent Psychology 3
*EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
*EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
*EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 442L Student Teaching 9
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
**SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
*SPED 367 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 461 Methods, Materials, and Assessment of ELL 3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

Students should consult the Education Department for a description of admis­sion and retention criteria.

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Mathematics Minor

A student may elect to minor in Mathematics by completing 18 credits in the department. A maximum of one course may be at the 100 level and a minimum of one course must be at the 300 level or above.

Computer Science Minor

A student may elect to minor in Computer Science by completing six courses (18 credits) from the following two lists. Each course in both lists is three credits. At least three courses must be taken from List A.

A. Department of Mathematical Sciences

CS 142 Programming in C++
CS 241 Machine Language with Assembler
CS 245 Computer Data Structures (3)
CS 341 Analysis of Algorithms
CS 344 Operating System Principles
MATH 420 Discrete Mathematics
CS 463 Numerical Methods

B. School of Business and Global Innovation

BUS 207 JAVA++
BUS 303 Database Management Systems
BUS 304 System Analysis and Design
BUS 305 Computer Networks and Data Communications
BUS 307 Web Application Development
BUS 400 Operating Systems
BUS 401 Visual Basic
BUS 405 Advanced Applications Development: COBOL

Astronomy Minor

A student may elect to minor in Astronomy by completing these six courses (19 credits). Each course is 3 credits except PHYS 303, 303L, which is 4 credits (3 + 1).

MATH 115 or 170 or 201 Precalculus or Calculus 3
MATH 216 Statistics 3
PHYS 112 Introduction to Astronomy 3
PHYS 303, 303L Physics I and Physics I Lab 4
ASTR 250 The Solar System 3
ASTR 260 Galaxies, Relativity, and Cosmology 3

Credit Transfer Policy

Major Programs

Students must maintain a 2.33 QPA in major courses. Transfer students who wish to complete a program offered by the department must take at least fifty percent of their major courses at Marywood University.

Minor Programs

Students must maintain a 2.33 QPA in minor courses. Transfer students who wish to complete a minor must take at least fifty percent of the minor requirements at Marywood.

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