Mathematics

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Mathematics Bachelor of Science (BS)

Introduction

“In this changing world, those who understand and can do mathematics will have significantly enhanced opportunities and options for shaping their futures. Mathematical competence opens doors to productive futures.” National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Mathematics is an established and growing field with students pursuing careers in engineering, actuarial science, database and computer systems administration network and data communication analysis, statistical analysis secondary mathematics teaching and other fields. Students with a major in mathematics often pursue graduate studies in mathematics, physics, and engineering.

Preparation for a career in teaching mathematics

Math on a whiteboard The curriculum represents a standard mathematics degree; however the courses offered also reflect the recommendations put forth by the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004 (reference is Mathematical Association of America (2004). Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004. Ret May 2011: http://www.maa.org/cupm/curr_guide.html) for majors preparing to be secondary mathematics teachers. According to MAA, mathematical sciences majors preparing to teach secondary mathematics should:

  • Learn to make appropriate connections between the advanced mathematics they are learning sand the secondary mathematics they will be teaching. They should be helped to reach this understanding in courses throughout the curriculum and through a senior-level experience that makes these connections explicit.
  • Fulfill the requirements for a mathematics major by including topics from abstract algebra and number theory, analysis (advanced calculus or real analysis), discrete mathematics, geometry, and statistics and probability with an emphasis on data analysis;
  • Learn about the history of mathematics and its applications, including recent work;
  • Experience many forms of mathematical modeling and a variety of technological tools, including graphing calculators and geometry software.
Mathematics Curriculum
Mathematics Basic Core Requirements (35 credits)
Credits Course
5 BCUSP 124 Calculus I
5 BCUSP 125 Calculus II
5 BCUSP 126 Calculus III
5 STMATH 307 Differential Equations
5 STMATH 308 Matrix Algebra
5 STMATH 324 Multivariable Calculus
5 STMATH 341 Introduction to Statistical Inference
Advanced Mathematics Core Requirements (20 credits)
Credits Course
5 STMATH 300 Foundations of Modern Mathematics
5 STMATH 381 Discrete Mathematical Modeling
5 STMATH 402 Abstract Algebra
5 STMATH 424 Introduction to Analysis I
Supporting Science Course Requirements (16 credits)
Credits Course
5 BPHYS 121
5 BPHYS 122
6 CSS 161/CSSSKL 161
Mathematics Electives Choose 5 courses (25 credits)
STMATH 310 Mathematical Game Theory
STMATH 326 Multivariable Calculus II
STMATH 350 Applied Number Theory and Cryptography
STMATH 390 Probability and Statistics in Engineering and Science
STMATH 403 Abstract Algebra II
STMATH 420 History of Mathematics
STMATH 425 Introduction to Analysis II
STMATH 444 Foundations of Geometry
STMATH 4XX/BEDUC 5XX Fostering Algebraic Reasoning
STMATH 4XX/BEDUC 5XX Fostering Geometric Reasoning
STMATH 4XX/BEDUC 5XX Fostering Data, Graphical and Statistical Understanding

Links

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
University of Washington Bothell Mathematics Secondary Education Endorsement