Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mathematics Department

Department Chair, John T. Noonan

Faculty

Karen G. Doenges, PhD

John T. Noonan, PhD

Denise S. Parks, BA

Bradley S. Whitaker, EdD

Mathematics Program Objectives

The courses and curriculum of the mathematics program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes:

  • demonstrate a problem-solving approach to investigate and understand mathematical content;
  • use mathematics to describe patterns, relations and functions, and to model and solve problems;
  • formulate and solve problems from mathematical and everyday situations, thus connecting mathematics to other disciplines and real-world problems;
  • demonstrate a mastery of fundamental mathematical and quantitative skills;
  • make and evaluate mathematical conjectures and arguments, and validate mathematical thinking;
  • communicate mathematical ideas in oral and written form using everyday language, mathematical language, and mathematical symbols;
  • demonstrate an understanding of axiomatic systems in the branches of mathematics and the inter-relationships within mathematics;
  • evidence an appreciation of the historical development in mathematics that includes the contributions of groups and cultures; and
  • evidence the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level positions in mathematical professions, for teaching mathematics, and for graduate study in mathematics.

Note: Students are required to take MAT0083 Basic Algebra if their ACT mathematics subscore is below 17, or if the SAT mathematics subscore is below 460. Also, students are required to take MAT0093 Algebra if the ACT mathematics subscore is 17 or 18, or if the SAT mathematics subscore is 460-490. Credit hours for these courses do not count toward graduation.

Mathematics Departmental Programs

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Required Courses

MAT1034G Calculus I

4

MAT2034 Calculus II

4

MAT3034 Calculus III

4

CSC/MAT1053 Elementary Discrete Mathematics

3

CSC1024g Computer Science I

4

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

MAT3013 Linear Algebra

3

MAT3053 Modern Algebra

3

MAT4001 Technical Writing in Mathematics

1

Elective Courses

Select 12 credit hours from the following:

12

MAT3043 Differential Equations

 

MAT3063 Probability and Statistics

 

MAT3083 Number Theory

 

MAT3023 Advanced Discrete Mathematics

 

MAT4073 Numerical Methods

 

aMAT4089 Special Topics in Mathematics

 

aMAT5019 Independent Study

 

aMAT5029 Mathematics Internship

 

Total

41 Hours

The student with a major in mathematics must complete a minor in another discipline.

Bachelor of Science in Integrated Mathematics Education

Note: Students who wish to teach in adolescent to young adult education, in multi-age education, or in career-technical settings must complete general education and professional education courses which are listed in the School of Education and Professional Studies section of this catalog.

Required Courses

CSC1013G Introduction to Computing

3

MAT1034G Calculus I

4

CSC/MAT1053 Elementary Discrete Mathematics

3

MAT2034 Calculus II

4

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

MAT3002 History of Mathematics

2

MAT3034 Calculus III

4

MAT3013 Linear Algebra

3

MAT3053 Modern Algebra

3

MAT3063 Probability and Statistics

3

MAT3073 Geometry for Educators

3

MAT3083 Number Theory

3

MAT4002 Content Area Teaching Methods in Mathematics

2

Required Education Courses

46

Total

86 Hours

Mathematics Minor

MAT1034G Calculus I

4

MAT2034 Calculus II

4

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

MAT3013 Linear Algebra

3

Mathematics electives (select from courses numbered 3000 or above)

3-4

Total

17-18 Hours