CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 14, 2018  
CURRENT 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics, BS


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Total number of hours for the program: 120.

Liberal Studies (42 hours)


Liberal Studies Program Requirements  

Major Requirements


The major requires 38-74 hours, including a Core and a Concentration, explained below.

Note: Only grades of C (2.0) or higher in required mathematics core courses will satisfy requirements in the major.

The following courses are required:

Additional Required Course, 2 hours


Math Electives Categories


Actuarial Science Concentration:


The actuarial science concentration includes courses that prepare students for professional examinations Exam P and Exam FM jointly administered by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).  The concentration also includes coursework that meets learning objectives for Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) in Mathematical Statistics, Accounting and Finance, and Economics.

Applied Concentration:


Required 12 hours:


Two additional courses from the math electives with at least one of these courses in the Computing/Modeling category and:

To complete the program:


A second major or a minor in one of the following areas of application: biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, geology, physics, or a program approved by the mathematics and computer science department head.

Data Science Concentration:


The course requirements for the data science concentration were selected in consultation with the Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Data Science endorsed by the American Statistical Association.

The program uses the existing core classes from other mathematics concentrations and supplements with 27 required hours in computer science and mathematics/statistics with 3 hours of electives from computer science and/or mathematics/statistics.

Required 27 hours:


To complete the concentration requirements, 27 hours must be taken from the required courses below and/or from courses approved by the Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Data Science Electives (3 hours) selected from:


To complete the concentration requirements, at least 3 hours must be selected from the electives below and/or from courses approved by the Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Mathematics Education Concentration:


Admissions to the Mathematics Education Program

Students seeking admission to the Mathematics Education Program must declare their major and meet the requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Additional information is available at http://teachereducation.wcu.edu.

Admission to the Professional Education Sequence

Students in Professional Education must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program and are subject to all of the teacher education requirements. EDCI 201 is the only course in the professional education sequence that may be taken prior to admission to teacher education.

Continuation in the Mathematics Education Program

To continue in the program, students must meet the continuation requirements of the Teacher Education Program. Additional information on these requirements is available at http://teachereducation.wcu.edu. In addition to these requirements, a student enrolled in the BS in Mathematics with the Mathematics Education Concentration must also be enrolled in the BSEd Mathematics. If hours taken in the major also meet Liberal Studies requirements, students may need to complete more elective hours to complete the full 120 total hours needed.

Traditional Mathematics Concentration:


Required 18 hours:


Twelve additional hours:  one course from each of the three non-Algebra/Discrete math electives categories, and one additional course from any of the four math elective categories, MATH 400 History of Mathematics, or other math courses approved by the mathematics and computer science department head and:

To complete the program:


A second major, a minor, or a program approved by the mathematics and computer science department head.

Additional Information for all Concentrations:


Students must complete all liberal studies requirements and general electives as needed to reach the total of 120 hours. At least 30 hours taken at WCU must be at the junior-senior level to meet of the general university degree requirements. Visit the department’s website at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/cas/science-and-math/mathcsdept/ to view the eight-semester curriculum guide.

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