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Mathematics, BS


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Total number of hours for the program: 120.

Liberal Studies Hours (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:


Required 17 hours:


To complete the concentration requirements, 17 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 (12 hours) selected from:


To complete the concentration requirements, at least 12 hours must be selected from the electives below and/or from courses approved by the Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science.

B.S. Mathematics Accelerated Bachelor’s/Graduate Certificate in Data Science


The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Graduate Certificate option, outlined in detail below, allows students to earn a B.S. Mathematics and complete the Graduate Certificate in Data Science in an accelerated timeframe.

Guidelines:

Students eligible for the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Graduate Certificate Program have:

  1. Completed a minimum of sixty (60) in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement, and
  2. A minimum accumulated grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 at WCU.

Students may apply for admission to the Graduate School and permission for up to 12 credit hours of graduate level course work during their junior and senior years to count as advanced placement toward their certificate.  Such a request must be approved by both the Department Head of the Department Mathematics and Computer Science and the Program Director for the BS Mathematics.  They in turn must recommend this course of action to the Graduate School.  After the student receives the BS degree and completes admission requirements, he or she may be officially admitted into the Graduate Certificate in Data Science.  After admission to the certificate program, the designated courses in which the student earned grades of B or better may be applied towards the requirements of that degree.  These courses also count towards the 120 hours needed for the BS degree. Students in any concentration in the B.S. Mathematics may apply.

Students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Graduate Certificate may take the following graduate courses to apply toward the B.S. Mathematics:

  • MATH 530 Mathematical Modeling for MATH 430
  • MATH 541 Introduction to Numerical Analysis for MATH 441
  • MATH 550 Linear Optimization for MATH 450
  • MATH 562 Linear Algebra II for MATH 462
  • MATH 570 Probability and Statistics II for MATH 470
  • MATH 572 Data Science for MATH 472
  • MATH 574 Introduction to Statistical Models for MATH 474
  • MATH 575 Statistical Machine Learning for MATH 475

Students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Graduate Certificate may take the following graduate courses to apply toward the B.S. Computer Science:

  • CS 580 Artificial Intelligence for CS 480

Students in the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Graduate Certificate may not take MATH 678 until they have completed the B.S.

Visit the department’s website http://math.wcu.edu to view the semester curriculum guide.

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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