Mathematics (MATH)

MATHEMATICS (MATH)

Mathematics is the language used to understand the universe, from atomic-level chemical reactions, to the motion of the planets around the sun, and everything in between. While many graduates continue on to masters- or doctoral-level studies it’s no surprise that others use the critical thinking and reasoning skills learned at Western in a wide variety of fields including engineering, education, software programming, database management, research for business firms, and more. A degree in Mathematics can open the door to almost any career.

 

Western's Mathematics program provides several paths into these exciting professions. The standard major gives a sound foundation from which one can pursue advanced degrees or enter the business world with excellent quantitative skills. The secondary licensure emphasis is designed for people who want to teach in high schools or middle schools, where a shortage of well-qualified math teachers provides excellent job opportunities. The actuarial science emphasis trains students to analyze risk for the insurance and finance industries. Many actuarial science students are able to pass the first professional certification test before they graduate.

 

Regardless of one's major, the two mathematics minors will add quantitative skills critical to success and advancement in any profession. The standard minor provides a well-rounded set of problem solving skills and the ability to analyze complicated situations. The data analytics minor is designed to add the computational fluency which is driving nearly every profession now. This minor prepares students to analyze large data sets and extract valuable knowledge from data. These data are being produced in many fields and this minor allows students to work with professionals in other fields to derive appropriate solutions.

FACULTY

Professors Robert A. Cohen, Andrew G. Keck, Heidi L. Keck, Jeremy Muskat, and Daniel L. Schuster;

Associate Professor Kimberly J. Fix;

Lecturers Edith Cranor-Buck, Erik Kjosness, and Zachary Treisman.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

Each Mathematics Major requires the 25-credit Mathematics Core.

Mathematics Core

CS 190  Computer Science I 

3 cr

MATH 151  Calculus I 

4 cr

MATH 220  Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 

3 cr

MATH 251  Calculus II

4 cr

MATH 260  Applied Linear Algebra 

3 cr

MATH 451  Analysis I 

3 cr

MATH 471  Abstract Algebra I 

3 cr

MATH 495  Senior Seminar 

2 cr

 
Mathematics Major: Standard Program

A minimum of 41 credits is required, including the 25-credit Mathematics Core and at least 16 credits from the following:

CS 191  Computer Science II  

3 cr

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics 

      3 cr

MATH 252  Calculus III 

4 cr

MATH 300  Introduction to Mathematical Modeling

3 cr

MATH 313  Statistical Modeling and Simulation 

3 cr

MATH 314  Applied Probability 

3 cr

MATH 317  Genome Analysis

3 cr

MATH 330  Topics in Geometry 

3 cr

MATH 354  Differential Equations 

3 cr

MATH 360  Linear Algebra 

3 cr

MATH 370  History of Mathematics 

3 cr

MATH 397  Special Topics 

1-6 cr

MATH 414  Actuarial Mathematics 

3 cr

MATH 456  Introduction to Complex Analysis 

3 cr

MATH 497  Special Topics

1-6 cr

 
Mathematics Major: Comprehensive Programs

ACTUARIAL SCIENCE EMPHASIS

A minimum of 56 credits is required, including the 25-credit Mathematics Core and the following:

BUAD 311  Essential Excel Skills for the Workplace 

1 cr

BUAD 312  Advanced Excel Applications 

2 cr

ECON 201  Macroeconomics 

3 cr

ECON 202  Microeconomics 

3 cr

ECON 316  Econometrics 

3 cr

ECON 361  Money, Banking, and Financial Markets 

3 cr

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics 

3 cr

MATH 252  Calculus III 

4 cr

MATH 313  Statistical Modeling and Simulation 

3 cr

MATH 314  Applied Probability 

3 cr

MATH 414  Actuarial Mathematics 

3 cr

 

SECONDARY LICENSURE EMPHASIS

This emphasis qualifies students for the State of Colorado License to teach Mathematics in junior high, middle school or high school.  Students interested in pursuing this comprehensive program should consult with the Teacher Education Program advisor in addition to the advisor in their major as soon as possible.  A minimum of 50 credits is required including the 25-credit Mathematics Core and the courses listed below.  In addition, the student must fulfill the requirements of the Secondary Licensure Program (see description under Education).

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics 

3 cr

MATH 252  Calculus III 

4 cr

MATH 266  Secondary Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective 

3 cr

MATH 330  Topics in Geometry 

3 cr

MATH 360  Linear Algebra 

3 cr

MATH 366  Methods of Teaching Secondary Mathematics 

3 cr

MATH 370  History of Mathematics 

3 cr

One of the following:

 

MATH 300  Mathematical Modeling

3 cr

MATH 313  Statistical Modeling and Simulation

3 cr

 

Mathematics Minor

The Mathematics Minor requires a minimum of 18 credits:

MATH 151  Calculus I 

4 cr

MATH 251  Calculus II

4 cr

MATH elective (300-level or above) 

3 cr

At least seven credits from the following:

 

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics 

3 cr

MATH 220  Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 

3 cr

MATH 252  Calculus III

4 cr

MATH 260  Applied Linear Algebra

3 cr

MATH 275  Scientific Programming Modeling and Simulation

3 cr

MATH 297  Special Topics

3 cr

or any upper-division Mathematics course 

3 cr

 

Data Analytics Minor

The Data Analytics Minor consists of the following courses:

One of the following:

 

MATH 213  Probability and Statistics

3 cr

ECON 216  Statistics for Business and Economics

3 cr

And:

 

CS 190  Computer Science I

3 cr

ECON 202  Microeconomics

3 cr

MATH 260  Applied Linear Algebra

3 cr

MATH 313  Statistical Modeling and Simulation

3 cr

ECON 316  Econometrics

3 cr

CS 303  Machine Learning

3 cr

 

Capstone Course Requirement. The following course fulfills the capstone course requirement: MATH 495 Senior Seminar.