Mathematics (MATH)
MATHEMATICS (MATH)
Mathematics is the language used to understand the universe, from atomiclevel chemical reactions, to the motion of the planets around the sun, and everything in between. While many graduates continue on to masters or doctorallevel 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 wellqualified 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 wellrounded 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, and Daniel L. Schuster;
Associate Professors Kimberly J. Fix and Jeremy Muskat;
Lecturers Edith CranorBuck, Erik Kjosness, Anthony Luehrs, and Zachary Treisman.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS
Each Mathematics Major requires the 25credit 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 25credit 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  16 cr 
MATH 414 Actuarial Mathematics  3 cr 
MATH 456 Introduction to Complex Analysis  3 cr 
MATH 497 Special Topics  16 cr 
Mathematics Major: Comprehensive Programs
ACTUARIAL SCIENCE EMPHASIS
A minimum of 56 credits is required, including the 25credit 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 25credit 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 (300level 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 upperdivision 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.