Bachelor in Mathematics

Wabash College

Program Description

Bachelor in Mathematics

Wabash College

Mathematics is the study of patterns and the logical connections between them. The patterns can be numerical, algebraic, or geometric. The logical connections are typically computations and proofs. When the patterns come from the real world, we get applied mathematics.

The logical connections might then take the form of a differential equation that predicts how a disease outbreak will unfold, a statistical model that allows an actuary to assess risks or a geometric algorithm that displays a three-dimensional object on a flat computer screen. When the patterns come from our collective imaginations, we get the myriad sub-disciplines of pure mathematics: real analysis, abstract algebra, topology, non-Euclidean geometry, probability, and many others.

Department students acquire a sense of the nature of mathematics and computer science and their place in society. It provides its majors with an understanding of mathematics and its nature and uses, to help them become effective users of mathematics in their careers.

The mathematics major can tailor upper-level courses to his interests (including pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics) and career goals (including actuarial science, computer science, and secondary education).

Goals

The mathematics program has the following goals:

  • To give all students who take mathematics courses a sense of the nature of mathematics and its place in society;
  • To give our mathematics majors and minors an understanding of mathematics, its nature and uses; to prepare students to become effective users of mathematics in their careers;
  • To prepare future high school teachers of mathematics;
  • To give our students interested in continuing to graduate study in mathematics, statistics, or computer science an adequate preparation to succeed in that study.
  • To prepare students to excel in their majors. This includes students in distribution courses, mathematics and computer science minors, and students with double majors, who will gain deeper insights into their other majors.

The mathematics major can tailor upper-level courses to his interests (including pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics) and career goals (including actuarial science, computer science, and secondary education).

Advanced Placement

  • A student who gets a 5 on the AB calculus exam receives immediate credit for MAT-111 Calculus I and is placed into MAT-112 Calculus II.
  • A student who gets a 4 on the AB calculus exam is placed into MAT-112 Calculus II without immediate credit for MAT-111 Calculus I.
  • Any student starting in MAT-112 Calculus II (by the AP exam or our internal placement) who gets a B- or better will receive retroactive credit for MAT-111 Calculus I.
  • A student who gets a 4 or 5 on the BC calculus exam receives immediate credit for MAT-111 Calculus I and MAT-112 Calculus II and is placed into MAT-223 Elementary Linear Algebra.
  • A student who gets a 4 or 5 on the statistics AP exam receives immediate credit for MAT-103 Probability and MAT-104 Statistics.
  • A student who gets a 4 or 5 on the computer science AP exam receives credit for CSC-111 Intro to Programming after taking another course beyond CSC-111 Intro to Programming and getting a grade of B- or better.

Mathematics majors may opt for the Pure Mathematics track, the Computational Mathematics track, or the Financial Mathematics track. There is a great deal of overlap among these choices, and all include the four core courses.

Major in Mathematics

Mathematics Core Courses
MAT-111 Calculus I 1
or MAT-110 Calc. I With Pre-Calc. Review
MAT-112 Calculus II 1
MAT-223 Elementary Linear Algebra 1
MAT-331 Abstract Algebra I 1
Track
Select one of the following tracks: 5
Pure Mathematics
Computational Mathematics
Financial Mathematics
Total Credits 9

Mathematics majors should complete the four core courses by the end of the sophomore year, if possible; they must be completed by the end of the junior year.

Incoming freshmen interested in pursuing mathematics at Wabash College will typically take MAT-111 Calculus I or MAT-112 Calculus II in the fall (depending on placement) and MAT-112 Calculus II or MAT-223 Elementary Linear Algebra in the spring. Course choices in the fall of the sophomore year will usually depend on the direction the student sees himself headed. Students should plan to take MAT-331 Abstract Algebra I in the spring of their sophomore year.

Potential mathematics majors should discuss their plans with a member of the department and should read the brochure “How to Major in Mathematics at Wabash College” and the flowchart describing prerequisites among the courses for the major. Several courses are offered in alternate years; majors must plan accordingly.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated August 7, 2018
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