BA in Mathematics

General

Program Description

If you have a passion for challenging coursework, practical applications, and problem-solving, a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics may be a great option.

You will discover a strong interrelationship among mathematics, computer science, and physics, reflecting the faculty’s longstanding focus on helping the student find the right program for their skills and interests. The department merges coursework with laboratory activities, practical internships, and opportunities for teaching and leadership. Courses emphasize in-depth group activities, enabling you to tackle challenging projects while developing your interpersonal communication skills. These experiences will provide a solid foundation for future employment or graduate study.

Wartburg supports and encourages undergraduate research and design projects utilizing innovative technology, including virtual reality displays and 3-D visualization software.


Program Fast Facts

The mathematics program helps students understand the structure of mathematics, demonstrate skills, solve problems, and apply mathematics in meaningful vocations and services. Students use computers on an NT network located near mathematics classrooms and have use of them both inside and outside of class.

  • Students will develop a coherent and broad-based understanding of the mathematics discipline consistent with the current MAA recommendations.
  • Students will be prepared for entry into mathematics professions such as actuarial scientist or applied mathematician, for graduate study, and for the professional and personal challenges of the discipline.
  • Students will appreciate mathematical knowledge and skills and be prepared to confront the ethical and societal issues associated with the mathematics profession.
  • Students will be prepared to apply their knowledge of mathematics and computer technology to specific problems and produce solutions.
  • After graduation, students who have completed the mathematics major and have sought employment will be employed in a math-related field or enrolled in graduate school.


Requirements

11 course credits:

  • CS 120 Introduction to Computers and Programming
  • MA 250 Applied Calculus
  • MA 251 Foundational Differential Calculus
  • MA 252 Foundational Integral Calculus
  • MA 255 Multivariable Calculus
  • MA 301 Linear Algebra
  • MA 461 Perspectives in Mathematics

Five course credits from:

  • CS 310 Automata and Formal Languages
  • MA 295 Special Topics (One topic approved by E.P.C.)
  • Cryptography
  • MA 300 Foundations of Analysis
  • MA 302 Algebraic Structures
  • MA 303 Discrete Structures
  • MA 304 Modern Geometries
  • MA 305 Advanced Calculus
  • MA 307 Mathematical Modeling
  • MA 313 Mathematical Probability and Statistics
  • MA 314 Statistical Applications
  • MA 371 Internship
  • MA 401 Differential Equations
  • MA 403 Complex Variables
  • MA 409 Numerical Analysis
  • MA 449 Mathematics Seminar
  • MA 450 Independent Study
  • PHY 302 Advanced Mechanics
Last updated July 2018

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