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Mathematics Courses

MA 090 - Intermediate Algebra 3 hrs.

This course is an introduction to algebra including polynomials, algebraic fractions, first-degree and second-degree equations and inequalities, exponents, radicals, graphing, relations, functions, and systems of linear equations. Students with a ACT Math score of less than 20 will be required to pass this course with a C or better. (This course counts toward the determination of full-time student status, but does not count toward the minimum hours needed for graduation under this catalog.) Co-requisite: MA 091.

MA 091 - Intermediate Algebra Lab 1 hr.

This course is designed to work in conjunction with MA 090 to provide students an opportunity to review and apply the skills and concepts introduced during MA 090. This course is graded on a pass/no credit basis. (This course counts toward the determination of full-time student status, but does not count toward the minimum hours needed for graduation under this catalog.) Co-requisite: MA 090.

MA 142 - The Language of Mathematics 3 hrs.

The purpose of this course is to help students learn to read, write, and think in the abstract, symbolic language of mathematics. The course focuses on both oral and written modes of communication and includes grammar, syntax, vocabulary, synonyms, negations, sentence structure, paragraph structure, logic, and proof. Since this material is essential for all areas of mathematics, the target audience includes education majors and students seeking to meet the general education requirement. Prerequisite: an ACT Math score of 20 or above, or MA 090 with a C or better.

MA 145 - College Algebra 3 hrs.

This course includes a study of algebraic equations, inequalities, functions, graphs, polynomials, rational functions, and exponential and logarithmic functions. The target audience includes students preparing for calculus and science courses. Prerequisite: An ACT Math score of 20 or above, or MA 090 with a C or better.

MA 146 - Trigonometry 2 hrs.

In this course students will study trigonometric functions and their inverses, solve triangles, solve trigonometric identities and equations, and learn to graph trigonometric functions and their inverses. Co-requisite: MA 171 or permission of instructor.

MA 153 - Calculus for the Social Sciences 3 hrs.

This course for students of the social sciences will include algebraic, logarithmic, and exponential functions; single and multivariable calculus; and applications to business and the social sciences. Prerequisite: Math Proficiency Requirement as described in the section on General Education Requirements. Not open to students with credit in MA 171.

MA 171 - Calculus I 4 hrs.

This course is the beginning course in calculus. Topics to be studied include functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of the derivative, definite integral, and topics in differential calculus. Prerequisites: MA 145 and MA 146.

MA 172 - Calculus II 4 hrs.

This continuation of MA 171 will include more integration techniques and applications of calculus. Prerequisite: MA 171 with a grade of C or better.

MA 173 - MESP Calculus I Workshop 1 hr.

In this workshop students will explore the more challenging aspects of calculus by working cooperatively in groups on designated problem set given in the workshop. Co-requisite: MA 171.

MA 174 - MESP Calculus II Workshop 1 hr.

In this workshop students will explore the more challenging aspects of calculus by working cooperatively in groups on designated problem set given in the workshop. Co-requisite: MA 172.

MA 221 - Statistics I 3 hrs.

This course begins with statistical methods for organizing and describing data. Methods are presented for describing both single variables and describing relationships between two variables. Both graphical and numerical summaries are presented. Designs for producing data are introduced. Probability, random variables, and sampling distributions are also introduced. Prerequisites: mastery of spreadsheets; an ACT Math score of 20 or above, or MA 090 with a grade of C or better.

MA 261 - Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I 3 hrs.

This course studies the structure of the real number system with special emphasis on modern concepts.

It is required of all elementary education majors. A grade of C or above is required for certification. Prerequisites: Elementary education major or permission of the mathematics department chair; Math Proficiency Requirement as described in the section on General Education Requirements.

MA 262 - Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II 3 hrs.

This course is a continuation of MA 261 with topics from probability, statistics, and geometry including measurement, the metric system, and transformations. Prerequisite: MA 261.

MA 271 - Calculus III 4 hrs.

This course is a continuation of MA 172 introducing series, partial derivatives, multiple integration, vectors, and vector calculus. Prerequisite: MA 172 with a grade of C or better.

MA 281 - Introduction to Linear Algebra 4 hrs.

This course includes systems of linear equations, vector spaces, matrices, determinants, reduction to diagonal form, eigenvalues, and geometric applications. Prerequisite: MA 172 with a grade of C or better.

MA 291 - Introduction to Higher Mathematics 3 hrs.

Introduction to Higher Mathematics covers basic notations, concepts, and proof techniques needed for more advanced courses in mathematics and computer science. Topics will include basic set theory, functions, relations, and mathematical induction, with an introduction to graph theory and combinatorics. Prerequisite: MA 172 with a grade of C or better.

MA 299 - Independent Study in Mathematics 1-3 hrs.

Students who have demonstrated superior achievement in mathematics may enroll for independent study under the supervision of a consenting instructor. Prerequisite: Department chair approval.

MA 321 - Statistics II 3 hrs.

This course is a continuation of MA 221 and covers topics in inferential statistics including hypothetical testing, confidence intervals, linear regression, and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: MA 221 or permission of instructor.

MA 332 - Geometry for Teachers 3 hrs.

This course is a course in geometry for teachers. Students will examine middle school and high school geometry topics from an advanced perspective. Topics included are congruence, distance and similarity, trigonometry, area and volume, and axiomatic and Euclidean geometry. Prerequisites: MA 171, 172, 291, or permission of instructor.

Courses numbered MA 350 or higher (with the exception of MA 372) are offered on a two-year cycle. Consult the department for further details regarding the scheduling of these courses.

MA 359 - Mathematical Methods of Physical Science 3 hrs.

This course introduces students to mathematical techniques beyond those covered in MA 271 that are of fundamental importance in the physical sciences. Topics covered include the gradient, divergence, curl and del operators; line, surface, and volume integrals; and Fourier series. Prerequisite: MA 271 with a grade of C or better. (Cross-listed as PC 359.)

MA 362 - Modern Geometries 3 hrs.

This course will study how different geometric systems arise as a consequence of choosing different systems of axioms, especially the axiom systems leading to Euclidean geometry and hyperbolic geometry. Prerequisite: MA 291 with a grade of C or better.

MA 372 - Differential Equations 3 hrs.

This is a course in ordinary differential equations. Topics will include first order equations, equations and systems with constant coefficients, undetermined coefficients, variations of parameters, and applications. Prerequisite: MA 281 with a grade of C or better.

MA 383 - Introduction to Modern Algebra 3 hrs.

This is an advanced algebra course that includes algebraic structures with groups, fields, and rings and their applications. Prerequisite: MA 281 and 291, both with a grade of C or better.

MA 385 - Probability 3 hrs.

This is a course in probability that will include the following topics: sample spaces, axioms and elementary theorems of probability, conditional probability and independence, random variables, probability distributions, expectation, multivariate distributions, and limit theorems. Prerequisite: MA 291 with a grade of C or better.

MA 472 - Advanced Applied Statistics 3 hrs.

This is an advanced statistics course covering estimation, testing hypotheses, regression and correlation, linear models, and the design of experiments. Prerequisites: MA 321 or 385; and one of the following: MA 153 or 172 (both with a grade of C or better) or permission of the instructor.

MA 491 - Introduction to Real Analysis 3 hrs.

This is an advanced course in calculus including limits, continuity, differentiability, integrability, and infinite series, with emphasis on precise definitions and proofs of theorems. Prerequisite: MA 271 and 291, both with a grade of C or better.

MA 493 - Introduction to Complex Analysis 3 hrs.

This is an advanced course in the study of complex-valued functions of a complex variable, and it covers the arithmetic of complex numbers, the definition of specific functions, the differentiation and integration of such functions, series, residues and poles, and mappings of the complex plane into itself. Prerequisites: MA 271 and MA 291, both with a grade of C or better.

MA 295, 395, 495 - Special Topics 1-3 hrs.

The topics of this course will be determined by student needs and interests.

MA 499 - Independent Study in Mathematics 1-3 hrs.

Students who have demonstrated superior achievement in mathematics may enroll for independent study under the supervision of a consenting instructor. Prerequisite: Department chair approval.