2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Mar 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Mathematics, BS



Program Description

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers several programs leading to a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or statistics, as well as minor programs in mathematics and in statistics. Master of Science programs are available as well.

Major Programs

The Bachelor of Science in mathematics program offers three concentrations: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and mathematics education. These three programs as well as the Bachelor of Science in Statistics program are adaptable to many postgraduation goals, ranging from various scientific or professional careers to graduate school. The Bachelor of Arts program provides a broad background in mathematics with a liberal arts orientation.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics participates in the dual major program, leading to either the B.A. or the B.S. degree. 

Each mathematics major is assigned an advisor from the department faculty. As early as possible in their college career, students should consult with their advisor on the important choice of a concentration. Likewise, students should confer with their advisor to discuss which courses to take and when to take them. Advising materials are available in the department office to help mathematics majors in these choices. However, there is no substitute for regular, in-person consultation with the faculty advisor. Moreover, the advisor must approve all courses intended to satisfy program requirements.

Honors Program

Mathematics majors who have demonstrated superior ability in upper-level mathematics and statistics courses may pursue an honors program with the approval of the department. Further information is available from the departmental office.

Dual Major

Special programs of study are available for students interested in a dual major in mathematics and another area such as computer science, engineering, or physics. Dual major programs may be arranged for students with other interdisciplinary interests. Basic requirements follow and must be integrated with a corresponding program from another participating department. All programs require a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Integrated Mathematics Teacher Licensure

Note: The Adolescent to Young Adult Mathematics license is included in the undergraduate bachelor’s degree in mathematics and mathematics education concentration. Students must apply to the College of Education’s teacher licensure program.

Admission Requirements

Students must earn a C or better in MTH 2300 (or equivalent course) to be accepted in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Students must complete one of the major programs described below. Each program includes Wright State Core requirements, departmental requirements, related course requirements, and general electives. The departmental component consists of required courses and electives in mathematics and statistics. Students must achieve at least a 2.0 GPA in the courses numbered 3000 or higher used to satisfy this component. The general electives may be taken outside the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Mathematics majors will:

  • acquire problem-solving skills in a broad range of significant Mathematics;
  • gain an understanding of what constitutes mathematical thinking, including the ability to produce and judge the validity of rigorous mathematical arguments;
  • communicate mathematical ideas and arguments;
  • and, for those with a concentration in Mathematics Education, develop an approach to mathematics teaching informed by their understandings of mathematics, standards for mathematical practice, and Ohio’s mathematics content area standards.

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Mathematics, BS


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 42 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 10 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 19 Hours


III. Departmental Requirements and Electives: 21 Hours


IV. Related Course Requirements: 4 Hours


V. General Electives: 34 Hours


Foreign language study is recommended

Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

Applied Mathematics Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 42 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 10 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 16 Hours


III. Departmental Requirements and Electives: 24 Hours


IV. Related Course Requirements: 16 Hours


V. General Electives: 24 Hours


Total: 122 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

Dual Major Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 40 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 7 Hours


III. Departmental Requirements and Electives: 15 Hours


Two of the following:

IV. Related Course Requirements: 4 Hours


V. General Electives: 54 Hours


Student must complete a BS major program in another department

Total: 120 Hours


Mathematics Education Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 42 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 10 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 19 Hours


V. Additional Requirements: 31 Hours


Option 1: AYA Integrated Mathematics Licensure

Option 2: Non Licensure Option

  • Two mathematics-department-approved electives Credit Hour(s): 6
  • General Electives Credit Hour(s): 25

Total: 120 Hours


Note:


Students who intend to seek AYA:Integrated Mathematics licensure in the State of Ohio should apply for admission to the licensure program in the College of Education and Human Services once they have successfully completed MTH 2800, completed all of the pre-requisite education courses, and met all of the admission requirements. Once admitted to the licensure program, students may take AYA-mathematics licensure courses, as determined by the Teacher Education Department. While students may earn a B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Mathematics Education without completing the licensure pathway, they will not be licensed to teach. Students choosing not to pursue licensure will replace the 4000-level ED courses with two department-approved mathematics courses and general elective hours.

Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.