BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE
MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT: 3 hours
Courses that meet the mathematics requirement are those at the 100 level or above except for MATH 245 and MATH 246.
Students who are admitted to the University with a score 16 or below on the mathematics portion of the ACT are required to take DS-099: Intermediate Algebra before enrolling in any other math course. Students who score 17, 18, or 19 are encouraged to take DS-099. There are no other prerequisites for the following courses.
Those students who only need 3 hours of math credit for a Bachelor of Arts degree should take MATH 115: Elementary Statistics. Depending on how successful a student was in high school algebra or trigonometry, he/she might take 121 or 123 even if calculus is not on the horizon.
After completing MATH 261 with a grade of C or higher, students may not receive credit for MATH 121, 125, or 267.
MATH 115. ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
This course is designed for Liberal Arts students who will interpret data and communicate in the modern world of information overload. Future readers of professional journals should benefit greatly. The course touches on creating and reading graphs, histograms, and frequency tables; interpretation of standard deviation and z-scores, linear regression, etc.
MATH 121. COLLEGE ALGEBRA
This is a traditional course in algebraic concepts and skills. Topics covered include solving different types of equations and inequalities, characteristics of linear and quadratic graphs, and an exploration of the function concept – linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. It is an excellent algebraic preparation for MATH 267: Calculus for Business, as well as for MATH 261 if students already have a strong background in trigonometry.
MATH 123. TRIGONOMETRY
Students receive a full semester introduction to the concepts of trigonometry: radian measure of angles, definition of the trig ratios from the unit circle and from right triangles, trig graphs, identities, equations, etc. Many students take this class before MATH 261.
MATH 125. BASIC MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Students receive an algebraic and trigonometric preparation for MATH 261. This is a rigorous course for students who need an algebra refresher. The trig half of the course serves as a sufficient introduction to the subject for those students who did not take a high school trigonometry class.
MATH 261. UNIFIED CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY
This course is the introductory semester of calculus for majors in mathematics, engineering, physics, biology, pharmacy, etc. There is no formal prerequisite or entrance exam, but students should be aware of our expectations – a strong background in algebra and familiarity with the basic concepts of trigonometry. The course covers limits, continuity, and applications of differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions.