Overview

If you like to solve problems, see patterns, and aspire an in-demand career, mathematics is for you.

Mathematics is an exciting and challenging experience at SMWC. It is an experience rooted in the College’s liberal arts tradition. A math major is involved in communication and problem-solving using up-to-date technologies. Since classes are small, it is easy to ask questions and to form study groups to learn math in an open and supportive environment. Professors are highly qualified — often with expertise in related fields of education and the sciences — and ready to assist you with any help you may need.

Major

In addition to Woods Core courses and electives, the Mathematics major requires 37 credit hours of mathematics-focused coursework.

Required Courses

34 credit hours required; All courses listed.


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MA 121/122 Calculus I/II
Campus | 3 each Credits
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Derivatives and integrals of functions of a single variable. Concepts and applications are studied from graphical, numerical and symbolic points of view. Graphing technology and symbolic algebra software are used. Writing assignments and projects are included. Every year. Prerequisite for MA 121: four years of college preparatory mathematics, MA 113, MA 117 or MA 120. Prerequisite for MA 122: MA 121.

Campus 3 each Credits
MA 210 Discrete Mathematics
Campus | 3 Credits
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An introduction to the mathematics and methods of discrete quantities: number systems, sets and logic, combinatorics, algorithm analysis, Boolean algebra and circuits and graph theory. Applications from computer science. Every other year. Prerequisite: MA 117.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 230 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling
Campus | 2-3 Credits
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A first course in mathematical modeling, i.e., the application of mathematical methods to real-world problem solving. Includes computer simulations. Topics selected from the natural or social sciences. Prerequisite: For 2 credit hour class, MA 117 or equivalent; for 3 credit hour class, MA 121.

Campus 2-3 Credits
MA 231 Linear Algebra
Campus | 3 Credits
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Matrices, vector spaces and linear transformations with applications in business and the physical and social sciences. Utilizes appropriate technology. Prerequisite: MA 121.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
MA 322 Calculus III
Campus | 3 Credits
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Functions of several variables, limits and continuity, differentiation and its applications, theory of iterated and multiple integrals, introductory differential equations. Prerequisite: MA 122.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 331 Abstract Algebra
Campus | 3 Credits
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Algebraic structures, including groups, rings and fields, with emphasis on writing proofs and including applications to computer science. Prerequisites: MA 122, MA 210 and MA 231.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 353 Elements of Mathematical Statistics
Campus | 1 Credit
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Statistical measures of central tendency and dispersion; basic probability; theory of discrete and continuous random variables; normal, binomial, Poisson, chi-square and t distributions; statistical inference; hypothesis testing; analysis of error; correlation and regression; analysis of variance; applications to business decisions and to experiments in nature and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Prerequisites: MA 121 and MA 253.

Campus 1 Credit
MA 421 Seminar in Mathematics
Campus | 2-3 Credits
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Discussion of readings and presentations by students on various topics in current mathematical literature, with particular emphasis on applications and mathematical models. Webinars or videos of presentations by professionals, attendance at a conference or several seminars, presentation at a conference if possible. Prerequisite: Junior standing as a mathematics major or minor.

Campus 2-3 Credits
MA 422 Introduction to Real Analysis
Campus | 3 Credits
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Logic and techniques of proof; sets and functions; the real number system as a complete ordered field. Convergence of sequences, limits and continuity of functions. Prerequisites: MA 210 and MA 322. MA 331 is recommended.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

Choose one (3 credit hours) from the following options.

MA 341 Geometry
Campus | 3 Credits
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Transformational geometry, projective geometry and non-Euclidean geometry; a study of the nature of a logical system; applications to art and music. Student investigations guided by use of computer software. Prerequisite: MA 117 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 352 Advanced Statistics with Applications
Campus | 3 Credits
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Hypothesis testing, multiple regression and correlation, two-way analysis of variance, multivariate statistics, nonparametric methods, sampling and simulation, quality control; applications to business and natural and social sciences. Students use computer software to analyze their data and interpret computer output. Prerequisite: MA 253.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Minor

The mathematics minor requires 18 credit hours of mathematics focused coursework. Choose 18 credit hours of mathematics courses. Coursework must include Calculus I and may not include MA101, MA361, MA362, or MA461. Please refer to the college catalog for details.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

As a math major at SMWC, you will graduate with the ability to find success in a variety of math jobs. SMWC mathematics graduates have found careers as:

  • Financial analysts
  • Insurance specialists
  • Statistical analysts

Companies these graduates have worked for include:

  • Peat Marwick
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Digital Audio Disc Corporation

Mathematics teaching is a satisfying career. To be certified for senior high, junior high and middle school requires the math major and classes from the education department. A mathematics minor with an elementary education major is another excellent choice.