Assistant Professor Estes, The Yerger Chair, Director of the Engineering Partnership
Assistant Professor Oakley
Mathematics is a source of intrinsic beauty of numbers, shapes, structures, and interrelationships; it is also a tool to help solve practical problems in many fields of human endeavor. The history of mathematics was shaped through interaction with Christianity, and course work reflects the enormous usefulness of mathematics to describe the universe created and sustained by God. The program for mathematics majors is the traditional mathematics undergraduate program. Coursework for non-majors is designed to help students acquire and refine computational and analytical skills needed to function well in their chosen vocations. Mathematics students will have real-world experience through research and hands on projects. MAT 209, 399 or 499.
Mathematics faculty advise mathematics majors and pre-engineering students.
The Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics requires 40 hours: MAT 207, 208, 209, 210, 303, 304, 311, 315, 410, and 490 plus nine additional hours of MAT at the 300 level or above, and 3 hours of CSC electives.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics requires 40 hours: MAT 207, 208, 209, 210, 303, 304, 305, 311, 315, 410, and 490, 3 hours of CSC electives, plus six additional hours of 300 level or above from ART, BIB, HIS, DAN, EDU, ENG, MUS, PHI, PSC, PSY, SOC, THE, or foreign language.
Physics is recommended to fulfill the core science requirement. Students who choose the pre-engineering option can take the following requirements of (ABET) engineering: MAT 207, 208, 209, 210, 304, and CHE 111-112. (Some engineering disciplines also require CHE 113-114. The pre-engineering student should consult with his advisor and check the engineering school catalog for other specific courses.)
The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Global Mathematics
In a world becoming increasingly reliant on computing with frequent cross-cultural interactions, it is easy to imagine the good position one could find themselves in having expertise both in mathematical sciences and rich international experiences. Belhaven's Global Mathematics degree prepares students in pure and applied mathematics while also enriching knowledge of other cultures. Students have the unique opportunity to study mathematics, the universal language, both at Belhaven and afar.
Students may earn either a B.S. or B.A. in Global Mathematics that require the following including an 18 hour minor in Intercultural Studies:
B.S. in Global Mathematics: MAT 207, 208, 209, 210, 303, 304, 311, 315, 329, 410, 490, 6 hours of elective 300+ level, and at least 3 hours of CSC electives. Additionally, IST: 202, 300, 305, 444, 456, 3 hours of IST elective, and BUS 420.
B.A. In Global Mathematics: MAT 207, 208, 209, 210, 303, 304, 311, 315, 329, 410, 490, 6 hours of elective 300+ level in an area outside of mathematics, and at least 3 hours of CSC electives. Additionally, IST: 202, 300, 305, 444, 456, 3 hours of IST elective, and BUS 420.
The mathematics minor requires 18 hours. Fifteen hours must be at the level or MAT 207 and higher.
Data Science Minor for Mathematics Majors (offered by the CSC Department)
The student pursuing the B.S. in Mathematics with a Data Science Minor will need to fulfill the mathematics requirement for a degree plus a declared minor in Data Science for Mathematics Majors with the specific requirements listed above (CSC 111/112, 121/122, 211/212, 221/222, 311/312, 441 or 442) that total to 21 hours.
Honors Program : The mathematics department offers opportunities for students to enroll in honors courses from its department. The following are mathematics general education, elective, and major courses that may be taken as honors courses: MAT 101, 207, 208, 209, and 210. For students majoring in Mathematics, one must pass a minimum of nine hours of honors courses within the discipline and a minimum of nine hours from the honors courses of other departments. Each course must be passed with a B or better. No more than 18 hours are required for the honors degree. For other honors program policies, see “Honors Program” found in the “Administration of the Curriculum” section of this catalogue.
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