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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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Major in Mathematics

The Gordon State College major in mathematics ensures that students have the broad knowledge of mathematics and the intellectual skills necessary to pursue a number of different career and study paths. The major is defined by two tracks. In Track One, Mathematics, the student will be prepared to seek employment in a wide range of jobs that need to be filled with college graduates who have well-developed problem solving and analytical skills. Further, students completing Track One who work with their advisors to wisely choose their electives can pursue graduate studies in mathematics or cognate areas such as statistics, biostatistics, operations research, and actuarial science. In addition, high-performing mathematics majors with appropriate electives are very competitive for positions in law schools and professional schools in medicine and dentistry.

Presently, the state of Georgia is experiencing a shortage of highly qualified teachers to teach mathematics in high school classrooms. Track Two in the mathematics major is designed to address this crisis. Track Two of the mathematics major has been carefully crafted to ensure that Gordon State College graduates in mathematics will be the highly qualified teachers in Georgia’s future.

Students who desire to complete Track Two and earn teaching credentials in Georgia must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program by the midway point of their sophomore year. On page 168 of this catalog are found the requirements for admission to this program and the steps involved in applying for admission. In addition to reading carefully the materials on pages 167-171, the prospective teacher education candidate should contact the School of Education by the midway point of their sophomore year. Mathematics majors seeking teacher certification should take EDUC 2110, 2120, 2130 as early in their studies as possible.

Gordon State College also offers a minor in mathematics. The description of the minor is found immediately after the description of the major.

The course requirements of the two tracks of the mathematics major follow:

Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Area A MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus
Area D MATH 1501 Calculus I
Area F MATH 1502 Calculus II
MATH 2201 Linear Algebra
MATH 2501 Calculus III
CSCI 1301 Computer Science I
Choose one or two of the following courses:
CSCI 1302
CSCI 2102
CSCI 2201
CSCI 2410
MATH 2101
PHYS 2211
PHYS 2212
Area A and/or D excess: 1 - 2 semester hours
Areas A – F and G 60 - 64 semester hours
 

Track 1: Mathematics

Track 2: Mathematics
 with Teaching Certification

Mathematics Requirements MATH 3200 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics MATH 3200 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
MATH 3502 Differential Equations MATH 3502 Differential Equations
MATH 4001 Probability and Statistics MATH 4001 Probability and Statistics
One of: MATH 3401, 4101 MATH 3301 Foundations of Geometry
MATH 4900 Senior Seminar MATH 4101 Abstract Algebra
  MATH 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education, or EDUC 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Education
MATH 4900 Senior Seminar
(15 semester hours) (21 semester hours)
Other Mathematics Requirements 9 additional semester hours of mathematics courses numbered 3000 and above exclusive of MATH 3001, 3002, 3003, 3100, 4800 6 additional semester hours of mathematics courses numbered 3000 and above exclusive of MATH 3001, 3002, 3003, 3100
(9 semester hours) (6 semester hours)
Other Requirements At least 15 additional semester hours from courses numbered 3000 or above (including additional mathematics courses) EDUC 2110
EDUC 2120
EDUC 2130
EDUC 3005 Middle & Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
LART 3006 Reading in the Content Areas
SPED 3105 The Exceptional Learner in the Middle and Secondary Classroom
EDUC 3505 & 3506 Secondary Practicum
EDUC 4505 & 4506 Secondary Student Teaching
(15 semester hours) (33 semester hours)
Electives 21 semester hours  
Totals 120 - 124 hours 120 - 124 hours

Upper Level Mathematics Courses:
MATH 3200 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics (3 hrs.)
MATH 3301 Foundations of Geometry (3 hrs.)
MATH 3401 Number Theory (3 hrs.)
MATH 3502 Differential Equations (3 hrs.)
MATH 3601 Combinatorics (3 hrs.)
MATH 4001 Probability and Statistics (3 hrs.)
MATH 4101 Abstract Algebra (3 hrs.)
MATH 4300 Graph Theory (3 hrs.)
MATH 4401 Numerical Analysis (3 hrs.)
MATH 4501 Introduction to Analysis (3 hrs.)
MATH 4800 Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education (3 hrs.)
MATH 4900 Senior Seminar (3 hrs.)
MATH 4905 Special Topics in Mathematics (3 hrs.)
MATH 4906 Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (3 hrs.)

Minor in Mathematics

A student may earn a minor in mathematics by fulfilling, in addition to the general College requirements, the requirements below:

Requirements Hours
MATH 1502 Calculus II 1 4
MATH 2201 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
Three (3) mathematics courses at the 3000 level or higher excluding MATH 3001, MATH 3002, MATH 3003, and MATH 4800 9
TOTAL HOURS 16

1 If MATH 1502 Calculus II is taken in Area D, MATH 2501 Calculus III is required for the minor in Mathematics.

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