Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
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 welldeveloped 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, highperforming 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 164 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 163167, 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 PreCalculus  
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 

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  
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.