Secondary Education - Mathematics degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - Mathematics

You will develop strong skills in logic and critical thinking through this program. Gain a mastery of calculus, algebra, geometry, statistics, and computer programming. Learn how mathematics is a critical tool for technological advancement and practical problem-solving in a complex natural and social world.

This degree program was developed for those who want to teach at the secondary level. You will gain hands-on, in-classroom experiences. Prospective secondary education teachers learn how to identify and be sensitive to the unique needs, challenges and learning styles of diverse student populations.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Education Courses

Required Courses  

Mathematics Courses

Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043
Discrete Mathematics is an introductory course into mathematical structures that are primarily discrete as opposed to continuous. Such topics to be covered include logic, relations, basic set theory, graph theory, languages, and finite state machines.

Calculus I | MAT 21044
Studies basic notions of a derivative and integral with basic techniques and applications to elementary functions. Emphasis on intuitive understanding and theorem application. Includes computer laboratory component.

Calculus II | MAT 21144
Study of integration techniques of infinite series and applications of derivatives and integrals to a wide variety of geometric, physical and behavioral problems. Includes computer laboratory component.

Linear Algebra | MAT 22043
Introduces algebra and geometry of vectors, matrices and linear transformations. Designed for all students using simultaneous equations and matrices. Also introduces reading and writing rigorous mathematical proofs.

College Geometry | MAT 26043
College Geometry gradually introduces the student of mathematics to formal proof using geometric properties. The course explores problem solving strategies using geometry, formal synthetic Euclidean geometry, and informal non-Euclidian geometrics.

History of Mathematics | MAT 30143
History of Mathematics is an online reading course for education majors and anyone with an interest in mathematics and mathematicians that have helped shape our world today. The reading examines how diverse cultures and history from antiquity to the eighteenth century have shaped the development of mathematical thought and how these mathematical ideas have influenced history and society. 

Transition to Higher Mathematics | MAT 30243
Emphasizes the enhancement of the student’s ability to write and comprehend mathematical proof. The course takes a rigorous look at standard methods of proof and their validity.

Calculus III | MAT 31044
Extension of study of differentiation and integration to vector function and functions of several variables.
Emphasis on intuitive understanding of concepts and on applications. Includes computer laboratory

Mathematical Statistics I | MAT 31143
Axioms and theorems of elementary probability, random variables, probability distributions, expectation, mean, variance, moment generating functions of probability distributions, multivariate distributions, and the central limit theorem. Designed to prepare student to take actuarial exam in probability and statistics. Intended for mathematics majors.

Mathematical Statistics II | MAT 32044
Mathematical Statistics II is the second half of a solid undergraduate treatment of statistical theory. Emphasis is placed on inferential statistics. Topics to be covered include survey sampling, descriptive statistics, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, two-sample issues, analysis of variance, and analysis of categorical data.

Differential Equations | MAT 33043
Topics include various techniques for finding solutions of differential equations in one variable, general characteristics of solutions of first and second-order equations, boundary value problems, series solution techniques, and systems of linear equations. Studies historical development of the subject and applications to problems in sciences.

Abstract Algebra | MAT 42143
Study of elementary number theory, groups, rings, and fields. Includes induction, fundamental theorem of arithmetic, congruence relations, isomorphism theorems, and quotient structures. Culminates with survey of Galois Theory. 

Advanced Undergraduate Topic | MAT 44143
Advanced Undergraduate Topic introduces the student of mathematics to university instruction of an advanced undergraduate mathematics course. Which course offered will be determined by mutual consent of instructor and students with interest at point of offering.

Introduction to Real Analysis | MAT 45143
Study of real number system and its application to limit concept. Includes proofs of basic theorems on derivatives, integrals and continuity. Emphasis on rigor.

Integrative Seminar in Mathematics | MAT 49201
Capstone course that guides student in development of an integrative project that demonstrates achievement of learning outcomes in the mathematics major.

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