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Mathematics Course Requirements by Major

Click on the appropriate area of study for information about the kinds of majors that are available and the math courses appropriate for those majors.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course. 

NOTE:  If you do not know what your major will be, then you might want to keep your options open by taking the most difficult course for which you are most reasonably prepared.  If you are a good math student, you can set yourself apart from the other students in your major by having a stronger math background.


The majors available to Business students are:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Sciences
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

 

Except for Economics majors, Business majors are required to take Finite Mathematics for Management and Social Sciences (MTH 1310) & Calculus for Management and Social Sciences (MTH 1320). If you are a business major then you should start with MTH 1310. 

The Economics Department recommends that Economics majors who are going on to graduate school take College Algebra for Calculus (MTH 1110), College Trigonomety (MTH 1120), and Calculus I (MTH 1410). Economics majors not going on to graduate school can take MTH 1310 and MTH 1320. 

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course.

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Some of the majors available to Humanities students are:

  • Art
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre

The majority of students who major in these areas do not have a strong algebra background and might best be advised to take either: Introduction to Statistics (MTH 1210) , or Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MTH 1080).  Journalism majors might be best advised to take statistics because a number of published articles use statistical data.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course.

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Some of the majors available to Public Service students are:

  • Brewery Operations
  • Construction Project Management
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Event and Meeting Management
  • Exercise Science
  • Fire and Emergency Response Administration
  • Health Care Management
  • Hospitality (Meeting & Travel Administration)
  • Human Nutrition - Dietetics
  • Human Performance and Sport
  • Human Services
  • Integrative Health Care
  • Nursing
  • Recreation Professions

 

Students who major in these areas might best be advised to take either: Introduction to Statistics (MTH 1210), or Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MTH 1080).  It might be safest to take Introduction to Statistics, because graduate education in some of these areas has a statistics requirement and some of these majors specifically require Introduction to Statistics in their programs.

It is recommended (by their Department) that Criminal Justice & Criminology majors who intend to go on to graduate school take College Algebra, otherwise the advice in the previous paragraph applies. 

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course.

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Some of the majors science and engineering students can select are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Science (Geology etc.)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Meterology
  • Physics
  • Speech, Language and Hearing Science

All the above majors, with the exceptions of Biology and Speech, Language & Hearing Science, require at least one semester of Calculus and some require all three semesters of calculus. The biology majors must take one year of mathematics starting with College Algebra for Calculus, College Algebra Through Modeling, or above. Speech, Language & Hearing majors must take either College Algebra for Calculus or College Algebra Through Modeling.  Below is a prerequisite chart indicating some possible paths to taking Calculus.  Which course you start with will depend on your level of preparation in high school. You will be bored if you retake material that you already know. If it has been a while since you have done any math it may be necessary to drop back one level to refresh your memory.  

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course.

 

 

 

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Some of the majors available to Social Science students are:

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Chicano Studies
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women Studies

With the exception of Psychology, the majority of students who major in these areas do not have a strong algebra background and might best be advised to take either: Introduction to Statistics (MTH 1210) , or Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MTH 1080).  However it might be safest to take Introduction to Statistics, because graduate education in some of these areas has a statistics requirement.

The Psychology Department recommends that students intending to go on to Graduate School take College Algebra (MTH 1110 or MTH 1112)  NOTE:  The Stretch College Algebra Sequence (MTH 1108 and MTH 1109) can be substituted for MTH 1110 if the student's assessment test scores are in the appropriate window range.) Otherwise Psychology students should take Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MTH 1080). The Psychology Department has its own set of Statistics classes, PSY 2310 & PSY 2320, that its majors are required to take.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course.

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Whether a student is majoring in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Special Education or taking a content major with Secondary Licensure, in nearly all cases (depending on the major and certification area) it will be required that the student take Integrated Mathematics I (MTH 1610) .

Any one who intends to teach mathematics at the High School or Middle School level should see a faculty advisor in Mathematics as soon as possible. Fitting licensure requirements into a 4-year degree is possible, but complicated. Therefore, seeing an advisor as soon as possible is recommended.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course.

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Some of the majors technology students can select are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aviation and Aerospace Management
  • Aviation and Aerospace Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Sustainable Systems Engineering
  • Technical Communications

All the above majors, with the exceptions of Aviation, Industrial Design, and Technical Communications, require at least one semester of Calculus. Aviation, Industrial Design and Technical Communications majors should use the college catalog and talk to an advisor to determine which mathematics courses to take.

There are many possible paths to taking calculus. Below is a prerequisite chart indicating some of the paths. The course in which you start will depend on your level of preparation in high school. You will be bored if you retake material that you already know. If it has been a while since you have done any math it may be necessary to drop back one level to refresh your memory.

BEFORE YOU REGISTER: Talk to an advisor in your degree program to insure that you are taking the proper math course.

 

 

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