9.25. Mathematics

Programs offered:
B.S. in Mathematics
Minor in Mathematics (TU)

During the course of study in Mathematics, students move from a concrete, algorithmic mode of reasoning in early courses to a more abstract, formal mode of reasoning in the later capstone courses.

The successful Mathematics major will:

  • Sharpen his/her problem-solving skills,
  • Communicate mathematical results in a rigorous way that exhibits good mathematical
    speaking, and
  • Communicate mathematical results in a rigorous way that exhibits good mathematical writing.

Through tutoring, volunteer and internship opportunities, participating Mathematics majors can further strengthen their own understanding of mathematics and help others to do the same. Upon graduation, Mathematics majors are ready to pursue graduate study in mathematics or in a variety of other disciplines, teacher preparation, or employment in industry, including actuarial science and operations research.

All 100-level Mathematics courses required for the major and the minor have prerequisites. While these prerequisites can be satisfied in a variety of ways, the most efficient way for most students is to take the mathematics placement examination no later than the start of a student’s first semester at Oglethorpe. The mathematics placement exam will diagnose if a student has sufficient mathematical acuity to exempt any (or all) of the mathematics prerequisites and, if not, will also diagnose an action plan for preparing the student to satisfy prerequisites in the shortest possible time. Please consult Sec. 6.4.1. for additional information. Mathematics majors who satisfy the relevant mathematics proficiency prerequisites their first semester at Oglethorpe are urged to register for the appropriate Mathematics course(s) right away. Students needing additional math preparation must acquire the needed expertise in time to begin the mathematics courses required for the major in their sophomore year.

B.S. in Mathematics (see Sec. 8.5.4. for a complete list of B.S. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    CSC 201 Introduction to Programming
    MAT 131 Calculus I
    MAT 132 Calculus II
    MAT 233 Calculus III
    MAT 234 Calculus IV
    MAT 236 Differential Equations
    MAT 241 Proof & Logic
    MAT 361 Probability
    MAT 372 Linear Algebra
    MAT 471 Abstract Algebra
    MAT 482 Real Analysis
    MAT 490 Advanced Special Topics in Mathematics
    MAT 496 Senior Seminar in Mathematics
  2. Additional Requirements and things to note:
    1. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    2. No student will be permitted to register for a Mathematics course that is a prerequisite to a Mathematics course for which the student has already received academic credit.

Minor in Mathematics (TU)

  1. Completion of one of the following courses:
    MAT 121 Applied Calculus
    MAT 131 Calculus I
  2. Completion of all of the following courses:
    MAT 132 Calculus II
    MAT 233 Calculus III
    MAT 234 Calculus IV
    MAT 241 Proof & Logic
  3. Completion of one additional 4 semester hour, 200-level or higher Mathematics course from the list required for the major (see above).
  4. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses contributing to the major.
    2. No student will be permitted to register for a Mathematics course that is a prerequisite to a Mathematics course for which the student has already received academic credit.