Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

Mathematics


2010-2012 Catalog

Mathematics

Mathematics Program Top of Page

Faculty and Academic Staff

Sergei Bezroukov, Professor
Uwe Leck, Associate Professor
Victor Piotrowski, Professor
Steven J. Rosenberg, Associate Professor
Chad H. Scott, Professor
Marilyn Toscano, Senior Lecturer

Contributing Academic Staff

Dorothy Anway, Senior Lecturer
Diana Kennedy, Senior Lecturer
Hossain Khoroosi, Senior Lecturer
Daniel Rau, Senior Lecturer

Courses are offered in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Mathematics Education. The curriculum provides fundamental courses as well as a variety of electives for those with special interests. Students may choose a major that prepares them for a career and/or graduate study in Computer Science, Mathematics or Mathematics Education. Students also can pursue a career in Actuarial Science or Computer Security with appropriate choices of elective courses. More details on programs offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are presented below and at http://math.uwsuper.edu.

Mathematics major programs include Liberal Arts, Discrete Applied Mathematics (comprehensive, no minor required), and Secondary Education. Mathematics minor programs include Liberal Arts, Secondary Education and Elementary Education. All major programs permit choices of courses appropriate to individual interests, which should be made in consultation with a Mathematics and Computer Science faculty advisor.
 

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who intend to do graduate work in mathematics should include both MATH 440 and 455 in their course selections when completing one of the major programs above. Many graduate schools require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Advanced Mathematics Test.

Actuarial Science

Students of Mathematics can find a rewarding career as an actuary in finance, insurance or any of a wide variety of industries requiring risk analysis and assessment. These courses are recommended: MATH 240, 241, 242, 310, 370, 371; ECON 250, 251; FIN 320, 420, 426; ACCT 200. In general, students should take a broad spectrum of courses in Accounting, Economics, Political Science, Finance and Business Administration as well as Mathematics and Computer Science. Interested students should contact Dr. Steven Rosenberg in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
 

Internship and Professional Practice

Students who major in programs offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science have opportunities for paid work related to their field of study. Prerequisite: Junior standing and approval by the Mathematics and Computer Science faculty. 

Mathematics Major Top of Page

Mathematics Major (Liberal Arts) prepares students for careers in mathematics, science and research, or for graduate study. 

A minimum of 36 credits, including:

CSCI 201         Introduction to Programming  -- 3 credits
MATH 240     Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  -- 4 credits        
MATH 241     Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4 credits
MATH 242     Calculus and Analytic Geometry III -- 4 credits
MATH 310     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 315     Linear Algebra  -- 3 credits
MATH 399     Mathematical Sciences Seminar -- 1 credit

At least one of:

MATH 370     Probability -- 3 credits
MATH 371     Statistics --  4 credits
MATH 380     Introduction to Mathematical Modeling -- 4 credits

At least two of:

MATH 421     Theory of Computation  -- 4 credits
MATH 437     Cryptography -- 4 credits
MATH 440     Real Analysis -- 4 credits
MATH 455     Abstract Algebra --  4 credits
MATH 471     Introduction to Complex Variables -- 4 credits

And at least one additional MATH course numbered 300 or above.

Discrete Applied Mathematics Concentration (Comprehensive) Top of Page

The Discrete Applied Mathematics concentration provides the tools used in many everyday activities in science and industry. Many objects and notions in the modern world are discrete in their nature and require special methods for their study. Research directions that are based mostly on the discrete approach include: coding theory and cryptography, data protection and compression, network analysis, parallel computing, logic, theory of computation, discrete and combinatorial optimization, scheduling theory, programming language design, and many others. Continuous methods of classical mathematics are, as a rule, largely inapplicable to these areas. Many of these fields are actually at the border between mathematics and theoretical computer science. This concentration offers a number of exciting courses that are intended for those who are interested in computers and mathematics. Computer science is not limited to programming. It uses discrete mathematics methods extensively to find more efficient solutions. Discrete mathematics has grown from everyday practical problems, and knowing efficient approaches to solving them has been found to be very beneficial.

A minimum of 54 credits, including:

MATH 240     Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  -- 4 credits
MATH 241     Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  -- 4 credits
MATH 242     Calculus and Analytic Geometry III -- 4 credits
MATH 310     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics --  3 credits
MATH 315     Linear Algebra -- 3 credits
MATH 320     Discrete Structures  -- 4 credits
MATH 370     Probability -- 3 credits
MATH 399     Mathematical Sciences Seminar -- 1 credit
MATH 455     Abstract Algebra -- 4 credits
CSCI 201         Introduction to Programming -- 3 credits
CSCI 202         Object-Oriented Programming -- 3 credits
CSCI 303         Algorithms and Data Structures  --  4 credits
CSCI 421         Theory of Computation -- 4 credits
CSCI 425         Algorithm Design and Analysis -- 4 credits

And at least two additional courses in MATH or CSCI numbered 300 or above. 

Mathematics Minor Top of Page

A minimum of 21 credits, including:

MATH 240     Calculus and Analytic Geometry I --  4 credits
MATH 241     Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4 credits
MATH 310     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics -- 3 credits

And one of:

CSCI 170         Programming and Technology for the Teaching of Mathematics  -- 3 credits
CSCI 201         Introduction to Programming  -- 3 credits

Remaining credits must be earned in MATH 242 or in Mathematics courses numbered 300 or above.

 

Mathematics Teaching Major -- Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) (grades 5-12) Top of Page

Students desiring this licensure must complete a minimum of 35 credits, including:

CSCI 170         Programming and Technology for the Teaching of Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 240     Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  --  4 credits
MATH 241     Calculus and Analytic Geometry II -- 4 credits
MATH 242     Calculus and Analytic Geometry III -- 4 credits
MATH 310     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 315     Linear Algebra -- 3 credits
MATH 362     Topics in Geometry -- 3 credits

At least one of:

MATH 320     Discrete Structures --  4 credits
MATH 344     Differential Equations -- 4 credits

At least one of:

MATH 370     Probability -- 3 credits
MATH 371     Statistics -- 4 credits
MATH 380     Introduction to Mathematical Modeling -- 4 credits

At least one of:            

MATH 421     Theory of Computation --  4 credits
MATH 437     Cryptography  -- 4 credits
MATH 440     Real Analysis -- 4 credits
MATH 455     Abstract Algebra -- 4 credits
MATH 471     Introduction to Complex Variables -- 4 credits
MTHEd 339   Teaching Mathematics/Computer Science in the Secondary School -- 3 credits
MTHEd 305   Tutor Practicum -- 1-3 credits

All EA-A licensure students must also meet the Professional Education Requirements as outlined in the Teacher Education Certification section of this catalog. Students are also required to pass a subject specific Praxis II exam designated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction before being placed for student teaching.

Mathematics Teaching Minor -- Early Adolescence-Adolescence Level (EA-A) (grades 5-12) Top of Page

Students desiring this licensure must complete a minimum of 24 credits, including:

CSCI 170         Programming and Technology for the Teaching of Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 240     Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  -- 4 credits
MATH 241     Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  -- 4 credits
MATH 242     Calculus and Analytic Geometry III -- 4 credits
MATH 310     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 362     Topics in Geometry  -- 3 credits

At least one of:

MATH 315     Linear Algebra -- 3 credits
MATH 370     Probability -- 3 credits        
MATH 371     Statistics  --  4 credits
MATH 380     Introduction to Mathematical Modeling -- 4 credits

Required for teacher certification:

MTHEd 339   Teaching Mathematics/Computer Sciencein the Secondary School -- 3 credits
MTHEd 305   Tutor Practicum -- 1-3 credits

All EA-A licensure students must also meet the Professional Education Requirements as outlined in the Teacher Education Certification section of this catalog. Students are also required to pass a subject specific Praxis II exam designated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction before being placed for student teaching.

Mathematics Teaching Minor -- Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (MC-EA) (grades 1-7/8) Top of Page

Students desiring this licensure must complete a minimum of 22 credits, including:

CSCI 170         Programming and Technology for the Teaching of Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 130     Elementary Statistics -- 4 credits
MTHEd 230   Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Education I -- 3 credits
MTHEd 231   Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Education II -- 3 credits
MATH 240     Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  -- 4 credits
MATH 310     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 362     Topics in Geometry -- 3 credits

Pre-Engineering Top of Page

Students may transfer to one of several engineering schools after completing the program of study that consists of the general education requirements plus the following core engineering courses, including:

CHEM 105      General Chemistry I -- 5 credits
CSCI 201         Introduction to Programming -- 3 credits
MATH 240     Calculus and Analytic Geometry I --  4 credits
MATH 241     Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  -- 4 credits
MATH 242     Calculus and Analytic Geometry III -- 4 credits
MATH 310     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics -- 3 credits
MATH 315     Linear Algebra  -- 3 credits
MATH 344     Differential Equations -- 4 credits
PHYS 201       General Physics -- 5 credits
PHYS 202       General Physics -- 5 credits

Recommended:

MATH 371     Statistics -- 4 credits

Students pursuing the Pre-Engineering program at UW-Superior should review the engineering requirements of the institution at which they wish to complete their degree and confirm all courses to be transferred. In addition, students should meet with their advisor to discuss the various types of engineering degrees available and options to help them prepare.

Dual Degree Top of Page

Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have Engineering Dual Degree agreements with UW-Superior's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. These five-year programs include three years of study in Mathematics at UW-Superior and two years of study in Engineering at one of the above universities. Upon successful completion, the student receives a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Superior and an Engineering degree from Michigan Tech or UW-Madison.


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