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Mathematical Sciences (MA SC) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 2003
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Mathematical Sciences - ARCHIVE

Capital College (MA SC)

PROFESSOR THANG N. BUI, Program Chair

The two options and the variety of the course offerings provide concentrations in various areas such as actuarial science, management science/operation research, statistics, and preparation for graduate studies.

Small classes, excellent faculty, opportunities to work with faculty on projects, and strong employment prospects are just some of the strengths of the program. Students will be helped to develop: a solid foundation in mathematical studies; an awareness of the utility of mathematics, statistics, and computers; skills in translating practical problems into mathematical terms; a competency in the use of modern mathematical tools; problem-solving skills; and an awareness of the importance of mathematics in society.

The program is designed to prepare students for employment in business, industry, and government immediately after graduation, but graduate study in mathematics or related disciplines is also a viable alternative. Mathematical modeling is emphasized, and all students are required to take courses in statistics and computer science.

Entry to Major Requirements:
Entry to the Mathematical Sciences major requires that the student has completed: MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4). A 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average is required. Entry to the Mathematical Sciences Secondary Education option requires a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0. Students must complete, with a grade of "C" or higher, six (6) credits of college-level mathematics, three (3) credits of college-level English literature, and three (3) credits of college-level English composition. (See also Teacher Education Programs.)

Selective Retention (Secondary Education Option):
Prior to the end of the first semester at Penn State Harrisburg, students will be required to submit scores on the PRAXIS I examinations in reading, writing, and mathematics.

For a B. S. degree in Mathematical Sciences, a minimum of 120 credits is required.
For a B. S. degree in Mathematical Sciences with the Secondary Education option, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(9 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 5 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 79 credits
(This includes 9 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 45 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (39 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
SSET 295(1) (Sem: 4)
COMP 350(3), COMP 351(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MA SC 370(3)[1], MA SC 422(3), MA SC 440(3), MA SC 450(3)[1], MA SC 460(3)[1], MA SC 461(3)[1], MA SC 475W(3) (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (7 credits)
Select 7 credits from the following: MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 040 GQ(5), MATH 041 GQ(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 230(4), MATH 231(2), MATH 232(2), MATH 250(3), MATH 251(4), MATH 311W(3), or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 33 credits

GENERAL MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES OPTION: (33 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
COMP 401(3)[1], MA SC 420(3), MA SC 423(3), MA SC 425(3), MA SC 477(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 9 credits from: COMP 410(3), COMP 414(3), COMP 419(3) or MA SC 421(3), MA SC 427(3), MA SC 435(3), MA SC 436(3), MA SC 437(3), MA SC 441(4), MA SC 445(3), MA SC 455(3), MA SC 457(3), MA SC 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits of 300-400 level courses in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 5-8)

SECONDARY EDUCATION IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES OPTION: (33 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (27 credits)
EDUC 314(3), EDUC 315 US(3) (Sem: 5-6)
MA SC 445(3) (Sem: 5-6)
EDUC 385(3), EDUC 417(3), EDUC 490(1-12)[2] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 3 credits of 300-400 level courses in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from MA SC 425(3) or MA SC 477(3) (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[2] A minimum GPA of 2.50 in all previous work is required for admission to EDUC 490.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-07-026

Review Date: 3/8/04

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