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Begin Date: Summer Session 2009
End Date: Spring Semester 2011

Mathematical Sciences - ARCHIVE

Capital College (MA SC)

PROFESSOR THANG N. BUI, Program Chair, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology

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. Candidates must submit scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Candidates thinking seriously about education should plan their freshman and sophomore years carefully. Semesters 5 through 8 are very structured.

Selective Retention (Secondary Education Option):
Candidates will be required to submit their scores for the Praxis I examinations in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to the end of their fifth semester. Candidates will be evaluated for retention in the program based on (1) maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; (2) performance on the Praxis I tests; (3) satisfactory completion of required courses, including the field experience component; (4) adequate writing and speaking skills as demonstrated in various classroom assignments; and (5) a positive rating on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education Programs monitoring form.

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 121 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(9 to 15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 84-91 credits
(This includes 9-15 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses. In addition, the Secondary Education option includes 3 credits of GH courses and 3 credits of GS courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 38 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (38 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), MATH 220 GQ(2), (Sem: 4)
CMPSC 121 GQ(3), MATH 230(4) (Sem: 3)
MATH 315(3)[1], MATH 430(3)[1], MATH 475W US;IL(3) (Sem: 5)
MATH 312(3)[1], STAT 301 GQ(3) (Sem: 6)
MATH 435(3) (Sem: 7)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 46-53 credits

GENERAL MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES OPTION: (46 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
MATH 251(4) (Sem: 4)
CMPSC 452(3)[1](Sem: 6)
MATH 414(3), MATH 450(3) (Sem: 7)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (33 credits)
Select 6 credits of 200 level or above courses. (Sem: 5-6)
Select 18 credits of 300-400 level Mathematics courses or SSET 295 in consultation with an academic adviser. Up to 6 of these credits may be replaced by any 200 or greater level CMPSC courses or CMPSC 122. (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: (53 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (32 credits)
HD FS 239(3) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 250(3) (Sem: 4)
EDUC 315W US(3)[1], EDUC 417(3)[1], MATH 427(3) (Sem: 6)
EDUC 313(2)[1], EDUC 314(3)[1], EDUC 490(12)[2] (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from MATH 425(3) or MATH 450(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 3 credits of English literature from department list. (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of 200 level or above courses. (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits of 100-400 level courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits of 300-400 level courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or Education. (Sem: 5-8)

[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 3.00 in all previous work is required for admission to EDUC 490.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2009

Blue Sheet Item #: 37-05-022

Review Date: 2/24/09

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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