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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Mathematical Sciences

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, education, 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, government, and education 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 with a grade of C or higher: MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4). A 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average is required.

The Mathematical Sciences Secondary Education Option prepares students to meet the requirements, as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, to be certified for the Instructional I Certificate in Mathematics at the secondary level.

Students admitted to the program must have the appropriate clearances. These include FBI fingerprint check, Act 151 child abuse history clearance, and Act 34 criminal record check.

Students thinking seriously about entering the education program should plan their freshman and sophomore years carefully. Semesters 5 through 8 are very structured.

Entry to the Mathematical Sciences Secondary Education option requires the following additional requirements:

  1. a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0
  2. completion of ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) and three credits of literature from approved list with a C or higher grade

Selective Retention:

Following entrance to the major, students will be evaluated for retention in the program based on:

  1. maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. completion of required courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. an acceptable or above rating on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.*

To be eligible to student teach, students must:

  1. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  2. complete all required Content and Education Courses with a C or higher grade;
  3. satisfaction of any entrance testing requirements set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in effect at the time of application for entrance to major;
  4. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispostions for Teacher Education.*

In order to successfully complete the Secondary Education Mathematics Program, students must:

  1. complete EDUC 490 with a grade of C or higher;
  2. maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. complete all required Content and Education Courses with a C or higher grade;
  4. pass the Penn State Harrisburg Mathematics Content Exam with an 80% or higher
  5. complete a presentation portfolio; and
  6. be rated acceptable or above on the Penn State Harrisburg Professional Dispositions for Teacher Education.*

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 18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

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

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 84-94 credits
(This includes 9-18 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GQ courses. In addition, the Secondary Education option includes 6 credits of GH courses and 3 credits of GS courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 20 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (20 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 4)
MATH 315(3)[1], MATH 430(3)[1], (Sem: 5)
MATH 401(3)[1], (Sem: 6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 64-74 credits

GENERAL MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES OPTION: (64 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES ( 31 credits)
CMPSC121 GQ(3), MATH 230(4) (Sem: 3)
MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 251(4) (Sem: 4)
MATH 318(3) (Sem: 5)
MATH 455(3)[1], STAT 301GQ(3) (Sem: 6)
MATH 435(3), MATH 475W US;IL(3) (Sem: 7)
MATH 449(3) (Sem: 8)

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: (74 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (62 credits)
HD FS 239 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CMPSC121 GQ(3)[1], EDPSY 014(3)[1], MATH 230(4)[1] (Sem: 3)
C I 280 GH(3)[1], MATH 220 GQ(2)[1], MATH 250(3)[1] (Sem: 4)
EDUC 313(2)[1], EDUC 314(3)[1] (Sem: 5)
EDUC 315W US(3)[1], EDUC 458(3)[1], MATH 427(3)[1], STAT 301GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 6)
EDUC 417(3)[1], EDUC 459(3)[1], MATH 435(3)[1], MATH 475W US;IL(3)[1] (Sem: 7)
EDUC 490(12)[1] (Sem: 8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from MATH 425(3) or MATH 449(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 3 credits of literature (GH) from department list.[1] (Sem: 1-3)
Select 3 credits of 100-400 level courses (Sem: 4)
Select 3 credits of 300-400 level courses in Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or Education.[1] (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.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-06-034

Review Date: 04/09/2013

R & T: 01/14/2014

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

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