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2011-2012: Undergraduate Catalog

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School Dean

Winston F. Erevelles, Ph.D. werevelles@stmarytx.edu



Department Chair

Mary Wagner-Krankel, Ph.D. mwagnerkrankel@stmarytx.edu

Description of Program/Major

Mathematics is more than just the theory of numbers. It discovers tools from which a quantitative understanding of our world is made possible. Moreover, the language of mathematics is truly a universal language, transcending ethnic, societal, and national boundaries. Finally, mathematics also is a critical filter, opening doors to exciting and high-paying careers in business, government, teaching and research.

Students majoring in mathematics at St. Mary's University are exposed to the theoretical foundations of mathematics and experience its applications in a variety of disciplines. Innovative teaching and learning environments allow students to develop critical thinking and general problem solving strategies. In addition, our mathematics graduates understand the power and usefulness of computers equipped with graphing and symbolic algebra. Classroom assignments enhance the students' abilities to communicate mathematics effectively—both orally and in writing. Students have the opportunity to hear about current research and present their own research at the undergraduate mathematics seminar.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (SMC)
St. Mary's University Core (30 Hours)
All St. Mary's Core SMC13## "Reflection" courses must be completed before registering for SMC23## "Practice" courses. "Reflection" courses can be taken in any order followed by "Practice" courses in any order.
SMC 1301Foundations of Civilization3
SMC 1311Foundations of Reflection: Self (Formerly PL 1310)3
SMC 1312Foundations of Reflection: Nature3
SMC 1313Foundations of Reflection: Others3
SMC 1314Foundations of Reflection: God (Formerly TH 2301)3
SMC 2301Foundations of Practice: Ethics (Formerly PL 2332)3
SMC 2302Foundations of Practice: Civic Engagement and Social Action3
SMC 2303Foundations of Practice: Fine Arts and Creative Process (Formerly FA 1101, FA 1102, FA 1103)3
SMC 2304Foundations of Practice: Literature3
SMC 4301Capstone Seminar: Prospects for Community and Civilization3

School Specific Core (SSC)
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology Specific Core (21 Hours)

SpeechSE 1321 (for international students), SE 1341, SE 2333, SE 33913
Composition and Rhetoric (grade of "C" or better)EN 1311, EN 1313 (for international students)3
Foreign LanguagesSix hours at the sophomore level (2311, 2312) in a Foreign Language previously studied for a minimum of one year; Or, 6 hours of introductory level (1311, 1312) in a Foreign Language not previously studied; Or, 12 hours of CLEP credit for a language previously studied.6
Social ScienceBA 1310, BA 3325, CJ 2300, CJ 3300, EC 2301, EC 2303, PO 1311, PO 1312, PO 1314, PS 1301, PS 3386, SC/CR 1311, SC 3321, HU 3300, HU 33033
TheologyAdvanced Theology 33XX3
Fine ArtsAR, DM, MU or Literature: EN 2321, 2322, 2353, 2354, 2355, 23563

Four Year Degree Plan

Department Courses and Descriptions

Department Courses and Descriptions
MT 0401 Math Skills (4)
A four-hour non-credit course combining review of fundamental mathematics and algebraic skills necessary for entry into college-level courses. AEP students enrolled in this course are not required to take the COMPASS Math test but must take the AEP's pre- and post-course diagnostic tests in algebra. Passing Math 0401 with a C or better allows students to enroll in credit math courses required by their major course of study. Strict adherence to the university attendance policy, including weekly participation in small-group study sessions led by a peer tutor, is necessary to complete this course.

MT 1111 Trigonometry (1)
Trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions; their basic properties and their graphs. Trigonometric identities and equations.

MT 1301 Concepts I (3)
A mathematics course designed for liberal arts students. A variety of concepts are covered. The topics include networks, optimization algorithms, planning, scheduling, linear programming, coding, and web searching.

MT 1302 Concepts II (3)
A mathematics course designed for liberal arts students. Elementary probability and statistics is the main focus of the course. Concepts I is not a prerequisite for Concepts II.

MT 1303 College Algebra (3)
Linear and quadratic functions, graphing, inverse functions. Polynomial, exponential, logarithmic functions and their graphs. Linear and exponential regression models. Systems of equations, matrices and determinants.

MT 1305 Finite Mathematics (3)
Systems of linear equations and matrices, mathematics of finance, probability, probability distributions and statistics. Excel software package will be used.

MT 1306 Calculus for Business (3)
Differential and integral calculus of algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models with applications to business. Excel software package will be used. Prerequisite: MT 1303 or equivalent

MT 1411 College Algebra and Trigonomet (4)
Functions, graphing, and inverse functions. Properties and graphs of exponential and logarithmic functions. Trigonometric functions of angles with right triangle applications. Trigonometric functions of real numbers, inverses, graphs. Trigonometric identities and equations, conic sections and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MT 1303 or 1306 or equivalent.

MT 2303 Intro to Probability and Stati (3)
This is a non-calculus introduction to the basic principles and practices of statistics. The course begins with the description and display of one - variable and two variable data sets, including histograms, stemplots, and scatterplots, as well as the computation and interpretation of mean, standard deviation, and correlation. Sufficient probability theory is developed to provide the foundation for the simpler inferential methods treated in the course: confidence intervals and tests of significance for one and two populations. A statistical software package is used throughout the course, including student homework projects. Prerequisite: MT 1303 or the equivalent.

MT 2412 Univariate Calculus I (4)
Limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; indeterminate forms; applications. Prerequisite: MT 1411 or equivalent.

MT 2413 Univariate Calculus II (4)
Applications of integrals; formal integration techniques; numerical integration; improper integrals; sequences; series; power series; Taylor series; applications of series. Prerequisite: MT 2412 or equivalent

MT 301 Intermediate Algebra (3)
Development of algebraic skills necessary as a prerequisite for students not meeting standards for entry into credit courses.

MT 3304 Essential Elements in Math I (3)
A study of topics from elementary mathematics with a problem - solving approach. The course is designed for and is to be taken only by elementary education majors. Topics for the course include problem-solving, sets, numeration systems, the real numbers, number theory, probability, statistics, geometry, motion geometry, and concepts of measurement. Prerequisite: MT 1303

MT 3305 Essential Elements in Math II (3)
Strategies for teaching are developed concurrently with content from the elementary mathematics curriculum. National and state educational standards in mathematics will be addressed. An in-depth analysis of the state assessment standards for both teachers and students will be included. Students will learn and experience research based instructional strategies that promote mathematical excellence in the classroom. This course is intended for Elementary Education majors.

MT 3306 Essential Elements of Mathematics III (3)
A study of topics from elementary mathematics with an inquiry-based learning approach. Topics for the course include foundations of geometry, measurement, area, volume, geometry of motion and change, probability and statistics, and pictorial representation of data. Technology will be integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite: MT 1303

MT 3311 Differential Equations (3)
First-order equations; linear equations of second order and higher; applications; systems of linear differential equations; the Laplace Transform. Prerequisite: MT 2413.

MT 3312 Advanced Math for Engineers (3)
Linear algebra; fundamental concepts of classical optimization; vector differential calculus, vector fields; complex variables; calculus of several variables. Prerequisite: MT 3311 or MT 3324 or consent of instructor.

MT 3313 Advanced Math for Indu Enginee (3)
Multidimensional differential calculus with emphasis on real-valued functions. Fundamental concepts of classical optimization, non-linear programming and elementary linear algebra. Prerequisites: MT 3311 or MT 3324. Students can not receive credit for both MT 3313 and MT 3315.

MT 3315 Advanced Math for Ele Engineer (3)
Vector differential calculus with emphasis on gradient, divergence and curl. Vector integral calculus with emphasis on Green's theorem, Stoke's theorem and the divergence theorem of Gauss. Elementary complex algebra and functions, Elementary linear algebra. Prerequisites: MT 2413. Students cannot receive credit for both MT 3313 and MT 3315.

MT 3321 Intro to Modern Algebra (3)
Algebraic structures with emphasis on the theory of groups. Prerequisite: MT 2413 or consent of instructor.

MT 3323 Discrete Math Structures (3)
Logic, argument forms, methods of proof, proof writing, set theory, counting principles, recursion relations, graphs and trees. Prerequisite: MT 1303 or MT 1411.

MT 3324 Linear Algebra (3)
Linear systems and matrices; determinants; vectors and vector spaces; linear transformations and matrices, eigenvalues and eigenvectors; applications. A computer software package is integrated through out the course. Prerequisite: MT 2413 or consent of instructor.

MT 3361 History of Math (3)
The history of Mathematics is covered from the time of Pythagorus to the creation of non- Euclidean geometries in the mid- 19th century. This course could be taken by non- Majors.

MT 3372 Math Modeling (3)
Creative model construction and the modeling process, model fitting and models requiring optimization, empirical model construction, modeling dynamic behavior.

MT 3384 Topics in Applied Statistics (3)
One semester courses currently available under the following titles: 1) Introduction to Non- parametric Statistical Inference; 2) Introduction to Applied Regression and Correlation; 3) Fundamentals of Sampling; 4) Analysis of Variance. Prerequisite: An introductory statistics course such as PS, SC, 3381, MT 2303, or consent of the instructor. When different topics are treated, the number may be repeated for addi tional credit.

MT 3392 Elementary Math Analysis (3)
Sequences, subsequences, convergence, Heine- Borel Theorem, functions, limits, continuity, uniform continuity, compactness, derivatives, Mean- Value Theorem, L'Hos pital's Rule, Inverse Function Theorem, Riemann integration, and Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Emphasis is on rigorous proof and communicating mathematics in verbal and written form. Prerequisites: At least one of MT 3321/3323/3324.

MT 3414 Multivariate Calculus (4)
Partial derivatives, multiple integration, three- dimensional vector calculus. Prerequisite: MT 2413.

MT 4311 Complex Variables (3)
Complex Numbers; Analytic Functions; Elementary Functions; Mapping by Elementary Functions; Integrals; Series; Residues and Poles. Prerequisites: MT 3414 or consent of Instructor.

MT 4312 Boundary Value Problems (3)
Fourier Series, Fourier and Laplace transforms and boundary value problems of partial differential equations.

MT 4331 Probability and Statistics I (3)
Discrete and continuous probability spaces; random variables and their distribution. Prerequisite: MT 2413.

MT 4332 Probability and Statistics II (3)
Descriptive statistics. Sampling distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation. Prerequisite: MT 4331 or consent of Instructor.

MT 4341 Modern Geometry (3)
A study of elementary geometry from an advanced point of view. Designed primarily for secondary school teachers. Topics include the history of geometry, the axiomatic method and theorem proving, Euclidean constructions, non- Euclidean geometries, curriculum and learning issues involving geometry, and technology and the use of software in the teaching of geometry.

MT 4342 Topics in Geometry (3)
When different topics are treated, MT 4342 may be repeated for additional credit on approval of the Chairperson.

MT 4351 Numerical Analysis I (3)
Roots of Equa tions; interpolation and approximation; numerical differentiation and integration; solutions of linear systems of equations and matrix inversion. Prerequisite: MT 2413.

MT 4352 Numerical Analysis II (3)
The numerical solution of ordinary differential equations; introduction to partial differential equations; numerical solutions of nonlinear systems of equations. Prerequisite: MT 3311 and MT 4351 or consent of instructor.

MT 4395 Senior Mathematics Seminar (3)
A capstone course for mathematics majors in the Bachelor of Sciences programs. Each student selects a mathematical area of interest, researches the selected area, generates a reference list and research paper, and presents the paper to a seminar of faculty and students. Advanced mathematical topics will also be convered (topics may vary). Prerequisite: MT3324 and either MT3321 or MT3392 or MT4331.

MT 5160 Independent Study (1)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Chairperson.

MT 5260 Independent Study (2)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Chairperson.

MT 5311 Topics in Analyisis (3)
When different topics are treated, MT 5311 may be repeated for additional credit on approval of the Chairperson. Prerequisite: MT 3414 or consent of instructor.

MT 5360 Independent Study (3)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Chairperson.

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