Mathematics

A major and a minor in mathematics are available, as well as teacher certification in mathematics education for grades 5-12.

Major in mathematics

40-47 credit hours

Core Courses (22-26 credit hours)

  • One course in computer programming 3-4
    Info 200, Problem-solving with Computers (3)
    Info 230, Programming I (4)
  • Math 205, Discrete Mathematics 3
  • Math 211-212, Calculus I & II 8
  • Math 213, Multivariate Calculus 4
  • Math 390, Problem Solving Seminar1
  • Math 409, Project/Internship0-3
  • Math 411, Seminar: History 1
  • Math 412, Seminar: Connections 1
  • Math 413, Seminar: Discoveries 1

Electives in Mathematics (18-21 credit hours) See advising note below.

    Math 301, Linear Algebra
    Math 302, Abstract Algebra
    Math 305, Modern Geometry
    Math 311, Real Analysis
    Math 321, Differential Equations
    Math 323, Probability and Statistics
    Math 350, Advanced Game Theory
    Math 351, Mathematical Modeling
    Math 355, Graph Theory
    Math 360, Biomathematics
    Math 375, Special Topics
    Up to 3 credit hours of upper level computer science or informatics courses

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in mathematics will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of calculus, discrete structures, deductive reasoning, programming, and a selection of more advanced concepts and techniques.
  2. Solve pure and applied problems and explore ideas by adeptly using mathematical concepts and techniques, problem solving heuristics, pattern recognition, deduction, simulation, modeling, data analysis, and software tools.
  3. Learn mathematics by reading, listening, exploring, and conversing in an effecive manner.
  4. Explain and critique mathematical reasoning through speaking and writing in a precise and articulate manner in both informal and formal settings.
  5. Exhibit curiosity, playfulness, creativity, confidence, perserverance, interst in multiple perspectives, and a collaborative spirit.
  6. Describe and value interconnections among different areas and levels of mathematics, other disciplines, history, ethics, careers, and society.

Planning and advising notes

Academic requirements: Mathematics majors must achieve a grade of C or better in every course counted for the major. All students taking mathematics courses must earn a grade of C or better in prerequisite courses.

21 credit hours of Math electives are required for most majors; only 18 credit hours are required for those who complete student teaching in math education. Math secondary education majors do a teaching internship with Math 131 or 132.

Teacher certification in mathematics is available for grades 5-12. Courses needed in addition to the Mathematics major core requirements are Math 301; Math 302; Math 305; Math 323; one of Math 350, 351, or 360, and a teaching internship with Math 131 or 132. Also required are 32 credits of education courses, including a semester of student teaching. The first education class, Educ 201, should be taken in May term of the first year or fall of the sophomore year. See the education catalog and web pages for more details about requirements.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Calculus I, II
At least one of these:
Discrete Mathematics
Multivariate Calculus
Programming I
Second and
Third years
Goshen Core
Finish 200-level courses
Upper-level math
SST
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Senior Project/Internship or Student Teaching
Connections & Discoveries

Minor in mathematics

19 credit hours

  • Any mathematics courses numbered 200 and above 11
  • Any mathematics courses numbered 300 or above8