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Mathematics

Mathematics is important in the life of every individual. Mathematics is central for providing experiences to ensure that students gain "proficiency in analytical reasoning and computational skills" necessary for survival in a "technological society" as well as understanding connections between mathematics and other disciplines. The Mathematics faculty has contact with every Fisk student, whether in the mission of general education, teacher education, or the mathematical education of majors and joint majors. Course offerings are academically challenging, but mathematics faculty operate under a shared belief that all students can learn mathematics. Clearly, mathematics has special responsibility for support to other disciplines, such as those in the natural or social sciences and business administration, as well as to students who select mathematics as a single or joint major.

Goals of the mathematics area and the learning outcomes that flow from these goals are as follow:

Goal 1

To provide a course of study for a mathematics major program consistent with other colleges and universities as delineated by organizations such as the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Committee on the Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics (CUPM) Guidelines and Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges.

Outcomes: Graduates of the B.A. major program in mathematics must:

  • demonstrate knowledge of mathematics in the areas of elementary analysis (calculus), higher algebra, and higher analysis at the undergraduate level; " be able to apply the knowledge gained to solve problems related to various disciplines
  • demonstrate general knowledge in the areas of physics and computer s cience
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and discuss a problem or narrow band of knowledge of a subject in writing and orally
  • be able to connect the importance of mathematics historically and presently to a technological society.

Goal 2

To provide a course of study for a mathematics joint major program that gives students adequate knowledge to combine two areas of knowledge for work or further study in either discipline or a combination thereof.

Outcomes: Graduates of the joint major program in mathematics must:

  • demonstrate knowledge in the cognate subjects selected
  • demonstrate the ability to develop and discuss a problem or narrow band of knowledge of a subject in writing and orally
  • be able to connect the importance of mathematics historically and presently to a technological society.

Goal 3

To provide a course of study that supports other disciplines and majors requiring mathematics beyond that required in the program of general education.

Outcomes: Graduates of a client discipline must:

  • demonstrate awareness of the connection between prescribed mathematics courses and their respective disciplines; and
  • be able to apply the principles of mathematics for problem-solving in their respective disciplines and related disciplines.

Goal 4

To provide technological experiences in the learning of mathematics using graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, and computer-aided instruction.

Outcomes: Graduates of any major program must:

  • be familiar with the operation and use of the above technologies in the learning of mathematics; and
  • be aware of the role of technology in society presently and in the future.
  1. Major
  2. Joint Major

Requirements for the mathematics major, in addition to the University degree requirements outlined within this Bulletin, are:

Courses in mathematics-33 credits in mathematics coursework numbered 120 and above. Mathematics majors do not take CORE 130. The required courses are:

MATH 120 Calculus I
MATH 130 Calculus II
MATH 210 Calculus III
MATH 220 Introduction to Higher Algebra
MATH 240 Linear Algebra
MATH 270Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 320 Algebraic Structures
MATH 353 Introduction to Real Analysis
MATH 395 Senior Seminar

Mathematics electives in the major must be numbered above 200. An advanced course in computer science or physics may be substituted for a mathematics elective with permission of department

Required cognates--16 credits:

CSCI 110-120 Introduction to Computer Science I & II
NSCI 360 Statistics
PHYS 130L Experiments in General Physics I
PHYS 130 University Physics I

Joint majors combining mathematics with another discipline may be arranged. Twenty-four credits in mathematics courses are required as part of any such joint major, and must include:

MATH 120Calculus I
MATH 130 Calculus II
MATH 210 Calculus III
MATH 220 Introduction to Higher Algebra
MATH 240 Linear Algebra
MATH 320 Algebraic Structures

The program also may include such other mathematics courses at the 200 level or higher as the student, with departmental approval, may elect; and the foreign language requirement must be completed as for any other major. Students wishing to undertake a joint major in mathematics should obtain the advice of the mathematics coordinator as early as possible after deciding to pursue the major. A faculty member from the department will be assigned to cooperate with the student's other major advisor in the construction and execution of an appropriate study plan.