Policy on Offering MTH 496
Approved December 2003
In order for a section of MTH 496 to be offered, the faculty member who wants to teach MTH 496, along with the Advisory Committee, must complete certain tasks:
The Faculty Member
1. To teach MTH 496 for Fall semester, a faculty member must initiate a request by the end of the previous January with the Department Chair. E-mail is preferred. Then, the following must be submitted to the Department Chair by March 15:
- A list of the students who will be taking the course, with a copy of their degree progress reports.
- Abstracts of the general areas of mathematics or mathematics education that will be the basis for their theses.
- A draft course schedule and a general indication of how the course will be conducted. (See the sample syllabus that went with the original course proposal for an example.)
2. To teach MTH 496 for Winter semester, a faculty member must initiate a request as soon as possible, and no later than the end of the previous September, with the Department Chair. E-mail is preferred. The information described in #1 must be submitted by October 15. It will be much easier if the request is initiated during the previous Winter semester, in case there are staffing changes to make.
3. A faculty member can teach only one section of MTH 496 per year, and it is possible that more than one section of MTH 496 will run in a semester or year. If a faculty member plans on proposing a section of MTH 496, this can be factored into the course staffing process in October.
The Advisory Committee
1. The offering of the course must be approved by the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee must make a decision by the end of March for Fall offerings and by the end of October for Winter offerings. The decision will take into account the information provided by the faculty member and department staffing needs.
2. If approved, the Department Chair will then initiate the paperwork to add the course to the schedule for the following semester.
New Pre-requisites for MTH 496
To use MTH 496 as the capstone course in the major: Completion of at least 27 credits of mathematics courses in the major, and a GPA in the major (as indicated by SIS) of 3.0 or better. Consent of instructor required.
For majors not using the course as the capstone course: MTH 495 with a grade of B. Consent of instructor required.
For mathematics minors: completion of the minor with a GPA of at least 3.0. Consent of instructor required.