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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog

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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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Emphasis Areas

Students majoring in mathematics must choose one of the following emphasis areas:

- Theoretical Mathematics
- Applied Mathematics
- Elementary Certification
- Secondary Certification

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B.S. and B.A. Degree Program Requirements

Completion of MTH 201, 202, and STA 312 satisfies the B.S. degree program requirements for all mathematics majors. Students completing a B.A. degree must complete these courses plus the foreign language requirement for a B.A.

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Requirements for a Major in Mathematics with Theoretical Mathematics emphasis

Students planning a major in mathematics with theoretical mathematics emphasis must complete the following.

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Mathematics Course Requirements

All students with a major in mathematics with theoretical mathematics emphasis must complete the following courses:

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Additional Mathematics Course Requirements

Take additional courses from the following list for a total of 12 courses in mathematics (with at least one additional 400-level course besides the required courses):

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Mathematics Cognate Requirements

All students seeking a major in mathematics with theoretical mathematics emphasis must complete the following courses to satisfy the mathematics cognate requirements:

And one course from the following:

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Preparation for Graduate Work in Theoretical Mathematics

Majors who plan to complete graduate work in mathematics are encouraged to (1) take as many upper-division mathematics courses as possible from the courses listed in additional mathematics courses; (2) take MTH 450 or MTH 409 as one additional 400-level course; and (3) consult with their advisor about other courses that might be appropriate for their interests and about procedures for applying to graduate school.

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Requirements for a Major in Mathematics with Applied Mathematics Emphasis

Students planning a major in mathematics with applied mathematics emphasis must complete the following.

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Mathematics Course Requirements

All students with a major in mathematics with applied mathematics emphasis must complete the following courses:

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Additional Mathematics Course Requirements

Take additional courses from the following list for a total of 13 courses in mathematics. So, students choosing the recommended MTH 204 + MTH 304 option in the required courses, must take 2 additional courses from the following list, while the students choosing only MTH 302 must take 3 additional courses from the following list:

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Mathematics Cognate Requirements

All students seeking a major in mathematics with applied mathematics emphasis must complete the following courses to satisfy the mathematics cognate requirements:

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Requirements for a Major in Mathematics with Elementary Certification Emphasis

The mathematics major with elementary certification emphasis must be completed with a GPA of 2.7 for admission to the College of Education. Students planning a major in mathematics with elementary certification emphasis must complete the following:

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Mathematics Course Requirements

All students with a major in mathematics with elementary certification emphasis must complete the following courses:

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Mathematics Cognate Requirements

All students seeking a major in mathematics with elementary certification emphasis must complete the following courses to satisfy the mathematics cognate requirements:

**And** one course from the following:

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College of Education Requirements

To be approved for student teaching, students must complete at least 24 credit hours in the major, including:

**And** at least two of the following:

In addition, students need to be aware of the College of Education requirements for admission to the elementary certification program.

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Requirements for a Major in Mathematics with Secondary Certification Emphasis

The mathematics major with secondary certification emphasis must be completed with a GPA of 2.7 for admission to the College of Education. Students planning a major in mathematics with secondary certification emphasis must complete the following.

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Mathematics Course Requirements

All mathematics majors must complete the following courses:

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Mathematics Elective Requirement

All mathematics majors with secondary certification emphasis must also complete one elective course from the following list. The elective course must be different than the Capstone course.

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Mathematics Cognate Requirements

All students seeking a major in mathematics with secondary certification emphasis must complete the following courses to satisfy the mathematics cognate requirements:

And one course from the following:

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College of Education Requirements

To be approved for student teaching, students must complete at least 24 credit hours in the major, including:

In addition, students need to be aware of the College of Education requirements for admission to the secondary certification program.

A student who has graduated from another accredited institution with a completed major or minor in mathematics and who now seeks only teaching certification in mathematics from Grand Valley must satisfy the following criteria:

- Transfer or complete at Grand Valley all mathematics and cognate courses required for the certification major or minor.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) in mathematics courses from the accredited institution.
- Completion of the College of Education requirements for certification.

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Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Mathematics

The following sample mathematics schedules assume the student is in contact with an advisor for appropriate general education requirements and has a strong mathematics background. Students who do not begin with MTH 201 will need to make appropriate changes.

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Mathematics Majors with Theoretical Mathematics Emphasis

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First Year

- Appropriate courses in general education

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Second Year

- Mathematics elective course
- Computer science cognate course
- Appropriate courses in general education

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Third Year

- Cognate courses in the major
- Appropriate courses in general education
- Mathematics elective course

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Fourth Year

- 400-level mathematics elective course
- Capstone course

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Mathematics Majors with Applied Mathematics Emphasis

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First Year

- Appropriate courses in general education

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Second Year

- Computer science cognate course
- Appropriate courses in general education

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Third Year

- Mathematics elective course
- Appropriate courses in general education

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Fourth Year

- Mathematics elective course
- Capstone course

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Mathematics Major with Elementary Certification Emphasis

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First Year

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Second Year

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Third Year

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Fourth Year

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Mathematics Major with Secondary Certification Emphasis

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First Year

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Second Year

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Third Year

- Elective in the major
- Student assisting
- Cognate course for major
- Appropriate courses in general education

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Fourth Year

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