As a science, mathematics occupies a special place in the Saint Xavier University curriculum. Mathematics serves as an investigative tool for the natural sciences, social sciences, business, education and psychology. It also plays an important role in the development of human thought. Mathematics forms the bridge whereby the student enters the realm of abstract and precise scientific thinking.

The Mathematics Department offers three major programs of study: mathematics (MATH), actuarial science (ACSC), and mathematics with secondary education licensure (MATH/SED). Decisions concerning the nature of each student's study of mathematics are made with particular attention to previous preparation and individual educational plans. Students who major in mathematics are prepared for entry into graduate schools as well as entry into business or other professional careers that require a bachelor's degree in mathematics. Students who major in actuarial science will be prepared to take the first two Society of Actuaries exams (P-probability and FM-financial mathematics). Students who major in mathematics with licensure in secondary education fulfill the requirements for teaching high school mathematics. Courses in computer science, natural science, physics and business may be taken to fulfill the application requirement of each program. The department also offers a minor program of study in mathematics that will complement many majors at the University, especially majors in business, computer science, education and science.

## Faculty

K. Schreck, Chair; A. Abdallah, A. Dagys; K. Gawel; K. Sheu; A. Wazwaz

## Teaching Assistants

M. Felgenhauer; S. Marrs; P. Salcedo

## Major Programs of Study

### Requirements for a Mathematics (MATH) Major

- Required mathematics courses (30 credit hours)

The following courses are**required**for B.S. degree candidates:- MATH 200: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (3)
- MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)
- MATH 202: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)
- MATH 203: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)
- MATH 211: Linear Algebra (4)
- MATH 301: Advanced Calculus (4)
- MATH 305: Probability and Statistics I (3)
- MATH 306: Probability and Statistics II (3)
- MATH 399: Senior Seminar (1)

- Application area (6-10 credit hours)

Two courses in an application area are required. Possible application areas include computer science, physics (calculus based), business, and others by petition. Departmental approval is required. - Elective courses

Students must select 5 courses (15 credit hours) from the 300-level mathematics elective courses. - A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the major.
- All majors in the Mathematics Department are expected to attend special events and lectures sponsored by the department.

### Requirements for an Actuarial Science Major

The following are requirements for a bachelor of science degree for students majoring in actuarial science (55 total credit hours).

- Required mathematics courses (33 credit hours)
- MATH 200: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (3)
- MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)
- MATH 202: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)
- MATH 203: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)
- MATH 211: Linear Algebra (4)
- MATH 301: Advanced Calculus (4)
- MATH 305: Probability and Statistics I (3)
- MATH 306: Probability and Statistics II (3)
- MATH 331: Theory of Interest (3)
- MATH 399: Senior Seminar (1)

- Required business courses (15 credit hours)
- ACCT 210: Financial Accounting (3)
- ACCT 211: Managerial Accounting (3)
- FINC 300: Principles of Finance (3)
- FINC 320: Investments (3)
- FINC 350: Futures/Options (3)

- Required computer science courses (7 credit hours)
- CMPSC 112: Survey of Computer Science (3)
- CMPSC 126: Business Programming (4)

- A grade of C or better is required in all courses counting toward the major.
- Students are
**encouraged to take at least one actuary exam by their junior year**. Exam P (Probability) can be taken after MATH 305 and MATH 306 are completed. Exam FM (Financial Mathematics) can be taken after MATH 331, FINC 300, FINC 320, and FINC 350 are completed. The exams can be taken in either order. Students are encouraged to take review courses from the Society of Actuaries for final preparation for these first two exams. - Students are also encouraged to apply for summer internships after their junior year, especially if they have completed one or both of the first two exams.
- All majors in the Mathematics Department are expected to attend special events and lectures sponsored by the Department.

### Requirements for a Mathematics (MATH/SED) Major Preparing to Teach at the Secondary Level (9-12 Licensure)

- Required mathematics courses (39 credit hours)
- MATH 200: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (3)
- MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)
- MATH 202: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)
- MATH 203: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)
- MATH 211: Linear Algebra (4)
- MATH 301: Advanced Calculus (4)
- MATH 305: Probability and Statistics I (3)
- MATH 306: Probability and Statistics II (3)
- MATH 307: Modern Geometry (3)
- MATH 308: History of Mathematics (3)
- MATH 309: Abstract Algebra I (3)
- MATH 399: Senior Seminar (1)

- Application area (6-10 credit hours)

Two courses in an application area are required. Possible application areas include Computer Science, Physics (calculus based), Business and others by petition. Departmental approval is required. - Elective courses

Students must select 2 courses (6 credit hours) from the 300-level mathematics elective courses. - Students must be admitted to the Education Department/Education Secondary Education Program.
- Students in the MATH/SED Education major must achieve an overall SXU GPA of 3.0 and complete all major courses, all general education courses, and all professional education courses with a minimum grade of C to be admitted to the Education Department and student teaching. Consult the Education Department section of the catalog for specific requirements and procedures. It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain and fulfill the requirements for the desired degree program. The major advisor will assist the student in this responsibility.
- All majors in the Mathematics Department are expected to attend special events and lectures sponsored by the department.

## Minor Programs of Study

The department also offers a minor program of study in mathematics that will complement many majors at the University, especially majors in business, computer science, education and science.

### Requirements for a Minor in Mathematics

- A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for a minor in mathematics with at least
9 credit hours taken at Saint Xavier University.
**Only the following courses may be counted toward a minor in mathematics:**- MATH 200: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics (3)
- MATH 201: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4)
- MATH 202: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)
- MATH 203: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)
- MATH 211: Linear Algebra (4)
- MATH 301: Advanced Calculus (4)
- MATH 303: Differential Equations (3)
- MATH 305: Probability and Statistics I (3)
- MATH 306: Probability and Statistics II (3)
- MATH 307: Modern Geometry (3)
- MATH 308: History of Mathematics (3)
- MATH 309: Abstract Algebra I (3)
- MATH 313: Partial Differential Equations (3)
- MATH 314: Integral Equations (3)
- MATH 315: Numerical Analysis (3)
- MATH 321: Discrete Methods (3)
- MATH 331: Theory of Interest (3)
- MATH 336: Real Analysis (3)
- MATH 360: Selected Topics in Advanced Mathematics (credit varies)

- A grade of C or better is required in each course counting toward the minor.

## Independent Study

Credit for courses in mathematics may be obtained on an independent study basis only if the following conditions are met:

- The student has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Mathematics Department and Computer Science Department.
- The student has earned a GPA of 3.0 or above in mathematics courses.
- The student has obtained the consent of the department chairperson and the course instructor.

## Technology

The faculty in the department is committed to the use of technology to enhance understanding of mathematical concepts and develop mathematical skills. Computers and hand-held calculators are integrated into coursework in mathematics courses. Graduates of the MATH or MATH/SED program will be able to use mathematics software and technology including graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, and statistical software in an appropriate and effective manner. Note: Calculators are required in all mathematics courses. Please see the course listing for the appropriate calculator.

## Placement

A mathematics placement test may be required to determine placement in mathematics courses. Students may be required to complete MATH 095, MATH 099, or both prior to enrollment in a college-level mathematics course.