MATHEMATICS

Chair: Homer White                                                                         

Homer_White@georgetowncollege.edu

Statement on Preparation:

If a student does not have an ACT Math subscore of 19 or higher or the equivalent from other standardized tests and has not yet completed a college-level mathematics course, then at Georgetown College, his or her initial mathematics placement is in MAT 115 (Liberal Arts Mathematics).  Exceptions to this rule may be made by the MPC Department Chair, in consultation with the Mathematics Coordinator.  In any event, an academic advisor should strongly discourage the student from registering for any other MAT course unless the student has received prior permission from the Department.

Advice Regarding Lower-Level Mathematics Courses:

___ MAT115 Liberal Arts Mathematics

  • This is the most highly recommended option for students who seek only to fulfill the quantitative proficiency requirement.
  • This course is also the initial placement for students who do not have an ACT Math subscore of 19 or above. For more details, see the above Statement on Mathematical Preparation.

___ MAT111 Elementary Probability and Statistics

  • A reasonable option to fulfill the quantitative proficiency requirement for students who do not need calculus.
  • Required for biology majors. Required for business majors. Highly recommended for social science and history majors.  Either MAT 111 or PSY 211 is required for all majors in the KHS department.

___MAT203/204 Math for Elementary Education I & II

  • Required for Elementary Education majors; no other math courses are required.

___MAT107 College Algebra

  • Required for entrance into MAT109 or CHE111 if Math ACT subscore is below 22.
  • Recommended as preparation for MAT109.
  • Required for pre-nursing students.
  • Although this course fulfills quantitative proficiency requirements, it is a very poor option for doing so unless the student needs the course for one of the preceding three reasons.  Students looking only to fulfill the QP requirement should take MAT 115 instead, or perhaps MAT 111 if their initial preparation warrants it.  Academic advisers should strongly discourage their advisees from taking this course simply to fulfill a QP requirement.

___MAT123 Precalculus

  • Recommended as preparation for MAT125.

___ MAT109 Calculus for Business & the Social Sciences

  • Either this course or MAT125 is required for those BUA majors that require calculus, but for properly prepared students, MAT125 is the preferred option.

___MAT125 Calculus I

  • Required preparation is high school precalculus and a Math ACT subscore of 26 or above; otherwise, the student should take MAT 123 first.
  • Required course for math, engineering, and physics majors.
  • Required for chemistry majors.
  • Preferred calculus course for BUA majors that require calculus.

___MAT225 Calculus II

  • Preferred course for students who have completed MAT 125 (Calculus I) or the equivalent.
  • A student who took AP Calculus in high school should have scored 4 or higher on the AP Exam in order to enroll in this course. Otherwise, the student should begin with MAT 125.

 

Major

(B.A. degree) A total of thirty-three semester hours required including a minimum of thirty hours in mathematics including MAT 125, 225, 301, 310, 325, 415, and 431. The remaining nine hours may be chosen from courses numbered above 225. Allied course: CSC 115. (Secondary education mathematics majors are required to include MAT 331 and 335 in the major course selections. Total hours in mathematics and computer science required: 33.)

 

(B.S. degree) A total of thirty-nine semester hours required including minimum of thirty-six hours in mathematics including MAT 125, 225, 301, 310, 325, 415, 431 and 432. The remaining twelve hours are to be chosen from courses numbered above 225, and nine hours must be chosen from MAT 331, 332, 343, 345, 405 or MAT/CSC 327. Allied course: CSC 115.  (Secondary education mathematics majors are required to take MAT 331 and 335 in the major course selections. Total hours in mathematics and computer science required: 39.)

 

Minor

A minimum of eighteen hours in mathematics including MAT 125, 225, and 301. The remaining hours may be chosen from courses numbered above 301.

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses

First Year:

Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 125MAT 225

Second Year:

Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 325MAT 310
MAT 301CSC 115 (can take earlier)

Third Year:

Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 415 (even falls)Elective
MAT 431 (odd falls)
Elective

Fourth Year:

Fall SemesterCompletedSpring SemesterCompleted
MAT 415 (even falls)Elective
MAT 431 (odd falls)

 

Students beginning with MAT225 in their freshman fall should take MAT325 in the spring and MAT301 in their sophomore fall.  Due to the increasing importance of computing in mathematical work, the allied requirement CSC 115 should be completed before the end of the sophomore year.  Students planning to attend graduate school should take MAT431 and 432 and every other math course that they can fit in their schedule.  Students planning on an advanced applied degree or working immediately should include MAT331 Probability (even falls only) and MAT332 Statistics (odd springs only), as well as computer science courses.  Students interested in doing math at Oxford must begin with MAT225 or MAT325 and must complete MAT431 and 432 before attending Oxford.

 

Miscellaneous Policies

A prerequisite must be taken before the course; a co-requisite may be taken before or concurrently with a course.

*updated 10/2016