Natural Sciences & Mathematics Programs
Mathematics courses support students majoring in biology, management, nursing, psychology and other areas, and are also available as electives. Students broadly interested in the science/mathematics field can choose either an individually initiated major or an appropriately designed physics major. The following courses satisfy the General Education First Year Core Quantitative Literacy Requirement: MATH 1150, MATH 1160, MATH 1190, MATH 1550, and MATH 2130.
Students are encouraged to select the core course that best matches their intended major.
MATH 1150 Statistics I: For students in Accounting, Biology, Biochemistry, Business Administration, Communication, Community Health and Wellness, Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology. MATH 1142 is an optional co-requisite recitation that can be added to any section of MATH 1150 to provide additional instructional support.
MATH 1160 Topics in Contemporary Mathematics: For students in Graphic Design, English, Philosophy, Politics and History, Studio Arts or who are Undecided and considering a major other than one that requires Statistics I
MATH 1190 College Algebra: For students who are in Biochemistry or who are Undecided or would like a broader mathematics core for their educational careers
MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics: For students in Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Special Education
MATH 2130 Calculus I: For students in Biology (BS), Biochemistry, or who have a strong mathematics background and who would like a broader mathematics core for their educational careers.
In a world increasingly dependent upon science and technology, the study of mathematics has become ever more important and, in many disciplines, essential. People trained in mathematics are employed in industry, teaching, and research at all levels. Students who study mathematics gain an excellent background for collaboration with professionals in other disciplines such as economics, business, and criminal justice. Undergraduate mathematics also serves as a strong foundation for further studies in operations research, statistics, computer science, medicine and law, in addition to mathematics itself. The mathematics minor program at Curry College provides the foundation for further studies in applied fields and prepares a liberally educated person for related fields in which strong quantitative and problem-solving skills are needed.
Students can earn a minor in Mathematics by taking 15 credits of courses in Mathematics, not including MATH 1000: Problem Solving Strategies in Mathematics, MATH 1160: Topics in Contemporary Mathematics and MATH 1550: College Mathematics I: Numbers and Numeration. At least six credits must be earned at Curry College, and at least nine credits must be earned at the 2000-level or above.
MATHEMATICS EDUCATION MINOR
The Mathematics Education minor builds upon the three-course sequence of mathematics courses required of Education students seeking licensure and will prepare them to apply for an additional license as an elementary math specialist. Students seeking the minor will deepen their understanding of numerical, algebraic and statistical concepts by taking a minimum of two additional mathematics courses, and they will be exposed to constructivist pedagogy and best practices in mathematics instruction. While the minor is intended primarily for Education students, it is open all students whose interests include working in an educational setting.
A grade of “C” or higher must be attained in all courses required for the Mathematics Education minor. Any mathematics course at the 2000 level or above can substitute for one course in the Mathematics Education minor. MATH 4000 Independent Research in Mathematics Education can substitute for any course in the Mathematics Education minor.
Requirements for the Mathematics Education minor:
MATH 1550 Quantification in School Mathematics
MATH 2550 Number Theory and Relationships for Teachers
MATH 3250 Pedagogy and Specialized Instruction in Mathematics
MATH 1150 Statistics I
MATH 1190 College Algebra
MATH 2130 Calculus I or
MATH 2140 Calculus II