Mathematics
Mark Riggs, Chair Phone: 3256742007 Faculty Majors: Mathematics (BA) Minor: Mathematics The Department of Mathematics offers the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and the Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. High school certification in mathematics and middle school certification in mathematics may be obtained with the Bachelor of Science. The department hires students as tutors, computer lab monitors or paper graders. For information contact the department administrative coordinator. Introduction The department offers undergraduate programs in mathematics of quality, scope, and flexibility. The Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics has the flexibility to permit a student to tailor the degree plan to fit individual needs. Courses required for this degree expose one to a wide range of mathematics and to thought patterns and problem solving skills useful in all of life. This degree is excellent preparation for many careers and has the flexibility to prepare one for graduate study in mathematics, statistics, operations research, medicine, business, and many other areas. The Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics teaching is designed to prepare high school mathematics teachers. There are several courses in this degree which are specifically tailored to the needs of students preparing to pass the Texas teacher certification examination in mathematics at the high school level. The Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics for middle school teaching is designed to prepare middle school mathematics teachers. This degree is designed to meet the needs of students preparing to pass the Texas teacher certification examination in mathematics at the middle school level. The Bachelor of Science in mathematics – concentration in actuarial science – is designed specifically for students whose career goals include the actuarial field. Coursework in mathematics and business prepares the student to pass the initial actuarial exams and receive credit required by the American actuarial societies. The Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics is a strong liberal arts degree. The degree requires a minor, and it is suitable for anyone wanting a degree in mathematics while at the same time taking several courses in a different discipline. The department expects any graduate with a major in mathematics to have the following abilities: (1) to analyze and solve problems using techniques of undergraduate mathematics; (2) to undertake independent study of literature in mathematics; (3) to communicate in both oral and written form the results of mathematical problems and/or investigations; and (4) to use technology in solving mathematical problems. ACU’s elementary mathematics courses are planned so that students who take precalculus or calculus start at a level suitable to their preparation. Placement in these courses is based on results of the COMPASS placement exam. Credit by examination for calculus is available through national exams. See “Credit by Examination” brochure available in the Testing Office. Study Abroad Expectations Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) Admissions Requirements 
BS: MATHEMATICS DEGREE PLAN (MATH)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Mathematics MATH 185 Calculus I MATH 186 Calculus II MATH 187 Calculus Computer Lab MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics MATH 286 Calculus III MATH 325 Linear Algebra MATH 351 Abstract Algebra I MATH 377 Statistical Methods I MATH 381 Analysis I MATH 397 Mathematics Seminar MATH 497 Mathematics Capstone (writingintensive course) Choose one: MATH 453 Abstract Algebra II MATH 478 Mathematical Statistics 
(3)^{1} 3 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3

Advanced Mathematics Selections Advanced mathematics selections (excluding 309, 311, 410 and 412) TOTAL ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
9 38 
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  
Computer Science CS 120 Programming I CS 341 Numerical Methods Supplemental Menu BIOL 112/114 General Biology I Lecture/Lab or CHEM 133/131 General Chemistry I Lecture/Lab PHYS 120 Engineering Physics I PHYS 121 Engineering Physics I Lab PHYS 122 Engineering Physics II PHYS 123 Engineering Physics II Lab Choose two courses from the following list: Modern foreign language TOTAL ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
3 3
(3)^{1}/1 (3)^{1} 1 3 1 68
1820 
ELECTIVES  
Minimum  1416 
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  72 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
Minimum GPA in major requirements Minimum GPA for graduation Minimum advanced hours Minimum total hours Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree. 
2.00 2.00 33 128 
MATHEMATICS – CONCENTRATION IN ACTUARIAL SCIENCE (BS)
BS: MATHEMATICS DEGREE PLAN – CONCENTRATION IN ACTUARIAL SCIENCE (MATH) (MASC)  
UNIVERSITY REQIUREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Mathematics MATH 185 Calculus I MATH 186 Calculus II MATH 187 Calculus Computer Lab MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics MATH 286 Calculus III MATH 377 Statistical Methods I MATH 397 Mathematics Seminar MATH 445 Theory of Interest MATH 477 Statistical Methods II MATH 478 Mathematical Statistics MATH 497 Mathematics Capstone (writingintensive course) Mathematics Selections Choose two: MATH 325 Linear Algebra MATH 361 Ordinary Differential Equations MATH 381 Analysis I Advanced Mathematics Selection (excluding 309, 311, 410 and 412) TOTAL ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
(3)^{1} 3 1 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 2
6
3 35 
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  
Computer Science CS 120 Programming I Business Administration ACCT 210 Financial Accounting ACCT 211 Managerial Accounting ECON 260 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 261 Principles of Microeconomics FIN 310 Financial Management FIN 419 International Financial Markets IS 324 Management Information Systems One upper level course (FIN 411 suggested) Business or Mathematics Selection ECON 463 Managerial Economics or FIN 412 Financial Theory and Practice (suggested) TOTAL ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
3
3 3 (3)^{1} 3 3 3 3 3
3 27 
ELECTIVES  
Minimum  10 
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  72 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
Minimum GPA in major requirements and supplement Minimum GPA for graduation Minimum advanced hours Minimum total hours Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree. 
2.50 2.00 33 128 
MATHEMATICS FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION (BS)
BS: MATHEMATICS (ONEFIELD TEACHER CERTIFICATION) DEGREE PLAN (MATT)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Mathematics MATH 185 Calculus I MATH 186 Calculus II MATH 187 Calculus Computer Lab MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics MATH 286 Calculus III MATH 309 Algebraic Concepts for Teachers I MATH 311 Geometric Concepts for Teachers I MATH 325 Linear Algebra MATH 351 Abstract Algebra I or MATH 381 Analysis I MATH 377 Statistical Methods I MATH 397 Mathematics Seminar MATH 410 Algebraic Concepts for Teachers II MATH 412 Geometric Concepts for Teachers II MATH 497 Mathematics Capstone (writingintensive course) TOTAL ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
(3)^{1} 3 1 3 3 3 3 3
3 3 2 3 3 2 35 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS  
Computer Science CS 115 Introduction to Programming using Scripting or CS 120 Programming I Science CHEM 133/131, PHYS 110/111, or PHYS 120/121 Teacher Education Requirements EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives EDUC 221 Educational Psychology EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods EDUC 490 Student Teaching READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writingintensive course) Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490. GPA of 2.75 required to remain in Teacher Education Program TOTAL ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
3
(3)^{1}/1
3 (3)^{1} 3 3 6 3
3
25

ELECTIVES  
Minimum  12 
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  72 
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  
In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:
English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following: Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computerbased score of 250, iBT of 100). Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.75). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes. Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:
Note: A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:
 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
Minimum GPA in major requirements Minimum GPA for graduation Minimum advanced hours Minimum total hours Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree. 
2.75 2.75 33 128 
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION – MATHEMATICS (GRADES 48) (BS)
BS: MIDDLE SCHOOL – MATHEMATICS (GRADE 48) DEGREE PLAN (MATM) (MATH)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
INTERDISCIPLINARY MAJOR  
Mathematics MATH 123 Introduction to Probability and Statistics MATH 124 Precalculus II MATH 131 Calculus for Applications or MATH 185 Calculus I MATH 237 Fundamentals of Number and Arithmetic MATH 247 Number Concepts of Middle School Mathematics MATH 248 Foundations of Middle School Mathematics MATH 309 Algebraic Concepts for Teachers I MATH 311 Geometric Concepts for Teachers I MATH 397 Mathematics Seminar MATH 410 Algebraic Concepts for Teachers II MATH 412 Geometric Concepts for Teachers II MATH 497 Mathematics Capstone (writingintensive course) TOTAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours 
(3)^{1} 3
3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 31 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS  
CS 115 Introduction to Programming using Scripting EDUC 211 Educational Foundations and Multicultural Perspectives EDUC 221 Educational Psychology EDUC 335 Teaching in the Middle School EDUC 412 Secondary Curriculum and Media EDUC 432 Secondary Management and Methods EDUC 470 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades 36 EDUC 490 Student Teaching READ 322 Reading in Secondary Content Areas SPED 371 Teaching Students with Special Needs (writingintensive course) Must make application and be approved to take EDUC 490. GPA of 2.75 required to remain in Teacher Education Program TOTAL ^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements and are not included in total major hours 
3
3 (3)^{1} 3 3 3 3 3 3
3
30 
ELECTIVES  
Minimum  11 
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  72 
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION  
In accordance with Texas state law, the ACU Teacher Education Program has established the following criteria for admission to Teacher Education. Before taking more than 6 hours EDUC a student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a student must:
English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students: International students with primary languages other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by the following: Obtain an official TOEFL score of at least 600 (computerbased score of 250, iBT of 100). Any exemptions or modification to the above requirements due to special circumstances must be requested through the chair of the Department of Teacher Education. All requests will be reviewed and must be approved by the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee. In addition, admission to teacher education is not the final step in the process. In order to remain in the program the prospective teacher must continue to meet the GPA requirement (2.75). Approval to take Education Block classes (411/412 and 431/432) and to enroll in student teaching must be obtained from the Teacher Education Admissions and Review Committee before enrolling in those classes. Additional requirements for maintaining program admission status:
Note: A candidate who does not have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher may be conditionally admitted to the program if all other admissions criteria are met and if all of the following are true:
 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
Minimum GPA in major requirements Minimum GPA for graduation Minimum advanced hours Minimum total hours Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree. 
2.75 2.75 33 128 
Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) Admission Requirements Students planning to use the BA in mathematics as a basis for entering the teaching profession at the high school level should refer to the Department of Teacher Education for a list of admission requirements to the Teacher Education Program. 
BA: MATHEMATICS DEGREE PLAN (MATH)  
UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS  
Please see the University Requirements section of this catalog.  
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS  
Mathematics MATH 185 Calculus I MATH 186 Calculus II MATH 187 Calculus Computer Lab MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics MATH 325 Linear Algebra MATH 377 Statistical Methods I MATH 397 Mathematics Seminar MATH 497 Mathematics Capstone (writingintensive course) TOTAL
Other Required Courses Sophomore Literature FLFR, FLGE, FLLA, or FLSP 221, 222 TOTAL
^{1}Hours (in parenthesis) may also fulfill university requirements 
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3 6 9

CONCENTRATIONS (CHOOSE ONE)  
Applied Mathematics Track MATH 351 Abstract Algebra I or MATH 381 Analysis I MATH 477 Statistical Methods II Choose two courses from: MATH 334 Linear Programming MATH 361 Ordinary Differential Equations MATH 432 Introduction to Operations Research MATH 445 Theory of Interest MATH 478 Mathematical Statistics Advanced Mathematics Selection (excluding 309, 311, 410, 412) TOTAL Pure Mathematics Track MATH 351 Abstract Algebra I MATH 381 Analysis I MATH 453 Abstract Algebra II or MATH 483 Analysis II Advanced Mathematics Selections (excluding 309, 311, 410, 412) TOTAL 
3 3 6
3 15
3 3 3
6 15 
SUPPLEMENT FOR MAJOR  
Computer Science CS 120 Programming I Minor or Departmental Supplement A minor or 18 hours specified by a department (at least 6 hours must be advanced) TOTAL 
3
18 21 
ELECTIVES  
Minimum  10 
TOTAL MAJOR HOURS  72 
OTHER GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
Minimum GPA in major requirements Minimum GPA for graduation Minimum advanced hours Minimum total hours Courses numbered 0** do not count in minimum hours required for degree. 
2.00 2.00 33 128 
A minor in mathematics may be added to other degrees. Some of the courses in this minor will have prerequisites. 
MINOR: MATHEMATICS (MATH)  
MATH 185 Calculus I MATH 186 Calculus II MATH 187 Calculus Computer Lab MATH 227 Discrete Mathematics Choose three courses from: MATH 286, 325, 334, 351, 361, 377, 381, 432, 477 TOTAL (6 hours must be advanced)  3 3 1 3
9 19 
Please see the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. Courses offered by the Department of Mathematics include those with the following designations: MATH, MATW. 