Mathematics
 JESSICA L. SORRELLS, chair
 PETER H. BROWN
 JOSEPH S. BARRERA
 AMANDA J. MANGUM
Mathematics
The mission of the mathematics major is to provide the student with the opportunity to study the classical mathematics curriculum with the following student learning outcomes:
 Students will demonstrate the perspectives and the analytical skills required for efficient use and understanding of mathematics,
 Students will demonstrate the ability to read, communicate, and understand mathematical ideas in a variety of settings, both verbally and in writing, making use of numerical, graphical, and symbolic viewpoints,
 Students will formulate and produce valid mathematical proofs, and
 Students will demonstrate a basic historical perspective of mathematics.
The General Education Program is a requirement for all degrees. The requirements listed below are approved for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts.
ENG 101  3 hours 
Language and Culture  9 hours 
MTH 108 or higher  3 hours 
One course designated as Quantitative reasoning  3–4 hours 
Health and Wellbeing Wellness  2 hours 
Activity course  1–2 hours 
Humanities  6 hours 
Literature  3 hours 
Fine Arts  6 hours 
Natural Science  7–8 hours 
Social Science  6 hours 
Total  49–52 hours 
Graduation requirements but not a separate course:
 First Year Seminar
 Writing Intensive course
 NonEuropean/nonAnglophone course Capstone experience.
 For more information see the GEP requirements in this catalog.
A student completing a bachelor’s degree with a mathematics major must take a minimum of 35 credit hours of coursework above MTH 115.
Calculation of GPA for Mathematics Major or Minor
To earn a degree in mathematics or complete a minor in mathematics a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all required mathematics coursework. Grades in required nonmathematics courses (CSC 201, CSC 202) are not included in the GPA calculation.
For the Bachelor of Arts degree, only twelve elective credits will be included in the GPA calculation. For the Bachelor of Science degree, only six elective credits will be included in the GPA calculation.
If the student has more than the minimum required number of elective credits, the credits with the highest grades will be used in the GPA calculation.
Degrees and Certificates

Mathematics Major (BS), Bachelor of Science, BS 
Mathematics Minor, Minor
Courses
MTH 107: SPECIAL TOPICS IN MATHEMATICS
Selected topics in mathematics. The topics in the course will vary depending on the available faculty and interest of the students.
Elective.
MTH 108: FINITE MATHEMATICS
MTH 109: ALGEBRA AND GEOMETRY ESSENTIALS
This course is designed as a “bridge” course to help students progress through the ALEKS system in order to prepare them for entering MTH 110 Elementary Functions. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, percentages, linear equations and inequalities, factoring, quadratic functions, polynomial functions, radical and rational expressions, basic geometry, and basic trigonometry. Typically offered every Fall term.
Placement into MTH 109.
Elective
MTH 110: ELEMENTARY FUNCTIONS
A study of elementary functions and their graphs and applications, including polynomials, rational and algebraic functions, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Offered most terms.
Placement in MTH 110
Quantitative GEP credit.
MTH 112: MATHEMATICS OF THE LIBERAL ARTS
This course will cover fundamental mathematical skills similar to those typically taught in finite mathematics or
college algebra courses, but will place special emphasis on a wide range of applications. These application
categories divide the course into four units: (1) Mathematics in Technology & Analytics, (2) Mathematics in
Social & Political Science, (3) Mathematics in Economics & Finance, (4) Mathematics in Art. The goals of this
course are for the student to master basic skills from algebra and geometry and to become familiar with
applications of mathematics to other areas of study and modern careers. Typically offered in January term.
GEP: MTH 108 or higher
MTH 113: INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
High School Algebra.
MTH 115: SURVEY OF CALCULUS
MTH 110, or equivalent.
MTH 120: CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I
MTH 110, or equivalent.
MTH 125: FIRSTYEAR SEMINAR
FirstYear Seminars (FYS) constitute a common and academically significant experience in a student’s first year at Converse. All incoming firstyear students are required to take a 3 or 4credit hour FYS course in the fall semester, choosing from a variety of discipline specific topics. Each FYS carries the corresponding departmental prefix, but with a common course number. Each FYS carries the corresponding departmental prefix but with a common course number. Special emphasis is given to cultivating critical thinking, effective speaking, and writing skills.
GEP.
MTH 200 : INTRODUCTION TO PROOFS
This course is meant to serve as a transition from calculus to more abstract mathematics and ways of thinking. This course emphasizes the importance of proper proof writing style and covers basic set theory, logic, and the main proof techniques in higher mathematics: direct proof, proof by contradiction, proof by contrapositive, and mathematical induction. These topics are fundamental to communicating and understanding mathematical concepts learned in later courses.
MTH 120 or permission of instructor.
Major, Minor, Elective credit. Quantitative GEP credit.
MTH 205: DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
CSC 201 and MTH 110 or consent of the instructor.
MTH 210: CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II
MTH 120, or equivalent.
MTH 220: CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY III
MTH 210, or equivalent.
MTH 299H: INTERDISCIPLINARY HONORS
MTH 300: BUSINESS STATISTICS
Business statistics will cover a brief introduction with motivation, visualizing basic statistics, descriptive statistics, ttests, ANOVA, and chisquare tests. Time permitting, linear regression, probability, and other topics will also be covered.
ECN 300 was removed and replaced with MTH 300 beginning Fall 2024.
Students must have completed one of the following courses:
ACC 212 Accounting Principles II, ECN 326 Labor Economics, or BAD 330 Management.
MTH 303: NUMBER THEORY
Consent of the instructor.
MTH 311: SURVEY OF GEOMETRY
Consent of the instructor or MTH 351.
MTH 330: INTRODUCTION TO NUMERICAL ANALYSIS
This is a first course in numerical analysis. Topics include numerical techniques for solving equations and problems in calculus, understanding error, and computer solutions. Students will be required to complete coding assignments as part of the course.
MTH 210 and CSC 201, or permission of the instructor.
Major, Minor, Elective credit. Quantitative GEP credit.
MTH 340: INTRODUCTION TO GRAPH THEORY
MTH 351 or permission of the instructor.
MTH 351: LINEAR ALGEBRA
A study of linear equations and matrices, vector spaces, determinants, linear mappings, inner products, and cross products of vectors. Offered alternate years. Quantitative GEP requirement.
Major, Minor, Elective credit.
MTH 400: REAL ANALYSIS
MTH 220.
MTH 410: DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
MTH 220 or consent of the instructor.
MTH 413: ABSTRACT ALGEBRA
MTH 210.
MTH 423: PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
MTH 210, or equivalent.
MTH 450: MATHEMATICS INTERNSHIP
The internship involves the student in a business or governmental agency related to the student’s career choice. Credit and work to be arranged according to the experience desired.
Minimum 2.5 major GPA and permission of the department chair.
MTH 480: SPECIAL TOPICS IN MATHEMATICS
Consent of the instructor.
MTH 485: RESEARCH
MTH 210 or its equivalent and consent of the instructor.
MTH 490: DIRECTED INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPECIAL TOPICS
Consent of the instructor and department chair.
MTH 497: HONORS THESIS IN MATHEMATICS
MTH 210 or its equivalent, senior class standing, approval by the department, permission of the instructor (adviser), and other prerequisites as outlined in the Nisbet Honors Guidelines.
MTH 499: SENIOR SEMINAR
This course allows the student to investigate a topic of particular interest in mathematics or computer science. The student will have the opportunity to present a written and oral report on the student's topic. Offered every year. Quantitative GEP requirement. Capstone.
Required of all majors.