First-year and transfer students are given a recommended placement in mathematics based upon their previous records, their scores on the SAT and/or ACT, and their performance on a placement exam offered the summer before enrolling. In some cases, students have multiple options from which to choose their first mathematics course at Wooster.
Thirteen courses make up the major:
- One of the following courses: Math 111 or Math 108
- Math 112
- Math 211
- Math 212
- Math 215
- One of the following courses: CSCI 100 or CSCI 111
- Two of the following courses: Math 221, 223, 225, 227, 229, 29900-29902
- Two of the following courses: Math 327, 329, 330, 332, 334, 336, 39900-39901
- One elective full-credit Math course numbered above 215.
- Junior Independent Study*
- Senior Independent Study: Math 451
- Senior Independent Study: Math 452
*In lieu of a Math 401 course, the College requirement of a third unit of Independent Study is satisfied through the independent work done as part of the courses numbered above 200 which are taken to fulfill the requirements of the major.
A minor in mathematics consists of six courses, three of which must be Calculus I (111 or 108), Calculus II (112), and Linear Algebra (211). The other three mathematics courses must be numbered above 211.
Combined programs of liberal arts and engineering are available. See Pre-Engineering Advising Program.
Students who are planning to receive Ohio licensure in early childhood education are required to take Education 260: Curriculum: Math/Science/Social Studies in the Early Childhood Years. No mathematics beyond this course is required to fulfill the State requirement; however, Mathematics 100 would be an excellent choice to help meet Wooster's Learning Across the Disciplines requirements. Any student wishing to pursue licensure in early childhood education should plan a program carefully with the Department of Education. For licensure in middle school or adolescent to young adult/secondary teaching of mathematics, State requirements call for at least a minor in Mathematics. Because specific courses in Education and Mathematics are required for licensure, Mathematics majors seeking licensure for teaching middle school or adolescent to young adult/secondary mathematics should plan their program early, in consultation with the Department of Education. These students may choose to write a Senior Independent Study Thesis on a topic related to the teaching of middle school or adolescent to young adult/secondary mathematics.