# Major/Minor

## Major

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 110
- 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.*

The Mathematics Major's Handbook (.pdf)

Mathematics Course Catalogue entry (.pdf)

## Minor

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.

## Pre-Engineering

Combined programs of liberal arts and engineering are available. See Pre-Engineering Advising Program.

## Teaching Licensure

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.