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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics.

There are no limits to what you can do.

There are a number of reasons to pursue a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Perhaps you want to work with other mathematicians and scientists to figure out some of the world’s most pressing issues. Or use your marketable skills to help lead businesses to profit. Perhaps you want to teach math and inspire others to pursue careers in STEM fields. Maybe you want to do all of the above. No matter what, you will be a problem solver.

As a William Woods University Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics student, you will study a range of areas including statistics, linear and abstract algebra, differential equations, and logic, as well as the use of technology in solving problems.

Our faculty comes from various backgrounds, with diverse experience in research, teaching and business, yet they all have one common denominator—great passion and excitement to help you flourish.

Build a strong mathematics foundation and specialized coursework on top of our committed faculty and you’ll have what it takes to pursue your individual goals. Math can be a flexible and attractive option for students considering a double major.

Special opportunities

  • Enjoy a great deal of interaction with your professors and peers, thanks to small class sizes
  • Study a range of areas in mathematics, including calculus, differential equations, statistics, linear and abstract algebra and more
  • Take advantage of opportunities for further areas of study and research on your own, with a team or with a faculty member
  • Join a number of academic, honorary and leadership organizations, including Alpha Chi, the President’s Twenty and the Student Alumni Council
  • Graduate prepared for continued study in graduate school, studying mathematics, statistics or actuarial science

Our Mathematics degree at work

While math is one of the most interesting fields you can study, it is also lucrative. According to a 2013-2014 Payscale College Salary Report, some mathematics majors have a median starting salary around $49,400 (non-specialty area of concentration), $52,500 (statisticians) or $58,600 (actuaries).

Pursue an exciting career in:

  • Research and development
  • Analytics
  • Banking, finance or accountancy
  • Actuarial science
  • Market research
  • Data analysis
  • Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Meteorology
  • Teaching
  • Operations
  • Business
  • And more

Alumni Perspectives

Being a math major at William Woods was a great experience for me. The class sizes were small, which made it feel more personal, and it was easy for us to get a lot of one-on-one help from professors. These small classes also prepared me for my graduate studies by allowing me ample time and opportunity to grasp the information.

— Kyle Proebsting, BA in Mathematics graduate

Requirements/Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 37 core major credits, a minor, and a year of foreign language.

Courses you may take

MAT 124 - Calculus I -M - 5.00

An introduction to the concepts of limits, continuity, differentiation of elementary functions, definite and indefinite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem. Emphasis on use graphing calculators and the utility of mathematics as a problem solving tool. Extensive discussion of applications in natural science, social science, and business. Prerequisite: MAT 118 or MAT 120

MAT 214 - Calculus II - 4.00

A continuation of MAT 124. Further techniques of differentiation and integration, the calculus of exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and probability distribution functions, as well as elementary differential equations. Requires extensive use of graphing calculators. Applications to biology, economics, and physics are studied throughout. Prerequisite: MAT 124

MAT 215 - Linear Algebra - 3.00

A study of the techniques used in solving linear systems of equations, the properties and theorems associated with vector spaces, determinates and eigenvalues, and linear transformations. Prerequisite: MAT 124

MAT 224 - Calculus III - 4.00

A continuation of MAT 214, including solid analytic geometry, vector spaces, matrices, determinants, partial differentiation, multiple integration, and vector calculus. Prerequisite - MAT 214

MAT 312 - Differential Equations - 3.00

A study of ordinary differential equations and the following topics: boundary-value problems, Fourier series, and the Laplace transform. Prerequisite - MAT 124

MAT 313 - Math Probability and Statistics - 3.00

A calculus-based introduction to the mathematics of probability and statistics. A study of discrete and continuous probability distributions and their application to areas of statistical inference, including estimation and hypothesis testing. Prerequisite: MAT 124

MAT 314 - Higher Geometry - 3.00

A study of Euclidean and projective geometries as axiomatic systems, from both the synthetic and analytic approach, and an introduction to non-Euclidean systems. Prerequisite - MAT 124

MAT 324 - Formal Logic - 3.00

An introduction to elementary deductive logic to include propositional logic and first-order quantification theory with identy. Emphasis on natural deduction techniques. Some discussion of computability and other topics in the foundations of mathematics and philosophy of logic. Prerequisite - MAT118

MAT 325 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis - 3.00

This is the first course in numerical analysis covering fundamental concepts, theoretical foundations of numerical methods, error analysis and practical computer implementations using Software. An integral part of this course is a series of computational projects designed to illustrate and emphasize the course material. Prerequisite - MAT124

MAT 422 - Modern Algebra - 3.00

A study of the properties and theorems associated with groups, rings, integral domains, and fields. Prerequisite: MAT 224

MAT 423 - Theory of Numbers - 3.00

A study of divisibility, congruences, quadratic reciprocity, number theory functions, Diophantine equations, simple continued fractions and algebraic numbers. Prerequisite: MAT 224

Curriculum


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