Overview

Mathematics is the language of science, technology and engineering and, in a technology-driven society that is generating billions of pieces of data every day, it is also the language of business and communication. Learning about mathematics teaches you to develop logical arguments and solve problems, essential skills for a wide variety of careers. While those who work in jobs requiring mathematical skill earn high salaries and report great job satisfaction, there aren't enough college graduates with those skills to meet the demand.

Mathematicians work in fields from finance and insurance, to business analytics, biotechnology and national security. We analyze market data for large corporations, develop climate models to predict environmental changes, improve internet search engines and social media, design clinical trials with medical researchers, attack cryptographic problems for the National Security Agency, and develop better airline security systems.

At Maryville College, mathematics majors explore topics in pure and applied mathematics, including statistics, computer science and physics. The quantitative abilities they develop are complemented by the liberal arts core, resulting in well-rounded students with a marketable mix of skills. Our majors enjoy small class sizes and close relationships with their professors and are participating in competitive summer research programs at Oak Ridge National Lab and around the country. If you enjoy mathematics and are excited about the wide range of career opportunities for people with these skills, we'd love to have you join us!

Course Offerings

The Major in Mathematics consists of 56/55 hours in mathematics and related fields. Required courses include:

MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs.)
MTH 232: Linear Algebra (3 hrs.)
MTH 235: Calculus III (4 hrs.)
MTH 236: Ordinary Differential Equations (3 hrs.)
MTH 299: Foundations of Higher Mathematics (2 hrs.)
MTH 302: Modern Algebra (3 hrs.)
MTH 315: Advanced Calculus (3 hrs.)
MTH 321: Probability and Statistics I (3 hrs.)
MTH 326: Numerical Analysis (3 hrs.)
MTH 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
MTH 399: Research Seminar (1 hr.)


Two of the following courses:
MTH 303: Advanced Algebra (3 hrs.)
MTH 316: Advanced Calculus II (3 hrs.)
MTH 322: Probability and Statistics II (3 hrs.)
MTH 349: Selected Topics in Mathematics (3 hrs.)

 

Three of the following related courses:
PHY 201: General Physics I (4 hrs.)
PHY 202: General Physics II (4 hrs.) (This course meets the requirement of SCI 350 for mathematics majors – See note in General Education section of this Catalog)
CSC 111: Introduction to Computer Science I (3 hrs.)
CSC 112: Introduction to Computer Science II (3 hrs.)

Students desiring more depth in the related fields of Computer Science or Statistics are encouraged to complete a minor in one or more of these areas.

The Minor in Mathematicsrequires a minimum of 16 credit hours. Required courses include:

MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs.)
MTH 232: Linear Algebra (3 hrs.)
Five credit hours in mathematics above MTH 225
(The following courses may not be used to meet this requirement:
MTH 307: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers I (3 hrs.)
MTH 308: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers II (3 hrs.)
MTH 399: Research Seminar (1 hr.)

 

A Minor in Mathematics Add-on Teaching Endorsement requires 16 credit hours in mathematics and includes the following courses:

MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs.)
MTH 232: Linear Algebra (3 hrs.)
Five credit hours in mathematics above MTH 225
(The following courses may not be used to meet this requirement:
MTH 307: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers I (3 hrs.)
MTH 308: Mathematics and Instructional Strategies for K-6 and 4-8 Teachers II (3 hrs.)
MTH 399: Research Seminar (1 hr.)

The Major in Mathematics for Teacher Licensure consists of 50 hours in mathematics and related fields and 6 additional hours in liberal studies. Required courses include:

Required courses include:

MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 225: Calculus II (4 hrs.)
MTH 232: Linear Algebra (3 hrs.)
MTH 235: Calculus III (4 hrs.)
MTH 236: Ordinary Differential Equations (3 hrs.)
MTH 299: Foundations of Higher Mathematics (2 hrs.)
MTH 302: Modern Algebra (3 hrs.)
MTH 315: Advanced Calculus (3 hrs.)
MTH 321: Probability and Statistics I (3 hrs.)
MTH 326: Numerical Analysis (3 hrs.)
MTH 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
MTH 399: Research Seminar (1 hr.)
PHY 201: General Physics I (4 hrs.)
PHY 202: General Physics II (4 hrs.)
CSC 111: Introduction to Computer Science I (3 hrs.)

 

Additional liberal studies requirements include:
PSY 101: Introductory Psychology (3 hrs.)
SOC 271: Sociology of Education (3 hrs.)

Students pursuing this major must complete 29 hours of professional courses in teacher education. The professional courses are listed below and in the Education section of this catalog. They include:

EDU 301: Models of Classroom Management and Instruction (3 hrs.)
EDU 302: Educational Technology (2 hrs.)
EDU 321: Reading and Writing in the Content Classrooms (2 hrs.)
EDU 343: Practicum in Methods and Materials (2 hrs.)
EDU 401: Student Teaching (9 hrs.)
EDU 402: Professional Seminar on Teaching (3 hrs.)
PHR 236: Health Issues in Education (2 hrs.)
PSY 218: Psychology of Adolescence (3 hrs.)
PSY 334: Culturally Diverse and Exceptional Children (3 hrs.)