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The Minor in Mathematics Education

Course Requirements for the Minor: 26-27 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

8-9 units selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready; both MATH 118 and MATH 119 (or college equivalent); first-year freshmen who successfully completed trigonometry and precalculus in high school can meet this prerequisite by achieving a score that meets department guidelines on a department administered calculus readiness exam.
Limits and continuity. The derivative and applications to related rates, maxma and minima, and curve sketching. Transcendental functions. An introduction to the definite integral and area. 4 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005506)
Prerequisite: MATH 120.
The definite integral and applications to area, volume, work, differential equations, etc. Sequences and series, vectors and analytic geometry in 2 and 3-space, polar coordinates, and parametric equations. 4 hours discussion. (005507)

Or the following group of courses may be selected:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready.
Structure of the real number system, operations on real numbers, number theory. Not acceptable for a mathematics major or minor. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005522)
Prerequisite: MATH 110.
Problem-solving, probability and statistics, measurement and the metric system, geometry. Not acceptable for a mathematics major or minor. 3 hours discussion. (005523)
Prerequisites: MATH 110; MATH 210 or MATH 225.
Builds upon student's understanding of numbers and operations to develop their algebraic and proportional reasoning. Probability viewed as an application of proportional reasoning. Foundational statistics is also covered. Overall focus on developing a deep understanding of mathematics that is relevant to the teaching of Kindergarten-8th grade. Not acceptable for a mathematics major or minor except the Foundational Math Education option and Math Education minor. 3 hours discussion. (005542)

4 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: Successful completion of high school precalculus, concurrent enrollment in MATH 118 or 119, or faculty permission.
Investigate number and operation through calculation and abstraction, find patterns and relationships through computation, develop and test mathematical conjectures, and develop an appreciation of proof and an ability to make mathematical arguments. Basic concepts from Number Theory are explored, culminating in proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic and related theorems in other number sets. 3 hours discussion. (021846)
Prerequisite: MATH 125.
This course focuses on developing your abilities in making sense of algebraic manipulation in the context of functions, polynomial rings, and matrices. The course and the classroom are structured as a supportive, collaborative learning environment in which mathematical discourse is valued and exploration encouraged. You will investigate algebra and polynomials through calculation and abstraction, find patterns and relationships through computation, develop and test mathematical conjectures, and develop an appreciation of proof and an ability to construct mathematical arguments. More advanced concepts from Number Theory are explored, culminating in proofs of the Unique Prime Factorization Theorem and the Division Algorithm for different rings. 3 hours discussion. (021953)
Prerequisites: MATH 121 or MATH 225.
This course is designed to supplement the mathematical background of the candidate for the single subject credential in mathematics. The mathematical topics will be discussed from the student's and the teacher's points of view to aid the candidate in making the transition to secondary school mathematics. Topics include mathematical problem-solving, conceptual ideas using algebra, geometry, and functions, incorporating technology into the mathematics curriculum, and finite systems. 3 hours seminar. (005544)
Prerequisites: MATH 341.
This course focuses on having students examine mathematical pedagogy and the understanding and evaluations of students as mathematical learners as it analyzes secondary mathematics curriculum from an advanced standpoint. Students will have opportunities to be involved in the facilitation of mathematical learning. Topics include: history of mathematics education, contemporary mathematics curricula, problem solving, mathematical reasoning and methods of proof, mathematical learning theories, communication, assessment and collaborative learning communities. 3 hours discussion. (005545)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Ready.
Summary of numerical data, elementary probability, distributions, and introduction to statistical inference. 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (005501)
Prerequisites: MATH 120 or MATH 109 (may be taken concurrently).
Design of statistical experiments, graphing, sampling techniques, probability, and common probability distributions will be discussed, with an emphasis on practical applications. Uses and misuses of statistics, misrepresentation of data, and proper and improper statistical analyses will be discussed. 3 hours discussion. (005532)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MATH 110, MATH 210; or MATH 225.
An intuitive approach to problem-solving in Euclidean, coordinate, motion, and space geometry. Concrete models are used for analyzing abstract ideas. Not acceptable for a mathematics major or minor other than the Math Education minor. 3 hours discussion. (005543)
Prerequisites: MATH 220 or MATH 225; MATH 330.
An exploration of axioms and models for Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries focusing on the independence of the Parallel Postulate. Additional topics will be chosen from Euclidean plane geometry, transformation geometry, and the geometry of polyhedra. 3 hours discussion. (005561)

To Apply for a Minor

To apply for a minor, you must fill out a Declaration of Minor form, available from the Undergraduate Plan Change Form website and take to the Mathematics and Statistics Department, HOLT 181, for the Chair's signature. Before choosing any options for the minor, you must obtain approval from the department chair.

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