Warren Wilson College Catalog 06-07

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Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics Department Website

Faculty: Philip Jamison, Holly Rosson, Evan Wantland, Gretchen Whipple (Chair)

The Department of Mathematics serves every student on campus by providing courses that satisfy triad education requirements, furnish course content in support of several majors, and offer a comprehensive program for mathematics majors and minors. The Mathematics Faculty seeks to motivate and encourage all students to improve mathematical skills and quantitative literacy and to increase confidence. The Mathematics Faculty seeks to guide the majors in progressing from procedural/computational understanding of mathematics to a broad understanding encompassing logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof, in accordance with the national standards published by the Mathematical Association of America. The faculty seeks to instill in all of our students an appreciation of the beauty and utility of mathematics, to facilitate improved confidence and ability in their mathematical skills and quantitative literacy, and, most of all, to foster in them a life-long love of learning.

Major in Mathematics

Requirements: The Mathematics major requires a minimum of 41 credits distributed as follows:

MAT 201 Computer Science I
MAT 241 Calculus I
MAT 242 Calculus II
MAT 243 Multivariable Calculus
MAT 250 Linear Algebra
MAT 251 Differential Equations
Four more MAT courses numbered above 300

A one-credit independent project, MAT 499, is required of seniors. Possible topics include research in mathematics, history of a mathematical theorem, statistical or other applications, writing software, and interdisciplinary work. A written summary and an oral presentation to the mathematics faculty are required.

The major also requires a four-course concentration in another discipline, approved by the department.

Mathematics with Secondary Education:The student who elects to major in Mathematics and earn a Secondary Education License must complete, in addition to the Mathematics major, the pedagogy and content course requirements of the Teacher Education It is highly recommended that the student studying for a secondary education license complete a statistics course and MAT 320 Geometry.

Minor in Mathematics


Requirements: A minimum of 20 credits including:

MAT 241 Calculus I
MAT 242 Calculus II
Two additional MAT courses at or above MAT 243 excluding MAT 303 and 304.