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Table of Contents: 2014-2015 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Licensure 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 The Triad 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Return of Aid Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library 1.09 Educational Resources and Services 1.10 Academic Advising 2.1 Triad Education Program 2.1.1 Academics 2.1.2 Work Program 2.1.3 Service Program 2.2 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Africana Studies 3.2.02 Art 3.2.03 Biology 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Theatre 3.2.25 Women's Studies 3.2.26 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Languages (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 2014 - 2015 Undergraduate Faculty 5.3 Graduate Faculty 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships


Gretchen W. Whipple
Mathematics/Computer Science

Gretchen Whipple Address:
WWC CPO 6285
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815-9000

Phone: 828.771.3098

Email: gwhipple@warren-wilson.edu

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Mathematics (MAT) Courses of Study

Link to Mathematics Courses

Program Overview

The mission of the Department of Mathematics is to serve every student on campus by providing courses that satisfy triad education requirements, furnishing course content in support of several majors, and offering a comprehensive program for mathematics majors and minors. The major requirements guide students in progressing from a 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 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.

The goals of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department are the following:

  1. To provide all students with an appreciation of mathematics as an engaging field, rich in beauty, with powerful applications to other subjects and contemporary open questions.
  2. To furnish all students with essential mathematical skills and hands-on technological experience.
  3. To develop majors who are mature in the breadth and depth of mathematical skills as well as mature in mathematical thinking.
  4. To enable majors to understand the importance of proof and to demonstrate an ability to communicate mathematical thought both orally and in writing.

Major in Mathematics

Grades: Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses that satisfy major requirements.

Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 48 credit hours in mathematics or 44 credit hours in mathematics and 4 credit hours in physics to fulfill the major.

  1. Core Requirements:
    1. MAT 241 Calculus I
    2. MAT 242 Calculus II
    3. MAT 243 Multivariable Calculus
    4. MAT 250 Linear Algebra
    5. MAT 288 Mathematical Rigor
    6. MAT 310 Abstract Algebra
  2. Breadth Requirements: a minimum of two (2) breadth courses
    1. MAT 201 Computer Science
    2. MAT 251 Differential Equations
    3. MAT 253 Statistics for the Natural Sciences
    4. PHY 251 Physics I
    5. 	OR
    6. PHY 252 Physics II
  3. Depth Requirements: a minimum of three (3) depth courses
    1. MAT 303 Data Structures
    2. MAT 304 Computer Organization
    3. MAT 320 Geometry
    4. MAT 330 Mathematical Modeling
    5. MAT 331 Complex Analysis
    6. MAT 341 History and Philosophy of Mathematics
    7. MAT 366 Number Theory
    8. MAT 380 Discrete Mathematics
    9. MAT 400 Real Analysis
  4. Senior Capstone Project:
    1. MAT 388 Pre-Thesis Research
    2. MAT 489 Senior Thesis
  5. Additionally: Majors intending to earn a Secondary Education license at another institution are strongly encouraged to take MAT 253 Statistics for Natural Sciences, MAT 320 Geometry, and MAT 341 History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Majors intending to go to graduate school are strongly encouraged to take MAT 400 Real Analysis.

Minor in Mathematics

Grades: Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses that satisfy minor requirements.

Total Credit Hours: Students must earn a minimum of 24 credits of mathematics courses to fulfill the minor requirements.


  1. All of the following:
    1. MAT 241 Calculus I
    2. MAT 242 Calculus II
    3. MAT 250 Linear Algebra
    4. MAT 288 Mathematical Rigor
  2. Additionally: 8 credits of courses above MAT 240