Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Stan Seltzer, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Mathematics offers a curriculum with sufficient depth and flexibility to provide a sound program of study for a wide range of mathematical interests. General interest courses are offered for students interested in studying mathematics for their own information and enjoyment.

The department offers programs that lead to the bachelor's degree in mathematics, mathematics-computer science, mathematics-economics, mathematics-physics, and mathematics with teaching option.

Requirements for Honors in Mathematics

Honors in mathematics are awarded in recognition of excellent overall scholarship and the successful completion of an honors-level capstone experience.

Candidates need departmental approval based on mathematical maturity, creativity, and the ability to do independent work in order to register for MATH-49300 Honors. Final approval for honors is decided by a department vote. Honors in mathematics are awarded only upon recommendation of the department faculty.

Departmental Policies on Math Placement Groups

A prerequisite for entrance into mathematics MATH-10000, MATH-10500, MATH-10600, MATH-10700, MATH-10800, MATH-11100, MATH-13100, MATH-13200, MATH-13500, MATH-14400, MATH-15200, MATH-15500, MATH-16100, MATH-18000, MATH-24300 (also has a course prerequisite), and MATH-25200 is the appropriate classification of the student in group 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Math Placement Exam - All entering students must take the math placement exam. Based on the results, students are initially assigned to one of the four placement groups. This determines where they can enter the mathematics curriculum. Students can move from one group to another as follows:

Group 4 - The student must take MATH-10000 Mathematics Fundamentals or MATH-18000 Mathematics Fundamentals with Computers before any other mathematics course. Passing MATH-10000 or MATH-18000 with a C- or better places the student in group 3.

Group 3 - The student may take mathematics courses MATH-10500, MATH-10600, MATH-10700, MATH-13100, MATH-13500, MATH-15200, and MATH-15500. Completion of MATH-10700 or MATH-13100 with a C- places the student in group 2.

Group 2 - The student may take any course that a group 3 student may take, except MATH-13100, and in addition may take - and is encouraged to take - at least one of MATH-10200, MATH-10800, MATH-13200, MATH-14400, MATH-16100, and MATH-25200. Completion of MATH-13200 with a C- or better places the student in group 1.

Group 1 - The student may take any course in the mathematics offerings other than MATH-10000, MATH-10700, MATH-13100, MATH-13200, and MATH-18000, provided the course prerequisites are met. Students in group 1 are encouraged to take courses with group 1 or group 2 prerequisites.

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics - B.A.

The mathematics major prepares students for careers - in industry, government, and education - that require problem solving and creative thinking abilities. The curriculum is based on a core of required courses that provides a foundation leading to a number of upper-level options.

Credits in the major

Mathematics, including MATH-11100, MATH-11200, MATH-17600, MATH-21100, MATH-26000, MATH-26100, MATH -29100, MATH-30300, MATH-30500

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Mathematics electives, 11 credits to be selected from MATH-21200, MATH-31600, MATH-34000, MATH-36200, MATH-39000, MATH-39200, MATH-39700, MATH-39810, MATH-40100, MATH-40200, MATH-44000, MATH-48000, MATH-49000, MATH-49200, MATH-49300, MATH-49400. At least 4 credits must be at level 4.

11

Electives

Electives

76

Total, B.A. in mathematics

120

An overall GPA of C (2.00) is required in mathematics courses that are being used to fulfill the minimum course requirements for all the mathematics majors and the mathematics and computing minors. No more than one passing grade below C- in mathematics courses may be used.

Requirements for Mathematics - B.A. with Teaching Option
Credits in the major

Mathematics, including MATH-11100, MATH-11200, MATH-17600, MATH-21100, MATH-26000, MATH-26100, MATH -29100, MATH-30300, MATH-30500, MATH-36200

37

Restricted electives in the major department

Seven credits (at least 4 credits must be at level 4) selected from MATH-21200, MATH-31600, MATH-34000, MATH-39000, MATH-39200, MATH-39700, MATH-39810, MATH-40100, MATH-40200, MATH-44000, MATH-48000, MATH-49000, MATH-49200, MATH-49300, MATH-49400

7

Core education requirements

EDUC-21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

COMP-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

EDUC-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

SLPA-22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

PSYC-21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC-34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC-30510

Pedagogy and Practice for the Mathematics Teacher

3

EDUC-41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

3

EDUC-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

EDUC-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

EDUC-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

Total, core education requirements

38

Additional core requirements

1. All teacher education students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. Students may test out of this requirement by taking the language placement test and placing at level 2 or above.

2. All teacher education students must successfully complete a writing course numbered WRTG-10600 or above.

3. All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in mathematics. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the next review is complete.

4. Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC-30810 and EDUC-30510 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

5. EDUC-49810 Professional Semester in Education and EDUC-41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student-teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.

6. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.

7. The mathematics department chair and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Electives

38

Total, B.A. in mathematics, teacher education

120

An overall average of C (2.00) is required in mathematics courses that are being used to fulfill the minimum course requirements for all the mathematics majors and the mathematics and computing minors. Also, no more than one passing grade below C- in mathematics courses may be used.

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics-Computer Science - B.S.

This program is designed for students whose educational or career objectives combine mathematics and computer science. It provides the opportunity for and recognition of serious concentration in both fields and prepares students for graduate study or career placement in either field.

Mathematics, including MATH-11100, MATH-11200, MATH-21100, MATH-26000, MATH-26100, MATH-31600, and one 4-credit elective at level 3 or 4

28

Computer science, including COMP-17100, COMP-21000, COMP-22000, COMP-24500, COMP-41100, COMP-31100, and one additional computer science elective at level 3 or 4

28

One additional 3- or 4-credit elective at level 3 or level 4, from either mathematics or computer science

3-4

Electives

60-61

Total, B.S. in mathematics-computer science

120

An overall average of C (2.00) is required in mathematics and computer science courses being used to fulfill the minimum course requirements for the major. No more than one passing grade below C- in those courses may be used.

Requirements for Mathematics-Computer Science - B.S. with Teaching Option
Credits in the major

Mathematics, including MATH-11100, MATH-11200, MATH-21100, MATH-26000, MATH-26100, MATH-29100, MATH-31600, MATH-36200

29

Computer science, including COMP-17100, COMP-21000, COMP-22000, COMP-24500, COMP-41100, COMP-31100

24

Restricted electives in the major department

One computer science elective at level 3 or 4 from COMP-31000, COMP-31500, COMP-32100, COMP-34400, COMP-36000, COMP-36500, COMP-375000, COMP-42000

4

One 3- or 4-credit math elective at level 3 or 4 from MATH-34000, MATH-39000, MATH-39200, MATH-39810, MATH-40100, MATH-40200, MATH-44000, MATH -48000, MATH-49000, MATH-49200, MATH-49300, MATH-49400

3-4

Total, credits in the major

60-61

Core education requirements

EDUC-21910

Early Field Experience: Theory and Practice

3

COMP-20100

Technology for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

EDUC-10100

Literacy Education for the Middle/Secondary School Teacher

2

SLPA-23900

Educating Children with Special Needs

2

SLPA-22900

Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators

2

PSYC-21010

Educational Psychology

3

EDUC-34000

Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

3

EDUC-30810

Pedagogy and Practice across the Disciplines

3

EDUC-30510

Pedagogy and Practice for the Mathematics Teacher

3

EDUC-41210

Seminar in Reflective Practice

3

EDUC-49810

Professional Semester in Education

12

EDUC-11000

Child Abuse Identification and Prevention

0

EDUC-11100

Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Identification and Prevention

0

Total, core education requirements

38

Additional core requirements

1. All teaching-option students must successfully complete a year of college-level study in a language other than English. Students may test out of this requirement by taking the language placement test and placing at level 2 or above.

2. All teaching-option students must complete a writing course numbered WRTG-10600 or above.

3. All teaching-option students must successfully complete the second-year review and maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in mathematics and in computer science. If a student receives an unsuccessful review or a review with stipulations, the student must participate in and successfully pass a second review the following year. Unsuccessful reviews and reviews with stipulations will be accompanied by a written statement outlining what must be done before the next review is complete.

4. Students must earn a grade of B or better in EDUC-30810 and EDUC-30510 to qualify for student teaching. A grade of B- does not qualify.

5. EDUC-49810 Professional Semester in Education and EDUC-41210 Seminar in Reflective Practice constitute a full course load during the student teaching semester. No additional courses may be taken.

6. All candidates for initial certification must successfully complete all three sections of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations: the liberal arts and sciences test, the assessment of teaching skills-written, and the content area exam.

7. The chairs of the mathematics and computer science departments and the coordinator of teacher education must approve any exceptions to the above requirements.

Electives

21-22

Total, B.S. in mathematics-computer science with teaching option

120

An overall average of C (2.00) is required in mathematics and computer science courses being used to fulfill the minimum course requirements for the major. No more than one passing grade below C- in those courses may be used.

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics-Economics - B.A.

The mathematics-economics program provides quantitative background for students who wish to enter graduate school, industry, and government. It offers the mathematics student applications in the form of economic models and econometric studies, and the economics student foundations and analysis of mathematics necessary for a cogent exposition of quantitative economics. In general, the program places economics and mathematics into the broad context of rigorous analytical studies.

Credits in the major

Economics, including ECON-12100, ECON-12200, ECON-32100, ECON-33300, ECON-33400, ECON-41100, and ECON-49200

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Computer science/mathematics, including COMP-11000, COMP-17100, or MATH-17600; MATH-11100; MATH-11200; MATH-21100; MATH-26000; MATH-26100; MATH-31600

27-28

Electives

Electives

65-66

Total, B.A. in mathematics-economics

120

An overall average of C (2.00) is required in mathematics and computer science courses being used to fulfill the minimum course requirements for the major. No more than one passing grade below C- in those courses may be used.

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics-Physics - B.A.

The mathematics-physics major provides an option for students who want to concentrate on both areas equally, rather than majoring in one or the other. The student can move easily to either mathematics or physics at any time up to the middle of the junior year.

Credits in the major

Physics, including PHYS-11700, PHYS-11800, PHYS-12000, PHYS-21700, PHYS-21800, PHYS-22500, PHYS-30100, PHYS-30500, PHYS-31100

29

Mathematics, including MATH-11100, MATH-11200, MATH-21100, MATH-21200, MATH-26000, MATH-26100, and MATH-30300 or MATH-30500

27

Mathematics or physics elective at level 3 or above, or any approved course

3-4

Electives

Total

60-61

Total, B.A. in mathematics-physics

120

An overall average of C (2.00) is required in mathematics courses being used to fulfill the minimum course requirements for the major. No more than one passing grade below C- in mathematics courses may be used.

Minor in Mathematics

The mathematics minor program provides an option for nonmajors who wish to take mathematics courses, be guided in course selection, and receive recognition for their studies.

Requirements for the minor

Mathematics, including MATH-11100; MATH-11200; MATH-17600 or COMP-17100; MATH-26000; MATH-29100

17

One elective chosen from MATH-21100 or above, excluding MATH-24300 and MATH-26000

3-4

Total, minor in mathematics

20-21

Students interested in a mathematics minor should consult a departmental adviser.

An overall average of C (2.00) is required in mathematics courses being used to fulfill the minimum course requirements for the minor. No more than one passing grade below C- in mathematics courses may be used.

Advanced Placement

Students can receive credit and advanced placement in Calculus I (MATH-11100) by receiving a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on the calculus AB College Board Advanced Placement examination. Students can receive credit and advanced placement in Calculus I (MATH-11100) and Calculus II (MATH-11200) by receiving a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on the calculus BC College Board Advanced Placement examination. Ithaca College also provides its own placement examination for students who feel they have a knowledge of calculus but have not taken the College Board Advanced Placement Examination.

Students can receive credit in MATH-24300 Statistics by receiving a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement examination.

Notes on Prerequisites

A grade of C- or better is required for a course in mathematics to fulfill a prerequisite for another mathematics course.

A student requires the permission of the mathematics department to take a mathematics course that is a prerequisite for a mathematics course for which he/she has previously received credit.