Undergraduate Catalog 2012–2013

Department of Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Jim Conklin, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Mathematics offers a curriculum with sufficient depth and flexibility to provide a sound program of study for students with a wide range of mathematical interests. General interest courses are offered for those who want to study 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, mathematics with teaching option, and mathematics-computer science 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 on recommendation of the department faculty.

Departmental Policies on Math Placement Groups

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 may enter the mathematics curriculum.

A prerequisite for entrance into mathematics MATH 10000, MATH 10500, MATH 10600, MATH 10700, MATH 10800, MATH 11000, MATH 11100, MATH 13100, MATH 13500, MATH 14400, MATH 14500, MATH 15200, MATH 15500, MATH 16100, and MATH 18000 is the appropriate classification of the student in group 1, 2, 3, or 4 or successful completion of a prerequisite course.

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 qualifies the student to take courses with a group 3 prerequisite.

Group 3: The student may take mathematics courses MATH 10500, MATH 10600, MATH 10700, MATH 11000, MATH 13100, MATH 13500, MATH 15200, and MATH 15500. Completion of MATH 10700, MATH 11000, or MATH 13100 with a C- or better qualifies the student to take courses with a group 2 prerequisite.

Group 2: The student may take MATH 10800, MATH 11000, MATH 14400, MATH 14500, and MATH 16100 as well as any course that a group 3 student may take, except MATH 13100. Students are encouraged to take one of the courses listed here. Completion of MATH 11000 with a C- or better qualifies the student to take courses with a group 1 prerequisite.

Group 1: The student may take any course in the mathematics offerings other than MATH 10000, MATH 10700, MATH 11000MATH 13100, 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.

Advanced Placement

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

Students can receive credit for Statistics for Business, Economics, and Management (MATH 14400) by receiving a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board Advanced Placement statistics 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 must receive the permission of the mathematics department to take a mathematics course that is a prerequisite for a mathematics course for which he or she has previously received credit.

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