College of the Sciences
Bouillon Hall, room 108
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Faculty and Staff
Timothy Englund, PhD
Stuart F. Boersma, PhD, differential geometry, general relativity
Timothy Englund, PhD, group theory, representation theory, statistics
Stephen P. Glasby, PhD, computational algebra, representation theory
James D. Harper, PhD, harmonic analysis
Scott M. Lewis, PhD, mathematics education, history of mathematics
Cen-Tsong Lin, PhD, probability and mathematical statistics, actuarial science
Mark Oursland, EdD, mathematics education
Christine Black, PhD, mathematics education
Yvonne Chueh, PhD, actuarial science, statistics
W. Dan Curtis, PhD, applied mathematics
Jonathan Fassett, PhD, topology, dynamical systems
Michael Lundin, PhD, mathematics education
Aaron Montgomery, PhD, topology, algebra
Teri Willard, EdD, mathematics education
James Bisgard, PhD, analysis
Richard Hilliard, MS, mathematics
Kathryn Temple, PhD, actuarial science
Jane Whitmire, PhD, mathematics education
Richard Trudgeon, MA, administration and curriculum
Dale Width, MA, history
Erin Lee, MAT, mathematics
Fred McDonald, MT, finance, accounting
Douglas Olson, MS, mathematics
Janet Shiver, PhD, mathematics education
Stephen Stein, PhD, educational administration
Bruce Woodcock, MA, education
Debbie Thomas, secretary
Mathematics is an expanding and evolving body of knowledge as well as a way of perceiving, formulating, and solving problems in many disciplines. The subject is a constant interplay between the worlds of thought and application. The student of mathematics will find worthy challenges and the subsequent rewards in meeting them.
The general student will find preparatory courses in pre-calculus mathematics and traditional mathematics courses such as calculus, linear algebra, geometry, abstract algebra, and analysis. Also, more specialized courses in discrete mathematics, number theory, and the history of mathematics are offered. Special needs of computer science majors, elementary education majors, and general education requirements are also met by courses in the mathematics department.
For those desiring concentrated work in mathematics, the mathematics department offers four programs leading to bachelor’s degrees. A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in mathematics prepares the student as a mathematician for industry or graduate work. A bachelor of arts in secondary teaching prepares the student to teach at the junior, middle, or high school levels. A bachelor of science in mathematics with an actuarial science specialization prepares the student to work as an actuary or in applied statistics. A mathematics minor and a secondary teaching minor are also available.
One graduate degree is offered: the master of arts for teachers. This is described in the graduate section of the catalog.
All programs (major, minor, including electives) must be on file and approved by the department at least one academic year preceding graduation.
Admission and Placement Notes
1. Enrollment in MATH 100C, MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 130, and MATH 164 requires a satisfactory score on one of the following tests: SAT, ACT, COMPASS Test, or the Intermediate Assessment Test. The scores on the SAT or ACT tests must have been achieved within the last three years before math placement. The student with insufficient test scores is encouraged to enroll in developmental classes. For more information drop by the Math Center in Hertz Hall, room 101 or call 509-963-1834.
2. Students who wish to enroll in pre-calculus (MATH 153 or MATH 154) or calculus (MATH 170 or MATH 172) and who have not had the necessary prerequisite course at a college or university must take the mathematics placement test. Students will be placed in accordance with their results on this test as determined by the mathematics department. Students may be placed into pre-calculus I (MATH 153) if they received a B or better in a one-year high school calculus course. See the mathematics department for more details.
3. Admission to any mathematics course having prerequisites requires either a suitable math placement test score or a grade of 2.0 or better in each listed prerequisite to that course.
Admission Requirements for Mathematics Teaching Secondary Major and Minor
Admission to the mathematics teaching secondary major or minor is selective. A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required in the pre-admission courses listed below. Further, students must successfully complete MATH 260 by spring quarter of the academic year of their acceptance into the program. The mathematics department will process applications once a year and notify students of their status by February 15. The deadline for submission of applications to the department is January 15. A completed application must include the standard major application form and a mathematics-advisor-approved graduation plan. Students planning to major or minor in secondary mathematics teaching must first take all Tier I courses (MATH 172, MATH 173, MATH 260, MATH 265, and MATH 272).
Students must be accepted as a mathematics education major or minor prior to enrolling in Tier II courses (MATH 299E, MATH 320, MATH 324, MATH 311, MATH 331, MATH 332, MATH 355, MATH 360, MATH 361, MATH 430, MATH 455, and MATH 499E). MATH 311 is the only exception; this course may be taken after having completed MATH 130. Students applying for admission to the major may register for courses for the following quarter but will be dropped if not admitted. Upon admission to the major, all students will enroll in MATH 299E, Orientation Seminar: Secondary Mathematics, for the subsequent fall quarter.
Students interested in the Secondary Mathematics Teaching Program need to meet with a mathematics education advisor during their first quarter at CWU.
Applicants for admission into the
Secondary Mathematics Teaching Program:
1. Must have a 2.5 or better GPA in the following courses:
ENG 102 - Composition II: Reasoning
and Research 4
MATH 130 - Finite Mathematics 5
MATH 172 - Calculus I 5
MATH 173 - Calculus II 5
Pre-admission Total: 19
2. Must have completed MATH 260 and MATH 265 with a grade of C or better, or be enrolled in MATH 260 concurrently with MATH 299E
Admission Requirements for Mathematics Major and Minor
Admission to any major in the mathematics department will be considered after the first two quarters of calculus are taken (MATH 172 and MATH 173). Transfer students with the calculus background will generally take and successfully complete (2.0 or better) 10 hours of math beyond calculus to be admitted to a major. Application forms are available from the mathematics department office. Students must meet with an advisor in the mathematics department before being considered for major or minor. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of C in any course that fulfills a major or minor requirement.