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2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog 
2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Department

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Bouillon 107F

(509) 963-2103
Fax: (509) 963-3226
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Faculty and Staff

Aaron Montgomery

Stuart F. Boersma, differential geometry, general relativity
Stephen P. Glasby, computational algebra, representation theory
James D. Harper, harmonic analysis
Scott M. Lewis, mathematics education, history of mathematics
Mark Oursland, mathematics education
Cen Tsong Lin, probability and mathematical statistics, actuarial science 

Associate Professors
Yvonne Chueh, actuarial science, statistics
Tim Englund, group theory, representation theory, statistics
Michael Lundin, mathematics education
Aaron Montgomery, topology, algebra
W. Dan Curtis, applied mathematics

Assistant Professors
James Bisgard, analysis
Christine Black, mathematics education
Jonathan Fassett, topology, dynamical systems
Kathy Temple, actuarial science
Teri Willard, mathematics education

Non-tenure Annual Contract
Nancy J. Budner, lecturer
Jessica R. Giglio, lecturer
Richard M. Hillard, assistant professor
Jae-Chun Kim, lecuturer
Douglas Olson, lecturer
Richard W. Trudgeon, lecturer
Dale Width, senior lecturer

Debbie Thomas, secretary

Department Information

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, 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 contact the Math Center in Hertz 101 or 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. Student will be placed in accord with their results on this test as determined by the mathematics department. 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.
  4. Admission to any major in the mathematics department will be considered after the first two quarters of calculus are taken (MATH 172, MATH 173). Transfer students with the calculus background will generally take and successfully complete (2.0 or better) ten 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 which fulfills a major or minor requirement.

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. English Composition (4 credits)
    MATH 130. Finite Mathematics (5 credits)
    MATH 172. Calculus I (5 credits)
    MATH 173. Calculus II (5 credits)
    Pre-Admission Total: 19 credits
  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.


• Actuarial Science Specialization, Mathematics, B.S,
• Mathematics Major, B.A.
• Mathematics Major, B.S.
• Mathematics Minor
• Mathematics: Teaching Secondary Major
• Mathematics: Teaching Secondary Minor
• Middle Level Math/Science Teaching Minor

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