This major is designed for students who wish to teach mathematics at the middle-level (grades 5-9). The coursework provides experiences in math content and pedagogy including field experience. The major addresses the Washington State competencies for middle-level math teachers. Students must be accepted into the Teacher Preparation Program and have successfully completed MATH 102 and MATH 153 prior to acceptance into this major. Students completing this program are required to demonstrate knowledge, skill, and disposition proficiency through a program portfolio prior to student teaching. Students who complete this major and receive a passing score on the WEST-E exams for middle-level mathematics are eligible to receive the middle-level math endorsement.
MATH 102 and MATH 153 and acceptance into the Teacher Preparation Program.
Total Prerequisites Credits: 10
Total Required Courses Credits: 42
Mathematics Department Information
College of the Sciences
Bouillon Hall, room 108
Mail Stop 7424
See website for how these programs may be used for educational and career purposes.
Faculty and Staff
Stuart Boersma, PhD
Christine Black, PhD, mathematics education
Stuart F. Boersma, PhD, differential geometry, general relativity
Yvonne Chueh, PhD, actuarial science, statistics
Timothy Englund, PhD, group theory, representation theory, statistics
James D. Harper, PhD, harmonic analysis
Dominic Klyve, PhD, computational number theory, history of mathematics, statistics
Scott M. Lewis, PhD, mathematics education, history of mathematics
Cen-Tsong Lin, PhD, probability and mathematical statistics, actuarial science
Michael Lundin, PhD, mathematics education
Aaron Montgomery, PhD, topology, algebra
Mark Oursland, EdD, mathematics education
Teri Willard, EdD, mathematics education
James Bisgard, PhD, analysis
Jonathan Fassett, PhD, topology, dynamical systems
Kathryn Temple, PhD, actuarial science, probability
Jean Marie Linhart, PhD, applied mathematics
Janet Shiver, PhD, mathematics education
Brandy Wiegers, PhD, applied mathematics
Richard Trudgeon, MA, administration and curriculum
Molly Andaya, MAT, mathematics
Tim Brown, MAT, mathematics
Jim Miller, MAT, mathematics
Thad O’Dell, MAT, mathematics
Andrew Richards, ME, mathematics
Stephen Stein, PhD, educational administration
Tyler Suronen, MS, mathematics
Frank Underdown, PhD, physics
Drewcilla Walter, MS, mathematics
Brenda Bland, 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 Program
Admission to the mathematics teaching secondary major or certificate program 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 272 and MATH 265 by spring quarter of the academic year of their acceptance into the program. A completed application must include the standard major application form and a mathematics-advisor-approved graduation plan.
Students planning to major or take the certificate in secondary mathematics teaching must first take MATH 172, MATH 173, MATH 265, and MATH 272; be accepted as a mathematics education major or accepted into the certificate program; and be preliminary accepted into the Professional Education Program to enroll in MATH 299E, Orientation Seminar: Secondary Mathematics, fall quarter.
Students interested in the Secondary Mathematics Teaching Program need to meet with a mathematics education advisor during their first quarter at CWU. Students taking this major are required to complete the Professional Education Program with the exception of EFC 315, EFC 330, EFC 340, EFC 350, and EFC 416 (37 total credits required).
Applicants for admission into the Secondary Mathematics Teaching Program:
1. Must have completed English and Math basic skills courses or have completed an AA degree.
2. Must have completed MATH 272 and MATH 265, with a grade of C or better, before enrolling MATH 299E.
3. Must be preliminarily accepted into the Professional Education Program.
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 higher) 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.
College of the Sciences Information
Administration and Organization
Tim Englund, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Mike Harrod (Dean Hall, room 130)
Martha Kurtz, PhD (Dean Hall, room 130)
Brad Weekly, development officer
Velma Henry, administrative assistant
Cindy Klein, fiscal specialist
Janis Orthmann, administrative assistant
Colleen Falconer, program coordinator
Dannica Price, event coordinator
Mail Stop 7519
The College of the Sciences (COTS) is comprised of 13 departments and 12 interdisciplinary programs representing disciplines in the behavioral, natural, and social sciences, and mathematics. The departments and programs of the college offer undergraduate baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, minors that supplement other degree programs, and a comprehensive range of service coursework. As an essential part of its mission, the college offers an extensive general education curriculum. The departments play a major role in Central’s Teacher Certification Programs, offering bachelors and master’s degrees for students preparing to be secondary teachers and providing coursework in educational foundations and discipline-specific content and methods.
Departments within the college are committed to teaching excellence, active engagement by faculty in research, scholarship and professional service activities, student involvement in research, community service, and employing practical applications of academic specializations.
All departments offer baccalaureate degree programs and, in some cases, minors, educational specialist degrees and master’s degrees. In addition to consulting department/program headings in this catalog, students are encouraged to contact individual departments and program offices directly.
Anthropology and Museum Studies: Kathleen Barlow, PhD, Dean Hall, room 356, 509-963-3201
Biological Sciences: James Johnson, PhD, Science Building, room 338, 509-963-2731
Chemistry: Levente Fabry-Asztalos, PhD, Science Building, room 302, 509-963-2811
Computer Science: Aaron Montgomery, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 219, 509-963-1495
Geography: John Bowen, PhD, Dean Hall, room 301, 509-963-1188
Geological Sciences: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
Law and Justice: James Huckabay, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 300, 509-963-3208
Mathematics: Stuart Boersma, PhD, Bouillon Hall, room 108, 509-963-2103
Physics: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Lind Hall, room 201A, 509-963-2727
Political Science: Todd Schaefer, PhD, Psychology Building, room 415, 509-963-2408
Psychology: Stephanie Stein, PhD, Psychology Building, room 421, 509-963-2381
Science Education: Bruce Palmquist, PhD, Science Building, room 107, 509-963-2929
Sociology: Delores Cleary, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 409, 509-963-1305
These programs offer specialized coursework, interdisciplinary baccalaureate majors or minors, master’s degrees or research, and public service functions.
American Indian Studies: Toni Culjak, PhD, Language and Literature, room 408D, 509-963-1531
Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education: Martha Kurtz, PhD, Dean Hall, room 130, 509-963-2135
Environmental Studies: Carey Gazis, PhD, Lind Hall, room 108B, 509-963-2701
or Pam McMullin-Messier, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 441, 509-963-2222
Ethnic Studies: Nelson Pichardo, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 440, 509-963-1348
Interdisciplinary Studies - Social Sciences: Steve Schepman, PhD, Psychology Building, room 429, 509-963-2389
Museum of Culture and Environment: Mark Auslander, PhD, Dean Hall, room 334, 509-963-3209
Primate Behavior and Ecology Program: Lori Sheeran, PhD, Dean Hall, room 335, 509-963-1434
Resource Management Program: Karl Lillquist, PhD, Dean Hall, room 319, 509-963-1184
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP): Lucinda Carnell, PhD, Science, room 338G, 509-963-2821
Women’s and Gender Studies: Judith Hennessey, PhD, Farrell Hall, room 436, 509-963-1574
Affiliated Centers and Institutes
Center for Spatial Information and Research: Anthony Gabriel, PhD, Dean Hall, room 320, 509-963-1166
Center for the Environment: Anne Johnasen, PhD, Science, room 207D, 509-963-2164
Central Washington Archaeological Survey, Anthropology: Patrick McCutcheon, PhD, Dean Hall, room 340, 509-963-2075
or Steve Hackenberger, PhD, Dean Hall, room 349, 509-963-3224
Community Counseling and Psychological Assessment Center: Heath Marrs, PhD, Psychology Building, room 346, 509-963-2349
or Elizabeth Haviland, PhD, Psychology Building, room 118, 509-963-2371
Geodesy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array (PANGA) Data Analysis Facility: Tim Melbourne, PhD, Hebeler Hall, room 110A, 509-963-2799
Health Career Resources: Keith Monosky, PhD, Dorothy Purser Hall, room 108, 509-963-1145