Guide to Academic Planning 2018-2019

Mathematics

There are two majors in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, a major in Mathematics and a major in Computer Science. The information in this section refers only to the mathematics major and minor.

Students entering Hendrix have four options for a first mathematics course:

  • MATH 110 Mathematics in a Global Context,
  • MATH 115 Mathematics in Contemporary Issues,
  • MATH 120 Functions and Models, and
  • MATH 130 Calculus I.

MATH 130 Calculus I (QS, NS) contains standard topics in beginning calculus. It is required for chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics majors and recommended for all students considering majors/careers in natural sciences, medicine, or economics.

MATH 120 Functions and Models (QS) deals with the elementary functions, graphs, and equations and considers their applications. Its purpose is to provide the necessary background for calculus. It is required for students majoring or minoring in the Department of Business and Economics, unless they place higher (that is, into calculus).  Students who do not intend to take calculus should consider other alternatives (MATH 110 and MATH 115).

MATH 110 Mathematics in a Global Context (HP, QS) is designed for students with no calculus background. It studies mathematical ideas in historical contexts (e.g. ancient Near East, Greece, China, medieval Islam, Europe) some of which are introduced in LBST 100. It is suitable for students considering a major in humanities or social sciences (except business/economics).

MATH 115 Mathematics in Contemporary Issues (CW, QS, SB) studies applications of mathematics in contemporary social contexts. The course does not require heavy use of algebraic techniques. It is suitable for students considering a major in social sciences (except business/economics) or humanities.

The department will recommend one or more of the above courses for each entering student. The department’s recommendation is based on a review of the student’s record and is available on the Advisor Record Sheet on CampusWeb. The information in the record is often insufficient for making a recommendation. The guidelines above are given to help the advisor and the student to make a good choice based on the student’s interests and goals.

Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (AB) and those scoring 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for MATH 130 Calculus I. Students scoring 4 or 5 on the A.P. Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for both MATH 130 Calculus I and MATH 140 Calculus II.

Special consideration is made for students with transfer credit. A student who studied calculus before enrolling in Hendrix College may receive course credit for MATH 130 Calculus I if he or she takes MATH 140 Calculus II, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade of “C” or better. Alternatively, a student may receive course credit for MATH 140 Calculus II if he or she takes MATH 230 Multivariable Calculus or MATH 260 Differential Equations, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade of “C” or better. Faculty advisors are urged to direct further questions by the student to mathematics faculty.

Students enrolled in MATH 130 Calculus I and who experience unexpected serious difficulties early in the course may be allowed to change back into a lower level mathematics course.

Students enrolled in MATH 130 Calculus I and MATH 140 Calculus II must obtain a programmable graphing calculator. Any brand or model will do; however, the TI-83 or the TI-86 will be used for classroom demonstrations.

Major

Eleven courses distributed as follows:

  • MATH 130 Calculus I
  • MATH 140 Calculus II
  • MATH 270 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 290 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
  • One of the following two-course sequences:
    • MATH 320 Algebra and MATH 420 Seminar in Algebra
    • MATH 350 Real Analysis and MATH 450 Seminar in Analysis
  • Two courses chosen from the following:
    • Any mathematics course numbered 230 or above
    • CSCI 151 Data Structures 
    • CSCI 365 Functional Programming
    • CSCI 385 Scientific Computing
    • CSCI 380 Theory of Computation
    • ECON 300 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
    • ECON 430/530 Management Science
    • PHYS 380 Classical Mechanics
  • Three additional courses chosen from the following:
    • Any mathematics course numbered 300 or above
    • CSCI 380 Theory of Computation

Each senior mathematics major must also enroll in the year-long non-credit MATH 497 Senior Seminar. A working knowledge of a high-level computer language such as Python or Java is strongly recommended.

Minor in Mathematics

The minor in Mathematics consists of the following 6 courses:

  • MATH 130 Calculus I
  • MATH 140 Calculus II
  • MATH 240 Discrete Mathematics or MATH 270 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 290 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
  • one mathematics course numbered 230 or above
  • one mathematics course numbered 300 or above

Minor in Applied Mathematics

The minor in Applied Mathematics consists of the following 7 courses:

  • CSCI 150 Foundations of Computer Science
  • MATH 130 Calculus I
  • MATH 140 Calculus II
  • At least two courses chosen from:
    • CSCI 385 Scientific Computing
    • MATH 310 Probability and Statistics
    • MATH 365 Mathematical Models
  • Up to two courses chosen from:
    • MATH 230 Multivariable Calculus
    • MATH 260 Differential Equations
    • MATH 270 Linear Algebra
  • Other courses such as MATH 490 Advanced Topics may be approved by the department when appropriate

COURSE PLANNING:

A student interested in a mathematics major is advised to take MATH 130 Calculus I and MATH 140 Calculus II during the first year, provided the student has received an appropriate placement recommendation.

If the department’s recommendation is that the student should take MATH 120 Functions and Models, the student considering a mathematics major should take MATH 120 Functions and Models, and then MATH 130 Calculus I. In that case, MATH 140 Calculus II may be taken during the sophomore year.

Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (AB) and those scoring 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for MATH 130 Calculus I. Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for both MATH 130 Calculus I and MATH 140 Calculus II. A student who studied calculus before enrolling in Hendrix College may receive course credit for MATH 130 Calculus I if he or she takes MATH 140 Calculus II, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade of “C” or better. Alternatively, a student may receive course credit for MATH 140 Calculus II if he or she takes MATH 230 Multivariable Calculus or MATH 260 Differential Equations with consent of the instructor and passes it with a grade of “C” or better.

The sophomore year schedule of a mathematics major should include MATH 270 Linear Algebra and MATH 290 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics, (both required for the major) and would preferably include at least one other mathematics course listed at the 200-level or a computer science course.

Those preparing for graduate studies in mathematics should take MATH 230 Multivariable Calculus, MATH 260 Differential Equations, MATH 320 Algebra, MATH 350 Real Analysis.

Four-year course schedule for the Mathematics major:

A typical sequence of courses for a four-year mathematics major appears below. A number of variations are possible. As MATH 497 is a non-credit seminar, additional MATH electives may be taken in the last year without unduly burdening the schedule. Note that most courses at or above the 300-level are offered in alternate years.

                                 fall                                                    spring

First Year                  MATH 130                                         MATH 140

Second Year              MATH 270                                         MATH 290

                                  MATH 260                                         MATH elective

Third Year                 MATH 320/350                                  MATH 420/450

                                  MATH elective                                   MATH elective

Fourth Year               MATH 497                                         MATH 497

                                  MATH elective

Modified four-year course schedule for the Mathematics major:

For students who take MATH 120 Functions and Models in the first semester, the following four-year schedule is a viable alternative.

                                 fall                                                    spring

First Year                  MATH 120                                         MATH 130

Second Year              MATH 140                                         MATH 290

                                  MATH 270                                         MATH elective

Third Year                 MATH 320/350                                  MATH 420/450

                                  MATH elective                                   MATH elective

Fourth Year               MATH 497                                         MATH 497

                                  MATH elective                                   MATH elective

 

Modified schedule for the Mathematics major with Study Abroad:

For students who plan to study abroad for one semester, the following sample schedule might be helpful in course planning. Two upper-level MATH electives are typically offered each semester; hence, this schedule is easily adapted to a Fall study abroad semester.

fall                                                    spring

Third Year                 MATH elective                                   [studying abroad]

                                  MATH elective

Fourth Year               MATH 497                                         MATH 497

                                  MATH 320/350                                  MATH elective

                                  MATH elective

SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE:

The Senior Capstone Experience for mathematics majors consists of a year-long undergraduate research project and active participation in the non-credit MATH 497 Senior Seminar.