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 three options for a first mathematics course:

  • 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 take MATH 115 Mathematics in Contemporary Issues.

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.

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.

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 Calculus I MATH 140 Calculus II
Second Year  MATH 260 Differential Equations
MATH 270 Linear Algebra
MATH 290 Intro to Advanced Mathematics
MATH elective
Third Year  MATH 320 Algebra
or
MATH 350 Real Analysis
MATH elective
MATH 420 Seminar in Algebra
or
MATH 450 Seminar in Analysis
MATH elective 
Fourth Year  MATH 497 Mathematics: Senior Seminar
MATH elective
MATH 497 Mathematics:Senior Seminar

 

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 Functions and Models MATH 130 Calculus I
Second Year MATH 140 Calculus II
MATH 270 Linear Algebra
MATH 290 Intro to Adv Mathematics
MATH elective 
Third Year  MATH 320 Algebra
or
MATH 350 Real Analysis
MATH elective 
MATH 420 Seminar in Algebra
or
MATH 450 Seminar in Analysis
MATH elective 
Fourth Year  MATH 497 Mathematics: Senior Seminar
MATH elective 
MATH 497 Mathematics: Senior Seminar
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 (2) [study abroad] 
Fourth Year MATH 320 Algebra
or
MATH 350 Real Analysis
MATH 497 Mathematics: Senior Seminar
MATH elective 
MATH 497 Mathematics: Senior Seminar
MATH elective