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Therese Bennett
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Therese Bennett, Professor
Leon Brin, Professor
Braxton Carrigan, Assistant Professor
Aaron Clark, Associate Professor
Alain D'Amour, Professor
Richard DeCesare, Associate Professor
Emmett Dennis, Associate Professor
Maria Diamantis, Professor
Joseph Fields, Professor
Ross Gingrich, Associate Professor
Cynthia Gubitose, Associate Professor
Martin Hartog, Professor
Jooyoun Hong, Associate Professor
Pichai Intarapanich, Associate Professor
John Kavanagh, Professor
Klay Kruczek, Associate Professor
Raymond Mugno, Professor
Marie Nabbout-Cheiban, Assistant Professor
Yulei Pang, Assistant Professor
Valeriu Pinciu, Professor
John Scheuermann, Assistant Professor
Patrick Starvaggi, Assistant Professor
Robert Vaden-Goad, Associate Professor

MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS

The major provides the basic mathematical tools for applications in business and industry, such as actuarial science, computer work, statistics, operations research, teaching mathematics at the secondary school level, or pursuing graduate studies in mathematics, statistics, or related fields.

Additional elective courses in mathematics and the area of application should be chosen in consultation with a departmental adviser and can be selected to further career or graduate school objectives.

MATHEMATICS COURSES

Entry into 100 level mathematics courses is based on the results of the mathematics placement process used by Southern. Additional information about the placement process is available at SouthernCT.edu/placement

Students may not receive credits toward graduation for both MAT 139 and 150 or both MAT 178 and 250 or both MAT 221 and 320.

Students may not receive more than 3 credits toward graduation from among MAT 100, 101, and 102 (formerly 119). Students taking both MAT 120 and MAT 122 can receive at most 4 credits toward graduation.

MAT 001 - Elementary Algebra Emporium

0 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

MAT 095 - Elementary Algebra

Linear equations, polynomials, straight lines, graphing, exponents, and word problems.

Special Information: Credits count toward GPA calculation, but not toward graduation credit. Approved graphing calculator is required.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 100 - Intermediate Algebra

Solutions to linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, quadratic equations, exponential equations, graphing, rational and radical expressions, and functions.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 095 or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 102 - Intermediate Algebra (Extended)

Solutions to linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, quadratic equations, exponential equations, graphing, rational and radical expressions, and functions.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 095 or MAT 101 or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 103 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Intended for the student whose major field of study requires no specific mathematical preparation. Topics include probability, statistics, and aspects of consumer mathematics. Other topics chosen by the instructor could include critical thinking/problem solving, geometry, graph theory, linear and exponential models, and voting theory.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 100 or MAT 102, or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 105 - Mathematics for Elementary Education I

Problem solving, mathematical reasoning, sets, whole numbers, numeration systems, number theory and integers. Required of all students in an elementary school certification program. Does not satisfy the Liberal Education Program Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 100, MAT 102, or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 106 - Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Geometry, measurement, rational numbers, irrational numbers, ratio, proportion, percent, problem solving, mathematical reasoning and connections, probability and statistics. Required of all students in an elementary school certification program.

Prerequisite(s): "C-" or better in MAT 105.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics

Topics include measures of central tendency and measures of variation; elements of probability; random variables; introduction to estimation and hypothesis testing; linear regression analysis.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 100 or MAT 102 or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 108 - Mathematics for the Natural Sciences

Elementary mathematical modeling using linear functions, exponential functions, and power functions. Additional topics include logarithms, curve sketching, and curve fitting. Examples from the natural sciences.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 100 or MAT 102 with a grade of C- or better or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 120 - College Algebra

Algebraic problem solving and quantitative reasoning skills needed for business and social science majors; equations and inequalities in one variable; linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of linear equations in two variables.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required. Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 120 and MAT 122.

Prerequisite(s): C- or better in MAT 100 or MAT 102, or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 122 - Precalculus

Functions and their graphs, polynomial functions and their zeros, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and analytic trigonometry. Function modeling of data and problems from the sciences.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required. Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 120 and MAT 122.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 100 or MAT 102, or appropriate mathematics placement.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 139 - Short Course in Calculus

A one-semester course emphasizing techniques and applications in business and social sciences; functions and models, the derivative, exponential and logarithmic functions, integration.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required. Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 139 and MAT 150.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 120 or MAT 122, or appropriate mathematics placement.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 150 - Calculus I

Functions, limits, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions with applications, indeterminate forms, elementary integrations, Riemann sums.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required. Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 139 and MAT 150.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 122 or appropriate mathematics placement.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 151 - Calculus II

Continuation of MAT 150. Calculus of inverse trigonometric functions, techniques, and applications of integration, numerical integration, improper integrals, integration with polar coordinates, parametric curves, infinite sequences and series, power series, Taylor’s formula, vectors in two and three-dimensions.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 150.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 178 - Elementary Discrete Mathematics

Set theory, logic, methods of proof, relations and functions, mathematical induction, recursion, graph theory, and algorithms.

Special Information: Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 178 and MAT 250.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 139 or MAT 150; and CSC 152.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 207 - Mathematics for Middle School Teachers

Examines the concepts of functions and patterns, geometry, counting principles, recursion, and statistical analysis while modeling middle school mathematics teaching.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 106 (or MAT 105 with departmental permission).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 221 - Intermediate Applied Statistics

A treatment of statistics concentrating on techniques used in science and industry.Topics include probability, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, and correlation. Use of appropriate calculator is required.

Special Information: Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 221 and MAT 320.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 120 or MAT 122 or appropriate mathematics placement. MAT 139 or MAT 150 recommended.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 245 - Differential Equations

Study of ordinary differential equations. Thorough investigation of first order equations. Additionally, second order linear equations with constant coefficients, systems of differential equations, Laplace transforms, and numerical methods.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 151.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 250 - Foundations of Mathematics: An Introduction

A bridge between the calculus and upper level mathematics courses. Logic, sets, relations, functions, methods of proof.

Special Information: Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 178 and MAT 250.

Prerequisite(s): “C-” or better in MAT 151.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 252 - Calculus III

Continuation of MAT 151. Vector-valued functions, three-dimensional geometry, functions of several variables, partial differentiation with applications, double and triple integrals with applications, vector calculus.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 151.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 260 - Geometry and the Arts

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an adequate geometric background allowing them to understand basic Euclidean geometry. The course will enable students with basic tools for geometric reasoning and proof and will promote their geometric thinking skills. Throughout the course, students will explore and appreciate the use of geometry in the arts. They will identify, analyze, replicate and produce art work using geometric figures and transformations.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 103 or higher.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 298 - Special Topics in Mathematics

Examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of mathematics.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

MAT 300 - History of Mathematics

History of mathematics from earliest days to the discovery of calculus, the proliferation of mathematics in modern times, and the implications of these developments for the present day.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 139 or MAT 150.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 320 - Probability and Statistics I

Introduction to probability and statistics, probability axioms, conditional probability, probability distributions, random variables, probability densities, multivariable distributions and densities, sampling distributions, central limit theorem, inferences concerning the mean, type I and type II errors, inferences concerning variances, estimation of variances, inferences concerning proportions, analysis of frequency tables, goodness of fit, regression.

Special Information: Students may earn at most 4 credits toward graduation from MAT 221 and MAT 320.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in both MAT 250 and MAT 252.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 321 - Mathematical Statistics

Mathematical development of sampling distributions, estimation of parameters, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, introduction to nonparametric methods.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 320.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 322 - Numerical Analysis I

Topics include approximate solutions of equations, polynomial approximations of functions, interpolation, numerical integration and their corresponding techniques of error analysis. Computers and calculators are used.

Prerequisite(s): CSC 152 and “C-” or better in MAT 151.

4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 325 - Design of Experiments

Fundamental concepts in the design of experiments: review of statistical inference, completely randomized designs, randomized block designs, Latin Square designs, factorial experiments, confounding, and fractional replications.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 221 or MAT 320.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2014

MAT 326 - Regression Analysis

Model building and analysis focusing on regression. Topics include method of least squares, ANOVA, model assumptions, interferences about parameters, residual analysis, model adequacy, dummy variables, non-linear terms, pitfalls, and limitations.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 320 or MAT 221.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

MAT 342 - Statistical Decision Making in the Twenty-First Century

MAT 342 is a second course in statistics and focuses on analyzing data, interpreting results and critically analyzing underlying assumptions.The course presumes knowledge of the following concepts in a prio course: probability, descriptive statistics and statistical inference. A software package is required.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 107, MAT 221,

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 360 - Foundations of Geometry

Introduction to the geometries of Bolyai-Lobachevsky and Riemann and their mathematical significance, critique of Euclid, axiomatic approach to geometry with modern standards of rigor, introduction to metamathematics.

Prerequisite(s): “C-” or better in MAT 250.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 370 - Number Theory

Introduction to mathematical reasoning and rigor. Prime numbers, divisibility, the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic, congruencies and modular arithmetic, fundamental number theoretic functions, and an introduction to Diophantine equations.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 178 or MAT 250.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 372 - Linear Algebra

Course emphasizes matrices, systems of linear equations, vector spaces, elementary properties of linear transformation, eigenvalues, and applications.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in MAT 150.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 375 - Abstract Algebra I

Introduction to the study of algebraic structures. Topics include binary operations, abstract groups, cyclic and permutation groups, homomorphisms, isomorphisms, normal subgroups, quotient groups, and a brief introduction to rings and fields.

Prerequisite(s): 'C-' or better in both MAT 250 and MAT 372.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 378 - Discrete Mathematics

Rigorous introduction to the basic elements of discrete mathematics: recursion, combinatorics, and graph theory.

Prerequisite(s): CSC 152, 'C-' or better in MAT 151, and 'C-' or better in MAT 250 or MAT 178.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 405 - Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint

An examination of the theoretical bases for fundamental mathematics topics which are normally taught in secondary school.

Special Information: Approved graphing calculator is required.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status and mathematics major.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 408 - Technology for Teaching Secondary Math Education

Mathematics-specific technology tools for the secondary mathematics teacher for lesson preparation and presentations. Techniques for integrating dynamic computer software, the graphing calculator and its applications in teaching. Designing technology-based activities for mathematics instruction.

Special Information: Field work component included. Graphing calculator required.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 450 - Analysis

Theoretical foundations of functions of one real variable: limits, continuity, differentiability, Riemann integral.

Prerequisite(s): “C-” or better in both MAT 250 and MAT 252.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 480 - Topology

Metric spaces and fundamental concepts, topological spaces, subspaces and product spaces, countability properties, separation properties, compactness and connectedness.

Prerequisite(s): “C-” or better in both MAT 250 and 372.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

MAT 488 - Seminar in Mathematical Modeling

The process of constructing and using mathematical models. Investigations focus on deterministic, probabilistic, and axiomatic models in the physical, social, and life sciences. Emphasis on independent work and on student written and oral presentations.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 320, CSC 152, and “C-” or better in both MAT 252 and 372.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 490 - Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School

Methods of teaching mathematics grades 7-12. Lesson and unit planning, classroom management, learning styles, tasks, assessment, incorporating technology, state and national standards. This course has a required field experience component. For secondary certification candidates only.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

MAT 494 - Student Teaching — Mathematics

Guided observation and supervised student teaching in grades 7–12 in cooperating schools. Twelve-week course.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 490.

9 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 496 - Service Learning for Mathematics Education

Student teachers design, analyze, and reflect on teaching techniques to be used in the field. Student teachers also perform case studies that encompass and address various issues and demonstrate positive impact on the learning of their secondary students. This course is taken concurrently with MAT 494, Student Teaching (Mathematics).

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

MAT 498 - Seminar in Mathematics

Student presentation of selected topics in advanced mathematics.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

MAT 499 - Independent Study

Provides properly qualified students with an opportunity for independent study and careful discussion from an advanced standpoint of selected topics in undergraduate mathematics.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

1 to 4 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015