Courses required for a major in mathematics are:

  • MA 170. Calculus I or 171. Calculus I—Environmental
  • MA 180. Calculus II
  • MA 221. Linear Algebra
  • MA 222. Calculus III
  • MA 311. Introduction to Higher Mathematics
  • MA 313. Fundamentals of Real Analysis
  • MA 321. Elements of Abstract Algebra
  • CS 116. Introduction to Computer Science or CS 119. Foundations Of Computer Science
  • Fifteen additional 200- or 300-level credits in mathematics, at least three of which must be at the 300 level.

Fifteen additional credits in mathematics at either the 200 or 300 level, at least three of which must be at the 300 level, are required.

The following courses are recommended for students with an interest in applied mathematics:

  • MA 216. Introduction to Applied Mathematics
  • MA 231. Differential Equations with Applications
  • MA 240. Probability
  • MA 241. Statistics
  • MA 347. Topics in Applied Mathematics

NOTE: A typical major of this type will complete:

  • MA 170 and 180 in the first year
  • MA 221 and 222 in the sophomore year
  • MA 311 and either 313 or 321 in the junior year.

Concentration in Secondary Education with Certification in Mathematics

Students who choose this option qualify for secondary school teaching certification by the Maryland State Department of Education. Students must complete the following:

  • MA 170. Calculus I or 171. Calculus I-Environmental
  • MA 180. Calculus II
  • MA 221. Linear Algebra
  • MA 222. Calculus III
  • MA 233. Basic Concepts of Geometry
  • MA 240. Probability
  • MA 260. History of Mathematics
  • MA 311. Introduction to Higher Mathematics
  • MA 313. Fundamentals of Real Analysis
  • MA 321. Elements of Abstract Algebra

Three additional credits in mathematics at either the 200 or 300 level are required.

Education

  • ED 103. Adolescent Development
  • ED 207. Psychological and Developmental Foundations of Education (with field work)
  • ED 210. Development and Education in the United States
  • ED 253. Methods of Secondary School Teaching
  • ED 254. Reading and Assessment in the Secondary School
  • ED 353. Observation and Student Teaching in the Secondary School 

Special Education

ED 100. Historical, Philosophical, and Legal Foundations

Computer Science

CS 116. Introduction to Computer Science or CS 119 Foundations of Computer Science

  

NOTE: A typical major of this type will complete:

MA 170 and 180 in the first year

MA 221 and 222 in the sophomore year

MA 311 and either 313 or 321 in the junior year

Honors in the Major

Majors in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science are encouraged to strive for honors in the major at graduation. Departmental honors will be awarded to students who exhibit mastery of the subject in both course work and additional academic endeavors.

Requirements:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.6 in 200- and 300-level courses in the major. All courses (other than MA 290 and CS 290) specifically required for the major must be taken for a grade. No more than two approved courses away from Goucher will be counted in the average.
  • Some evidence of maturity and creativity in mathematics and/or computer science, such as outstanding work on a senior thesis, independent work, paper or final examination in a 300-level course.
  • Department approval.