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  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics Department


Department Faculty

Christopher Cyr

Department Goals

Mathematics is a discipline with ancient origins in early Greek thought, and has been the indispensable language and tool of science. In our major program and in our service to other departments, the Mathematics Department at Covenant College seeks to provide solid grounding in the discipline of mathematics as well as providing a greater appreciation for logic and precise language. In our major program we seek to prepare students for graduate school, technical jobs or for teaching in secondary school. In our service programs we aim to prepare pre-engineering students for the dual degree program and to prepare students majoring in other disciplines which require mathematics. We also hope to impart:

  1. an appreciation for the wisdom of God as it is manifested in the logic and orderliness of His creation,
  2. an appreciation for the goodness of God in both structuring much of creation to be amenable to mathematical description and in structuring our thought processes to be able to understand the mathematics that describe the creation,
  3. an appreciation of absolute truth in the limited context of a mathematical system and at the limited understanding of fallen man.

Teacher Certification

Mathematics Pre-MAT

Students who are interested in teaching mathematics for grades 6-12 should complete a BA degree with a major in mathematics, and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching at Covenant College. It is recommended that the Education Minor  be completed. Three of the courses in the minor, EDU 121 Introduction to Teaching , EDU 222 Educational Psychology  and EDU 361 Education of Exceptional Children , are required for admission to the MAT. For information about certification, see Teacher Certification under the Education Department  section of the catalog.

Additionally, pre-MAT mathematics majors must take the following specific courses as part of their mathematics major:

For more information, contact:

mat@covenant.edu
800.677.3626
706.419.1427
www.mat.covenant.edu

Mathematics Placement Process


Placement in mathematics courses for those with no previous college mathematics credit is determined on the basis of mathematics scores on the New SAT since March 2016 or ACT with the following scale:

 Minimum Subscore
Placement Level SAT Math Post 03/2016 ACT Math
Level 1 Below 570 Below 21
Level 2 570-590 21-22
Level 3 600-620 23-24
Level 4 >625 >=25
Level 5 - Have earned credit for MAT 145 Calculus I

If a student wishes to attempt to achieve a higher placement level than originally assigned based on test scores, there will be a mathematics placement test offered during New Student Orientation. Scores on the mathematics placement test may increase a student’s math placement level, but will not decrease that original placement.

Math Placement Level 1: Elementary Education majors take MAT 111 Mathematics for Educators I . Students majoring in Art, Bible, English, Foreign Language, History, Education Studies or IDS (if concentrations do not require math), Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Administration, or Theatre may take MAT 122 Concepts in Mathematics  to fulfill the core mathematics requirement. Students majoring in Business, Community Development, Computer Science, Economics, Education Studies or IDS (if concentrations require additional math), International Studies, Mathematics, or any of the science majors, must take MAT 040 Intermediate Algebra  before proceeding with other required math or statistics courses.

Math Placement Level 2: Elementary Education majors take MAT 111 Mathematics for Educators I . Students majoring in Art, Bible, English, Foreign Language, History, Education Studies or IDS (if concentrations do not require math), Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Administration or Theatre may take  MAT 122 Concepts in Mathematics  to fulfill the core mathematics requirement. Students majoring in Business, Community Development, Computer Science, Economics, Education Studies or IDS (if concentrations require additional math), International Studies, Mathematics or any of the science majors, must take  MAT 141 College Algebra  to fulfill the core mathematics requirement, and before proceeding with other required math or statistics courses.

Math Placement Levels 3, 4 and 5: Elementary Education majors take MAT 111 Mathematics for Educators I . Students majoring in Art, Bible, English, Foreign Language, History, Education Studies or IDS (if concentrations do not require math), Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Sport Administration or Theatre have fulfilled the core mathematics requirements and are not required to take an additional math course.

Math Placement Level 3: Students may take MAT 142 Pre-Calculus , MAT 144 Finite Mathematics , or  STA 253 Statistics for Decision Making  if required for their major or is a prerequisite.

Math Placement Level 4: Students may take MAT 145 Calculus I .

Math Placement Level 5: Students have credit for MAT 145 Calculus I  and may take MAT 146 Calculus II .

Programs

    MajorMinor and Concentrations

    Courses

      Mathematics CoursesStatistics: Quantitative Methods Courses