20172018 Undergraduate Catalog
Mathematics Department


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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 preengineering students for the dual degree program and to prepare students majoring in other disciplines which require mathematics. We also hope to impart:
 an appreciation for the wisdom of God as it is manifested in the logic and orderliness of His creation,
 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,
 an appreciation of absolute truth in the limited context of a mathematical system and at the limited understanding of fallen man.
Teacher Certification
Mathematics PreMAT
Students who are interested in teaching mathematics for grades 612 should complete a BA degree with a major in mathematics, and then enroll in the oneyear 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, preMAT 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 
570590 
2122 
Level 3 
600620 
2324 
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 PreCalculus , 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 .
ProgramsMajorMinor and ConcentrationsCoursesMathematics CoursesStatistics: Quantitative Methods Courses
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