Degree Requirements

Mathematics Major, BA

Nine courses including:

  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II
  • MAT 245 – Calculus III
  • MAT 246 – Linear Algebra
  • MAT 271 – Discrete Mathematical Structures
  • MAT 491 – Mathematics Colloquium (to be taken during junior and senior years)
  • A “theoretical structures” course from:
    • MAT 304 – Graph Theory
    • MAT 314 – Abstract Algebra
    • MAT 324 – Analysis
  • Other courses approved by the department.

Three additional electives chosen from MAT courses numbered above 250, at least two of which are numbered above 300. Note that PHY 327 counts as a 300 level MAT course.

Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each course that applies toward the major.

At least two MAT courses numbered above 250 must be taken at Augsburg.

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QF and QA), and Writing (W) are embedded in the MAT courses and are met by completing the major. An additional course in Speaking (S) is also required and may be met by either MAT 201 together with the major, COM 111, COM 115, student teaching, another speaking skill course approved by the department, or completion of another major that includes the speaking skill. Students transferring in mathematics course(s) must consult their faculty advisor about potential additional skills courses needed.

Mathematics Major, BS

Twelve courses including:

  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II
  • MAT 245 – Calculus III
  • MAT 246 – Linear Algebra
  • MAT 271 – Discrete Mathematical Structures
  • MAT 491 – Mathematics Colloquium (to be taken during junior and senior years)

Four electives chosen from MAT courses numbered above 250, at least three of which are numbered above 300. Note that PHY 327 counts as a 300 level MAT course.

Three additional electives chosen from MAT courses numbered above 250, or the following list of supporting courses (or substitutes with departmental approval); BIO 355, BIO 473, BIO 481, MIS 379, CHM 353, CHM 362, CHM 368, CSC 160 (recommended), CSC 170, CSC 210, CSC 320, CSC 385, CSC 457, ECO 112 or ECO 113 (cannot count both), ECO 318, ECO 416, ECO 490, ESE 330, FIN 331, MAT 163, MAT 164, MAT 173, MKT 352, PHY 121, PHY 122, PSY 215, PSY 315, SOC 362, SOC 363. (Not more than one of MAT 163, MAT 164, MAT 173, MKT 352, PHY 121, PHY 122, PSY 215, PSY 315, SOC 362,, MIS 379, PSY 215, SOC 362 may count).

These seven electives must include a(n):

  • “Theoretical Structures” course: MAT 304, MAT 314, MAT 324, or other courses approved by the department.
  • “Applied Project” course: MAT 355, MAT 369, MAT 374, MAT 377, or other courses approved by the department.
  • “Statistical Perspectives’’ course: MAT 373, MAT 163, MAT 164, MAT 173, MKT 352, PHY 121, PHY 122, PSY 215, PSY 315, SOC 362, MAT 394, MIS 379, PSY 215, SOC 362, or other courses approved by the department.

At least five of the seven electives must be chosen from a focus area approved by the department.

Sample focus areas:

  • Biological Sciences: one of MAT 163, MAT 164, MAT 173, MKT 352, PHY 121, PHY 122, PSY 215, PSY 315, SOC 362,, PSY 215; two of BIO 355, BIO 473, BIO 481; two of MAT 363, MAT 369, MAT 373
  • Business, Economics, or Actuarial Science: ECO 112 or ECO 113; two of CSC 160, MIS 379, ECO 318, ECO 416, ECO 490, FIN 331, MAT 163, MAT 164, MAT 173, MKT 352, MAT 373; MAT 374 or MAT 377.  (Only one of MIS 379, MAT 163 and MAT 164 may count).
  • Computational Mathematics: CSC 170; CSC 210; one of CSC 320, CSC 385, CSC 457; two of MAT 304, MAT 355, MAT 363, MAT 377.
  • Physical Sciences: two of PHY 121, PHY 122, CHM 353, CHM 362, CHM 368; two of MAT 324, PHY 327, MAT 355, MAT 369; a fifth course from this list.
  • Statistics: One of MAT 163, MAT 164, MIS 379, PSY 215, SOC 362; MAT 324; MAT 373; MAT 374 or MAT 394; one of ECO 490, MKT 352, PSY 315, SOC 363, or another applied statistics course approved by the department.
  • Teaching Mathematics: ESE 330; MAT 252; MAT 287; MAT 314; MAT 324
  • Theoretical Mathematics: MAT 314; MAT 324; at least three of MAT 252, MAT 287, MAT 304, MAT 363, MAT 373, or regularly offered courses at other ACTC colleges in Complex Variables, Topology, Measure Theory/Real Analysis II, Abstract Algebra II, Combinatorics.

In addition, an experiential component in the focus area is required, such as an internship, volunteer or paid work experience, undergraduate research project, student teaching in mathematics, or other experiences approved by the department. Such experiences may also fulfill the Augsburg Experience requirement if approved. For an undergraduate research project, the work may build upon a course-based project, but significant work beyond the course is expected.

Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each course that applies toward the major.

At least two MAT courses numbered above 250 must be taken at Augsburg.

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QF and QA), and Writing (W) are embedded in the MAT courses and are met by completing the major. An additional course in Speaking (S) is also required and may be met by either MAT 201 together with the major, COM 111, COM 115, student teaching, another speaking skill course approved by the department, or completion of another major that includes the speaking skill. Students transferring in mathematics course(s) must consult their MAT advisor about potential additional skills courses needed.

Teaching Licensure Major

The State of Minnesota has specific licensing requirements for teachers. The state requirements are subject to change after publication of this catalog. Students therefore should consult with the Augsburg Education Department to identify current Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

At the time of publication, the mathematics requirements for secondary education licensure to teach mathematics in grades 5-12 are the same as the BS major, but the electives must include:

  • ESE 330 5-12 – Methods: Mathematics
  • MAT 252 – Exploring Geometry
  • MAT 287 – History of Mathematics
  • MAT 314 – Abstract Algebra
  • MAT 324 – Analysis
  • an “Applied Project” course

One of the following:

  • MAT 163 – Introductory Statistics
  • MAT 164 – Introductory Statistics for STEM
  • MAT 373 – Probability Theory

At the time of publication, the mathematics requirements for a concentration in mathematics to teach in grades 5-8 under elementary education licensure are:

  • MAT 114 – Precalculus (or MPG 4)
  • MAT 145 – Calculus I

One of the following:

  • MAT 163 – Introductory Statistics
  • MAT 164 – Introductory Statistics for STEM
    • or MAT 373 – Probability Theory
  • MAT 252 – Exploring Geometry
  • MAT 271 – Discrete Mathematical Structures
  • MAT 287 – History of Mathematics
  • ESE 331 – Middle School Methods: Mathematics

Elementary Education majors seeking middle school mathematics licensure are strongly encouraged to consult with a Mathematics faculty advisor before enrolling in the 200 level MAT courses.

Departmental Honors in Mathematics

To be considered for departmental honors, a student must be involved with Mathematics beyond the classroom, have a GPA of at least 3.50 in MAT courses numbered above 200, have an overall GPA of at least 3.0, complete a project with significant mathematical content (usually beginning before senior year), and obtain the approval of the Mathematics Department. The project may build upon a course-based project, but significant work beyond the course is expected. The project results must be presented in a public forum. A proposal to complete departmental honors in mathematics should be submitted to the Mathematics Department chair at least one year prior to graduation. Specific requirements are available from the department.

Pi Mu Epsilon

Membership in the Augsburg chapter of this national mathematics honor society is by invitation. To be considered, students must have a declared Mathematics major, junior or senior status, and a GPA of 3.00 in their major and overall.

Mathematics Minor

Five courses including:

  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II

Three MAT electives numbered above 200, at least one of which is numbered above 300. Note that PHY 327 counts as a 300 level MAT course.

Alternatively students may complete a minor by taking the six courses:

  • MAT 145 – Calculus I
  • MAT 146 – Calculus II
  • MAT 163 – Introductory Statistics
    • or MAT 164 – Introductory Statistics for STEM
  • MAT 252 – Exploring Geometry
  • MAT 271 – Discrete Mathematical Structures
  • MAT 287 – History of Mathematics

Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or better in each course that applies toward the minor.

At least one MAT course numbered above 250 must be taken at Augsburg.

Statistics Minor

Six courses or five courses and a research experience or internship, as detailed below:

An introduction to statistics – one of:

  • MAT 163 – Introduction to Statistics
  • MAT 164 – Introduction to Statistics for STEM
  • MIS 379 – Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods & Statistics 1
  • SOC 362 – Statistical Analysis
  • MAT 213 – Data Visualization and Statistical Computing
  • MAT 273 – Statistical Modeling

A project-based statistics course – one of:

  • BIO 481 – Ecology
  • ECO 490 – Research Methods in Econometrics
  • MAT 374 – Statistical Theory and Applications
  • MKT 252 – Marketing Research & Analysis
  • POL 483 – Political Statistics & Methodology
  • PSY 315 – Research Methods & Statistics 2
  • SOC 363 – Research Methods

Two electives chosen from the following:

  • MAT 373 – Probability Theory
  • MAT 394 – Topics in Statistics

No more than one of the following:

  • CSC 170 – Introduction to Programming
  • CSC 352 – Database Management and Design
  • CSC 310 – Introduction to Data Science
  • MIS 270 – Data Management
  • MIS 479 – Business Analytics
  • POL 483 – Political Statistics & Methodology

A second project-based course:

  • BIO 481 – Ecology
  • ECO 490 – Research Methods in Econometrics
  • MAT 374 – Statistical Theory and Applications
  • MKT 252 – Marketing Research & Analysis
  • POL 483 – Political Statistics & Methodology
  • PSY 315 – Research Methods & Statistics 2
  • SOC 363 – Research Methods

No more than one of the following, with prior approval from the Mathematics Department:

  • PSY 491 – Advanced Research Methods
  • Advanced statistics electives taught in the ACTC or in transfer
  • An undergraduate research experience or internship using statistics
  • Either the project-based course or one of the electives must be taught by a content department other than Mathematics.

Students interested in graduate work in statistics are encouraged to select MAT 373 Probability Theory as one elective and MAT 374 Statistical Theory and Applications as the project-based course, and also to complete MAT 145 Calculus 1, MAT 146 Calculus 2, MAT 245 Calculus 3, and MAT 246 Linear Algebra — which completes a mathematics minor.

Math Placement Group (MPG)

Before enrolling in any Mathematics course and many other courses that have Math Placement prerequisites, students must have the required Math Placement. All students are required to have their Math Placement Group (MPG) determined. MPG measures student’s current skill in and understanding of Basic Math (MPG 2), Algebra (MPG 3), Precalculus (MPG 4), and Calculus I (MPG 5).

Students who have taken the ACT test within the last five years are assigned an initial MPG based on their mathematics subscore, illustrated below.  Students who have recently completed a mathematics course at another college or university are assigned an initial MPG by the Registrar’s Office as part of Transfer Credit Evaluation, if the course covers Basic Math, Algebra, Precalculus, or Calculus.  Students who receive a grade of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Exam in Calculus (AB or BC) are assigned MPG 5.  Students are allowed to take the Math Placement Exam to determine if they should be placed into a higher MPG than their initial placement.  In particular, students whose initial placement is MPG 1 or MPG 2 are expected to take the Math Placement Exam.

All other students must take the Augsburg Math Placement Exam, which is administered by Academic Advising. The exam is given during Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) sessions for first-year students, and before new student registration appointments for transfer and AU students. Other times can be scheduled on an individual basis. Students are also permitted to retake the Math Placement Exam once during their first semester of enrollment at Augsburg College.

Practice questions and other information are available from Academic Advising. Students in MPG 1 take MAT 103 to advance to MPG 2. Students in MPG 2 take MAT 105 to advance to MPG 3. Students in MPG 3 may take MAT 114 to advance to MPG 4. No other MAT course changes a student’s MPG.

ACT Math Subscore Initial Math Placement Required Math Placement Exam
18 and below MPG 1 Basic Math; Algebra
19-21 MPG 2 Algebra
22-23 MPG 2 Algebra
24-25 MPG 3 No exam needed
22-25 and successful high school precalculus, trigonometry, or calculus MPG 3 Precalculus (if seek MPG 4)
26+ and successful high school precalculus, trigonometry, or calculus MPG 4 No exam needed

Prerequisites

A course must be completed with a grade of 2.0 or higher to count as a prerequisite for a Mathematics course.


 

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