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Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program is designed to prepare students for either graduate studies in mathematics or applied mathematics in industry, including modeling, simulation, risk analysis (actuarial science), program development, cryptography, and statistical analysis.  Because of the wide variety of opportunities for graduates, the program does not focus on any one specific career, but instead equips the student with fundamental critical thinking, logical reasoning skills, as well as the foundational technological and mathematical tools, necessary for pursuing any of these choices.  Internships in specific areas of applied mathematics or summer research experiences are strongly encouraged. For more information on opportunities for employment, visit our “Careers” link under “Why Study Math?”.

The program also explores the relationship between Christian faith and the practice of mathematics, both from a historical and from a contemporary perspective.

Requirements for the B.S. degree in Mathematics are available from the Bethel College catalog (PDF).

Please contact us if you are interested in more information about the major.

B.A. Degree

Program Requirements:

General Studies   HOURS
COMM 171 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 Written Communication II 3
ENGL 102 Written Communication III 3
PSYC 182 General Psychology 3
PHED 100 Lifelong Physical Awareness 0.5
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology 3
BIBL 215 Old Testament Literature 3
BIBL 216 New Testament Literature 3
    (Foreign Language) 6
    (History Elective) 3
    (Art/Drama/Music Elective(s)) 3
    (Literature Elective) 3
PHIL 150 Logic and Critical Thinking 2
PHIL 250 Introduction to Philosophy 3
THEO 110 Exploring the Christian Faith 3
PHIL 452 Senior Experience 1
PHED 112-136 Physical Education Activities 1.5
      47

 

Cognates HOURS
ITSC 121 Computer Programming I 3
PHYS 121 General Physics I 4
(Additional Science with Lab) 4
11

 

Major Courses HOURS
MATH 110 Introductory Seminar in Math 1
MATH 131 Calculus I 4
MATH 132 Calculus II 4
MATH 231 Calculus III 4
MATH 242 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
MATH 252 Probability and Statistics 3
MATH 293 Mathematical Theory and Proof 3
MATH 341 Abstract Algebra 3
MATH 361 Real Analysis 3
 
Plus 9 hours from the following courses
MATH 210 Discrete Mathematics 3
MATH 221 Number Theory and History Mathematics 3
MATH 225 Problem Solving Seminar 1-3
MATH 301 Preparation for the Actuarial Exams 1
MATH 329 Special Topics in Mathematics 3-6
MATH 331 Modern Geometry 3
MATH 354 Numerical Analysis 3
MATH 357 Mathematical Modeling 3
MATH 351 Complex Analysis 3
MATH 352 Advanced Statistical Methods 3
MATH 364 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations 3
MATH 401 Preparation for the Math subject GRE 1
ITSC 122 Computer Programming II 3
 
Plus a capstone course selected from the following
MATH 395 Undergraduate Research Experience 1-3
MATH 396 Internship 1-3
      39-41

Note: Credit for an internship under another prefix may be granted toward the MATH 396 (Internship) requirement.  Students must petition for and receive written consent for this substitution from the department

Electives needed to complete Major: 25-27

Total number of hours: 124