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Middle Level Mathematics Certification

Students seeking certification in middle-level Mathematics (grades 4 through 8) must complete a major in Mathematics. The major in mathematics consists of ten course units in mathematics: nine course units in mathematics plus a capstone experience are required. All mathematics majors are required to take the following five courses:

  • Mathematics 170 (or its equivalent sequence Mathematics 106-166)
  • Mathematics 171
  • Mathematics 211
  • Mathematics 216
  • Mathematics 220

In addition, each mathematics major will engage in a capstone experience. Mathematics 370 will serve as the capstone experience for most majors. Successful completion of Mathematics 400-401 (Honors) can serve as an alternative capstone experience, although students who plan to pursue an Honors project are encouraged to take Mathematics 370 in their junior year.

For the additional four mathematics courses that students take to complete the major (other than the five required courses and the capstone experience), students must choose at least one from each of the groups described below. In addition, students must have at least three courses numbered 310-380, 390-399, or 400-401. (One of these three may be Mathematics 370.)

In order for students to understand and experience the breadth of mathematics, the department's major courses (other than the required courses and Mathematics 370) have been grouped into three areas: algebra/geometry topics; analysis topics; and applied mathematics topics. Current catalog courses in each of these areas are as follows:

  • Algebra/Geometry: Mathematics 313 and 340.
  • Analysis: Mathematics 221, 327, 328, and 329.
  • Applied Mathematics: Mathematics 214, 225, 231, and 332

As special topics or new courses are offered, they will be placed in the appropriate group. 

Students must also choose two co-requisite courses from the following group of four courses:

  • Physics 111
  • Physics 112
  • Computer Science 120
  • Computer Science 121

Substitutions for this requirement may be made only with the approval of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

In fulfilling the above requirements, students planning to teach mathematics in secondary schools must complete the following courses:

  • Mathematics 170 (or its equivalent sequence Mathematics 106-166)
  • Mathematics 171
  • Mathematics 211
  • Mathematics 216
  • Mathematics 220
  • Mathematics 231
  • Mathematics 313
  • Mathematics 340
  • Mathematics 370
  • One of the following: Mathematics 221, 327, 328, or 329

Students must also complete the College’s program of general education, Learning in Common. In the Multidisciplinary (M) categories, students must take History 113 to fulfill the Historical Studies (M1) requirement; Education 131 to fulfill the Literature (M2) requirement; Education 160 to fulfill the Ultimate Questions (M3) requirement; Political Science 110 to satisfy the Economic, Social, and Political Systems (M4) requirement; and Interdisciplinary 110 to fulfill the Cultural Values and Global Issues (M5) requirement.

The Aesthetic Expression (M6) requirement is waived for these students. In addition, middle-level education students must complete one of the two Upper-Division (U) categories, which may be a part of the major; the other is waived.