Like to solve math problems? Then a major in
math could be for you.
Problems abound in society. If you demonstrate
you can solve mathematical problems, you will be recognized with the ability
to solve a wide variety of problems. Pair your love of problem solving with
some other area and you will be more valuable in that area. Weusemath.org
gives a variety of careers that use math and the problem solving skills you
will hone while at Southwest Baptist University.
The SBU Advantage
- Classes are taught by Christian professors whose main job is to teach
- Small classes allow for more interaction with other students
and the professor.
- Program emphasizes a Christ-centered education and
being a servant.
GeoGebra computer software
is used to demonstrate topics where change is involved, allowing for more
“what if” questions to be asked and answered. He also has prepared some
worksheets that students can use for additional practice of some topics.
The department hosts math contests throughout the year, and students are
encouraged to help with the grading, allowing them to see different
mathematics and meet with teachers from a variety of schools.
professors also stay connected with current trends in mathematics when
presenting regularly at conferences around the state.
Calculus I, II, III, Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra,
Advanced Calculus, Symbolic Logic and Set Theory, and Probability and
Statistics form the core courses. Select four additional courses (from six
possible choices) as well as two support courses.
Departmental activities include:
- Sponsor a tutor room
for students in need of additional mathematics help. It is staffed by our
- Sponsor a math contest for Elementary and Middle School
- Take students to conferences when possible.
speakers on campus.
- Math game nights once a semester usually.
Friends of the School of Arts and Sciences
The School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship fund is an
endowed scholarship fund established by the curators and friends of the
School of Arts and Sciences. Scholarship recipients will be students who
have matriculated at SBU with a major in the College of Science and
Mathematics. Recipients must have achieved high academic honors at SBU and
show a good balance between the academic, spiritual, and social aspects of
Jerry and Martha Harns Scholarship
Colonel and Mrs.
Harns established this scholarship to be awarded annually to one or more
students majoring in mathematics or science.
Internship OpportunitiesThough an internship is not required for a mathematics
degree, students have completed Undergraduate Research Summer Programs, as
well as internships with Accenture, a global management consulting,
technology services and outsourcing company with an office in Bolivar..
Graduate and Career Opportunities
Our graduates are
prepared for jobs in computer and information-science occupations,
management, teaching, and more, and they are working for companies such as
Cerner Corp. and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
also are prepared for graduate school and have attended schools such as
Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State University and the University of
- MAT 1195 Calculus I
- This course studies graphs, functions, plane analytical
geometry, limits, continuity, derivatives, velocity-acceleration,
rates of change, maxima and minima, differentials, the Mean Value
Theorems for integrals and derivatives, antiderivatives, definite
integrals, area, and methods of finding volumes.
- MAT 2255 Calculus II
- This course examines derivatives and integrals of functions and
their inverses including exponential and logarithmic functions. It
also investigates techniques of integration, further applications of
integrals, sequences, series, polar coordinates, applications of
parametric equations, and conic sections.
- MAT 2263 Calculus III
- This course examines curves and surfaces in three dimensions,
derivatives and integrals of functions of more than one variable,
and vector calculus.
- MAT 3313 Abstract Algebra
- An introduction to abstract algebraic systems and use of
properties of groups, rings, integral domains and fields to describe
and develop certain characteristics of natural numbers, integers,
rational, real and complex numbers.
- MAT 3323 Linear Algebra
- A study of systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants,
vector products, vector spaces, linear transformations and quadratic
- MAT 4663 Advanced Calculus
- Advanced Calculus is a study of the basic concepts in analysis.
These include concepts such as continuity, convergence of sequences
and series of numbers, convergence of sequence and series of
functions, differentiation, and integration. A more complete
understanding of these concepts than is achieved in the Calculus
sequence is necessary for all mathematics majors and thus this
course is a core course of the math major and a type of capstone
- MAT 3332 Symbolic Logic and Set Theory
- This course is an introduction to symbolic statements, truth
tables, quantifiers, inference and implication, special sets of
numbers, set operations, correspondences, cardinal numbers, Boolean
algebra, and the logical structure of mathematical arguments.
- MAT 3343 Probability & Statistics
- This course is a Calculus-based investigation of the concepts of
probability and statistics including sample spaces, methods of
enumeration, discrete and continuous functions or random variables
and their distributions, conditional probability, Chebyshev
inequalities, central limit theorem, regression and correlation, and
sampling and hypothesis testing.
- CIS 1033 Foundations of Computer Science
- An introduction to key concepts in computer and how computation
is related to all scientific fields. Topics include, but are not
limited to, robotics, web design, software engineering, artificial
intelligence, computer architecture, digital media storage,
algorithm design and computability.
- SCF 3422 Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith
- Study from the biblical perspective of the unique nature of
mathematics and its interaction with Christian thought. Working from
the authority of the Scriptures and the conviction that Christianity
is true, this course examines the history of mathematics,
emphasizing the interactions of mathematics with society and
Choose four of the following courses:
- MAT 3353 Integrated Mathematics
- This course will enable students seeking certification in middle
or secondary school teaching to analyze mathematics curriculum from
an integrated approach. The course will strengthen the students'
level of mathematical knowledge, while broadening their structure of
this knowledge in a way that is necessary for teachers. The course
is recommended for students seeking certification in middle school
or secondary school mathematics teaching. All students taking this
course will be teaching a component of the course and will be
evaluated on their teaching.
- MAT 3363 Differential Equations
- This course studies explicit and power series solutions of
certain types of linear differential equations, boundary value
problems, solving differential equations using applications of
Laplace Transforms, and various real-world applications of
- MAT 3372 Math Technologies
- What is math technology? How has it and how should it affect how
and what we teach in Mathematics? How will it affect your future -
be it mathematics, physical science, social science, or business
using mathematics? We will consider and write about these and other
questions via hands on experience with various math technologies.
This course will have a lab component. Topics developed will be
tailored to individual students’ backgrounds and interests.
- MAT 3382 History of Mathematics
- A survey of the significant developments in mathematics and
contributions of great mathematicians from the Greeks (Thales) to
present day. The course focuses mainly on mathematics developed
since the invention of analytic geometry and the calculus.
- MAT/CIS 4433 Advanced Discrete Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
- A study of mathematical concepts in a computing context. Topics
include numerical integration, systems of equations, root-finding,
curve-fitting, number systems, combinatorics, and discrete
probability. Emphasis will be placed on computer-based solutions
with implications for programming, algorithm complexity, data
representation and approximation, and error measurement.
- MAT 4483 Contemporary Geometry
- An axiomatic development of geometry that includes both the
classical material of Euclidean geometry and the structure of the
alternate axiomatic system of hyperbolic geometry.