SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Mathematics Major at Southwest Baptist University

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 students.
  • Small classes allow for more interaction with other students and the professor.
  • Program emphasizes a Christ-centered education and being a servant.

Engaged Learning

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.

Math professors also stay connected with current trends in mathematics when presenting regularly at conferences around the state.

Course Information

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.

Clubs and Organizations

Departmental activities include:

  • Sponsor a tutor room for students in need of additional mathematics help. It is staffed by our students.
  • Sponsor a math contest for Elementary and Middle School students.
  • Take students to conferences when possible.
  • Have speakers on campus.
  • Math game nights once a semester usually.

Scholarships

Friends of the School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship

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 campus life.

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 Opportunities

Though 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.

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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.

Our graduates also are prepared for graduate school and have attended schools such as Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State University and the University of Missouri–Columbia.

Degree Requirements

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 forms.
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 course.
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 Christian thought.
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 differential equations.
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.