| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Mathematics
The Department prepares its students for advanced study and research as well as for careers in business, industry, government and teaching. Students are encouraged to seek the advice of their faculty advisor in the selection of a concentration and elective courses that will best prepare them for their career choices. Mathematics is the language of science and also plays a key role in many of the social sciences. An understanding of mathematics provides a powerful approach to solving problems through organization, simplification, and abstraction. In today's job market, individuals with highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills are in great demand. Therefore, there are numerous career options for students who choose to major in mathematics. The Mathematics Department offers two majors. One is a Mathematics Major with three possible concentrations: Traditional, Secondary Education and Statistics and Modeling. The other is Mathematics for Elementary Education: 1-6 which requires a student to also complete the Elementary Education Major. Computer software is used in many courses. These programs include Maple, Geogebra, Sage, SPSS, Matlab, Geometer's Sketchpad, and DPGraph.The Mathematics MajorAdmission Requirements for the Mathematics Major: Rigorous high school coursework and strong SAT scores with above average grades in mathematics and computer science courses.Requirements for a Major in Mathematics: Students must complete a core of six mathematics courses and one computer science class and in addition select one of three concentrations.
Core Courses: 24 credits
MA 200, MA 201 and MA 240 must be completed with grades of at least C- by the end of the sophomore year. A student may only retake any of these courses at most once to increase a grade below C-; and may retake at most two of these courses to increase a grade below C-.
Requirements for the Concentration in Traditional Mathematics: 18 credits
Nine additional credits of mathematics at the MA 290-level or above, to be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.
Three additional credits of mathematics at the MA 290-level or above, to be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.It is recommended that students planning to take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for high school certification also complete a physics course.
Three additional credits of mathematics at the MA 290-level or above, to be chosen in consultation with the academic advisorOnce LASC requirements are satisfied, students may select general requirements. Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.The Mathematics Elementary Education; 1-6 MajorThis major serves as a second major for Elementary Education majors. It prepares pre-service teachers to be mathematical leaders in elementary schools.
Requirements for the Mathematics for Elementary Education; 1-6 Major: 33 math credits and 12 education credits.
Mathematics PlacementAll new students must take the Accuplacer Arithmetic test followed by the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test. Those who score well on these two basic tests will take an Algebra II/Pre-Calculus test called the College Level Math test. In order to take a mathematics course at Worcester State University, a student must complete the placement test process prior to registration. Results will be used to determine appropriate course placement.