| 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
In addition, students are required to take the following ancillary course: CS 135 Programming for Non-CS Majors.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 toincrease 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.
Requirements for the Concentration in Secondary Education: 18 credits
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.
Requirements for the Concentration in Statistics and Modeling: 18 credits
Three additional credits of mathematics at the MA 290-level or above, to be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.
The Mathematics Elementary Education; 1-6 Major
This 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.
*Note: The pre-requisite for MA 190 is MA 180. However, credit will not be given for
both MA 131 and MA 180. If a student wishes to register for MA 190 upon completion
of MA 131, He/she must receive a C- or better in MA 131 and complete a packet
of supplementary materials that will be reviewed by either the MA 190 instructor or
Requirements for a Traditional Minor in Mathematics: 18 credits
Requirements for a Financial Mathematics Minor: 18 credits
Requirements for a Middle School Mathematics Minor: 20-21 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.