The language of mathematics lies at the foundation of science. Algebra and calculus are utilized throughout the natural sciences. Statistics is of fundamental importance in social sciences, as well as medicine, economics, agriculture and other disciplines. Computer and information sciences make use of discrete mathematics. For many students, mathematics is of great importance in their chosen area of study and Linfield’s mathematics department supports their efforts.
GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:
Students who do not meet requirements for MATH 170 should take MATH 150. Students who have already successfully completed the equivalent of MATH 170 should take MATH 175. Students who have already successfully completed the equivalents of MATH 170 and 175 should take MATH 200, 230 or 250. Students in this final category should discuss the options with a member of the mathematics faculty.
MAJOR SPECIFIC ADVISING INFORMATION:
Major in Mathematics: 42 credits including 170, 175, 200, 250, 370, 485, and an additional 19 credits in courses numbered 200 or above, at least two courses (minimum of 6 credits) of which must be numbered 300 or above. Students intending to pursue graduate study in mathematics should plan their programs with their advisors to include more than the minimum indicated.
MINOR: 20 credits including 170, 175, and 12 additional credits in courses numbered 200 or above.
Notes: Students starting in 175 or higher will have the 170 (or 175) requirement waived including the corresponding credits for the major. For example, a student who starts in 175 will only need 37 credits for the major. Students receiving AP credit for Calculus AB will not be able to get credit for both AP Calculus and 170. Similarly, students receiving AP credit for Calculus BC will not be able to get credit for both AP Calculus and 170/175.
Minor in Mathematics Education: 26 credits including 135, 136, 140, 170, 230 and at least 6 credits in courses numbered 175 or above. Students may substitute 340 for 140 thus reducing the total number of credits needed for the minor to 23.
Notes: For Oregon Initial Teacher Licensure in Mathematics: Students must complete a major in mathematics (recommended courses include 230, 290, 320, 340, and 450), Education courses, requirements listed in the Education Department section, and pass two areas of testing: (1) the basic skills test (CBEST or PPT), and (2) the PRAXIS Specialty Area Test(s) in math before student teaching. Interested students must be advised by an Education Department faculty member and a Mathematics faculty member throughout their programs.
Students starting in 175 or higher will have the 170 (and possibly 175) requirement waived, including the corresponding credits for the major. For example, a student who starts in 175 will only need 37 credits for the major. Similarly, a student who starts in 200 will only need 34 credits for the major. Students receiving AP credit for Calculus AB will not be able to get credit for both AP Calculus and 170. Similarly, students receiving AP credit for Calculus BC will not be able to get credit for both AP Calculus and 170/175.
The ideal time to declare is as soon as the student knows. The sooner they know, the sooner they can plan their courses with a member of the math faculty. Students can simply stop by one of our offices. An appointment isn’t necessary, but it also doesn’t hurt. We aren’t very formal about all of this. They can simply come by and say that they are interested in majoring and talk about how that would work with their timeline, interests, and plans for study abroad. It needn’t be a professor they have had, but it will often be the case that they will choose someone they know.