- Linfield College
Department of Mathematics

Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Flowchart of Mathematics Course Dependence

Goals for Majors and Minors

Students who complete a mathematics major:

  • possess an understanding and appreciation of the breadth and beauty of the mathematical sciences and their deep interconnecting principles;
  • are able to work independently and confidently in mathematical situations;
  • develop a solid understanding of the core fundamentals of undergraduate mathematics. Furthermore, students have the ability to communicate mathematical ideas with precision, clarity, and organization; and
  • possess a positive attitude toward and derive enjoyment from studying and applying mathematics.

The data science minor and data science track are designed to provide students the mathematical, statistical and computer programming tools necessary to interpret an increasingly data driven world. The minor is ideal for students from all disciplines who wish to develop strong quantitative skills which can be applied to their area of interest. It will provide a solid foundation that prepares students for further work, whether in graduate study or future employment.

Goals for data science minors

  • Students will be able to develop quantitative and analytical skills that are applicable to a wide range of disciplines.
  • Students will be able to use data-driven solutions to make and defend informed judgments.
  • Students will be able to apply data science to real world problems and communicate their solutions effectively.
  • Students will be able to develop teamwork skills.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The mathematics major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog.

For a 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 6 credits) of which must be numbered 300 or above. Students planning on graduate study in mathematics should plan their programs with their advisors to include more than the minimum indicated.

For a major in Mathematics – Data Science Track: 44 credits, including 170, 175, 190, 200, 250, 280, 340, 370, 485, COMP 160, one course from MATH 380 or 440, and one course from BIOL 340, COMP 260, PHYS 325, or other approved elective outside MATH, and the remainder of the credits in MATH courses numbered 200 or above

For a minor in Mathematics: 20 credits, including 170, 175, and 12 credits in courses numbered 200 or above.

For a minor in Mathematics Education: 26 credits, including 135, 136, 140, 170, 230, and at least 6 additional 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.

For a minor in Data Science: 22 credits, including 170, 190, 250, 280, COMP 160, one course from MATH 140 or 340, and the remainder of the credits from BIOL 340, COMP 260, MATH 380, MATH 440, or PHYS 325.

For Oregon Preliminary Teaching Licensure in Mathematics,  a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later than his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.