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Core Level Course Descriptions

department of mathematics

MATH 1004 Finite Probability and Applications (Fall/Spring: 3)

Not open to students who have completed their Mathematics Core Curriculum Requirement without permission of the Department Chair (except for Psychology majors completing their second mathematics corequisite).

This course, designed for students in the humanities, the social sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing, is an introduction to finite combinatorics and probability, emphasizing applications. Topics include finite sets and partitions, enumeration, probability, expectation, and random variables

MATH 1007 Ideas in Mathematics (Fall/Spring: 3)
Not open to students who have completed their Mathematics Core Curriculum Requirement without permission of the Department Chair.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the spirit, beauty, and vitality of mathematics. The emphasis is on development of ideas rather than problem solving skills. Topics vary, but are typically chosen from diverse areas such as geometry, number theory, computation, and graph theory.

MATH 1180 Principles of Statistics for the Health Sciences (Spring: 3)
Restricted to Connell School of Nursing students.

This course introduces statistics as a liberal discipline and applies the principles of statistics to problems of interest to health sciences professionals. Students will gain an understanding of statistical ideas and methods, acquire the ability to deal critically with numerical arguments, and gain an understanding of the impact of statistical ideas on the health sciences, public policy and other areas of application.

MATH 1190 Fundamentals of Mathematics I (Fall: 3)
MATH 1191 Fundamentals of Mathematics II (Spring: 3)

Restricted to Lynch School of Education students.

MATH 1190-1191 is a course sequence designed for those who plan to teach mathematics in grades K-8. The emphasis is on building conceptual understanding of the mathematics present in the emerging K-8 curriculum and on deepening content knowledge. Number and number systems through the real number system will be studied; functions and the structure of algebra will be developed. Problem solving and reasoning, applications, and making connections will be featured.