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Mathematics Overview

The demand for graduates with good mathemati¬cal and analytical skills is always strong. Marygrove graduates are currently working as teachers, systems analysts and computer programmers. If you decide to pursue a career or graduate studies after graduation, your mathematical knowledge will be invaluable.

The department of mathematics offers undergraduate courses for students interested in a variety of careers. You might become an elementary or secondary teacher or work with computers. You might pursue a career in the natural or physical sciences, continue with graduate studies or, with additional statistics courses, become an actuary.

Computer programmer • Systems Analyst • Statistician • Researcher • Engineer • Teacher •  Actuary • Mathematician

The Mathematics Program offers undergraduate courses in mathematics, a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics for elementary teaching, a minor in mathematics, and a minor in mathematics for elementary teaching. You may take courses designed to build basic math skills, as well as calculus, differential equations, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and college geometry.

The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics prepares you to be a problem solver and a part of the answer for tomorrow’s problems. Whether you are interested in solving the problems of the nuclear industry, population growth, natural resources, education or the stock markets, mathematics is an essential element. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in mathematics for elementary teaching prepares you to be a leader in mathematics curriculum and mathematics teaching in the elementary schools.

The mathematics major (B.S. or B.A.) consists of 35 credit hours in mathematics, and the mathematics major for elementary teaching consists of 31 credit hours in mathematics.

The minor in mathematics will complement any major area of study. A total of 21 credit hours in mathematics is required for a minor. A minor in mathematics will provide you with the knowledge required for advanced study in computer science, economics or any of the natural or physical sciences. The minor is particularly useful as a secondary teaching minor and as an effective complement to a major in computer information systems.

The minor in mathematics for elementary teaching requires 23 credits in mathematics and is designed to be an elementary teaching minor.


Program Scheduling
The B.S or B.A. in mathematics programs are primarily day programs, although some courses are offered in the evening on a rotating schedule.

Transfer Student Information:
The department accepts transfer credits according to the college guidelines.  However, major coursework older than 10 years, from time of admittance, will be transferred in as elective credit and may not be applied to the major. Students may petition to the department chair for the older credits to be applied towards the major.

Credit for Prior Learning
Learning derived from life experiences and from individual study is of significant academic value and can often be equated with college-level studies.  Students may earn credit by examination, tutorial study and cooperative work experience. Permission of the department chair is required to select these options. Not more than four credit hours in cooperative work experience may be counted within the 128 credit hours required for a degree.

Academic Performance Standard
Only required courses with a grade of C or better can be applied to fulfill the Mathematics  major or minor.

Computer Literacy Requirement
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) must be achieved prior to graduation. Students’ computer literacy will be evaluated and assessed through the MTH 325, and Senior seminar course sequence.Writing Intensive Requirement
All mathematics majors must take MTH 265 as their writing intensive course.  

Senior Seminar Requirement
Students must successfully complete MTH 496A and MTH 496B in order to graduate with a Mathematics Degree (B.A or B.S.).Internship/Cooperative Education
It is strongly encouraged that students participate in a summer undergraduate research experience either with a Marygrove College faculty member, or by securing an off-campus internship or fellowship before they graduate.  Students may receive elective credit for an internship through MTH 388, MTH 488, and/or MTH 491.

Sigma Zeta National Honor Society
Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society.  It was founded at Shurtleff College, in Alton, Illinois in 1926.  Today, more than sixty local chapters are active in colleges and universities across the United States.  The society encourages and fosters achievement of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics.  Outstanding scholastic achievement in the fields is recognized through membership in this society.

Students may be eligible to win the following departmental awards based on their scholarly work and academic performance. The Maria Kostecke Murphy Scholarship is given to a deserving woman majoring in mathematics.  The Antoinette Joiner Award is given to an outstanding graduating senior majoring in mathematics.