Introductory Courses

Please Note: The Placement Test should be taken by all first-year students intending to take an introductory calculus-based course (such as Math 12201231, or 1252 ) or the Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences course (Math 1051).

  • Mathematics and Politics (Math 1007)
    This course provides an alternative to math courses designed for liberal arts students seeking to meet the general curriculum requirement in quantitative reasoning. It focuses on the mathematics of social choice, apportionment, and decision-making, areas of mathematics not normally taught in high schools. It requires little background in mathematics or political science, but is more rigorous than a typical freshman math course and involves more writing. This course is offered during every semester. 
  • Mathematical Ideas I and II (Math 1009 and Math 1010)
    Designed with the liberal arts student in mind, these are courses in ``mathematical culture,'' which introduce students to the methods of analysis, reasoning and deduction by which mathematical facts are derived. The material discussed is not quite what your high-school mathematics courses may lead you to expect but more an introduction to actual fields of mathematical research such as number theory, graph theory, set theory, logic, and probability. Math 1009 is offered every Fall semester and Summer, Math 1010 is offered every Spring and Summer. Note: Math 1009 is not a prerequisite for Math 1010; these courses may be taken in any order.  
  • Calculus with Precalculus I and II (Math 1220 and 1221)
    Designed for students who wish to take Math 1231 but find themselves inadequately prepared, this is a pair of courses that covers precisely the same material as Math 1231 (see below) but at a slower pace, incorporating into the treatment a full discussion of "precalculus'' the mathematical prerequisites necessary for a full understanding of our first course in calculus. The text is Calculus by Stewart (which is also the text for Math 1231, 1232 and 2233). A supplementary book that covers the algebra and trigonometry background is also used. 
  • Single Variable Calculus I (Math 1231)
    Designed for students majoring in mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry and economics, this is our first course discussing the Differential and Integral Calculus. It considers differentiation and integration of algebraic and trigonometric functions, with applications (from the fields mentioned). We offer two further Calculus courses, Math 1232 and Math 2233. Any student who contemplates a major in the sciences, economics, engineering or medicine would be well-advised, if not required, to take this course. We require it (and Math 1232 and 2233) of our majors. Math 1231 is offered during both Spring and Fall semesters and every Summer. The text (for this course and Math 1232 and 2233) is Calculus by Stewart.  
  • Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences (Math 1051) and Calculus for the Social and Management Sciences (Math 1252)
    Math 1051 covers systems of linear equations, matrices, linear programming, the mathematics of finance, and probability theory; Math 1252 covers Differential and Integral Calculus with applications to the management and social sciences. Both courses are offered during both Fall and Spring semesters and every Summer. Math 1051 is not a prerequisite for Math 1252; these courses may be taken in any order. 

All these mathematics courses are three credit hours. 

Information on our advanced undergraduate course offerings is available here.