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Kansas Wesleyan University

Whether it’s using statistics to understand a societal problem or writing algorithms for a computer program, math gives you powerful tools for communication, comprehension and change.

As a Mathematics major at Kansas Wesleyan University, you will study math as part of KWU’s liberal arts curriculum and learn how numbers inform everything from business and public policy to health care and the environment. You will also take classes and work on projects that will expose you to theoretical and applied mathematics as well as computer science.

Because of its flexibility, an undergraduate Mathematics degree from KWU can take you in many career directions, including medicine, law, actuarial science and information security.

Why study Mathematics at KWU? One-on-one individual attention!

Mathematics majors at KWU have the opportunity to study in small classes, which ensures your questions get answered. You also get the individualized mentoring necessary to make good decisions regarding your career options.

  • Complete an undergraduate research project that culminates in a paper and presentation as part of your Mathematics Research class.
  • Get involved in the Math and Physics Club where you will acquire leadership skills and develop your network.
  • Participate in mathematics competitions against other students from around the world.

What can I do with a Mathematics degree from Kansas Wesleyan University? Calculate the direction of your career!

Mathematics graduates end up in a variety of careers, becoming project managers, customer account managers, actuaries and math teachers. Others go on to graduate programs as diverse as chemical engineering, business administration, computer science and mathematics.

Mathematics Program Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Kansas Wesleyan University Mathematics program is to teach and learn mathematics in a collaborative, rigorous, and lively community; to encourage students to study the relationship between mathematics and nature; to encourage the use of mathematics in solving and evaluating physical problem; to prepare students for future work in their chosen discipline; and to provide the tools and skills needed by members of the community to contribute to society by applying logical reasoning to the issues of life.

Program Goals

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics should:

  • Be familiar with the most common and widely applicable Big Ideas of Mathematics.
  • Be able to communicate math ideas clearly, and in a technically correct and suitable fashion, both in formal writing and in speech.
  • Be able to read and understand mathematical proofs and arguments, and be able to write clean, valid proofs.
  • Be able to perform valid mathematical experiments, and form well-stated and suitable conjectures and conclusions.
  • Be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to modeling real world phenomena.

Major Requirements

All mathematics majors are required to complete all of the following courses:

COMP 221                   Foundations of Computer Systems

Or COMP 235           Python Programming

Or COMP 331           Programming in C++

MATH 145                   Calculus I

MATH 225                   Linear Algebra

MATH 243                   Discrete Mathematics

MATH 245                   Calculus II

MATH 246                   Calculus III

MATH 299                   Mathematical Modeling Seminar

MATH 310                   Elementary Differential Equations

MATH 323                   Intro to Mathematical Statistics

MATH 327                   Modern Applied Algebra

MATH 425                   Real Analysis

Mathematics majors must also complete at least three courses (worth at least three credit hours each) from the following list or any course with a math prerequisite of Calculus 1 or above. The student’s advisor must contact the Office of the Registrar in writing to apply courses not listed below to this requirement.

BSHS 210                      Statistical Analysis

PHYS 221                      General Physics I

PHYS 222                      General Physics II

PHYS 265                      Scientific Programming

COMP 431                   C++ Programming II

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements – 18-19 credit hours

The student must complete all of the following:

  • 16 credit hours of Mathematics, in course levels 140 and above
  • One course in Computer Science