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Kansas Wesleyan University

One of Kansas Wesleyan’s newest programs is majoring in Mathematics, with a concentration in Data Science!

Data Science is a field of study that combines math, statistics, computer programming, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to extract meaningful insight from data.

As a Mathematics major, 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. 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.

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.

Required Courses for the Data Science Concentration:

COMP 200 Information Management
COMP 215 Spatial Data Visualization with GIS
COMP 316 Machine Learning
COMP 380 Database Management Systems I
MATH 216 Statistical Software
MATH 315 Applied Data Science with Python
MATH 336 Regression Analysis
MATH 428 Data Mining
REPH 111 Ethics: Beyond Good and Bad

Select two courses from the math/programming electives below:

COMP 132 Visual Basic Programming
COMP 236 Programming Language I
COMP 237 Programming Language II
MATH 208 Cooperation and Competition: An Introduction to Game Theory
MATH 246 Calculus III
MATH 427 Applied Mathematics and Modeling
MATH 460 Internship
MATH 485 Mathematics Special Topics
MATH 499 Mathematics Research
SPES 376 Measurements & Assessment in SPES

Select two courses from the communication/cultural electives below:

ARTS 115 Foundation of Graphic Applications
BIOL 390 Research Preparation in the Natural Sciences
COMM 106 Visual Communication
COMM 130 Public Speaking: The Art of Oral Communication
COMP 125 Web Page Programming I
ENGL 275 Writing in the Digital Age: Crafting Multimedia
HONR 150 Honors Seminar in Critical Analysis
PSYC 390 Psychological Research Design
REPH 205 World Philosophies
REPH 345 Critical Thinking

Learn more by contacting the Office of Admissions at [email protected], or by contacting Dr. Kristin Kraemer at 785-833-4466.

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 Science 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.