The mathematics program at College of Saint Mary is designed to meet the needs of prospective teachers of mathematics, of those who require mathematics as a necessary foundation for their work in other departments, of those who are studying mathematics as a cultural element of a liberal education, and of those whose major interest is in the field of mathematics. College of Saint Mary currently offers a structured four-year course sequence leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. See Education Program for information on admission, testing, Clinical Practice and certification requirements. See Secondary Minor in Education Sequence for professional education course requirements.

A prerequisite mathematics course cannot be taken for credit after a C or higher grade has been earned in a higher level mathematics course unless the program director of mathematics grants an exception.

Degrees and Certificates


MTH 098: Developmental Math

Includes basic concepts of the real number system, polynomials, first-degree equations and inequalities, algebraic functions, exponents, radicals, graphing linear functions, and an introduction to quadratic functions. Placement in this course is determined by ACT scores or placement examination. Developmental courses (numbered below 100), may be taken for college credit, but may not be counted toward the academic hours required for associate or bachelor degree completion.

MTH 099: Pre-Algebra

MTH 099 covers the same background for and introduction to algebra as MTH 098 Developmental Math, but in an accelerated form. This course must be taken with MTH 109, which covers the material in MTH 112 Intermediate Algebra, and both courses will be completed in one semester. The MTH 099/109 combination will meet five hours per week. There is no prerequisite for MTH 099; a successful grade of P must be achieved in MTH 099 to continue with MTH 109.

MTH 109: Algebra

MTH 109 covers the same material as MTH 112 Intermediate Algebra, but in an accelerated form. It must be taken at the same time as MTH 099, which covers the background for and introduction to algebra, and both courses will be completed in one semester. The MTH 099/109 combination will meet five hours per week. There is no prerequisite for MTH 099; a successful grade of P must be achieved in MTH 099 to continue with MTH 109.

MTH 112: Intermediate Algebra

An extension of the basic algebraic concepts includes first- and second-degree equations and inequalities, and systems of linear equations.

MTH 115: College Trigonometry

A study of the circular functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, and applications of trigonometry.

MTH 162: Mathematics for Teachers

A study of number systems with applications in geometry and probability. This course is designed primarily for elementary and middle school education majors.

MTH 170: Discrete Mathematics

A study of variable types and practical solution methods that use discrete sets such as the natural numbers. Topics may include sets, relations, symbolic logic, mathematical induction, counting, modular arithmetic, graph theory, matrices, linear programming, and their applications.

MTH 201: Calculus I

A study of limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic functions, and elementary integration with applications.

MTH 202: Calculus II

A continuation of MTH 201 including the differentiation of transcendental functions and methods of formal integration with applications, and an introduction to sequences and series.

MTH 203: Calculus III

The study of calculus of several variables including vectors, partial derivatives, multiple integrals and Green's theorem.

MTH 242: Statistics

Collection and tabulation of data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlational and regression analysis, probability and sampling, and hypothesis testing.

MTH 312: Biostatistics

An introductory statistics course for students in public health and biomedical practice and research. In particular, this course will focus on elementary descriptive statistics, elementary probability, the methods of collecting and analyzing data, and the techniques of making inferences based upon biology, chemistry, or health-related area data. The emphasis is on an intuitive understanding of statistical methods and the applications on biology, chemistry, or health-related area. The use of SPSS and Excel will be an integral part of the course.

MTH 342: Mathematical Statistics

The study of the theory and applications of statistics using a traditional calculus based approach. Topics include finite and continuous distributions, inferences, estimation, and regression.

MTH 360: Linear Algebra

A study of finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors.