The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Ouachita Baptist University
Mathematics Course Descriptions
ASKL: Academic Skills
ASKL 1013: Intermediate Algebra
A beginning course in algebra for students needing a foundation for college mathematics courses. A grade of C or better is required before a student is eligible to enroll in a higher mathematics course. Fall, Spring.
MATH 1003: College Algebra
A study of the properties and applications of linear, exponential, logarithmic, quadratic, and polynomial functions, as well as an introduction to absolute value, piecewise, and rational functions. Additional topics will include transformation and composition of functions, as well as matrices and their use in the solution of linear systems. Prerequisite: An ACT Math score of 19 or higher, an SAT Math score of 500 or higher, or a grade of C or better in ASKL 1013. Fall, Spring.
MATH 1013: Trigonometry
Solution of triangles, identities, and equations. Study of graphs. Prerequisite: ASKL 1013 or official placement. On Demand.
MATH 1033: Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
Students will engage in a study of mathematical ideas and thinking, learning to solve problems and make decisions using sound quantitative reasoning. All students will study techniques of problem-solving, mathematical reasoning, the set of real numbers, sizes of infinity, and the use of analogy to explore four-dimensional geometry. Additional topics will be chosen by the instructor and may include the use of mathematics in art, additional geometric concepts, probability, and statistics. Prerequisite: An ACT Math score of 19 or higher, an SAT Math score of 500 or higher, or a grade of C or better in ASKL 1013. Fall, Spring.
MATH 1034: Precalculus
A course designed to prepare students for Calculus. Topics include functions, polynomials, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, circular functions, systems of linear equations and coordinate geometry. Prerequisite: MATH 1003 or official placement. Fall.
MATH 1063: Business Calculus
Intuitive coverage of calculus emphasizing applications in business. Differentiation, optimization in one- and two-variable problems, applications of exponential growth, elasticity of demand, and integration. A student may not earn credit for graduation in MATH 1063 after having earned credit in MATH 2014. Prerequisite: MATH 1003 or official placement. On Demand.
MATH 1073: Discrete Mathematics I
An introduction to areas of mathematics not typically seen in high school. Topics include elementary symbolic logic, Boolean and matrix algebra, set and number theory, relations, graph theory, and an introduction to mathematical reasoning. Prerequisite: MATH 1003 or official placement. Fall.
MATH 1103: Special Topics in Mathematics
A course covering special mathematical content not normally covered in the curriculum. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May, if there is sufficient demand.
MATH 2014: Calculus I
Introductory study of calculus and analytic geometry, including differentiation, application of derivatives, integration, and application of integrals. Prerequisite: MATH 1034 or official placement. Spring.
MATH 2024: Calculus II
Continuation of MATH 2014. Further study of transcendental functions, techniques of integration, sequences and series. Prerequisite: MATH 2014. Fall.
MATH 2033: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
An introduction to the mathematical concepts underlying the traditional computational techniques for elementary school mathematics. The course may not be counted toward a major or minor in mathematics or for certification in secondary mathematics. Open only to Elementary Education majors. Prerequisite: Official placement or a grade of C or better in ASKL 1013. Fall.
MATH 2053: Mathematics for Middle School Teachers I
An introduction to the mathematical concepts underlying the traditional computational techniques for middle school mathematics. The course may not be counted towards a major or minor in mathematics. Prerequisite: MATH 1003. Fall.
MATH 2063: Elementary Statistics
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of modern statistics, emphasizing data analysis and statistical reasoning. Topics include descriptive statistics, experimental design, elementary probability, random sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, and simple linear regression. Statistical software will be used extensively. Prerequisite: MATH 1003 or official placement. Fall, Spring.
MATH 2073: Discrete Mathematics II
Continuation of MATH 1073 and an introduction to the techniques of mathematical proof. Additional topics in number and graph theory, equivalence relations, functions, combinatorics, and algebraic group theory. Prerequisite: MATH 1073. Spring.
MATH 2343: Fundamentals of Mathematical Proof
An introduction to the techniques used in the construction of mathematical proofs. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor Spring.
MATH 3003: Foundations of Geometry
A study of the axiomatic bases of geometries, their relation to "real" space; basic concepts of point, line, plane and space; projective and non-Euclidean geometries. Prerequisite: MATH 2014 or MATH 2343. Spring of odd-numbered years.
MATH 3013: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
A continuation of the study of the rational and real number systems. Basic ideas of geometry, including plane regions and space figures, measurement, relations, functions and graphs, linear equations, probability, and logic. The course may not be counted toward a major or minor in mathematics or for certification in secondary mathematics. Open only to Elementary Education majors. Prerequisite: MATH 2033 or consent of instructor. Spring.
MATH 3034: Calculus III
Continuation of MATH 2024. A study of polar coordinates, vectors, vector-valued functions, functions of multiple variables, including partial differentiation and multiple integrals. Prerequisite: MATH 2024. Spring.
MATH 3043: Differential Equations
Ordinary differential equations such as occur in geometry, physics, and chemistry. Course covers classical solution techniques including power series solutions and also treats the Laplace Transform Method. Prerequisite: MATH 2024.Fall of odd-numbered years.
MATH 3053: Abstract Algebra I
A study of groups: symmetric groups, groups of integers, subgroups, group homomorphisms and isomorphisms, and other group theory topics. Prerequisites: MATH 2343. Fall of odd-numbered years.
MATH 3063: Probability and Statistics
Counting techniques, probability, odds, mathematical expectation, distributions, moments, sampling, mathematical models and testing hypotheses. Prerequisite: MATH 2024. Spring of even-numbered years.
MATH 3083: History of Mathematics
A survey of the development of mathematical theories and techniques from the early Egyptians through the eighteenth century. Emphasis is placed upon appreciation, but assignments include representative exercises. Prerequisite: MATH 2014 or MATH 2343 or consent of instructor. Fall of odd-numbered years.
MATH 3093: Linear Algebra
A study of vectors, matrices, and vector spaces. Topics include solutions of linear systems, linear transformations, determinants, bases, coordinate systems, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, orthogonality, and quadratic forms. Prerequisite: MATH 2024, MATH 2073 or MATH 2343. Fall of even-numbered years.
MATH 3202: Advanced Chemical Calculuations
A study of calculations required to master advanced chemical topics. This course may not be counted towards a major in mathematics. Prerequisite: MATH 2014. Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 3104. Spring.
MATH 3313: Mathematics for Middle School Teachers II
A continuation of MATH 2053. The course may not be counted towards a major or minor in mathematics. Prerequisite: MATH 2053. Spring.
MATH 4013: Methods in Secondary Mathematics
A modular course for secondary mathematics education students including theories, purposes, activities, curricula and new developments in teaching. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Fall of even-numbered years.
MATH 4023: Introduction to Real Analysis
A more theoretical treatment than is provided by the basic calculus courses. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives and the Riemann integral; primarily in one dimension. Prerequisites: MATH 2024 and MATH 2343. Spring of odd-numbered years.
MATH 4033: Further Studies in Real Analysis
Continuation of MATH 4023. Topics include series, functions of several variables and integrals other than Riemann-type. Prerequisite: MATH 4023. On Demand.
MATH 4053: Abstract Algebra II
Continuation of MATH 3053. Study of rings, fields, polynomial rings, extension fields, Galois Theory, and other topics. Prerequisites: MATH 3053. On Demand.
MATH 4113: Methods in Middle School Mathematics
A modular course for middle school mathematics education students including theories, purposes, activities, curricula, and new developments in teaching. The course may not be counted toward a major or minor in mathematics or for certification in secondary mathematics. Open only to Middle School Education majors. Prerequisite: MATH 3313 or consent of instructor. Fall of even-numbered years.
MATH 4341-4342: Classroom Peer Instructor
Student peer instructors will assist the instructor in the instruction of a mathematics course. Peer instructors will engage in individual and small group instruction during course review sessions, will be prepared to answer questions related to weekly course exercises, and may assist in the preparation, administration, and grading of assignments. Peer instructors may be required to design a classroom activity and/or assist in creating questions for assessments. A limit of two hours of peer instructor credit may be applied to the requirements for a major or minor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. On Demand.
MATH 4463: Mathematical Scholarship
Students will engage in independent learning activities. These may include reading technical literature, working in a subject area for which the student has not had formal instruction, or continuing the study of a topic beyond the scope of previous coursework. Students will apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems in other disciplines and reflect upon the connection of mathematics to the liberal arts. Students will regularly present the results of their explorations in both written and oral form. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. Spring.
MATH 4423: Special Topics in Mathematics
A course covering special mathematical content not normally covered in the curriculum. Course may be repeated for credit one time, provided that the repeat is a different topic. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Spring of even-numbered years.
MATH 4801-4893: Special Studies in Mathematics
For students who wish to do independent work on advanced problems. On Demand.
MATH 4883: Mathematics for Secondary Teachers
Further studies of the mathematical concepts underlying the traditional curriculum for secondary school mathematics. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Fall of even-numbered years.