Mathematical Science

Mathematical Science

(minor required) B.S. Degree

The goal of the mathematical sciences major is to provide the student with a broad background in mathematics, computer science, and statistics. This major offers excellent preparation for our highly technical and quantitative society. Secondary education endorsement in mathematics is an option with this major.

 The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   EDU 402, 403 Student Teaching, Synthesis
   PHY 203 & 204 Fundamentals Or alternatives approved by program coordinator

Required Liberal Arts Core Courses

   MTH 211 Calculus
   PHY 203 & 204 Fundamentals of Physics

Degree Specific Requirements

  • CSC 320 Programming Using C++
  • Choose one of the following:
    • CSC 312 Computer Organization
    • CHM 341 Physical Chemistry
    • MTH 390, 490 Selected Topics in Mathematics (in addition to the required MTH 390/490)
    • PHY 390, 490 Special Topics

Required Courses (34-45  hours)

   MTH 206 or 208 Statistics
   MTH 221 Calculus II
   MTH 301 Multivariable Calculus
   MTH 302 Linear Algebra
   MTH 303 Differential Equations
   MTH 306 Statistics 3
   MTH 311 Discrete Mathematics 3
   MTH 390/490 Selected Topics or MTH 312 Discrete 1-3 
   MTH 410 Introduction to Numerical Methods 3
   MTH 420 Foundations of Geometry 3
   MTH 497 Foundations of Mathematics 2
   MTH 498 Senior Seminar OR EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. 3-12

 Total Hours Required in Major (minor required)


Secondary Education Endorsement
Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in Mathematics (grades 6-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in Secondary Education. This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Field Experience and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor.

In addition, the Teacher Education Program supports an Add-On Endorsement for teaching mathematics up to Algebra I.. 

Algebra I add-on endorsement (Teacher Education Licensure)
Students who are seeking an add-on endorsement in Mathematics (Algebra I), must complete the courses listed below. Add-on endorsements must be combined with an initial licensure program in another content area.

Courses required for an add-on endorsement:  

   Math 111 and 112* 6
   Math 206 or 208 3
   Math 211 4
   Math 302 3
   Math 311 3
   Math 420 3
   CSC 320 or 225 3/4
Total Hours Required    25/26

*Students who come to Ferrum with a strong background in Algebra and Trigonometry may choose to take Math 211 and Math 221 without taking Math 111 and Math 112. Students who complete this add on endorsement must have at least 24 credit hours of related course work. To receive a minor in Mathematics students must have 18 credit hours of Mathematics at the 200 level or above.