Graceland student studying mathematics

Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Mathematics

A degree in mathematics from Graceland puts students in possession of extremely high-demand skills in this data-driven world. 

Those studying for a mathematics degree gain access to a first-class education that takes advantage of Graceland’s small class sizes and real-world application. Mathematics students can pursue a multitude of careers in a supportive environment that develops their skills in logic and problem-solving. Graceland’s mathematics students find success in a variety of fields and can enter into graduate study or their career with confidence that their education has prepared them for whatever is next.

“Graceland is a great place to be a math major. When I graduated I felt prepared and confident to start graduate school. The professors are incredibly accessible and supportive; they truly want you to succeed.”
– Erin Dolecheck ’19

Graceland students studying

Why Graceland?

  • The mathematics faculty are experts in their field. All have earned their PhD.
  • Secondary education endorsement is available for those interested in teaching math.
  • Graceland students are well-prepared and successful in graduate programs

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Potential Careers

BA Degree — Mathematics Major

Majors in Mathematics must complete the essential education requirements and the following courses:

Completion of the Mathematics Assessment Exam.  A student completing a double major in Computer Science/Information Technology and Mathematics will be granted a Bachelor of Science degree.

 

Mathematics Minor

A minor in Mathematics requires 18 semester hours of Mathematics, to include MATH1510 and 6 s.h. of Mathematics electives numbered 2000 or higher. May not include DEVL1200, MATH1200, or MATH1280.

Teacher Certification in Mathematics

  1. FOR MATHEMATICS MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY ENDORSEMENT (5-12):
    Students majoring in Mathematics who desire Iowa Teacher Certification with a Mathematics secondary endorsement must complete the Mathematics major requirements above, the Secondary Education Program (with MATH3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course), and the following course:
    MATH3320 Modern Geometry 3 s.h.

  2. FOR NON-MATHEMATICS MAJORS WHO WANT A SECONDARY MATHEMATICS ENDORSEMENT (5-12):
    Non-Mathematics Majors desiring a secondary Mathematics endorsement (5-12) in Iowa must complete the Secondary Education Program (with MATH3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics as the appropriate methods course), a major in a secondary teaching field, and the following courses:
    CSIT1100 Principles of Computing 3 s.h.
    MATH1510 Calculus I 4 s.h.
    MATH1520 Calculus II 4 s.h.
    MATH2350 Discrete Mathematics 3 s.h.
    MATH3320 Modern Geometry 3 s.h.
    MATH3330 Modern Algebra 3 s.h.
    MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
    MATH elective at the 3000 or 4000 level 3 s.h.

 

Courses in Mathematics

CSIT1100 Principles of Computing 3 s.h.
An introduction to the fundamentals of computer programming through extensive practice developing software in the Python language. Fundamental terminology and topics such as integrated development environments, variables, data types, control structures, functions, and objects will be covered. ELO4 Global Learning - Innovation

MATH1250 Informal Geometry 3 s.h.
Major ideas from the various fields of geometry. Topics include analytical, transformational, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, constructions, tiling the plane, and topology. Goal 3A

MATH1280 College Algebra 3 s.h.
Solutions of polynomial, rational and radical equations, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, series, functions, exponentials. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra or DEVL1200. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I 3 s.h.
A systematic development of whole number systems, geometry, set theory, measurement, and algebra. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1320 Mathematical Concepts II 3 s.h.
Symbolic logic, counting techniques, and statistics. Prerequisite: MATH1310. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1330 Elementary Functions 3 s.h.
Functions and relations, special functions and their graphs including logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses. Prerequisite: 2 years of high school algebra or MATH1280. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1510 Calculus I 4 s.h.
Limits, continuity, differentiation, and applications including exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse functions. Mean value theorem, curve sketching, Riemann sums, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1520 Calculus II 4 s.h.
Integration techniques and applications, polar coordinates, improper integrals, sequences and series of real numbers, and power series. Prerequisite: MATH1510. Goal 3A

MATH1900 Elementary Topics in Mathematics 1-3 s.h.
A study of selected elementary topics in mathematics that are not offered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated for credit when topics are different. Goal 3A

MATH2000 Individual Study Goal 3A 1-3 s.h.

MATH2350 Discrete Mathematics 3 s.h.
A survey of topics in discrete mathematics focusing on introductory logic, methods of mathematical proof, set theory, determinants and matrices, combinatorics, and graph theory. Prerequisite: Instructor approval for non-CSIT/MATH majors, 2 years high school algebra or MATH1280. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH2510 Calculus III 4 s.h.
Conic sections, vectors in space, functions of several variables, partial differentiation, multiple integration, line integrals, and Green’s Theorem. Prerequisite: MATH1520. Goal 3A

MATH2520 Calculus IV 3 s.h.
Vectors in space, functions of several variables, partial differentiation, multiple integration, line integrals, and Green’s Theorem. Prerequisite: MATH2510. Goal 3A

MATH3000 Individual Study Goal 3A 1-3 s.h.

+ MATH3200 Probability and Stochastic Processes 3 s.h.
Introduction to probability, classical probability models and processes, random variables, conditional probability, Markov Chains, and application. Prerequisite: MATH1520 and MATH2350. Goal 3A

+MATH3300 Differential Equations 3 s.h.
Methods of solving first order differential equations and linear second order differential equations, power series solutions, Laplace transforms, Fourier series, and boundary value problems. Prerequisite: MATH2520. Goal 3A

+MATH3320 Modern Geometry 3 s.h.
Foundations of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries. Prerequisite: MATH1510 and MATH2350 or consent of instructor. Goal 3A

+ MATH3330 Modern Algebra 3 s.h.
Axiomatic algebra, groups, rings, fields. Prerequisite: MATH1510 and MATH2350. Goal 3A

+MATH3340 Linear Algebra 3 s.h.
Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations. Prerequisite: MATH1510 and MATH2350. Goal 3A

MATH3360 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (Also SCIE3360) 3 s.h.
A study of the objectives, methods, techniques, materials, and activities related to teaching science and mathematics in the secondary schools. Prerequisite: 20 hours in science or mathematics. Prerequisites:  admittance into Teacher Education, unless part of an approved Liberal Studies Program.

+ MATH3370 History of Mathematics 3 s.h.
Origins, philosophy and development of the mathematical sciences. Prerequisite: MATH1510. Goal 4

+ MATH3460 Real Analysis 3 s.h.
A theoretical study of functions of a real variable with emphasis on definitions and proofs. Prerequisite: MATH1520 and MATH2350. Goal 3A

MATH3900 Advanced Topics in Mathematics 1-3 s.h.
A study of selected advanced topics in mathematics which is not offered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated for credit when topics are different. Goal 3A

MATH4000 Individual Study Goal 3A 1-3 s.h.

+ MATH4360 Numerical Analysis (Also CSIT4360) 3 s.h.
Analysis of numerical methods for computers covering iterative methods for finding roots of equations, numerical integration, interpolation and differentiation, and solution of ordinary differential equations. Error analysis and convergence of algorithms. Prerequisite: MATH2510 and a computer programming course. Goal 3A

+ MATH4370 Mathematical Modeling (Also CSIT4370) 3 s.h.
Selected topics to demonstrate the interaction of mathematical thinking with real-world problems. Prerequisites: MATH1520 and MATH2350. Goal 3A

MATH4900 Advanced Topics in Mathematics 1-3 s.h.
A study of selected advanced topics in mathematics which is not offered in the regular curriculum. May be repeated for credit when topics are different. Goal 3A

+ Denotes an alternate year course.

2021-22 DIRECT COSTS - Lamoni Campus

Expense Annual Cost Semester Cost
Tuition $31,250 $15,625
Room    3,770    1,885
Board    6,040    3,020
Activity Fee      370      185

University Technology Fee

     300


     150


Total Direct Costs $41,730 $20,865

Room cost is based on a two-person room.

For more information regarding additional fees, please see Lamoni Campus Tuition and Fees.

FINANCIAL AID

Graceland University works closely with you and your family to develop a plan that you're comfortable with. We develop customized financial plans for hundreds of students every year. For example,

  • Over 98 percent of Graceland students receive financial assistance, including International students.
  • Graceland awards are available for exceptional achievement in everything from academics to athletics and visual or performing arts.
  • We offer federal and state grants, loans and work-study for those who are eligible.
  • Our extensive financial aid packages will give you an excellent education at a practical price.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
To be considered for acceptance at Graceland University's Lamoni campus, you must qualify with two of the following three criteria:

ACT/SAT Requirement:

Effective November 14, 2020, ACT & SAT test scores are permanently optional for undergraduate Admissions. Please contact your Admissions Counselor with any questions.

50%

Rank in upper 50 percent of your high school class.

2.50+

Have a 2.50 grade point average or above based on a 4.00 system.

21 - 1060

Have either a minimum composite ACT score of 21 or a minimum combined SAT I score of 1060.

For athletic eligibility, the test results must come from official test centers on the national testing dates.

A placement test will be required to determine proper placement in English and math if ACT or SAT scores are not submitted.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be considered individually. If accepted, they may be required to take developmental courses.