Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Achieve a broader, deeper understanding of mathematics and its application to the world today.

Contact:
Marie Wilde
Mathematics Department Chair
Mathematics Associate Professor
mewilde@cedarcrest.edu
610-437-4471 Ext. 3329

Mathematics Major

Earning your bachelor’s degree in mathematics will reward you with a versatile and empowering degree that will prepare you for graduate studies as well as a wide variety of challenging, satisfying careers, including ones in which women have traditionally been underrepresented. This major is especially well-suited for students also majoring in business, education, finance, law, medicine and the sciences.

View a more comprehensive list of math-related careers.

Learn why studying mathematics can be beneficial to every student.

About Our Program

Our mathematics department is strongly committed to providing you with a solid and broad-based mathematical foundation. You will also be taught the nature and structure of mathematics, its processes and applications. You will also hone your skills in analytical and logical reasoning, using methods based on classical mathematical thought. Then, you will be encouraged to apply those critical thinking skills to problems in various disciplines and situations.

Program Objectives

The mathematics curriculum at Cedar Crest College is designed to help you:

  • Explore the range, beauty and power of mathematical ideas
  • Develop quantitative problem-solving skills which transfer to other academic contexts
  • Gain facility in the language and techniques of mathematics
  • Develop the ability to critically interpret numerical and symbolic information
  • Read, verify and construct mathematical proofs
  • Participate in the mathematical discovery process
  • Construct, analyze, and solve elementary mathematical models in applied mathematics
  • Use appropriate technology applicable to mathematics to enhance learning and enrich the intellectual environment
  • Prepare for mathematical careers in education, government, business, and industry, or advanced academic training in mathematics or related fields

Common Dual-Major Combinations

Many Cedar Crest students have combined a math major with another major in:

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Computer information systems
  • Secondary education (see below)
  • The visual and performing arts, including art and theatre

For Secondary Education Students

Many mathematics majors in our department are pursuing certification in secondary education. There is a nationwide demand for mathematics teachers. Currently, all of the Cedar Crest students who earned their degree in mathematics with a secondary education co-major have been hired by school districts upon graduation.

Course Requirements

 

  • MAT 141 Calculus I 3 credits
  • MAT 142 Calculus II 3 credits
  • MAT 210 Mathematical Statistics and Probability 3 credits
  • MAT 211 Calculus III 3 credits
  • MAT 212 Calculus IV 3 credits
  • MAT 311 Linear Algebra 3 credits
  • MAT 316 Modern Algebra 3 credits

Plus choose 3 courses from the following:

  • MAT 224 Discrete Mathematics 3 credits
  • MAT 313 Differential Equations 3 credits
  • MAT 321 Numerical Analysis 3 credits
  • MAT 324 Modern Geometry 3 credits
  • MAT 335 Introduction to Topology 3 credits
  • MAT 338 Number Theory 3 credits
  • MAT 339 Complex Variables 3 credits
  • MAT 350 Advanced Calculus I 3 credits
  • MAT 351 Advanced Calculus II 3 credits
  • MAT 390 Independent Study in Mathematics 1-3 credits

Plus the following courses:

  • PHY 101/102 Introductory College Physics 4 credits each term
  • CIS 135 Introduction to Computer Programming 3 credits

With Secondary Education Co-Major

 

Students also seeking a co-major in secondary education must consult the education department and plan a program before registering for the sophomore year. Students preparing for a secondary teaching certificate must include the following courses in their program of study:

  • MAT 224 Discrete Mathematics 3 credits
  • MAT 324 Modern Geometry 3 credits

Requirements for the Secondary Education Co-Major

  • EDU 100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondary Education 3 credits
  • EDU 102 Educational Psychology 3 credits
  • EDU 150 Educational Planning 3 credits
  • EDU 151 Field Experience I 1 credit
  • EDU 207 Technology for Educators 3 credits (Biology, Chemistry and General Science majors are exempted)
  • EDU 214 Adolescent Literacy 3 credits
  • EDU 215 Field Experience II: Middle Level and Secondary 1 credit
  • EDU 346 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Science and Mathematics 3 credits
    or
    EDU 347 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Social Studies 3 credits
    or
    EDU 348 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary English 3 credits
    or
    EDU 349 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for K-12 World Language 3 credits
  • EDU 350 Field Experience III: Secondary 1 credit
  • EDU 351 Assessment I 3 credits
  • EDU 352 Assessment II 3 credits
  • EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
  • SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
  • SPE 245 Field Experience IV 1 credit
  • SPE 320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
  • SPE 344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child 3 credits
    or
    SPE 250 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
  • EDU 373 Student Teaching: Secondary Schools 9 credits
  • EDU 374 Professional Education Seminar 3 credits

Other Required Courses:

  • MAT-XXX 3 credits
  • MAT-XXX 3 credits
  • WRI-100 3 credits
  • ENG-XXX [ Any American or British Literature course] 3 credits