Mathematical Sciences Department

Merilyn Ryan, SSJ, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Coordinator 
Valentina Joukhovitski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics 
Judith Sullivan, M.Ed., Associate Professor of Mathematics

Chestnut Hill College offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematical and Computer Sciences. A minor in Mathematics is also available. Interested students should contact Merilyn Ryan, SSJ, Room 174, St. Joseph Hall. Telephone: 215/753-3620. Email: ryanm@chc.edu.

A minimum Career GPA of 2.00 and a minimum Major GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation. Courses Required in the Major comprise the Major GPA. Unless indicated, students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses both Required in the Major and Also Required in order to successfully complete the requirements for the Majors. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the minor.

Departmental Mission The Mathematical Sciences curriculum focuses on the analytical skills required for an understanding and efficient use of mathematics. The study of Mathematics develops the ability to reason logically, to analyze and solve problems, to think abstractly and to express thoughts clearly and precisely, valuable skills for meeting the demands of today’s world. Through their coursework, students acquire an appreciation for the power and beauty of mathematics that are revealed in its structure and methods.

Both programs provide students with a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied mathematics, while providing enough flexibility for the student to decide on the amount of emphasis to be given to computer science. By selecting appropriate electives, students in both majors may prepare for graduate study in mathematics and related disciplines, as well as for positions in business, industry, and education. (See Education for Secondary Education requirements.)

Honors and Honor Societies Sigma Zeta is a national science and mathematics honor society founded in 1925. The society is dedicated to encouraging and fostering the attainment of knowledge in Mathematics, Computer Science, and the Natural Sciences. Membership in the society recognizes and honors scholarly achievement in the major field. Criteria for eligibility for membership include a minimum of 15 credits the major field, a grade point average of 3.00 in the major field, and a 3.00 grade point average overall. Students majoring in Mathematics or in Mathematics and Computer Sciences may be invited by the department to join Sigma Zeta.

Outstanding students who major in Mathematics or Mathematical and Computer Sciences may be invited to participate in the Departmental Honors program. Sophomores of high scholastic standing (a Career GPA of 3.50 or higher) may be invited by their major department to stand for Honors in their Junior and Senior years. The Departmental Honors program provides an opportunity for independent study and research culminating in an Honors thesis submitted in the spring of Senior year. All students who have successfully completed the Honors Program will be recognized with Honors in their major field at the annual Honors Convocation and on their academic transcripts. In addition, the title of the completed Honors Thesis will appear on the academic transcript.

Advanced Placement Advanced placement scores may enable an incoming student to receive credits in Mathematics. Students who earn a score of 3 in Calculus AB will receive 3 credits for MATH-203: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I. Students who earn a score of 4 or 5 in Calculus AB or a score of 3 in Calculus BC will receive 3 credits for MATH-204: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II. Students who earn a score of 4 or 5 in Calculus BC will receive 3 credits for MATH-212: Calculus and Modern Analysis II. Students who earn a 3 in Statistics will receive 3 credits for MATH-227: Introduction to Statistics. Students who earn a score of 4 or 5 in Statistics will receive 3 credits for MATH-262: Probability and Statistics.

Math Proficiency Every student at Chestnut Hill College must demonstrate the attainment of reasonable proficiency in Mathematics. Incoming students take a proficiency exam, and the results help determine whether the student has attained the required level or will enter a developmental program. Fulfillment of the Mathematics proficiency requirement is necessary for graduation.

The Mathematical Sciences Department offers courses designed to equip students in other majors with the mathematical knowledge necessary for their chosen fields of study; courses for liberal arts students who wish to develop their understanding and appreciation of Mathematics; and a developmental program for students who have not attained mathematical proficiency.

Depending upon Mathematics Proficiency test results, entering students may be required to take MATH-100: Developmental Mathematics: Basic Skills and Principles, which is not applicable towards graduation; MATH-121:Precalculus; or will be placed in a Mathematics course suited to the chosen major.

Teacher Certification Program/Secondary Education Minor Teacher Certification in Mathematics (Grades 7 -12) is available to Mathematics, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences majors. The undergraduate program in Secondary Education integrates educational theory and practice with field experiences that include practicum and student teaching, and includes opportunities to develop teaching competence through innovative and effective approaches to the educational process with focus on students at the secondary level of education. See the Education Department section of the catalog for additional information.

Students in the minor are expected to complete all courses for Secondary Certification including student teaching. Students may complete student teaching after graduation but the minor will not be included on the transcript unless student teaching is successfully completed. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.70) or better in courses required to successfully complete the requirements for the minor.

Following formal acceptance into the minor, students need to complete the following 12 courses (39 credits) in addition to all major requirements:

  • EDSC-201: Adolescent Psychology and Development
  • EDSC-202: Educational Psychology (WOK: Behavioral)
  • EDSC-203: The Foundations of High School
  • EDSC-315: General Methods & Assessment
  • EDSC-316: Content Reading for Diverse Learners
  • EDSC-420: Student Teaching in Secondary School (6 credits)
  • EDSC-421: Student Teaching Seminar/Secondary School
  • EDSP-340: Introduction to Special Education 
  • EDSP-345: Assessments and Adaptations
  • EDSP-355: Instruction in Inclusive Environment
  • EDSP-390: ESL Foundations and Methods
  • MATH-317: Special Methods in Mathematics

 

Course Options Courses open to students of any major to fulfill a Problem Solving Ways of Knowing, to meet a requirement in another major, or to pursue an interest in Mathematics without declaring a minor include the following, which may not be offered every semester. See the Course Descriptions for information and any Pre-Requisites:

  • MATH-115: Understanding Our Quantitative World (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-121: Precalculus I (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-122: Precalculus II (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-123: Precalculus -A Condensed Approach (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-201: Mathematics for Management and the Social Sciences I (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-202: Mathematics for Management and the Social Sciences II (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-203: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-204: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-211: Calculus and Modern Analysis I (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-212: Calculus and Modern Analysis II (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-215: Mathematics for Liberal Arts (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-227: Introduction to Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-231: Basic Mathematical Theory and Applications I (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-232: Basic Mathematical Theory and Applications II (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-233: Basic Mathematical Theory and Applications III (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-251: Calculus and Linear Algebra (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-252: Calculus and Modern Analysis III (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-261: Discrete Methods in Mathematics (WOK: Problem Solving)
  • MATH-262: Probability and Statistics (WOK: Problem Solving)