Hardin-Simmons University 2013-2014
DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS
Head of Department
Andrew J. Potter
HSU Box 16060
Kenneth Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Patrick Miller, D.Sc., Professor
Jonathan Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Andrew Jay Potter, Ph.D., Professor
The department offers programs leading to
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Behavioral Science, and
Bachelor of Science degrees.
Students are encouraged to learn by doing mathematics.
Appropriate attention is given to theory and experience is
provided in a variety of interesting applications. Computers
and the science of computing play important roles in the
programs in the department. Mathematics preparation is
provided to help the student take advantage of career
opportunities in business, government, and education.
Prerequisites for upper-level study in mathematics at the
graduate level are also included in the department’s
A student who graduates with a major in mathematics will (1)
have the knowledge and skill to set up and solve problems;
(2) be able to use computers in support of mathematics
problem-solving; (3) be able to communicate clearly, both
orally and in writing, mathematical ideas and results; and (4)
have an appreciation for the place of mathematics in culture.
Students who plan to become professional mathematicians or
who plan to use mathematics in a career other than teaching
should choose a program in either the Bachelor of Arts or
Bachelor of Science degree. If the student has a special
interest in computer science or one of the natural sciences,
the Bachelor of Science degree program should be selected.
Students who plan to become secondary or middle school
mathematics teachers should choose the program in the
Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree.
Technological Competency is satisfied by CSCI 1320, which
is required for every mathematics major.
1. Students who major or minor in mathematics should
begin with MATH 1420, Calculus I, unless deficient in
2. Qualified students are encouraged to earn credit by
examination. See “Credit by Examination” on page 23.
3. Courses designed to fulfill degree requirements should
be carefully selected in consultation with the department
and the student’s advisor.
4. MATH 0300, Introductory Algebra, is the course a
student should take in preparation for MATH 1310,
College Algebra, if the ACT math score is below 18 (SAT
math score below 460).
5. Students are encouraged to use calculators, graphing
calculators, and computers.
Teacher Preparation Program -
Students seeking teacher
certification in Mathematics should refer to the Irvin School of
Education section of this catalog for Texas certification
requirements. All students seeking certification must have the
written consent of the head of the department of Mathematics
to be eligible to receive a bar code from the Dean of the Irvin
School of Education to take the TExES.
Courses in Mathematics (MATH)
0300 Introductory Algebra
1301 Aspects of Modern Mathematics
1310 College Algebra
1312 Precalculus for Science Majors
1315 Discrete Mathematical Structures
1420 Calculus I
1421 Calculus II
2305 Mathematics Education I
2306 Mathematics Education II
2320 Calculus III
2321 Differential Equations
3302 Topics for the Mathematics Teacher
3305 Linear Algebra
3310 Computer Applications in Mathematics
3312 Statistical Methods
3315 Mathematical Structures
3320 Abstract Algebra
3350 Special Topics in Mathematics
4301 College Geometry
4310 Numerical Analysis
4320 Introduction to Analysis
4340 Senior Project
4350 Seminar in Mathematics
Pre-Graduate Software Engineering and Computer
Students desiring to enroll in graduate programs in
software engineering or computer science are strongly
encouraged to major in computer science and minor in
mathematics; major in mathematics and minor in computer
science; or double major in mathematics and computer
science. Alternatively, students may major in any science and
take the following courses: MATH 1420, 1421, 2320, 3305,
3310, 3315; CSCI 1320, 2320, 3320, 3323.