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Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The BS in Mathematics - Secondary Education Track provides a sound foundation in mathematics, as well as course work necessary for teaching certification at the secondary level. As a part of UTeach Columbus, this program stresses early field experiences, inquiry based lessons, and highly engaged instruction. Education coursework focuses directly on math and science classroom settings

Career Opportunities

Teaching at the secondary level, trade assistant, quantitative analys

Admission Requirements

During the sophomore year, students intending to complete a teacher education program make formal application to the teacher education program. Normally, this occurs after the student has completed three semesters of full-time course work. Application is made to the COEHP Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences.  For a list of current admission requirements, go to https://safe.columbusstate.edu/teacher_ed.php

Learning Outcomes

Graduates from all of the math programs will have:

  • an understanding of calculus and an ability to use calculus in applications
  • knowledge of algebraic structures
  • knowledge of the real numbers, functions, the topological properties of R, differentiation, and integration
  • knowledge of and the ability to apply probability density functions
  • knowledge of appropriate mathematical models
  • the ability to think critically
  • the ability to understand mathematical arguments and to construct mathematical proofs
  • the ability to use computational devices and software in problem solving situations
  • communication skills to acquire, develop, and convey mathematical knowledge

In addition, graduates of the UTeach Columbus program will:

  1. demonstrate proficiency in planning instruction based on standards and knowledge of students
  2. demonstrate proficiency in using a wide range of instructional strategies and differentiating instruction to help all students learn
  3. demonstrate proficiencies related to assessing learning and teaching and using assessment data to adapt instruction for improved student learning
  4. display values, commitments, dispositions, and habits associated with effective and professional teaching

Additional Program Requirements

Students must complete all courses related to major with a C or better unless otherwise approved. 

Students must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education. For a list of current requirements, go to https://safe.columbusstate.edu/teacher_ed.php.

Students must meet all requirements for admission to Student Teaching. For a list of current requirements, go to https://safe.columbusstate.edu/stu_teach.php.

To be recommended for teacher certification, students must pass the GACE Mathematics Test I and Test II (for additional information on the GACE, go to https://gace.ets.org/).

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:
MATH 1113
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
OR
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125**
PHIL 2010
Select one of the following fine arts courses:
ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.
**ITDS 2125 is required in Area C or in Area G.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
Select two lab science courses from below:

ASTR 1105/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K
BIOL 1225K
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
GEOL 1121
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses:
MATH 1131
MATH 1132

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18

CPSC 1301 Computer Science
MATH 1131 Calculus/Analytical Geometry 1
(one semester hour from Area A or D)
MATH 1132 Calculus/Analytical Geometry 2
(four semester hours or one semester hour from Area D)
MATH 2115 Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 2135 Calculus/Analytical Geometry 3
STAT 1127 Introductory Statistics
Guided elective1 (0 or 3 hours)

1 Guided elective will be selected from among freshman and sophomore level courses in science, business, and education based upon student interests and career goals and requiring the approval of a faculty advisor and the Mathematics Department Chair.

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 57-61

CPSC 1301L Computer Science 1 Lab
MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus (one hr, if taken for Area A math)
MATH 3154 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs I
MATH 3155 Introduction to Mathematical Proofs II
MATH 3175 Introduction to Probability
MATH 4795 Senior Seminar in Mathematics
MATH 5111 Introduction to Abstract Algebra 1
MATH 5135 College Geometry
MATH 5151 Introduction to Real Analysis 1
MATH 5175 Mathematical Statistics
MATH 5185 History of Mathematics

UTeach Columbus Teaching Option
(Only two attempts allowed for each of the following courses)

ITDS 2125 Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science & Math – if not taken in Area C
SPED 4115 Teaching Math & Science to Exceptional Learners
UTCH 1201 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
UTCH 1202 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
UTCH 2105 Knowing and Learning
UTCH 2215 Research Methods
UTCH 3115 Functions and Modeling
UTCH 3205 Classroom Interactions
UTCH 4205 Project-Based Instruction
UTCH 4485 Student Teaching
UTCH 4795 Student Teaching Seminar

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 0-3
Select any MATH or STAT courses at the 3000 level or higher.

Total Hours Required: 123-124

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