Mathematics Department

Program Description

Mathematics is the study of quantitative relationships. Major branches include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and statistics. Math majors develop the ability to explore, conjecture, and reason as well as use math to solve complex problems. Cottey alumnae have been successful in diverse areas including actuarial science, chemical engineering, dentistry, mathematics, meteorology, operations research, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and science/math teaching.

Cottey’s mathematics program provides math courses which meet the needs of students with many levels of ability and a variety of interests.

Students wishing to pursue majors in mathematics or in fields which require a foundation in mathematics (chemistry, engineering, economics, computer science, etc.) may select courses which prepare them for more advanced work in such majors. Courses transfer easily to four-year schools and Cottey alumnae have been successful in diverse areas including actuarial science, chemical engineering, dentistry, mathematics, meteorology, operations research, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and science/math teaching.

The study of mathematics contributes to the College’s goals that students develop their capacity to use quantitative reasoning and analysis, and to process and use information and ideas logically, critically, and perceptively. The completion of at least one mathematics course is required to earn an associate’s degree, and students may elect additional courses to enrich their general education. Courses available to meet the core requirement range in difficulty from College Algebra through the calculus sequence. An elementary statistics course will introduce students to collecting, analyzing and interpreting data-valuable knowledge in today’s society.
Students needing additional assistance in math will find courses that allow development of the skills necessary for success in the future.

Instruction in Cottey’s mathematics courses is provided by experienced faculty members for whom teaching is a full-time responsibility. Class sizes of 12-22 in lower-level courses allow them to become familiar with individual students’ strengths and weaknesses. Students and faculty may develop close working relationships in second-year courses, where classes are even smaller. Outside of class, the instructors are regularly available to work with students individually to help them learn course material.

Career Opportunities

The study of mathematics is excellent preparation for a host of employment opportunities in areas of business, finance, insurance, communications, electronics, science, computers, medicine, and law.

The majority of math majors work in the private, for-profit sector of the economy, and many find themselves in the corporate or business world. The other major career area for math majors is in education.

Of those students who graduate with a major in Mathematics, almost half of them will earn a postgraduate degree in general mathematics, computer science, or education. Of those earning a professional degree, they are typically concentrated in medicine or law.

Employment opportunities are very strong for math majors and they are often given preferential treatment in employment and graduate school admission over other majors.

Internship and Directed Study Opportunities

As a mathematics major, your chances to gain real world learning experiences through internships and directed studies are very important.

Students at Cottey College participate in internships throughout the year with a variety of businesses, organizations, and non-profit agencies. A successful internship provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the workplace.

Employers and graduate schools agree that students who have put classroom concepts and skills to work in a “real world” environment are more realistic and productive than those who have not.

With the assistance of faculty and the transfer and career planning coordinator, mathematics majors can find a variety of local and national internship experiences.

Opportunities exist locally to intern with the Nevada Veterinary Clinic, County Health Dept. as well as various health care facilities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Directed study opportunities are available in all disciplines. Under the supervision of faculty, students can pursue academic credit on a topic or project that is related to, but beyond the scope of, regular course offerings.

Directed study topics can be tailored to your interests, whether it is conducting individual scientific research, studying girls’ punk music, or conducting advanced computer programming.

Get Involved

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and your resume at the same time? Then get involved at Cottey College and in the Nevada community.

Cottey College has more than 35 student clubs and organizations in which to be involved. Plus, the Nevada and surrounding community offer an abundance of service opportunities.

Here are a few activities on campus you might consider pursuing as a mathematics major: Cottey Computer Club (CCC), Cottey Big Sisters which provides volunteer experiences working with area youth, AIDS Activists Coming Together (AACT) to educate themselves and others about AIDS/HIV awareness and prevention.

Activities off campus include: volunteering at the YMCA, Nevada Veterinary Clinic, or with the Chamber of Commerce.

Faculty Advising

Preparing a class schedule, investigating majors, and researching transfer institutions can be confusing for a first year student. At Cottey College, academic advising assists the individual student in clarifying and achieving her educational goals.

Each student is assigned a full-time faculty member as an academic advisor. Together the advisor and student devise a balanced academic program, which encompasses the student’s educational and career ambitions. The advisor reviews all registration decisions, the advisee’s academic progress, and suggests transfer and career options.

This personalized approach to student advising allows the student to take responsibility for her own academic program, while tapping into faculty expertise.

Course Descriptions

MAT 101
Intermediate Algebra

Real numbers and algebraic expressions, linear equations and inequalities, graphs and functions, systems of equations, polynomials, rational functions, radicals, quadratic equations. 2 credits

MAT 104
Prerequisite: MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra

Right triangles, trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities and equations, triangles and vectors. 2 credits

MAT 105
Finite Mathematics
Prerequisite: MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra

Logic, set theory, counting techniques, interest and annuities, introduction to probability, and statistics. 2 credits

MAT 110
College Algebra
Prerequisite: MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra

Equations and inequalities, problem solving, coordinate geometry, graphing techniques, functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions. 3 credits

MAT 112
Elementary Statistics
Prerequisite: MAT 110 College Algebra

Descriptive statistics, sampling, basic probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, tests of significance, and introduction to regression and correlation. 3 credits

MAT 120
Pre Calculus 1
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra OR MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra

Two years of high school algebra OR MAT 101
Intermediate Algebra

Preparation for study of calculus, including linear functions, polynomials, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and introductory trigonometry. Not open to students with credit in MAT 110 or MAT 104. 4 credits

MAT 201
Calculus 1
Prerequisite: MAT 110 College Algebra

Inequalities, functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, applications of derivative, integration, and applications of definite integral. 4 credits

MAT 202
Calculus 2
Prerequisite: MAT 201 Calculus 1

Calculus of trigonometric functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms and improper integrals, infinite series, conic sections and polar coordinates. 4 credits

MAT 203
Calculus 3
Prerequisite: MAT 202 Calculus 2

Three-dimensional vector calculus, partial differentiation, multiple integration, applications, line integral and Green’s Theorem. 4 credits

MAT 204
Differential Equations
Prerequisite: MAT 203 Calculus 3

Ordinary differential equations including first order equations, higher order linear equations, applications, series solutions and Laplace transforms. 3 credits

For more information on Cottey’s academic program, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management by email or by calling 1-888-5-COTTEY (1-888-526-8839).

Jorge Dioses
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
126 Alumnae
ext. 2209

Wei Cui
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
127 Grantham
ext. 2281

Lex Blue
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
145 Alumnae

Terry Hancock
Adjunct Instructor of Mathematics
145 Alumnae

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