Mathematical Perspectives (Mth 290) requires student to respond to a series of articles, analyze the information presented, and draw conclusions.
Number Structures (Mth 311) has a strong emphasis on mathematical exposition and proof. Here students are required to do a significant amount of mathematical writing and expected to evaluate, organize, interpret, and synthesize information.
Senior Colloquium (Mth 490), our capstone course, involves the students in researching and presenting a mathematical topic or theme. This is the course where all the components described in the Curriculum Committee outline come together in a single extended project: information retrieval, evaluation, and organization; analysis and interpretation of information; synthesis and summary.
The vast majority of the Mathematics faculty have taken the Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar and are committed to using writing as a learning tool. As a result, written projects are frequently required for lower division courses and more extensive writing projects are often required in upper division courses  sometimes taking the form of a traditional term paper.
Because of the writing emphasis throughout the major, the department believes the students have an excellent foundation in mathematical writing style, and are regularly expected to analyze, interpret, organize, and synthesize information. The only weakness we see is in the library research component prior to the capstone experience. We would like to leave open the option of adding a new course (probably a corequisite to one of our existing required courses in the major) or increasing the credits of a required course in the major to better incorporate this feature.
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Mth 243  Elementary Statistics (all terms)
Mth 251, 252, and 253  Single Variable Calculus (all terms)
Mth 261  Linear Algebra (spring term)
Mth 281  Multivariable Calculus (fall term)
Mth 290  Mathematical Perspectives (fall term)
Mth 311/411  Foundations Sequence  Number Structures and Axiomatic Geometry (fall terms)
Mth 321/421  Applied Sequence (321 winter; 421 spring)
Mth 331/431  Analysis Sequence (331 fall; 431 winter)
Mth 341/441  Abstract Algebra Sequence (341 winter; 441 spring)
Mth 361/461  Probability and Statistics Sequence (361 winter; 461 spring)
Mth 481  Mathematics Education Topics (all terms)
Mth 490  Capstone (spring term)
]]>NOTE: Students who have completed one or more of Mth 251, 252, 253, 261, or 281 with a C or better, may substitute them in place of at most two of the Mth 211, 212, and 213 requirements. In addition, students selecting this option must apply for and complete a 4 credit Mth 409 Practicum assisting an instructor in one of Mth 211, 212, or 213, which will then be substituted for that course. See the Math Department Chair if you are interested in this option.
Prospective Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teachers: Students who complete the Mathematics Education Minor also meet the course prerequisites for the Basic Mathematics Endorsement in the MAT program if they include the following topics: Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures and Experimental Probability and Statistics. (To satisfy prerequisites, all course grades should be C or better.)
DoubleMinors: If you want to pursue both minors, two of the Mth 481 topics you take for the Mathematics Education Minor may also be counted toward the upper division requirements in the Mathematics Minor.
]]>]]>Students who complete the Mathematics Major and choose the two Mth 481 topics for their fifth sequence also meet the course prerequisites for the Advanced Mathematics Endorsement.
Fall  Winter  Spring  Summer 
251 (3 sections) 
251 (2 sections) 
251 (12 sections) 
251 252 481 (Arith/Alg) 481 (Prob/Stat) 
Fall  Winter  Spring  Summer 
251 (3 sections) 
251 (2 sections) 252 (2 sections) 253 271 321 341 361 431 (Metric Spaces) 421 (Num Lin Alg) 461 (Financial) 481 (Prob Solv) 490 (part 1) 
251 (12 sections) 
251 252 481 (Curriculum) 481 (Measurement) 
Fall  Winter  Spring  Summer 
251 (3 sections) 
251 (2 sections) 252 (2 sections) 253 271 321 341 361 431 (TBD) 421 (Signals?) 461 (Actuarial) 481 (Arith/Alg) 490 (part 1) 
251 (12 sections) 
251 252 481 (Geometry) 481 (Prob Solv) 
Fall  Winter  Spring  Summer 
251 (3 sections) 
251 (2 sections) 252 (2 sections) 253 271 321 341 361 421 (Num Lin Alg) 431 (Metric Spaces) 461 (Financial) 481 (Curriculum) 490 (part 1) 
251 (12 sections) 
251 252 253? 481 (Arith/Alg) 481 (History) 
180 credits total (includes 60 credits at 300/400level)
Things to keep in Mind:
Fall  Winter  Spring  

Year 2

Multivariable Calculus

Abstract Algebra Sequence


Mathematical Perspectives

Probability and Statistics Sequence
OR Applied Area Sequence 

Number Structures

Fall  Winter  Spring  

Year 3

Analysis Sequence

Capstone


Axiomatic Geometry

Probability and Statistics Sequence
OR Applied Area Sequence 
*These courses are offered every term and may be taken any term during year 1.
Students should never plan more than two 4credit mathematics courses in any one quarter, unless specifically directed to do so by their mathematics advisor.
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Consult an advisor to select upper division mathematics courses that are most applicable to your major and/or career goals. Some courses may require you to complete Mth 253 or 281.
(All courses must be taken for a grade, and no more than 1 of these upper division requirements may be met with a grade below C.)
For those planning to specialize in subject areas other than mathematics
Authorization/ Endorsement Level  Mathematics Requirements These SOU courses or approved equivalents  

Early Childhood/Elementary Dual Authorization  Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I, II, and III (Mth 211, 212, and 213) 
For Elementary School Mathematics Specialists, Middle School Mathematics Teachers, or
High School Mathematics Teachers
Authorization/ Endorsement Level  Mathematics Requirements These SOU courses or approved equivalents  

Elementary/Middle School Dual Authorization with Basic Mathematics Endorsement  Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I, II, and III (Mth 211, 212, and 213) Plus five topics in Middle and High School Mathematics (Mth 481)  
Middle School/High School Dual Authorization with Advanced Mathematics Endorsement  Introduction to Real Analysis (Mth 331) Introduction to Algebraic Systems (Mth 341) Differential Equations or Probability (Mth 321 or Mth 361) Geometry (Mth 411) Any two Mth 481 topics Advanced Topic in Analysis or Abstract Algebra (Mth 431 or Mth 441) 
Fall  Winter  Spring  Summer  
20112012  Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures 
Probability and Statistics 
Geometry  Problem Solving  Calculus 
20122013  Curriculum  Measurement  History of Mathematics 
Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures 
Probability and Statistics 
20132014  Geometry  Problem Solving  Calculus  Curriculum  Measurement 
20142015  History of Mathematics 
Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures 
Probability and Statistics 
Geometry  Problem Solving 
20152016  Calculus  Curriculum  Measurement  History of Mathematics 
Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures 
20162017  Probability and Statistics 
Geometry  Problem Solving  Calculus  Curriculum 
20172018  Measurement  History of Mathematics 
Arithmetic and Algebraic Structures 
Probability and Statistics 
Geometry 
20182019  Problem Solving  Calculus  Curriculum  Measurement  History of Mathematics 
The Mathematics Department at Southern Oregon University offers the following honors program in mathematics. This program is designed to give the students a strong background in undergraduate mathematics along with the opportunity to work independently in some chosen area of mathematics.
The objectives of the Mathematics Department Honors Program are:
A) To provide a program specially designed to meet the needs of superior students in the field of mathematics.
B) To encourage independent study on the part of the student.
C) To provide the student with the experience of investigating mathematical ideas in depth, organizing and presenting those ideas in both the written and oral form.
D) To give the student the opportunity to investigate areas of mathematics not ordinarily included in the undergraduate curriculum.
A) Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they complete 12 credits of upper division mathematics course work, but no later than the spring quarter preceding the student's graduation year. The student must successfully petition the Mathematics Department for admission to the honors program. The petition should include:
i) A letter requesting admission to the Honors Program. This letter should: explain the reasons why the student wants to pursue honors, outline a potential topic for their honors thesis, identify a faculty member who has agreed to mentor, and propose a tentative timetable for completing the project. The applicant should work with their proposed mentor to create this letter.
ii) An uptodate Southern Oregon University transcript.
iii) Two letters of recommendation by university faculty, one of which is by a faculty member in the Southern Oregon University Mathematics Department who is willing to mentor the student. (Mathematics faculty may elect to speak in favor of applicant at the department meeting where application is considered rather than write a formal letter.)
B) At the time of their applications, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
C) The application will be reviewed and voted upon by the Mathematics Department.
The requirements for the completion of the Honors in Mathematics are as follows:
A) Satisfactory completion of the requirements for the major in mathematics.
B) Satisfactory completion of a second topic in any two of the following four topics courses: Applied Mathematics (Mth 421), Analysis (Mth 431), Abstract Algebra (Mth 441), or Statistics (Mth 461).
C) Honor students work with a faculty mentor while independently studying an advanced mathematical topic and preparing an expository thesis (eight credits of Math 401 and four credits of Math 403).
D) Students completing the honors program will have their projects accepted in lieu of the Senior Colloquium (Math 490).
E) While in the Departmental Honors Program students maintain a mathematics GPA of 3.25 or better and an overall University GPA of 3.00 or better.
F) Once approved, any variations or exceptions to the requirements must be approved by the Mathematics Department.
Students who complete the Departmental Honors Program will receive the following recognition:
A) The words "Graduation with Honors in Mathematics" will appear on the student diploma and official transcript. Completion of the Honors Degree in mathematics will be acknowledged in the graduation program.
B) The Mathematics Department provides two bound copies of a student's Honors thesis, one for the student and one for the Departmental Honors Library, as well as publishing it in the Hannon Library's digital archive provided the thesis is of high quality (normally, A/A level).
C) The Mathematics Department will engrave the student's name on the Departmental Honor Roll.
Students admitted to the program will be expected to maintain a high level of performance in all their college work and will be expected to show reasonable progress toward satisfaction of the requirements for completion of the program. Policies regarding continued participation in the Department Honors Program are as follows:
A) A student's progress in the program will be subject to review by the Mathematics Department at any time. Students will automatically be reviewed at the following times: i) When the student's GPA in mathematics drops below 3.25 or his/her overall GPA drops below 3.00. ii) During the first quarter of the senior year.
B) Any student who withdraws from the program or is withdrawn by the Mathematics Department may apply for readmission according to the procedures under Section III, Part A as modified by the department for each individual case.
The thesis will be an organized, logical presentation of a body of mathematical knowledge. The thesis will be expository in nature but may include original research. The student will comply with the following procedures in writing and presenting the Honors Thesis:
A) As a result of his/her research the student will prepare a preliminary draft of his/her thesis and present it to the Mathematics Department for approval. His/her preliminary draft must be suitable for evaluation of his/her work.
B) After acceptance of his/her work, the student will prepare the final copy of his/her work that is to be presented to the Mathematics Department for duplication. The final copy will be prepared with a format that is consistent with departmental guidelines.
C) The Mathematics Department will have the right and the responsibility to duplicate the student's thesis.
D) The student will make a one hour (approximately) presentation of his/her topic to a public audience.
A) Prior to the student's last quarter of work towards the Bachelors Degree, he/she will submit to the Mathematics Department a form (furnished by the department) indicating his/her plans for completion of the requirements of the program.
B) Upon completion of the requirements the Mathematics Department will forward to the registrar the name of the student for appropriate recognition.