Mathematics is the science of structure, order, and relation that has evolved from counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects. It deals with logical reasoning and quantitative calculation and is considered the underlying language of science.
The Department offers both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed) depending on students’ goals. The B.S. degree prepares students for work in a variety of industries or for further study in a graduate or professional school. Our B.S. degree gives students a choice of two concentration options – Applied or Traditional Mathematics. The B.S. Ed. degree prepares students for licensure to teach mathematics in secondary schools (grades 9-12).
If you would like to register for MATH 146 or MATH 153, we need to make you aware of our placement assessment policy as you may get an error message if you attempt to register for the course without having the listed prerequisite course. If you have not taken MATH 130 or MATH 146 at WCU or you have not transferred credit for this course your placement score is given by the MATH PLACEMENT TABLE. If you have questions about your placement, please email Joe Ashmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the department at 828.227.7245.
This option prepares the student to use mathematics to solve problems in a wide-range of fields. Students must complete a second major or minor with computer science, chemistry, and electrical engineering being common second fields.
This option allows the student to delve deeply into mathematics with the most extensive set of mathematics courses of any of the options. This strong foundation is then supplemented by a required second major or minor.
This option prepares a student to obtain a North Carolina teaching license and to teach mathematics in the North Carolina secondary schools. There is a serious shortage of secondary school mathematics teachers, so employment prospects are excellent.
The actuarial science concentration includes courses that prepare students for professional examinations Exam P/1 and Exam FM/2. The concentration also includes coursework that meets learning objectives for Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) in Mathematical Statistics, Accounting, and Finance and Economics.
This option prepares students to use coursework in mathematics, computer science and statistics to solve problems using real-world data. The significant overlap with computer science makes this concentration an excellent selection for a student to double major in mathematics and computer science.