Course Descriptions: MASC

MaSc090 Elementary Algebra 3 hours

Designed to provide students with skills for working with arithmetic and algebraic expressions. Introduces functions and the language of algebra as well as applications of course material. Students will work with linear, polynomial and rational functions which may be represented numerically, graphically, verbally or symbolically. Designed to prepare students to enroll in MaSc 105. Students who earn a grade of A may, with the instructor’s permission, enroll in MaSc 115. Students are placed in this course with an ACT Math score below 17 or an SAT Math score below 380.

MaSc105 College Algebra 3 hours

A study of mathematical functions and models. Reviews linear, exponential, power, polynomial, rational and periodic functions. Focuses on understanding and communicating the relationship between verbal descriptions, formulas, tables and graphs. Emphasizes problem solving and application rather than the symbol manipulation that may be required in higher level math courses. A calculator is required. Prerequisite: MaSc 090 or two years of high school algebra. A Skills Source Course.

MaSc115 Precalculus Mathematics 4 hours

A study of polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Examines numerical, graphical, verbal and symbolic representations of functions. Fulfills the mathematics requirements of many four-year liberal arts transfer programs. Designed to raise mathematical proficiency to the calculus entry level. A graphing calculator is required. A TI-83 or 84 is recommended. Prerequisite: MaSc 090 with a grade of A and instructor’s permission or high school Algebra II or its equivalent with a grade of B or higher. A Skills Source Course.

MaSc116 Introduction to Mathematics 3 hours

Acquaints the student with the philosophy, nature, significance and uses of mathematics from early times to present. Emphasizes the concept of mathematical systems. Topics include sets, logic, numeration systems, the nature of numbers, probability and statistics. Emphasizes problem solving. Required by four-year elementary education transfer programs and satisfies most four-year liberal arts transfer requirements. Prerequisites: basic algebra and geometry skills. A Skills Source Course.

MaSc141 Calculus I 4 hours

Introduces the analysis of real valued functions. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of the various elementary functions. A graphing calculator is required. A TI-83 or 84 is recommended. Prerequisite: MaSc 115 or high school trigonometry. A Skills Source Course.

MaSc142 Calculus II 4 hours

Continues MaSc 141. Topics include analytic geometry of the plane, techniques of integration, applications of the definite integral, parametric equations, the polar coordinate system, improper integrals, indeterminate forms, sequences and infinite series. A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: MaSc 141 or consent of instructor.

MaSc210 Elementary Statistics 3 hours

An introductory course that explores basic statistical concepts using a non-theoretical approach. Applications include a broad range of topics that are relevant to an array of disciplines and interests. The course emphasizes a framework of activities and exercises that give the student opportunities to learn and then apply concepts. Prerequisites: two years of high school algebra and BuCS 112 or 117. A Skills Source Course.

MaSc221 Linear Algebra 3 hours

Systems of linear equations, determinants, vector spaces, matrices, bases, linear transformation, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Prerequisites: Masc 142 or consent of instructor.

MaSc241 Calculus III 4 hours

Generalizes single variable calculus to several variables. Topics include vector calculus, partial differentiation, multiple integration, line and surface integrals and polar, cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems. Prerequisite: MaSc 142 or equivalent.

MaSc242 Differential Equations 4 hours

A study of first-order equations; higher-order equations including constant coefficients, undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters; systems of linear first-order equations; numerical methods and Laplace transform methods. Prerequisite: MaSc 142 or equivalent.