Mathematics Courses

Monte Boisen, Dept. Chair, Dept. of Mathematics (300 Carol Ryrie Brink Hall 838441103; phone 208/8856742).
Verticallyrelated courses in this subject field are: Math 170175275471472.
Credit Limitations: Math 108 carries no credit after Math 137 or 143; Math 137 carries no credit after 143; Math 143 carries no credit after 160 or 170; Math 170 carries 2 credits after 160; Math 160 carries no credit after 170, Math 215 carries no credit after 411 or 471.
Math 108 Intermediate Algebra (3 cr)
Carries no credit after Math 137 or 143. Review of algebra including factoring, rational expressions, exponents, radicals, quadratic equations, equations of lines. Taught using the Polya Math Center, a studio environment featuring group study, onetoone interaction with instructors, computermediated modules, and lectures. Does not satisfy core requirement.
Math 123 Mathematics Applied To The Modern World (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J3c. Discussion of some aspects of mathematical thought through the study of problems taken from areas such as logic, number theory, geometry, probability, and combinatorics; discussion of historical development.
Math 130 Finite Mathematics (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J3c. Systems of linear equations and inequalities, matrices, linear programming, and probability.
Prereq: Sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test
Math 137 Algebra with Applications (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J3c. Carries no credit after Math 143. Algebraic, exponential, logarithmic functions, systems of equations, applications.
Prereq: A grade of C or better in Math 108 or sufficiently high score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test. It is recommended that Math 137 be taken within two years of passing Math 108 or its equivalent. Math 137 is not sufficient preparation for Math 170. Students intending to take Math 170 should enroll in Math 143 instead.
Math 143 Precalculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry (3 cr)
May be used as core credit in J3c. Carries no credit after Math 160 or 170; carries 2 credits after Math 137. Algebraic, exponential, logarithmic functions; graphs of conics; zeros of polynomials; systems of equations, induction. Taught using the Polya Math Center, a studio environment featuring group study, onetoone interaction with instructors, computermediated modules, and lectures.
Prereq: Sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test; or Math 108 with grade of C or better. It is recommended that Math 143 be taken within two years of passing Math 108 or its equivalent.
Math 144 Analytic Trigonometry (1 cr)
Not open for cr to students who have previous high school or college cr in trigonometry. Trigonometric functions, inverse functions, applications. Taught using the Polya Math Center, a studio environment featuring group study, onetoone interaction with instructors, computermediated modules, and lectures.
Prereq: 2 yrs high school algebra (or Math 143) and 1 yr plane geometry, and/or Coreq: Math 143 or 170.
Math 160 Survey of Calculus (4 cr)
May be used as core credit in J3c. Carries no credit after Math 170. Functions, graphing, derivative, integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, functions of several variables. Primarily for students in business, life sciences or architecture who need only one semester of calculus.
Prereq: One yr of high school geometry and one of the following: (1) 11/2 yrs high school algebra and sufficiently high score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test, or (2) Math 137, or (3) Math 143.
Math 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr)
May be used as core credit in J3c. Carries 2 credits after Math 160. Functions, limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, applications, differentiation and integration of transcendental functions. Primarily for students in engineering, mathematics, science or computer science.
Prereq: Math 143 (with a grade of C or better) and Math 144 (concurrent enrollment in Math 144 is allowed although it is recommended that students complete Math 144 before enrolling in Math 170); or demonstrated proficiency through a sufficiently high score on the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS tests.
Math 175 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4 cr)
Differentiation and integration of transcendental functions, integration techniques, general mean value theorem, numerical techniques, and series.
Prereq: Math 170
Math 176 Discrete Mathematics (3 cr)
Induction, set theory, graph theory, number systems, Boolean algebra, and elementary counting.
Prereq: Math 143 or sufficiently high score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test.
Math 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Math 215 Introduction to Higher Mathematics (3 cr)
Carries no credit after Math 461 or Math 471. The primary goal of this course is to teach students how to read and write mathematical proofs. Topics include logic and proof techniques, as well as fundamental mathematical structures such as sets, relations, functions, and number systems.
Prereq: Math 175 and permission
Math 235 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (3 cr)
Mathematical development of arithmetic and problem solving as those subjects are currently taught in elementary schools. Three lec and one 1hr lab a wk.
Prereq: Math 137 or Math 143 or sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test.
Math 236 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (3 cr)
Mathematical development of informal geometry, problem solving, and probability and statistics as those subjects are currently taught in elementary schools. Three lec and one 1hr lab a wk.
Prereq: Math 235
Math 275 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (3 cr)
Vectors, functions of several variables, and multiple integration.
Prereq: Math 175
Math 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Math 301 Early Childhood Mathematics (4 cr)
Focus on the mathematics for early childhood: numbers and operations, algebraic thinking, geometry, measurement, probability and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on reasoning, representation, connections and communication. This course is restricted to students from either the School of Family and Consumer Sciences or the College of Education. This course will not count as a 300 – level mathematics course in any major or minor in the College of Science. Recommended preparation: Stat 150. (Fall Only)
Prereq: One core math course
Math 310 Ordinary Differential Equations (3 cr)
Classification, initial and boundary value problems of one variable, exact equations, methods of solving higherorder linear equations, secondorder equations with constant coefficient, series solutions, systems of linear equations, Laplace transforms, and existence theorems. Recommended preparation: Math 275.
Prereq: Math 175
Math H315 Topics in Pure Mathematics (3 cr)
A topic selected each yr that develops skill and appreciation for theoretical nature of mathematics. (Fall only)
Prereq: Permission of director of University Honors Program
Math 326 Linear Optimization (3 cr)
Geometric solutions, simplex method, duality and revised simplex method, sensitivity, integer programming, applications. Recommended Preparation: Math 175. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Math 330 Linear Algebra (3 cr)
Linear equations, matrices, linear transformations, eigenvalues, diagonalization; applications. Recommended Preparation: Math 175.
Math 371 Mathematical Physics (3 cr)
See Phys 371.
Math 376 Discrete Mathematics II (3 cr)
Selected topics from discrete mathematics such as graph theory, modeling, and optimization. Recommended for computer science majors. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 176 or Permission
Math 385 Theory of Computation (3 cr)
Same as CS 385. Mathematical models of computation, including finite automata and Turing machines. (Fall only)
Prereq: Permission
Math 386 Theory of Numbers (3 cr)
Elementary number theory, including divisibility properties, congruences, and Diophantine equations. (Spring only)
Prereq: Math 175 or Permission
Math 388 History of Mathematics (3 cr)
Same as Hist 388. History of the development of mathematical ideas from ancient cultures to the present, including the relationship of those ideas to the cultures that produced them as well as an understanding of the mathematics involved.
Prereq: Math 175 and 330; or Permission
Math 390 Axiomatic Geometry (3 cr)
Development of Euclidean and hyperbolic geometry using the axiomatic approach. Recommended Preparation: Math 215. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: High school geometry and Math 330, or Permission
Math 391 Modern Geometry (3 cr)
Euclidean and nonEuclidean geometries, plus topics chosen from projective, transformational, and computational geometry. Recommended Preparation: Math 215. Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: High School Geometry and Math 330, or Permission
Math 395 Analysis of Algorithms (3 cr)
Same as CS 395. Measures of efficiency; standard methods and examples in the design and analysis of algorithms. (Spring only)
Prereq: Math 175
Math 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Math 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Math 415 Cryptography (3 cr)
Congruences, Modular Arithmetic, Privatekey cryptosystems, Publickey cryptosystems, Applications.
Prereq: Math 330
Math 420 Complex Variables (3 cr)
Complex numbers, elementary functions, derivatives, the residue theorem, conformal mappings, contour integration, infinite series, applications. (Alt/yrs, Spring only)
Prereq: Math 275
Math 426 Discrete Optimization (3 cr)
Optimization on graphs, networks and flows, and related topics. Recommended Preparation: Math 175. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Math 428 Numerical Methods (3 cr) (Math 433)
See Phys J428/J528.
Math 430 Advanced Linear Algebra (3 cr)
Vector spaces, linear transformations, characteristic polynomial, eigenvectors, Hermitian and unitary operators, inner products, quadratic forms, Jordan canonical form, applications. Recommended Preparation: Math 215.
Prereq: Math 330 or Permission
Math 432 Numerical Linear Algebra (3 cr)
Analysis of efficiency and accuracy of large linear algebra problems; special emphasis on solving linear equations and finding eigenvalues. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 275, 330, and knowledge of a computer language
Math 435 (s) Topics in Applied Mathematics (cr arr)
Topics chosen from fields of current interest in applied mathematics; inquire at the Department of Mathematics for a description of topics for future semesters.
Prereq: Permission
Math 437 Mathematical Biology (3 cr)
Modeling biological phenomena, mostly through differential equations; mathematical topics include stability analysis and limit cycles for nonlinear ODE's, spatial diffusion and traveling waves for PDE's; biological topics include models of predatorprey systems, infectious diseases, and competition. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 310 or Permission
Math ID&WS451 Probability Theory (3 cr) WSU Math 443
Same as Stat 451. Random variables, expectation, special distributions (normal, binomial, exponential, etc.), moment generating functions, law of large numbers, central limit theorem. (Fall only)
Prereq or Coreq: Math 275, Graduate standing, or Permission
Math ID&WS452 Mathematical Statistics (3 cr) WSU Math and Stat 456
Same as Stat 452. Estimation of parameters, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, likelihood ratio test, sufficient statistics. (Spring only)
Prereq: Math 451 or Permission
Math ID&WSJ453/ID&WSJ538 Stochastic Models (3 cr) WSU Stat 544
Same as Stat J453/J544. Markov chains, stochastic processes, and other stochastic models; applications. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 451 or Permission
Math 455 Applied Actuarial Science (1 cr)
Risk problems on the actuarial exam. Graded P/F. (Spring only)
Prereq: Math 451
Math 461 Abstract Algebra (3 cr)
Groups, rings, and fields. (Fall only)
Prereq: Math 215 and Math 330; or Permission
Math 462 Abstract Algebra (3 cr)
Groups, rings, and fields. (Spring only)
Prereq: Math 461
Math 471 Introduction to Analysis 1 (3 cr)
Topology of Euclidean nspace, limit and continuity, differentiation, integration. (Fall only)
Prereq: Math 275, Math 215, or Permission
Math 472 Introduction to Analysis 2 (3 cr)
Topology of Euclidean nspace, limit and continuity, differentiation, integration. (Spring only)
Prereq: Math 471 or Permission
Math 476 Combinatorics (3 cr)
Elementary counting methods, generating functions, recurrence relations, Polya's enumeration, enumeration of graphs, trees, searching, combinatorial algorithms. Recommended Preparation: Math 176, or 215, or 376. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Math 480 Partial Differential Equations (3 cr)
Intro to Fourier analysis, application to solution of partial differential equations; classical partial differential equations of engineering and physics. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 310 or Permission
Math 497 (s) Practicum in Tutoring (1 cr, max 2)
Tutorial services performed by advanced students under faculty supervision. Graded P/F.
Prereq: Permission of department
Math 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Math 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)
Math 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)
Math 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)
Math 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Math 505 (s) Professional Development (cr arr)
Credit earned in this course will not be accepted toward grad degree programs.
Prereq: Permission
Math 510 Seminar on College Teaching of Mathematics (1 cr)
Development of skills in the teaching of college mathematics; includes structure of class time, test construction, and various methods of teaching mathematics; supervision of teaching assistants in their beginning teaching assignments. Graded P/F.
Prereq: Permission
Math 513 Problem Solving Through History (3 cr)
Historical study of approaches to solving problems in geometry, number theory, and set theory. This course is specifically designed for the MAT program, and will not satisfy the requirements of other mathematics degree programs.
Math 514 Foundations of Calculus (3 cr)
Real numbers, sequences, topology of the real numbers, continuous functions, differentiation, and integration; emphasis on developing the conceptual understanding needed to teach calculus in secondary school. This course is specifically designed for the MAT program, and will not satisfy the requirements of other mathematics degree programs.
Math 515 Problems in Geometry (3 cr)
Exploration of topics in geometry with emphasis on developing geometric reasoning and problem solving. This course is specifically designed for the MAT program, and will not satisfy the requirements of other mathematics degree programs.
Math 516 Groups and Symmetry (3 cr)
Exploration of groups, symmetry, and permutations. This course is specifically designed for the MAT program, and will not satisfy the requirements of other mathematics degree programs.
Math 519 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)
Special topics of interest to mathematics teachers. This course is specifically designed for the MAT program, and will not satisfy the requirements of other mathematics degree programs.
Prereq: Permission
Math ID&WS521 Topology (3 cr) WSU Math 525
Basic concepts of point set and algebraic topology. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Math 522 Topology (3 cr)
Basic concepts of point set and algebraic topology. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Math 523 Algebraic Topology (3 cr)
Basic homotopy theory, covering spaces, homology theory, and applications. (Alt/yrs)
Math 524 Algebraic Topology (3 cr)
Basic homotopy theory, covering spaces, homology theory, and applications. (Alt/yrs)
Math 525 (s) Seminar in Topology (13 cr, max arr)
Current literature.
Math 526 (s) Topics in Topology (13 cr, max 12)
Math 528 Differentiable Manifolds (3 cr)
Fundamentals of smooth manifolds, tangent spaces, vector fields, Lie groups, integration on manifolds, and applications.
Math ID&WS531 Complex Variables (3 cr) WSU Math 503
Theory of functions of a complex variable. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Math 535 Real Variables (3 cr)
Measure and integration theory for functions of one or several variables. (Alt/yrs, fall only)
Math 536 Probability Theory (3 cr)
Random variables, characteristic functions, convergence theorems, central limit theorem, conditional probability, and stochastic processes as developed from a measure theoretic basis. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 535 or Permission
Math ID&WS538 Stochastic Models (3 cr)
See Math J453/J538.
Math ID&WS539 Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations (3 cr) WSU Math 512
Existence, uniqueness, and stability of solutions of firstorder systems; other topics. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Math 540 Partial Differential Equations (3 cr)
Existence and uniqueness theorems for the wave, heat, and Laplace's equations of physics; additional topics such as nonlinear models in mathematical biology, perturbation methods, etc.
Prereq: Math 539 or Permission
Math ID&WS541 (s) Seminar in Analysis (13 cr, max arr) WSU Math 581
Current literature.
Math WS543 Approximation Theory (3 cr) WSU Math 543
Math WS544 Advanced Matrix Computations (3 cr) WSU Math 544
Math WS547 Numerical Analysis of Elliptic PDE's (3 cr) WSU Math 546
Math 554 Advanced Topics in Geometry (3 cr)
(Alt/yrs)
Math 555 Groups and Fields I (3 cr)
Groups, fields, polynomials, Galois theory, representation theory. (Fall, alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 461 and Math 462; or equivalent
Math 556 Groups and Fields II (3 cr)
Groups, fields, polynomials, Galois theory, representation theory. (Spring, alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 555 or Permission
Math 557 Ring Theory (3 cr)
Rings, ideals, modules, commutative algebra. (Fall, alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 461 and Math 462; or equivalent
Math 558 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry (3 cr)
Affine and projective varieties, morphisms, functions on varieties, birational maps, applications. (Spring, alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 557 or Permission
Math ID&WS561 (s) Seminar in Algebra (13 cr, max arr) WSU Math 582
Current literature.
Math ID&WS563 Mathematical Genetics (3 cr) WSU Math 563 and Biol 563
Same as Biol 563. Investigation of aspects of evolutionary biology with an emphasis on stochastic models and statistical methods; topics include: diffusion methods in molecular evolution, gene genealogies and the coalescent, inferring coalescent times from DNA sequences, population subdivision and F statistics, likelihood methods for phylogenic inference, statistical hypothesis testing, the parametric bootstrap. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 160 or Math 170 and Stat 251 or Stat 301
Math 571 Functional Analysis (3 cr)
Linear topological spaces and linear operators. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 536
Math 572 Functional Analysis (3 cr)
Linear topological spaces and linear operators. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Prereq: Math 536
Math 575 Graph Theory (3 cr)
Basic concepts and theorems; topics include trees and connectivity, eulerian and hamiltonian graphs, graph colorings, matchings, graph decomposition, and extremal graph theory. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Math 576 Graph Theory (3 cr)
Basic concepts and theorems; topics include trees and connectivity, eulerian and hamiltonian graphs, graph colorings, matchings, graph decomposition, and extremal graph theory. (Spring, Alt/yrs)
Math 578 Combinatorial Optimization (3 cr)
Optimization problems on graphs, network flow problems, complexity analysis of algorithmic solutions, and related topics. (Fall, Alt/yrs)
Math 581 (s) Seminar in Combinatorics (13 cr, max arr)
Math WS583 Seminar in Applied Mathematics (3 cr, max arr) WSU Math 583
Math 599 (s) Nonthesis Master's Research (cr arr)
Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.
Prereq: Permission
Math 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)