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Mathematics Minor

Do you get excited about solving puzzles and mathematical challenges? Do you have a knack for numbers and equations? Are you looking for a minor that can supplement nearly any major you pursue? Then it’s time to consider earning your minor in mathematics at Dordt. Many industries—from computer science to business to engineering—require strong math skills. If you like to crunch numbers, find patterns, and analyze data, minor in mathematics at Dordt.

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Program Overview

The Dordt mathematics minor will teach you to appreciate how math is built into so many areas of creation. You’ll learn to see how mathematical theories show the unity and interconnectedness of the world God has made. You’ll learn actively from dynamic professors, both through classroom instruction as well as hands-on experiences and activities.

Our mathematics faculty is committed to finding the best ways to connect with students and teach them effectively. This willingness to adapt creates a learning experience and environment unlike any other. As a mathematics minor, you’ll have opportunities to participate in math-focused social events, conferences, and math competitions. All of which give students a chance to grow and develop their skills.

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What You'll Learn

As a mathematics minor, you will take classes in algebra, calculus, analysis, and problem-solving. You’ll also have opportunities to participate in research and learn how math plays a role in health care, weather forecasting, space exploration, Internet security, and other areas. And you’ll be equipped to share the joy of mathematics to promote a Biblical perspective about its place in God’s creation.

What You Can Do With A Mathematics Minor

When it comes to a mathematics minor, you can choose from several career options that benefit from strong math skills, including:

Financial Manager

A Financial Manager attempts to maximize an organization's profit by conducting data analysis and suggesting improvement ideas.

Mathematics Teacher

A Mathematics Teacher teaches the required mathematical skills and knowledge to their students.

Math Tutor

Math Tutors provide individual instruction in order to meet their client’s desired mathematical learning goals.

To earn a mathematics minor, students will need to complete five required mathematics courses, one course from a selection mathematics course options, and one 3-credit mathematics elective numbered above 201.

  • Calculus I: A study of the basic concepts and techniques of calculus for students in all disciplines. Topics include limits, differentiation, integration, and applications. This course is intended for students without any previous calculus credit.
  • Calculus II: Continuation of Mathematics 152; a study of transcendental functions, integration techniques, Taylor series approximations, calculus in polar coordinates, vectors, calculus of vector valued functions and applications of calculus.
  • Elementary Linear Algebra: An introductory study of vectors, matrices, linear transformations, vector spaces, determinants, and their applications, with particular emphasis upon solving systems of linear equations.
  • Discrete Structures: A study of topics in discrete mathematics that are relevant to computer science and mathematics, including logic and proof, induction and recursion, elementary set theory, combinatorics, relations and functions, Boolean algebra, and introductory graph theory.
  • Problem-solving Seminar: Problem-solving is at the heart of doing mathematics. This seminar provides unity to the concepts and approaches learned throughout the mathematics major and minors as it examines various problem-solving techniques. Weekly sessions will be devoted primarily to presenting problem-solving techniques and solving a variety of problems. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Graded on a pass/no-record basis.
  • Advanced Linear Algebra: An advanced study of vector spaces including matrices, linear transformations, orthogonality, the singular value decomposition, and applications.
  • Abstract Algebra I: An introduction to algebraic structures focused on rings and fields. Connections between the ring of integers and the ring of polynomials over a field are developed and explored. Brief attention is given to groups.
  • Real Analysis I: An introduction to the content and methods of single-variable real analysis: infinite sets, the real number system, sequences, limits, series, continuity, differentiation, and integration.
  • Complex Analysis: A study of the complex number system, functions of complex numbers, integration, differentiation, power series, residues and poles, and conformal mappings.
  • One three credit mathematics course numbered above 201

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