The Academic Program > Majors, Departments & Interdisciplinary Programs > Mathematics & Computer Science

Students entering Hendrix have five options for a first mathematics course:

MATH 110Mathematics in a Global Context,

MATH 115Mathematics in Contemporary Issues,

MATH 215Statistical Analysis,

MATH 120Functions and Models, and

MATH 130Calculus I.MATH 130

Calculus I(QS, NS) contains standard topics in beginnning calculus. It is required for chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics majors and recommended for all students considering majors/careers in natural sciences, medicine, or economics.MATH 120

Functions and Models(QS) deals with the elementary functions, graphs, and equations and considers their applications. Its purpose is to provide the necessary background for calculus. Students who do not intend to take calculus should consider other alternatives (MATH 110, MATH 115, or MATH 215).MATH 110

Mathematic in a Global Context(HP, QS) is designed for students with no calculus background. It studies mathematical ideas in historical contexts (e.g. ancient Near East, Greece, China, medieval Islam, Europe), some of which are introduced in LBST 100. It is suitable for students considering a major in humanities or social sciences (except business/economics).MATH 115

Mathematics in Contemporary Issue(CW, QS, SB) studies applications of mathematics in contemporary social contexts. The course does not require heavy use of algebraic techniques. It is suitable for students considering a major in social sciences (except business/economics) or humanities.MATH 215

Statistical Analysis(QS) studies basic statistical methods, correlation, and regression analysis while introducing the student to modern statistical software. The course is required for majors in Politics and International Relations and is an option for the statistics requirement for other social science majors. First-year students may not take MATH 215.

The department will recommend one or more of the above courses for each entering student. The department's recommendation is based on a review of the student's record and is provided in the student's permanent folder, on file in the Office of the Registrar. The information in the record is often insufficient for making a recommendation. The guidelines above are given to help the advisor and the student to make a good choice based on the student's interests and goals.

Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (AB) and those
scoring 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit
for MATH 130 *Calculus I*.
Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP
Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for both
MATH 130 *Calculus I* and
MATH 140 *Calculus II*.

Special consideration is made for students with transfer credit. A
student who studied calculus before enrolling in Hendrix College
may receive course credit for *Calculus I* if he or she takes
*Calculus II*, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with
a grade of C

or better. Alternatively, a student may receive
course credit for
MATH 140 *Calculus II*
if he or she takes
MATH 230 *Multivariable Calculus*
or
MATH 260 *Differential Equations*,
with consent of the instructor,
and passes it with a grade of C

or better. Faculty advisors
are urged to direct further questions by the student to mathematics
faculty.

Students enrolled in *Calculus I* and who experience unexpected
serious difficulties early in the course may be allowed to change
back into a lower level mathematics course.

Students enrolled in
*Calculus I* and
*Calculus II*
are advised to obtain a programmable graphing calculator. Any brand
or model will do; however, TI-83 or TI-86 will be used for classroom
demonstrations.

A student interested in a mathematics major is advised to take MATH 130

*Calculus I*and MATH 140*Calculus II*during the first year, provided the student has received an appropriate placement recommendation.If the department's recommendation is that the student should take MATH 120

*Functions and Models*, the student considering a mathematics major should take MATH 120*Functions and Models*, and then MATH 130*Calculus I*. In that case, MATH 140*Calculus II*may be taken during the sophomore year.Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (AB) and those scoring 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for MATH 130

*Calculus I*. Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus Exam (BC) will receive credit for both MATH 130*Calculus I*and MATH 140*Calculus II*.A student who studied calculus before enrolling in Hendrix College may alternatively receive course credit for

*Calculus I*if he or she takes*Calculus II*, with consent of the instructor, and passes it with a grade ofC

or better. Alternatively, a student may receive course credit for MATH 140*Calculus II*if he or she takes MATH 230*Multivariable Calculus*or MATH 260*Differential Equations*with consent of the instructor and passes it with a grade ofC

or better.Typically, the sophomore year schedule of a mathematics major should include MATH 270

*Linear Algebra*and MATH 290*Introduction to Advanced Mathematics*(both required for the major) and would preferably include at least one other mathematics course listed at the 200-level or a computer science course.Those preparing for graduate studies in mathematics should try to take MATH 320

*Algebra*, MATH 350*Real Analysis*, MATH 230*Multivariable Calculus*, and MATH 260*Differential Equations*.

**SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE:**

The Senior Capstone Experience for majors in mathematics consists of
either a year-long undergraduate research project and active participation
in MATH 497 *Senior Seminar*.