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  Oct 19, 2017
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue

Mathematics Major

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Placement Procedure

All incoming students are encouraged to complete a placement questionnaire to determine initial placement into a data analytics, mathematics or computer science course. Students who have previously studied calculus are invited to take a second exam to exempt from MA 172  or MA 180 . Students with AP credit in mathematics or computer science are also eligible to exempt introductory courses. Students who intend to major in mathematics should complete MA 180  in the first year. Computer science majors should complete CS 119  in their first year.

Honors in Mathematics and Computer Science

Majors in Mathematics and Computer Science are encouraged to strive for honors in the major upon graduation. Honors will be awarded to students who exhibit mastery of the subject in both course work and additional academic endeavors.

Requirements for honors in mathematics and in computer science:

1. A minimum grade point average of 3.60 in 200-level or above courses in the major. All courses (other than CS 290) specifically required for the major must be taken for a grade. No more than two approved courses away from Goucher will be counted in the average.

2. Some evidence of maturity and creativity in mathematics and/or computer science, such as outstanding work on a senior thesis, independent work, paper or final examination in a 300 level course.

3. Approval of the program.

Concentration in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification in Mathematics

The Department of Education offers a certification for secondary education in Maryland. This program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. A student who fulfills the standards of the programs is recommended for secondary certification (Grades 7-12) in Maryland. Students who would like certification outside Maryland should contact the department of education of the state of their choice regarding reciprocity and that state’s requirements. Maryland law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime of violence or a crime against children from being certified to teach. Students enrolled in education courses may be required to be fingerprinted for fieldwork internship placements. Students desiring Maryland Teaching certification in secondary schools should consult with the chair of the Education Department during their freshman or sophomore year to ensure the timely completion of requirements. See list below for programs available that lead to certification at the secondary school level. Requirements include: Major in the academic program appropriate to area of certification. Courses identified for specific area of certification. (See list below.)


  • ** Successful completion of Praxis core or Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) qualifying scores on SAT, ACT, or GRE general test is prerequisite for ED 453.
  • A minimum grade of B- in ED 453 and satisfactory completion of Praxis II are required to complete the certification program.

One academic course in each of the following:

  • U.S. History,
  • Mathematics (or meeting the college DA requirement)
  • Non-western culture.

Examples of Non-Western Culture are:

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