Advising Information for Non-Mathematics Majors

Survival Hint

Complete your mathematics requirements as early as possible. The longer you delay, the worse you will do. If you wait until your senior year, you might not graduate.

Placement Testing

Placement testing in mathematics is required of all students who need to enroll in mathematics at Wisconsin Lutheran College for the first time. This includes transfer students having an uncertain attainment level or college mathematics credits more than two years old. Students desiring advanced placement in calculus also need to demonstrate proficiency on the placement exams. In all cases the department of mathematics will decide which students require placement testing. The department of mathematics determines a student's mathematics placement on the basis of high school grades, ACT/SAT scores, placement testing, and (if necessary) personal interview.

General Education Requirements

MAT 116 has no prerequisite and is offered to satisfy the general education requirements in mathematics for the BA degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. However, it may not be used as a prerequisite for any other mathematics course.

MAT 117, MAT 210, or MAT 221 are typically used to fulfill the BS/BSN degree mathematics requirement.

Collateral Requirements

Some majors specify two or more mathematics courses as collateral requirements. Check the current requirements for each major.

MAT 221 and MAT 222 together provide a complete introduction to the differential and integral calculus for functions of one real variable. MAT 223 extends these concepts to functions of several variables and MAT 224 uses ideas from differential and integral calculus to solve and apply differential equations for functions of one variable.

Students interested in engineering applications and physics majors need to take all four courses (MAT 221, 222, 223, and 224). Those who successfully complete MAT 221 with a grade of C or better are encouraged to take the continuation course, MAT 222, even if it is not required. It makes no sense to learn only half of single-variable calculus, especially if it all will be needed for other courses or graduate school!

Ways to Match a Mathematics Minor with a Major

Listed below are some majors and emphasis areas that combine well with a mathematics minor:

  • Business Administration with an emphasis in finance or management science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication with an emphasis in interpersonal communication or public communication
  • Communicative Arts with emphasis in editing and publishing, or mass communication
  • Computer Science
  • Education: elementary/middle or middle/secondary
  • English with an emphasis in professional writing
  • Environmental Science
  • History: cliometrics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology: experimental psychology (take MAT 352 instead of 117)