The Department of Mathematics continuously revises its offerings to keep up with the ever-changing demands of program areas and advances in technology.
About the curriculum
View Mathematics Courses in the College Catalog.
Must I take all the mathematics courses listed as requirements for my major?
You must satisfy all the mathematics requirements for your major; however, some higher-level courses may satisfy lower level requirements. Specifically, MTH190, MTH230, MTH240, MTH242, and MTH 340 will satisfy requirements for the sequence MTH180/182 or the sequence MTH 124/125. (Please note that in the MTH180 and MTH182 sequence, neither course may substitute for the other. The same is true for the MTH124/125 sequence.)
NOTE: MTH180 or MTH182 will satisfy either MTH124 or MTH125 in a 3-credit for 3-credit exchange. MTH180 will not satisfy both MTH124 and MTH125. Only MTH190, 230, 240, 242 and 340 would satisfy the sequence of both MTH124 and MTH125 or both MTH180 and MTH182. MTH180 can only substitute for either MTH124 or MTH125, but not both. Likewise, MTH182 can only substitute for either MTH124 or MTH125, but not both.
If your placement allows you to take a higher-level course, you may save time and money by taking one higher-level course as a substitute for lower-level courses. A higher-level course may also give you an advantage should you ever wish to transfer or to earn a higher degree. Talk to your adviser and contact the Mathematics Department for advice.
Can I "test out" of my mathematics requirements?
Placement testing at Pennsylvania College of Technology places you into courses, not out of them. You must earn the required mathematics credits as dictated by your choice of major. The only ways to earn the credits are to succeed in the courses, to obtain transfer credit from another institution, to obtain AP credit or CLEP test credit, or to earn Credit-by-Exam.
- About the Mathematics department Credit-by-Exam process
- About earning AP credit
- About earning CLEP credit
- About earning alternate credit
Always contact the mathematics department before taking a mathematics course at another institution if you hope to transfer the credit to Pennsylvania College of Technology. A transferred course will only satisfy the mathematics requirements for your major if the transfer course is an approved equivalent for the required course.
Penn College evaluates students' skills to ensure that they have the entry-level skills necessary for their majors and college-level coursework. The placement process should determine the highest level at which a student has the prerequisite knowledge to be successful.
The goal of the mathematics placement process is to identify the correct initial placement into the mathematics curriculum, so that each student can succeed in college mathematics.
A committee of mathematics faculty will consider the math placement that is appropriate for each student by reviewing a variety of measures, including:
- scores on mathematics and reading placement exams;
- high school math courses that have been completed and the level of success in those classes;
- your SAT and ACT scores, if available;
- your PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) scores, if available;
- the amount of time that has passed since completion of the last math course;
- study skills, anxiety, and attitude scores, as determined by an affective survey; and
- your high school rank.
After careful consideration of each student's scores and background, the committee will assign the student a mathematics placement level. This level will determine a student's initial mathematics course-selection options.
The TI-84 Plus calculator is required for every math student at Penn College and will be used in all mathematics classes.
Faculty will use this calculator in class for all instruction and demonstration.
Additional information about the TI-84 Plus can be found on http://education.ti.com.
If the instructor has indicated that a calculator may be used on a mathematics exam, students will be required to use the Testing Center’s TI-84 Plus calculators when completing the exam in the Testing Center.
Mathematics Tutoring Center and Assistance
Penn College's Tutoring Center, located on the first floor of the Klump Academic Center, provides tutorial support from student and professional tutors in English, mathematics and a variety of other subject areas in the Academic Success Center.
For mathematics, services include walk-in (no appointment necessary) tutoring in the Center for all math courses offered at the College. (Certain mathematics courses will require professional tutors; please ask for a schedule for advanced courses.) During peak hours, the Tutoring Center has three mathematics tutors on duty.
The Academic Success Center offers study group sessions on online tutoring for those in need of additional support. The Center also maintains a list of private tutors, who are paid by the student.
We also offer this list of mathematics websites as resources for learning and scholarship.
Mission, Vision & Goals
To assist students in acquiring a conceptual understanding of the nature and structure of mathematics, its processes, and applications.
To provide mathematical experiences, exploring and learning opportunities, and relevant applications in the study and understanding of quantities by examining relationships, patterns and structures, operations, and measurements, as expressed by numbers and symbols. To provide quality mathematics coursework which supports and enhances all programs at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Enable students with diverse academic, technical, and personal mathematical backgrounds to:
- Apply critical and logical thinking to problem solving;
- Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies, including technology, to investigate mathematical conjectures, to solve problems, and to judge the reasonableness of the results;
- Use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships;
- Recognize and apply mathematics in contexts outside of mathematics to interpret physical and social phenomena;
- Use the language and symbols of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely;
- Understand the role of mathematics in society;
- Organize and consolidate mathematical thinking through written and oral communication;
- Develop a relevant knowledge base in preparation for additional learning experiences in mathematics while enhancing their mathematical intuition;
- Build individual confidence in their abilities to understand and apply mathematics.