Senate Document Number 4904S

Date of Senate Approval 04/08/04

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

**APC DOCUMENT 23: Addition of MATH 303: History of Mathematics**

**Effective Date: Fall 2004 **

**Add: On page 170, title and description for new course, Math 303**

** 303 History of Mathematics (3) ****
A study of the historical development of mathematical thought. Topics may include
investigations of different number systems, the logical foundations of geometry, the
development of calculus, and the emergence of modern mathematics. Prerequisites:
Math 291. Even years spring. **

**IMPACT STATEMENT: **No major impact on the program or its resources is foreseen.

**RATIONALE:
**The department has scheduled this course twice as a special topic class. The first time was in Spring of
2002 when 12 students enrolled. It is scheduled again in Spring of 2004 where higher enrollments are
expected. In recent years this type of course has gained popularity among colleges throughout the United
States. It fills an important niche for students wishing to teach Mathematics at high school or college level.
A typical course like the one proposed covers the development of Mathematics in historical context, and
includes the study of alternative mathematical systems from non-European cultures. An example of this
is: a study of different number systems, how they work, and what these systems tell us about the culture
which used them.

Initially it is envisioned that this course be recommended as a Mathematics elective for all students wishing to teach mathematics.