SENATE DOCUMENT #28
ACADEMIC POLICIES COMMITTEE
DOCUMENT #18
1984-85
The Academic Policies Committee recommends adoption of the following changes
in the Department of Mathematics:
1. Change in title and description of 163, 164 to:
163 Precalculus Mathematics I (3)
A study of linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and
rational functions and relations and their graphs; topics related
to the binominal theorem. Prerequisites: 162, or three years of
high school algebra and geometry and a satisfactory performance
on the departmental placement exam.
164 Precalculus Mathematics II (3)
Circular functins, identities, equations, complex numbers, polar
coordinates, and applications. Prerequisite: 163.
Rationale:
The current 163 has more material than can be easily covered. The
current 164 is short on material. This change moves some
material from 163 to 164. It remains a standard pair of courses
taught at other Universities.
2. Change the demonstration of competency requirement to the
Graduate Record Examination in mathematics.
Rationale:
The GRE is a standardized test with national norms useful for
measuring proficiency in an unbiased manner and is helpful to
those students seeking admission to graduate school. Chemistry
and Psychology already have such requirements in place.