THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE
FACULTY SENATE
Senate Document Number 0693F
Date of Senate Approval 12/16/93
Signature of Senate Chair ___________________________ Date _________________
Action of Vice Chancellor:
Approval __________________________________ Date ____________________
Denied __________________________________ Date ____________________
Reasons for denial and suggested modifications:
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC DOCUMENT # 5: Catalog changes in Mathematics
EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall 1994
The Mathematics Department would like for you to consider the following catalog
changes.
I. Page 160 under "Declaration of Major" DELETE "In order to be
approved for a major in Mathematics, a student must have completed MATH 191,
192 and 280 with a grade of C or better in each of these courses."
Impact Statement No significant impact to the university's academic program
is foreseen. The department, however, should see an increase in the
number of majors, and the members of the mathematics faculty should see an
increase in their respective advising loads. Present advising load is
approximately 5-20 students per faculty.
Rationale It is not clear what this rule is to accomplish. It has the
effect that the members of the department have very low number of advisees.
Presently, students who would like to be math majors are frequently advised
by professors in other departments. This often leads to poor advice and
misunderstandings. This is especially a problem when explaining our
policies concerning the MFAT exam. It also causes some students to end up
in the wrong classes.
Last December we had 22 majors of which 11 graduated by May. We now have
about 25 majors and we can expect to graduate half of those by next May.
Most of our students are Math Majors only during their senior year.
Coordination - not applicableII. Page 162, Under MATH 157/158:
a. Paragraph under Math 158: REPLACE "Prerequisite: MATH 157." WITH
"Prerequisite: MATH 157 or permission of the instructor."
Impact Statement No major impact is expected. Students who pass MATH 158
without taking MATH 157 will still be expected to take MATH 157.
Rationale MATH 157 and MATH 158 the mathematical foundations needed for
elementary school teachers. MATH 157 covers arithmetic, algebra and number
theory; while MATH 158 covers topics in geometry. Although it is preferred
that students take these courses in order, a student could learn the topics
MATH 158 without having had MATH 157. The change will give the education
student extra flexibility in scheduling their courses.
b. Paragraph under Math 157: REPLACE "Course offered every fall
semester." WITH "Course offered every semester."
c. Paragraph under Math 158:
REPLACE "Course offered every spring semester."
WITH "Course offered every semester."
Impact Statement By offering these two courses each semester we expect a
higher total annual enrollment, but fewer students in each section. This
should result in students getting a more individualized instructions. It
is not anticipated that new instructors are needed by the department.
Whereas Math 157/158 are becoming more popular, other courses such as Math
105 and Math 155 seem to have a decline in enrollment.
Rationale High enrollment (30+ with waiting lists of up to 10 students) in
these two courses necessitates multiple sections. Offering this course
every semester will alleviate the excessively high class enrollment and
offer students greater scheduling flexibility.
Coordination
Education: _________________________ Date: _______________
Impact: (none / See attachment)
III. Changes in the description of the "Program in Applied Mathematics" on
page 161 under part II.
a. REPLACE "These 15-17 hours must be approved by the department."
WITH "The area of concentration must be approved by the department, and of
the 15-17 hours at least 9 must be at the 300 level."
Impact Statement No major impact to the program, since the proposed wording
reflects the department's current policy.
Rationale The new statement reflects what is currently approved by the
department. Most applied majors are either in Physics or Computer Science.
The new wording of the catalog will reduce some of the paper work involved.
Under the present wording the chairman must submit a list of pre-approved
courses for each major, and a new list of courses each time the student
changes his or her mind.
b. DELETE "(Possible models: PHYS 221, 222, 324, 420, ...
... STAT 425 and 426.)"
Impact Statement
No major impact to the university foreseen.
Rationale Giving "possible models" leads students to believe that these are
recommended. Any discipline which involves mathematics is equally accepted
by the department as an area of concentration. Suggested models will be
included in a separate handbook given to students interested in majoring in
mathematics.
Coordination Not applicable.IV. Add a discrete mathematics course to the
curriculum.
ADD: "MATH 251 Discrete Mathematics (3)
Introductory Logic and Boolean Algebra, Mathematical Induction, Recursion
and Difference equations, Combinatorics, Graph theory, and Modeling.
Prerequisite: MATH 191."
Impact statement: Presently this class will be offered as an elective
mathematics course to students. Most of its students will probably be
Computer Science majors. The addition of discrete mathematics to the course
offering will complement the existing mathematics courses that are designed
for students in applied fields such as computer science.
Rationale: It is unusual for a department of Mathematics in a University
which offers a degree in computer science to not have a discrete mathematics
course. The material presented in discrete mathematics complements the
topics in calculus. Since computers function on binary logic, the
mathematics underlying binary arithmetics, boolean logic and circuit design
become increasingly more important. In the spring of 93 this course was
offered as a special topic and had an enrollment of 9 students. Next spring
the department plans to offer this course as special topics again, and
anticipates a higher enrollment.
Coordination:
Computer Science: ________________________ Date:____________
Impact: ( none / See attachment )