202425 Catalog
Department of Mathematics


Department Chair: Sandra FitalAkelbek
Location: Tracy Hall Science Center, Room 381
Contact: June Thomas, 8016266095 or math@weber.edu
Department Website: weber.edu/mathematics
Professors: Mahmud Akelbek, Chloe Cai, Julian Chan, Sandra FitalAkelbek, Afshin Ghoreishi, Kent Kidman, George Kvernadze, Matthew Ondrus, Timothy Steele, Paul Talaga; Associate Professors: Rachel Bachman, Shawn Broderick, Mihail Cocos, Cora Neal, James Peters; Assistant Professors: Alees Lee, Amila Muthunayake,C. David Walters; Instructors: Natalie Anderson, Shannon Dixon, Thomas Roybal
From data mining to forensics, mathematics is the language of choice for an everincreasing number of disciplines. The scientist, the engineer, the actuary, the financial planner  all use algebra, geometry, calculus and statistics. But also, the voter needs to understand these concepts, albeit at a less advanced level, to reach informed decisions about a multitude of issues from utility rates and retirement saving to information security and global warming.
The Department of Mathematics offers a variety of courses (from general interest to advanced levels of applicability), two minors, departmental honors, and five majors. The Mathematics major may be the best choice for someone planning to go directly to graduate school; the Applied Mathematics major prepares one for a job that uses mathematics; the Mathematics Teaching major prepares students to be teachers of mathematics in elementary through high school, and the Computational Statistics and Data Science major is for students who can convert big data into actionable insight, improve decision making, and provide a competitive advantage for their employers. We also offer an Associate’s of Science degree in Mathematics that complements all STEM degrees.
Prerequisites
Since each course in mathematics requires a working knowledge of principles from prerequisite courses, students are required to earn a “C” grade in each prerequisite course before registering for the next course. Math prerequisites for math courses up to MATH 2210 expire after 24 months.
Placement
Weber State University students will be placed into mathematics courses by the following procedure.
A. To enroll in mathematics courses MATH 1030 QL , MATH 1040 , MATH 1120 QL , or MATH 2010 a student must have, within the past 24 months, either:
 Completed the prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or higher; OR
 Received a Math ACT score of 21 or above; OR
 Scored sufficiently high on a placement exam at a WSU testing center
B. To enroll in mathematics courses MATH 1050 QL , MATH 1060 QL , MATH 1080 QL , or MATH 1090 QL a student must have, within the past 24 months, either:
 Completed the prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or higher; OR
 Received a Math ACT score of 23 or above; OR
 Scored sufficiently high on a placement exam at a WSU testing center
C. To enroll in MATH 1035 QL  Contemporary Mathematics with Prerequisite Topics QL a student must have, within the past 24 months, either:
 Completed MATH 0950 with a grade of “C” or higher; OR
 Received a Math ACT score of 14 or above; OR
 Scored sufficiently high on a placement exam at a WSU testing center
E. To enroll in mathematics courses numbered 1210 through 2210, a student must have, within the past 24 months, either:
 Completed the prerequisite course(s) with a grade of “C” or higher
 Scored sufficiently high on a placement exam at a WSU testing center. (Placement scores only available up to MATH 1210  Calculus I )
 Obtained the appropriate AP Calculus score described below:
 Three on the AB test places the student in MATH 1210
 Four or five on the AB test places the student in MATH 1220
 Three or four on the BC test places the student in MATH 1220
 Five on the BC test places the student in MATH 2210 or higher
Students who score below 21 on the Math ACT may be placed into developmental courses. See the Math Placement Standards listed in the WSU Core General Education Requirements.
Failure to comply with this policy will normally result in the cancellation of the student’s math course registration.
It is recommended that students have their programs (majors and minors) approved before registering for upper division courses.
Courses
Mathematics Course Descriptions
ProgramsAssociate of ScienceInstitutional CertificateBachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMinorTeaching Minor
