May 28, 2020
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]
Mathematical Sciences (B.S.)
The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at https://www.niu.edu/effectiveness/_files/outcomes/clas/mathematical-sciences-bs.pdf.
Check departmental information for any additional requirements.
Requirements in Department (40-42)
Requirement outside Department (4)
Total Hours for Emphasis 1, General: 44-46
Emphasis 2. Applied Mathematics
Requirements in Department (37-40)
Two of the following (6-7)
One additional MATH/STAT course numbered above MATH 333 (3-4)
Requirements outside Department (7)
Total Hours for Emphasis 2, Applied Mathematics: 44-47
Students in this emphasis are required to complete a minor selected with the approval of the department.
Emphasis 3. Computational Mathematics
Requirements in Department (37-38)
One of the following (3-4)
Additional course (3-4)
One additional course from:
Requirements outside Department (7)
Total Hours for Emphasis 3, Computational Mathematics: 44-45
Emphasis 4. Mathematics Education
To be licensed to teach secondary school mathematics (9-12 grades), the Illinois State Board of Education requires that students must have passed all the MATH/STAT and professional education courses applicable to their major (Mathematics Education emphasis at NIU) with a grade of C or better. In addition to the course work and licensure requirements in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, students must complete other course work and licensure requirements outside the department. Students who successfully complete the program and pass the state mandated Teacher Performance Assessment will have completed all required ISBE standards for receiving university recommendation for licensure to teach mathematics at the 9-12 grade levels. A minor that includes a teaching endorsement in a teaching area outside of mathematics is highly desirable to enhance placement opportunities. Students who wish to pursue the emphasis in mathematics education and to seek educator licensure should consult with an adviser in the Department of Mathematical Sciences before enrolling in ILAS 201. Transfer and postbaccalaureate students should see an adviser in the Department of Mathematical Sciences on arrival. Graduate students majoring in the mathematical sciences, graduate students majoring in secondary education, and students-at-large should consult the Graduate Catalog.
Requirements in Department (40)
One additional course from the following (3)
Requirements outside Department (6-7)
Courses in chemistry and physics with at least one laboratory course. These courses satisfy the Nature and Technology general education requirement.
ENGL 350, which satisfies a Creativity and Critical Analysis general education requirement.
Special Departmental Requirements for Licensure
Students are admitted to the Secondary Mathematics Educator Licensure Program when they have:
- Established an advising file with the Secondary Mathematics Educator Licensure Program and completed satisfactory reviews of progress each semester after establishment of the file;
- Completed at least 12 semester hours at NIU with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50;
- Earned a minimum GPA of 2.25 in all courses counted for credit toward the major and a minimum grade of C in all Mathematics courses;
- Earned a minimum GPA of 2.25 in all courses counted for credit toward the major numbered above MATH 231;
- Completed at least 20 clock hours of approved early clinical experiences;
- Obtained approval from the Secondary Mathematics Educator Licensure Program.
Students admitted to the licensure program must:
- Maintain a GPA of 2.50 in all course work taken at NIU;
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.25 in all courses counted for credit toward the major;
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.25 in all courses counted for credit toward the major numbered above MATH 231;
- Complete a satisfactory review of progress each semester with a Coordinator of Educator Licensure in the Department of Mathematical Sciences;
- Take and pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) of the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) or meet the ACT/SAT/TAP substitution according to the Illinois State Board of Education rules;
- Take and pass the ILTS Mathematics Content Exam prior to applying for MATH 401/Student Teaching;
- Take and pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) before completion of the program
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires a minimum of 100 clock hours of substantial, varied and sequential clinical experiences prior to student teaching. This requirement may be satisfied by completing the following sequence of courses:
Professional Education Course Requirements
The ISBE and requirements for educator licensure in Mathematics at NIU also specify that candidates must earn a grade of C or better for each course included in required professional course work in human development and learning, and teaching of English Language Learners, teaching exceptional children. Candidates should consult with the Coordinator of Educator Licensure in Mathematics to determine which courses satisfy these additional requirements outside the department.
Please note: the above classes for educator licensure may change to reflect new state requirements.
For detailed information, see “University Graduation Requirements.”
In some cases requirements for licensure in secondary mathematics exceed those required by the university for a baccalaureate degree. Therefore, students should consult with an adviser within the department as early as possible about meeting general education requirements.
The educator licensure requirements are the same for undergraduate mathematical sciences majors with an emphasis in mathematics education and for postbaccalaureate students seeking licensure in mathematics without becoming a candidate for a degree.
Documentation of the completion of a first aid course, experience with drug abuse education, or an education experience with other social issues in schools (may be satisfied by course work or an approved experience).
Students seeking licensure must pass the edTPA. Students who successfully complete the program and pass the state mandated Teacher Performance Assessment will have completed all required Illinois State Board of Education standards for receiving university recommendation for licensure to teach mathematics at the 9-12 grade levels. Information about this test may be obtained from the ISBE.
Total Hours for Emphasis 4, Mathematics Education: 46-47