Course Summary

Making the connections: how and why mathematics affects the whole world

A basic understanding of the development and use of mathematics and its modern applications. The course is organized into three modules: (1) Mathematics History, (2) Pure in Mathematics, and (3) Applied Mathematics. 3 semester undergraduate credits. 


• Identify major mathematicians and recognize their contributions to the development of mathematics

• Recognize function of mathematics properties, mathematics logic, and advanced mathematics

Explain the relationship between pure math and applied mathematics

Credit for the course will be awarded with successful completion of three examinations and two essays.  Each graded element is valued at 20 percent.


Online resources are linked in the online syllabus.  Two texts are available online through the Electronic Collection without cost to the student.  In the case the student wishes to substitute a hard copy book, the following is recommended:

Boyer, Carl B. and Uta C. Merzbach. A History of Mathematics. 3rd ed. Wiley, 2011. 688 pages. $26.92 ISBN: 978-0470525487

Lennox, John C. God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? New updated ed. Lion Hudson, 2009. 224 pages $14.35 ISBN: 978-0745959115