Concentration in Mathematics

If you plan on doing the MLS concentration in Mathematics, you should have finished your undergraduate degree with at least a minor in math. It is possible to take some 'independent studies' courses as distance education courses, but most of your coursework would have to be on campus. Students completing their MLS program in this concentration will have the following notation on their transcripts: "Liberal Studies (Natural Sciences/Mathematics)"

If you are interested in taking math classes for the purpose of teacher certification, you should contact Dr. Mohammad Riazi-Kermani, Department Chair.

While there is some flexibility in the MLS concentration in Math/Math Education, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science intends to focus the Math concentration on three areas:

1) enhancing certification for middle school math teachers (courses in this area are being developed jointly with the College of Education to reflect the new licensure teaching standards),

2) enhancing certification for secondary school teachers, and

3) those teaching at the secondary level who would like to be able to teach college algebra.

Courses in the above three areas are under revision to reflect new licensure standards and will be available through ITV or on campus. Students who are licensed (7-12) would also be asked to complete nine hours of coursework from the following list:

MATH 610 Higher Algebra = can be taken as an Independent Studies course*

MATH 620 Modern Geometry = can be taken as an Independent Studies course*

MATH 631 Advanced Calculus I = can be taken as an Independent Studies course*

MATH 646 Discrete Structures = can be taken as an Independent Studies course*

MATH 650 Probability and Statistics = can be taken as an Independent Studies course*

MATH 665 Numerical Analysis = can be taken as an Independent Studies course*

MATH 671 Theory of Numbers = can be taken as an Independent Studies course*

*There is a limit to the number of Independent Studies courses that a student can include in her or his MLS program.

If you have questions about the MLS concentration in Math, you should contact Dr. Mohammad Riazi-Kermani, Department Chair. Once you have been admitted to this concentration, please follow the MLS Checklist and carefully read The MLS Student Handbook.

For more information, contact:
Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program
The Graduate School, Picken Hall 306
Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-5578