Major in Mathematics (B.A.)
MAT 124MCalculus 14
MAT 125Calculus 24
MAT 211Linear Algebra3
MAT 222Differential Equations3
MAT 223Multivariable Calculus3
MAT 241Discrete Mathematics3
MAT 310Algebraic Structures4
MAT 330Probability and Statistics3
MAT 422Real Analysis3
MAT 425Topics in Mathematics3
MAT 499Foundations of Mathematics3
COS 100Introduction to Programming3
COS 105Computer Science 14
Choose two of the following Applied Math course:6-7
Applied Statistics
Numerical Methods
Operations Research
Major *49-50
General Education49-50
Electives22-24
Total Credits122

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B.A. in Mathematics 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COS 100 Introduction to Programming3GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4 COS 105 Computer Science 14
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4
MAT 124M Calculus 14 MAT 125 Calculus 24
 14 3 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MAT 223 Multivariable Calculus3Elective 3MAT 211 Linear Algebra3
MAT 241 Discrete Mathematics3 MAT 222 Differential Equations3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 THE 201 Christian Theology3
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Elective 3 Second Language (S) course1 4
 16 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MAT 330 Probability and Statistics3Comparative Systems (G) course 3MAT 310 Algebraic Structures4
World Cultures (U) course 3 MAT 425 Topics in Mathematics3
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3 Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
 12-15 3 13-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MAT 422 Real Analysis3MAT 499 Foundations of Mathematics3Applied Math course2 3
Applied Math course2 4 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Electives 8 Electives 6
 15 3 12
Total Credits 123-129

This program assumes a student will use MAT 124M to meet the general education Mathematics requirements. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Mathematics 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COS 100 Introduction to Programming3GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4COS 105 Computer Science 14
MAT 124M Calculus 14 GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 MAT 125 Calculus 24
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 14 4 12-15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MAT 223 Multivariable Calculus3BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3MAT 211 Linear Algebra3
MAT 241 Discrete Mathematics3 MAT 222 Differential Equations3
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Second Language (S) course1 4
  Elective 3
 14 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MAT 330 Probability and Statistics3Comparative Systems (G) course 3MAT 310 Algebraic Structures4
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 MAT 425 (spring, odd years) Topics in Mathematics3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3 Elective 6
Electives 4  
 13-16 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
MAT 422 Real Analysis3MAT 499 Foundations of Mathematics3Applied Math course2 3
Applied Math course2 4 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Electives 9 Electives 8
 16 3 14
Total Credits 126-132

This program assumes a student will use MAT 124M to meet the general education Mathematics requirements. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
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  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
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  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
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  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

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MAT 101M • Mathematics for the 21st Century 3 Credits.

Mathematical ideas that a liberally educated person should be familiar with in order to function well in a technological society.
Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra, including logarithms and exponential functions. Offered: Fall, spring

MAT 102M • Creative Problem Solving 3 Credits.

An opportunity to learn to use creative thinking and intuition to gain confidence in understanding and solving some intriguing problems in mathematics.
Prerequisites: High school algebra and geometry. Offered: Interim

MAT 123M • Precalculus 3 Credits.

Mathematics topics required for MAT 124M or for further study in the natural sciences. Equations and inequalities; graphs of functions and relations; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions, identities, equations, and applications.
Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra; satisfy math department placement requirements. Offered: Fall, spring

MAT 124M • Calculus 1 4 Credits.

A mathematical foundation for future college courses and beyond. An introduction to the concepts and methods of the derivative and the integral, and a demonstration of how they are applied in real-world modeling situations. Topics are examined graphically, numerically, and algebraically, including using a symbolic computer algebra system to aid with understanding.
Prerequisites: MAT 123M or equivalent high school or college course(s); satisfy math department placement requirements. Offered: Fall, spring

MAT 125 • Calculus 2 4 Credits.

A continuation of the equipping of students with tools for effective problem solving. Study of integration, sequences and series, and introduction to differential equations and approximation techniques. Each topic is approached from several viewpoints (graphical, numerical, algebraic) to involve students with different learning styles.
Prerequisites: MAT 124M. Offered: Fall, spring

MAT 201M • Mathematics for Elementary Education 1 3 Credits.

Introduction to problem solving; patterns and sequences; systems of numeration; sets and logic; concepts, operations, and algorithms for each subset of the real numbers; elementary number theory; concepts and applications of ratios, proportions, and percents.
Prerequisites: Major in Elementary Education; minimum ACT mathematics score of 24, minimum SAT mathematics score of 560, or satisfactory completion of Bethel's online Math for Elementary Education prep course; 15 college-level credits completed. Special Notes: MAT 201M may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in Mathematics; Offered: Fall, Spring.

MAT 202 • Mathematics for Elementary Education 2 3 Credits.

Problem-solving and reasoning strategies; algebraic expressions, equations, and functions; data analysis, statistics, combinations/permutations, and probability; concepts and applications of two- and three-dimensional geometry and measurement.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in MAT 201M. MAT 202 may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in mathematics. Offered: Fall, spring

MAT 207M • Statistical Analysis 3 Credits.

Descriptive and inferential statistics. Specific topics include discrete probability spaces, random variables, distributions, normal distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation analysis. Selected topics could include analysis of variance, goodness-of-fit, and contingency tables. Applications to business, economics, and science.
Offered: Fall, Interim, Spring. Special Notes: Students may not receive credit for both MAT 207M and PSY 230M.

MAT 209 • Financial Mathematics for Actuarial Science 3 Credits.

Topics and problem-solving practice for the actuarial exam in financial mathematics. Theory of interest topics include: time value of money, annuities, cash flows, amortized loans, bonds, portfolios, and immunization. Financial economics topics include: derivatives, options, forwards and futures, swaps, hedging, and investment strategies.
Prerequisites: MAT 125. Offered: Occasionally.

MAT 211 • Linear Algebra 3 Credits.

Linear systems, matrices, vectors and vector spaces, linear transformations, inner products, norms, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, orthogonality, and applications. Provides a foundation for many areas of study in mathematics, computer science, engineering, and science.
Prerequisites: MAT 125 or MAT 241. Offered: Fall, spring.

MAT 222 • Differential Equations 3 Credits.

Analytic solution methods for ordinary differential equations, including special methods for first- and second-order systems, and transformation methods. Analysis of systems of differential equations using linear algebra and qualitative phase plane techniques.
Prerequisites: MAT 125. MAT 223 strongly recommended. Offered: Spring

MAT 223 • Multivariable Calculus 3 Credits.

Differential calculus of real functions on Rⁿ: limits, continuity, partial and directional derivatives, mean value theorem, implicit functions, Taylor’s Theorem, and optimization techniques (including Lagrange multipliers). Multiple integral theory: change of variables, iterated integrals, and line integration (Green’s Theorem).
Prerequisites: MAT 125. Offered: Fall, Spring.

MAT 241 • Discrete Mathematics 3 Credits.

Covers a collection of topics useful to mathematics and computer science majors. The unifying factor is that the topics deal mainly with finite collections of mathematical objects (graphs, trees, finite state machines, etc.). Also includes examination of sets, logic, Boolean algebras, proof techniques, algorithm analysis, counting, and recursion.
Prerequisites: MAT 124M. Offered: Fall

MAT 310 • Algebraic Structures 4 Credits.

Study of groups, rings, fields, and applications of these algebraic structures from a firm axiomatic foundation with a strong emphasis on properly written proofs.
Prerequisites: MAT 211. Offered: Spring

MAT 330 • Probability and Statistics 3 Credits.

Discrete and continuous probability spaces, distribution and density functions, random variables, sampling, expectation, estimation, and hypothesis testing.
Prerequisites: MAT 125. Offered: Fall

MAT 331 • Applied Statistics 3 Credits.

Linear and multilinear regression. Factor analysis, including analysis of variance and experimental design.
Prerequisites: MAT 330 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring, even # years

MAT 344 • Numerical Methods 3 Credits.

Numerical methods for solving systems of linear equations, finding roots and fixed points, approximating data and functions, numerical integration, finding solutions to differential equations.
Prerequisites: MAT 211 or MAT 222. Recommended: COS 105 or COS 205. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in computer science.

MAT 351 • Modern Geometry 3 Credits.

A survey of informal and formal geometric topics. Investigation of concepts, structure, proof, Euclidean, non-Euclidean, and transformational geometry.
Prerequisites: MAT 241 or consent of instructor. Offered: Fall, even # years. Special Notes: Designed for students seeking licensure to teach math in grades 5-12.

MAT 376 • Operations Research 4 Credits.

Mathematical techniques used in systems analysis, including linear programming, simulation techniques, and other topics such as transportation models, integer programming, and network analysis.
Prerequisites: COS 105 or COS 205; MAT 211. Offered: Fall, odd # years.

MAT 422 • Real Analysis 3 Credits.

Elementary set theory, properties of real numbers, functions of real variables, sequences, series, differentiation, Riemann integration, and introduction to topological concepts.
Prerequisites: MAT 223; MAT 310. Offered: Fall.

MAT 425 • Topics in Mathematics 3 Credits.

A seminar designed to provide an in-depth experience with a specific field of mathematics. Topics vary from semester to semester and include logic, number theory, dynamical systems, chaos and fractals, complex analysis, partial differential equations and Fourier analysis, intermediate probability and statistics, combinatorics, and topology.
Corequisites: MAT 310 or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring, odd # years.

MAT 499 • Foundations of Mathematics 3 Credits.

A short history of mathematics’ major transition points, overview of foundations of mathematics, axiomatic structures, and philosophies of mathematics in relation to Christian faith.
Prerequisites: Major in mathematics; Senior standing. Offered: Interim.