Texas Tech University

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Mathematics Online – Distance Education

Bachelor of General Studies with an Area of Concentration in Mathematics

The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) offered by Texas Tech University through the University College is a unique program for students who wish to study multiple fields in equivalent depth. Instead of a major and a minor, the student selects three concentration areas in consultation with the B.G.S. advisor. The three concentration areas jointly formulate a coherent specialization that is unavailable elsewhere in the university as an organized program of study. Through these self-selected areas, which form an integrated specialization, the B.G.S. degree can prepare a student to pursue graduate or professional study, an intellectual interest, or a career goal.

Requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies: Students must have a GPA of 2.0 or better to be admitted to the B.G.S. degree program. Continued enrollment requires a minimum 2.0 G.P.A. The student’s official catalog will be the catalog current when the student officially enters the program. All coursework in the general degree requirements, the three concentration areas and electives must total a minimum of 120 semester hours. Each concentration area must include a minimum 9 hours of coursework at the junior-senior level. In two areas of concentration, a majority of the semester hours must be from disciplines related to departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Course Syllabus: University policy requires that during the first week of class each instructor provide a syllabus, explaining how final course grades are to be determined and listing student outcomes and assessment procedures. The same regulation applies to the distance education courses. Sample syllabi with expected learning assessment and student learning outcomes are provided below for several courses.

At present the Department of Mathematics offers Distance Education Courses for the following classes:
Availability of courses/sections and course registration will be handled through Banner. Students who would otherwise be able to attend face-to-face classes will not be able to enroll in on-line classes. Enrollment is by permission only. Please see Amy Peterman, University College, in order to obtain permission to enroll in on-line classes.

Requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration area in Mathematics:

The student is required to complete Math 1451, Math 1452, Math 2450 (or their transfer equivalents, according to Texas Tech University regulations).

Further, nine credit hours (3 courses) in Mathematics must be completed at a level of Math 3000 or higher. A detailed description in sample syllabi for Math 1451, Math 1452 can be viewed at the links above. Description of courses for the 9 hour electives at the level of Math 3000 or above are also available at the links above.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Mathematics Advisor are expected to work with the student in order to create a customized degree plan and identify which three courses at the junior-senior level best fit the student’s background and other areas of concentration.

For the 9 hours of credit at the junior-senior level, students will be paired with instructors who will guide their home studies via e-mail, WeBWorK and other Web-based Learning Resources. For Math 3350 and Math 3351, WeBWorK will be the primary resource for problem solving, homework, and testing.

Web-based Component:

Each designated course comes with its own custom web-based learning tools. One of the most important tools used in this program by the Mathematics and Statistics Department at Texas Tech University is WeBWorK. Some instructors may choose to use one of the many alternative online delivery softwares such as WebAssign. If this is the case then the instructor will provide information on how to use and access the software. For general information about the WeBWorK program, please refer to http://webwork.maa.org/wiki/Introduction

The departmental servers enable access to a wide selection of problems and tests available in the specific course-designated libraries, as well as national libraries. Such databases currently exists for numerous courses, including Math 1320, Math 1321, Math 1451, Math 1452, Math 2450, Math 2360, Math 3350, and Math 3351.

Other possible areas of concentrations include: