730:  Middle Grades Mathematics

This major is for students who plan to teach mathematics in grades 5-9 only.

1.  Students who wish to declare a 730 middle grades mathematics major are initially designated as 730P – Middle Grades Mathematics (Prep).  In order to be granted full admission into the 730 major, a student must satisfy the following requirements:
     •  Complete 3 of the following with a grade of "C" or better in each course: MATH 136, MATH 183, MATH 205,
        MATH 206, MATH 302 (formerly 225).
     •  Have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 in all middle grades mathematics program courses (MATH 136 and above)
        completed prior to admission.
     •  Submission of a Change of Major form to change from 730P to a 730 major.

2.  A minimum of 34 hours of mathematics is required. A minimum of 120 unduplicated undergraduate semester hours is required.  See bottom of this page for information on enrolling in graduate courses.

3.   No minor is required.  A second major in Science and Mathematics Education (Ref: 774) must be completed. Upon successful completion of both majors, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree.  At least one-third of the course requirements in each major (and minor) must be earned at WKU.

4.  At least one-half of the semester hours required for each major and minor must be earned in undergraduate courses numbered 300 and above.  (See the Undergraduate Catalog for exceptions for minors in business administration and computer information systems, and majors in dental hygiene, social studies, art education, middle grades education).

5.  A minimum of 42 undergraduate semester hours must be completed in courses numbered 300 and above.

6.  University Requirements:  You must have a GPA of at least 2.0 (i) in all credits presented for graduation whether earned at WKU or elsewhere, (ii) in all credits completed at WKU, (iii) overall in the major subjects and in the minor subjects, and (iv) in the major subjects and in the minor subjects completed at WKU. 

7.  730 Major/SMED/Certification Requirements:  Students must attain a grade of “C” or better in each required mathematics course and in each required professional education course.  For recommendation for Initial Teacher Certification, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 in all coursework, in the middle grades mathematics major, and in all professional education courses for the SMED major.

Mathematics Requirements – 34 hours
Course Descriptions

MATH 136 (4 hrs)          MATH 205, 206, 304, 308, 413   (15 hrs)

      MATH 183 or STAT 301  (3 hrs)             MATH 302/225 or 310 (3 hrs)

MATH 403 or 323 (3 hrs)                MATH 411 or 421  (3 hrs)               MATH 490 or 498  (3 hrs)

State Requirement:  LTCY 421 (3 hrs)

Science and Mathematics Education Major (Ref.  774)  (34 hours)
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Course Descriptions
   SMED 101 (1 hr)       SMED 102 (2 hrs)     SMED 310 (3 hrs)    
SMED 320 (3 hrs)      SMED 340 (3 hrs)     SMED 360 (3 hrs)  
        SPED 330 (3 hrs)         SMED 470 (3 hrs)       
SMED 489  (3 hrs)         MGE 490 (10 hrs)

The courses SMED 489 and MGE 490 (student teaching) are taken concurrently.

University Colonnade Requirements
(A minimum of 39 hours total)

I.  Foundations:  Intellectual and Practical Skills (18 hours total)

College Composition (3 hrs) - ENG 100 -  Students with an English ACT of at least 29 or a English SAT of at least 650
                                                                           will receive credit for this requirement.
Writing in the Disciplines (3 hrs) - ENG 300, or 200-level or higher writing in the discipline course.
Human Communication (3 hrs) - COMM 145
Quantitative Reasoning (3 hrs) - Students with a Math ACT of at least 26 or a Math SAT of at least 590 will receive
                                                          credit for MATH 116.
Literary Studies (3 hrs) - ENG 200
World History (3 hrs) - HIST 101 or HIST 102

II. Explorations:  Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World (12 hrs total)

               (AH)  Arts & Humanites (3 hrs)           (SB)  Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs)
(NS)  Natural and Physical Sciences (6 hrs) - Courses from two disciplines must be taken, including one with an  
                                                                                  essential/applied lab component (SL).

III.  Connections:  Understanding Individual and Social Responsibility  (9 hours total)

      Students should complete 21 Colonnade hours or have Junior status before enrolling since content builds on
      Explorations and Foundations courses.  Three separate disciplines are required:

                   (a) Social & Cultural (3 hrs)        (b) Local to Global (3 hrs)          (c) Systems (3 hrs)

Note:  All entering students must demonstrate proficiency in a world language at the Novice High level before completing 60 credit hours.  Students may satisfy this requirement by completing a foreign language course at the 102-level with a grade of C or better, or by successfully taking a proficiency exam.

Residency Requirement

The minimum residence requirement for the bachelor’s degree is 25% of the minimum number of semester hours required in the student’s degree program. At least 16 of the hours counted in meeting the residence requirement must be completed after the semester in which the student has earned a cumulative total of at least 90 semester hours. Exceptions to these regulations may be made for WKU students who have been given permission to transfer credits earned at accredited professional schools to apply as electives toward the degree.

Application for Graduation

All candidates for a baccalaureate degree are expected to apply for graduation immediately after attaining senior status (90 hours earned). Associate degree candidates are expected to apply for graduation after earning 48 hours. The Application for Graduation is available on TopNet under Student Records.

Repeating Courses

An undergraduate student is permitted to repeat a maximum of six courses.  Only two courses in which a grade of “C” or above has been earned may be repeated.
Credit for a course in which a grade of “F” has been received can be earned only by repeating the course in residence unless prior approval is given by the head of the department in which the course was taken. A course in which a grade of “D” has been received may be repeated at another accredited institution. 

A course that has been failed cannot be repeated by independent learning without special permission from the department head.  A student may not repeat by proficiency testing a course which has been previously taken or failed at WKU or another accredited institution. 

If a course is repeated, only the second grade will be counted in computing the grade point average; if the course is repeated a second time both the second and the third grades will be used in computing the grade point average. The grade received for each attempt will continue to appear on the student’s academic record. A student may attempt a single course no more than three times.

Dr. David K. Neal, Lead Academic Advisor
Department of Mathematics
COHH 4109
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101