# Southwestern Michigan College

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The mission of Southwestern Michigan College is to be the college of first choice for students who have a choice, the college that provides the programs and services to meet the needs of students with limited choices, and the college that serves our community.## Math courses offered

MATH 098 College Arithmetic

Prerequisite: Compass pre-algebra assessment score of 22-41 required.

Provides a review of operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, percentages, measurement, area, perimeter and signed numbers. Emphasis is on computation. This course will not count toward graduation requirements.

MATH 100P Pre-Algebra

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 098 or satisfactory test score.

Introductory exploration and analysis of selected topics from pre-algebra, beginning algebra, math/test anxiety, and effective study tools for math courses.

MATH 101 Introductory Algebra

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 100P or satisfactory test score.

Includes some review of arithmetic, emphasis on algebraic expressions, graphing with the rectangular coordinate system, polynomial operations, factoring, and solving linear and quadratic equations. This course requires some computer usage.

MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 101 and READ 100 or satisfactory test scores.

Includes general functions; domain and range functions; inverse functions; linear equations and inequalities; polynomial, quadratic and rational functions; exponential functions and logarithmic expressions; application of functions; systems of linear equations; graphing and graph transformations; and complex numbers.

MATH 111 Technical Mathematics I

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in READ 100 or satisfactory test score, concurrent enrollment allowed.

Introduces the technical student to the basic principles of applied mathematics, with considerable emphasis on the operation and use of the scientific calculator as a problem solving tool. Topics include basic concepts, the metric system, polynomials, ratio and proportion, applied geometry, and precision measurement.

MATH 112 Technical Mathematics II

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 111; and READ 100 or satisfactory test score, concurrent enrollment allowed. A continuation of MATH 111. Course emphasis includes: use of the scientific calculator, applied trigonometry, applied algebra, basic statistics and statistical process control.

MATH 115 Business Mathematics

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 100P or satisfactory test score.

Covers problems in percentage, interest, discount, taxes, mark-up, installment buying, insurance and stocks and bonds. Recommended for business students.

MATH 129 Finite Mathematics

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 105 or satisfactory test score.

Provides Computer Information Systems and Business curricula with a survey of set theory, graphing, linear equation systems, matrices, linear programming, permutations and combinations, and probability with particular attention to applications in the area of business.

MATH 131 Precalculus Trigonometry

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 105 and READ 100 or satisfactory test scores.

Provides an introduction to trigonometry, including trigonometry of triangles and circles, trigonometric functions and inverse functions, identities, trigonometric equations, graphing, Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, polar coordinates, DeMoivre's theorem, an introduction to vectors, and applications. [Semesters Offered: Fall, Winter]

MATH 136 Precalculus Algebra

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 105 and READ 100 or satisfactory test scores.

Provides a review of the fundamentals of algebra and analytic geometry. Emphasizes calculus-oriented concepts including functional notation, graphing, and the applications of functions. Explores the behavior of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and conic sections with the aid of graphing calculators.

MATH 141 Applied Geometry and Calculus I

Minimum grade of C in MATH 131 and MATH 136; or a minimum grade of C in MATH 130; and minimum grade

of C in READ 100 or satisfactory test score.

Prerequisite: Provides an introduction to functions, limits and continuity, differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of derivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.

MATH 142 Applied Geometry and Calculus II

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 141.

Provides a study of techniques of integration, applications of integrals, improper integrals, sequences, and series.

MATH 150 Statistics

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 105 and READ 100 or satisfactory test scores.

Introduces the central ideas and the application of statistical inference. Surveys graphic presentation, frequency distribution, sampling and probability, regression and correlation, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and goodness of fit.

MATH 153 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 101 or satisfactory test score.

Provides the elementary teacher with a minimum foundation in the structure of arithmetic. Includes problem solving techniques, sets, relations, and bases, the properties of natural numbers, integers, rational, and real numbers. Includes selected topics in number theory and algebra.

MATH 154 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 153 or permission of appropriate instructional dean.

Analyzes geometric figures in the plane and space, including investigations into their transformations and symmetries. Considers fundamental concepts in measurement and construction. Emphasizes active participation in discovering and communicating mathematical ideas.

MATH 201 Calculus III

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 142.

Provides a study of vector algebra, vector functions and their derivatives, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and line integrals. Presents selected topics in vector analysis.

MATH 203 Introduction to Linear Algebra

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 141 or permission from appropriate instructional dean.

Provides a study of systems of linear equations and matrices, determinants, vector spaces, subspaces, basis and dimension, linear transformations, and eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

MATH 204 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 201.

Provides a study of ordinary differential equations, initial value problems, and an introduction to boundary value problems. Includes techniques for solving first order and constant coefficient second order equations, series solutions, numerical methods, separation of variables, Fourier series, applications, and existence and uniqueness theorems.

MATH 265 Probability and Statistics for Teachers

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in MATH 153.

This course covers basic concepts of statistics and probability appropriate for elementary and middle school teachers. Topics include statistical techniques for organizing, summarizing, presenting and interpreting data sampling techniques; and analytic methods in probability. Computers are used to reinforce major course ideas.

## At a Glance

School TypeState and locally supported, Coed

Setting

Rural 240-acre campus

Degrees Offered

Certificates and Associate

Entrance Difficulty

Noncompetitive

Application Deadlines

Rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)

Admissions

Freshman

Admission: 505 applied; 505 admitted; 505 enrolled

Applying

Options: electronic application, deferred entrance

Required: high school transcript

Required for some: letters of recommendation, interview

Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (transfers)

Notification: continuous until 9/10 (freshmen), continuous until 9/10 (transfers)

Cost and Financial Aid

Costs (2009-10)

Tuition: Area resident $2648 full-time, $88 per credit hour part-time; state resident $3383 full-time, $113 per credit hour part-time; nonresident $3668 full-time, $122 per credit hour part-time

Required fees: $810 full-time, $27 per credit hour part-time

Room and board: $7160; room only: $5000

Payment plan: Installment

Waivers: Senior citizens and employees or children of employees

Financial Aid

Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2001, 125 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $1000). 75 state and other part-time jobs (averaging $1000)

Majors and Degrees

Degrees Offered

Certificates and Associate

Majors

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services

Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping; Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science; Business Administration and Management

Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services

Graphic and Printing Equipment Operation/Production

Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services

Computer and Information Sciences Related; Computer Programming

Education

Early Childhood Education; Teacher Assistant/Aide

Engineering Technologies/Technicians

Drafting and Design Technology; Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology; Industrial Production Technologies Related

Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences

Emergency Medical Technology (EMT Paramedic); Health Information/Medical Records Technology; Medical Transcription; Medical/Clinical Assistant; Nursing (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training); Nursing (Registered Nurse Training)

Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanic And Repair Technologies/Technicians

Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology; Precision Systems Maintenance and Repair Technologies Related

Precision Production

Machine Tool Technology; Tool and Die Technology; Welding Technology

Public Administration And Social Service Professions

Social Work

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population

2,493 undergraduate students, 63% women, 37% men, 42% transferred in, 8% African American, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% Hispanic American, 0.4% Native American

International Population

3% representing 20 other countries

Campus Life

Housing: College housing not available

Activities: Drama/theater group, choral group, Phi Theta Kappa, Business Professionals of America, Chi Alpha, Dionysis Drama Club, Green Club

Most popular organizations: Phi Theta Kappa, Business Professionals of America, Chi Alpha, Dionysis Drama Club, Green Club

Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, evening police patrols

Academic Programs

Special study options: Academic remediation for entering students, accelerated degree program, adult/continuing education programs, advanced placement credit, cooperative education, distance learning, double majors, English as a second language, independent study, internships, part-time degree program, services for LD students, student-designed majors, summer session for credit

School Calendar: Semesters

Faculty

Total: 141

Full-time: 35% full-time

Student/faculty ratio: 19:1

Intramural sports

Basketball M/W, football M/W, golf M/W, racquetball M/W, soccer M/W, volleyball M/W

School Facilities

Facilities/Endowment

Main Library Name: Fred L. Mathews Library

Collection: 36,877 titles; 127 serial subscriptions; 1,537 audiovisual materials

Contact Info

Dr. Margaret Hay, Dean of Students and Academic Support

Southwestern Michigan College

58900 Cherry Grove Road

Dowagiac, MI 49047-9793

Phone: 269-782-1000 Ext. 1306

Toll-free: 800-456-8675

Fax: 269-782-1331