Jun 29, 2022  
2021-2022 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 SDSM&T Academic Catalog

Mathematics Department

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Contact Information

Travis Kowalski, Department Head
McLaury 206C
(605) 394-2471
E-mail: Travis.Kowalski@sdsmt.edu
Department website: https://www.sdsmt.edu/math/


Professors Braman, Johnson, Kowalski, and Teets; Associate Professors Caudle, Garlick, Kliche, and Riley; Assistant Professors Deschamp, Fleming, and Steinburg; Lecturers Grieve, Lehmann, Leonard, and Richard-Greer; Instructor Winter; Emerita Professors Dahl and Logar; Emeritus Professors Carda, Corwin, and Opp.


Mathematics is a language and methodology for classifying, studying, and predicting patterns of quantity, of structure, of change, and of logic. Mathematics plays a fundamental role in science and engineering. It provides both applicable models with which to explain observable real phenomena, and logical frameworks from which to abstract and predict them. Industry and government need mathematicians to analyze complex data and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems. 

The Department of Mathematics offers a BS degree in Mathematics, a math degree specifically designed for the 21st century.  It combines foundational mathematics with an emphasis on advanced computing skills and real-world applications for a degree rigorous enough to continue to graduate education, and robust enough to pursue careers in STEM fields. The degree is also flexible enough to allow students to specialize their application of mathematics by pursuing an additional minor or a double major. Students pursuing a Mathematics major should consult their departmental advisor each semester to devise a program best suited to meet their professional and academic goals.

The Department also offers two different minors: Mathematics and Computational Statistics.  These provide students with exposure to the tools, techniques, and concepts needed to succeed in careers that emphasize quantitative problem-solving or are intensely data driven.

If you would like to learn more about the Department of Mathematics, its mission, learning outcomes, or course assessment, please visit our website: https://www.sdsmt.edu/math/.

Prerequisite and Placement Information

Before registering for any course, a student must either have met all prerequisites and be enrolled in all co-requisites, passed the appropriate placement examinations, or have obtained permission from the Head of the Mathematics Department. Placement examinations may only be used for initial mathematics course placement. Please see the course descriptions in this catalog for all information related to prerequisites and placement.

Students transferring from other institutions or returning to the School of Mines after interrupting studies for a period of one year or more should consult the Head of the Department of Mathematics to discuss proper placement.

Course Offering Information

MATH 021  and MATH 101  may not be used for credit toward any bachelor’s degree at School of Mines. College algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus courses may not be counted toward any mathematics, computer science, or engineering degree. Other majors should consult their departments on policies regarding these courses.

In order to help students plan their future semesters, the following information is presented. This reflects the best available knowledge at the time of the preparation of this document. This is not meant as a guarantee of when classes will be offered. Students concerned about when classes will be offered should contact the Department Head for any changes to the following. Courses not listed below have no defined rotation and will be offered contingent upon demand and staff availability. Summer offerings are highly dependent on staffing. An attempt will be made to offer MATH 120 , MATH 123 , MATH 125 , MATH 225 , and MATH 321  during the summer session.

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