William & Mary

Non-Calculus Courses

The department offers five non-calculus courses, each being independent of the others.

  1. First-Year Seminars (MATH 100). In recent years, the course has been devoted to such topics as infinity and infinitesimals and cryptography. In any given semester, several different COLL 100 seminars might be offered. Students should consult the Dynamic Schedule for a description of upcoming seminar topics. Like all COLL 100 seminars, enrollment is limited to about 15 students. The course is reading- and discussion-intensive.
  2. Precalculus Mathematics (MATH 103). This course is designed for students who plan to take calculus (MATH 108 or MATH 111) but whose algebra and trigonometry backgrounds need improvement. The course is supposed to develop skills in operating with functions (including the trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions), graphs, equations, inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities. 
  3. Mathematics of Powered Flight (MATH 104). Its goal is to study mathematics in an immediately applied context. This course is primarily aimed at non-science students, and is a COLL 200 course anchored in the NQR domain, reaching into CSI. The course is not open to students who have successfully completed a Mathematics course numbered higher than 210.
  4. Elementary Probability and Statistics (MATH 106). This course emphasizes probability and its application in statistics, with emphasis on underlying principles rather than special techniques. The course is not open to any student who has taken a Mathematics course numbered higher than 210.
  5. Topics in Mathematics (MATH 110), gives an introduction to mathematical thought with topics not routinely covered in other courses. The material is chosen from various areas of pure and applied mathematics, including probability and statistics.