Math | West Coast Baptist College


Students choosing the Mathematics proficiency may use it as a major or minor teaching field within the Secondary Education concentration. Students will study beginner and intermediate algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, and calculus (differentiation & basic techniques/uses of integration) with the goal of becoming proficient in each of these areas.

Course ID Credit Hours Course
MA 101 3

Algebra 1

This course introduces key concepts and theories that provide a foundation for further studies in mathematics (Geometry, Algebra 2, and beyond). Students will be challenged to increase their mathematic literacy in the topics of signed numbers, linear equations, word problems, exponents, polynomials, factoring, and rational equations. The problem solving and critical thinking skills that are learned in Algebra 1 can be taken to and applied in other academic disciplines. Prerequisite: MA 100 or SAT score ≥ 540 or ACT score ≥ 22

MA 102 3

Algebra 2

MA 102 is Intermediate Algebra. Intermediate Algebra is designed to broaden and expand the concepts of Elementary Algebra. This course covers all the essential topics needed to be successful in Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. Students will be challenged to increase their mathematic literacy in the topics of radical expressions and equations, quadratic equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, compound and absolute value inequalities, and exponential and logarithmic functions. There is an emphasis placed on understanding graphs and word problems appropriate to all these topics. Prerequisite: MA 101

MA 201 3


Geometry is the third course of the WCBC mathematics series. It is a fall semester course, followed by trigonometry in the spring semester. A background of two semesters of algebra is highly recommended. Concepts related to logical and methodical thinking skills will be addressed as applied to 1-, 2-, and 3-imensional space, primarily including relationships of lines, planes, polygons, and loci. Students will seek and summarize Scriptures dealing with logical thought in Romans. Prerequisite: None

MA 210 3


Trigonometry is the fourth course of the WCBC mathematics series. Triangles and the unit circle are presented as models to shape the core trigonometric ratios. The relationships of the various trigonometric functions are examined to prepare students for future courses in calculus and/or physics, including application sections related to physics topics. Identities and equations involving trigonometric functions are explored extensively, as well as applications of the Laws of Sines and Cosines. Prerequisite: MA 102 or Instructor Approval

MA 301 3

Calculus 1

Calculus 1 is the fifth course of the WCBC mathematics series for secondary education students. Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry are required prerequisites. Limits, differentiation techniques, applications of derivatives, related rates, extreme values, concavity, optimization, and basic theory and techniques of integration comprise the core concepts studied. A portion of most lectures will also draw attention to spiritual and practical applications of the concepts presented. Prerequisite: MA 210 with a grade of a “C-” or higher

MA 302 3

Calculus 2

MA 302 (Calculus 2) requires MA 301 and is an advanced continuation of the same. Core concepts include extreme values, concavity, and optimization of functions. The basic theory and techniques of integration, indeterminate forms, and improper integrals will also be studied. A portion of the lecture time will highlight practical applications of the concepts presented. Prerequisite: MA 301 with a grade of a “C-” or higher

MA 402 2

Teaching Secondary Math

This is the eighth course in the WCBC mathematics series for secondary education students having a primary mathematics concentration. Students will demonstrate an aptitude for teaching in lesson presentations and lesson plan creations from three different courses in secondary mathematics. Assignments include problem sets from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. With the emphasis on education skills, there is a focus toward child age and development of abstract thought. Additionally, latter lectures center on US mathematics class methodology contrasted with other countries. Prerequisite: EN 102; 64 credits earned

SC 401 3

Physics 1

Physics 1 is designed to establish a foundation in physics and scientific thinking as the wonderful orderliness of Creation is explored. This course will give the student a basic understanding of the laws of physics and the knowledge required to teach them to others. All instruction will be given with the understanding that God is in control of the universe, and the laws of physics are a result of His perfect design. Prerequisite: MA 210

SC 402 3

Physics 2

This course requires SC 401 and is an advanced continuation of the same. As such, it is designed to help you expand your foundation in physics and in scientific thinking as you gain an appreciation for the God-ordained orderliness of the physical laws of Creation. Students will be challenged to relate the knowledge gained in SC 401 to other physical domains. Prerequisite: MA 210 and SC 401

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Key Faculty

Larry Cox

Instructor—Math, Science