College Distinction for Mathematics

College Distinction provides exceptional current Arkansas Tech students an opportunity to challenge themselves academically and gain recognition for their outstanding work in the college classroom. Students with at least sixty hours of college credit and thirty hours of course work at Arkansas Tech with a minimum 3.5 GPA are invited to participate in the program. Students who accept the invitation to pursue College Distinction will have the opportunity to take two courses designated as distinction courses. The first is an enrichment course. This course provides an extra educational experience related to the student’s field of study and could include, among other experiences, study abroad, internship, service learning, or mentor-guided research. The second is an enhanced capstone course. This course demonstrates a student’s ability to work at an exceptional level in a given field and is enhanced by an advanced or accelerated curriculum.

Students’ successful completion of the course requirements and a graduating GPA of 3.5 or better will allow for graduation “with distinction.” This will be noted on student transcripts and diplomas.

Each department will identify distinction courses for each major.

Once a student has completed a College Distinction Letter of Intention in Mathematics or Mathematics Education, the student, his or her advisor, and the department head will designate two classes to fulfill College Distinction course requirements: an enrichment course and an enhanced capstone course.

Mathematics Program Enrichment course (Choose one from the following):

   MATH 4103 Linear Algebra II
   MATH 4153 Applied Statistics II
   MATH 4243 Differential Equation II
   MATH 4273 Complex Variables
   MATH 4343 Intro to Partial Differential Equations

Mathematics Program Capstone course:

   MATH 4953 Undergraduate Research in Mathematics

Other courses may fulfill the enrichment and capstone requirements with the permission of the department head. Courses meeting college distinction requirements will be designated on the student’s degree audit.