Mathematics faculty

Wayne Westenberg, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Ed. D., University of South Dakota
M.A., University of South Dakota
B.A., Northwestern College

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Experienced in teaching at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels, Dr. Westenberg specializes in math education. As a former high school math instructor, he teaches the methods courses for Northwestern’s mathematics teaching major, as well as statistics, algebra and calculus classes. He also serves as an assistant coach for Northwestern's volleyball team.


  • Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

    Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

    The purpose of this course is to explore a variety of mathematical topics arising in today's technological society. The course will also explore the development of these topics in a historical perspective. Students will develop skills necessary for the independent learning and communication of mathematical ideas. Possible topics include statistical concepts, population patterns, codes, networks, social decision- making strategies, planning and scheduling, linear programming, and logic.Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on MAT090 placement exam.(3 credits)
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

    Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

    A study of those topics necessary and helpful for competent and enthusiastic teaching of mathematics in the elementary school, including some history of mathematics, development of number systems, number bases, sets, logic and reasoning$ limited to education majors and does not count toward a math major or math minor. Prerequisite: grade of C- or better in MAT 090, ACT math score of at least 20 (SAT math 480), or a passing score on the MAT 090 placement exam.
  • Calculus II

    Calculus II

    A study of transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integration, sequences, series, polar coordinates and conic sections.Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT112 or permission of instructor.(4 credits)
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

    Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Content, techniques and materials for teaching mathematics at the secondary or junior high level. This course requires a 30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking an endorsement in this content area. Notes: Does not count toward a major or minor in mathematics. Students must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: Junior or senior class standing.


  • Mathematical Association of America