Dr. Wayne Westenberg ’79 Associate Professor of Mathematics Education


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

VPH 100D

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.

MAT105QR - Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

(3 credits)(NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course will explore a variety of mathematical topics arising in today's technological society and include a historical component of mathematical developments. Possible topics include exposure to both symbolic and verbal logic, set notation, statistics, and finance. A primary goal will be to introduce, view, and gain a deeper appreciation for a broad panorama of mathematical fields and how each field has been utilized to help shape today's culture. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090 or an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 510 or above), or a passing score on basic algebra placement exam.

MAT112QR - Calculus I

(4 credits) (NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) This course is a study of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with a strong emphasis on both theory and applications. Note: Meets four times per week. Prerequisites: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least 24 (SAT 570 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.

MAT117QR - Applied Statistics for Management

(3 credits)(NWCore option under Quantitative Reasoning) The course is designed to study statistical methodology commonly used in business including descriptive statistics (the nature of data and how to summarize it), basic probability concepts, and inferential statistics (making claims or decisions from one or more sets of data using confidence intervals and multiple types of hypothesis testing). Note: Students may receive credit for only one course among MAT 116QR, MAT 117QR and MAT 208. Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 510 or above), a passing score on the basic algebra placement exam, or permission of instructor.

MAT308 - 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