The purpose of the Mathematics program is to offer a broad based curriculum in science and mathematics that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.
In keeping with the institutionís Statement of Purpose, this program seeks to enable students to integrate academic discipline, Christian lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience by offering course work that prepares students to pursue advanced studies, enter the teaching profession or enter into mathematics-related employment. The program will provide a basic foundation for beginning graduate studies in mathematics, teaching mathematics at the secondary level and seeking mathematics-related employment. Students will have a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts at the undergraduate level and will possess comprehension, application and critical thinking skills applicable to a wide range of opportunities in education and business.
The Department of Mathematics will guide students through the development of mathematical thinking and communication skills by helping them: (1) progress from a procedural/computational understanding of mathematics to a broad understanding encompassing logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction and formal proof, (2) gain experience in careful analysis of data and (3) become skilled at conveying mathematical knowledge in a variety of settings, both orally and in writing. In addition, the department will assist students in developing skills in a variety of technologies by giving them experience with technological tools such as computer algebra systems, visualization software, statistical packages and computer programming languages. Finally, the department will help students develop a broad view of the mathematical sciences by working with ideas representing the breadth of the mathematical sciences including: continuous and discrete, algebraic and geometric, theoretical and applied.
The Mathematics Department focuses on in-depth knowledge by requiring students to study at least one area in-depth, drawing on ideas and tools from previous coursework and making connections by completing two related courses or a year-long sequence at the upper level. Students are also asked to complete a senior-level project that requires them to analyze and create mathematical arguments and leads to a written and an oral report.
The Mathematics Department encourages and nurtures mathematical sciences majors by:
The fact that mathematics is a cornerstone of modern society implies that the study of mathematical sciences is important for all students. It is also important that some leaders in all areas have the broader and deeper knowledge of mathematics conveyed by a degree in the mathematical sciences. Business, law, medicine and other professional schools seek mathematical sciences majors and would welcome more.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
General Education Requirements
COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210 1(2) hours
MATH 1410 Calculus I 4 hours
CSCI 2325 Structured Computer Programming 3 hours