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Overview

By nature, you're analytical. You approach problems by thinking critically. You enjoy the concepts and formulas in all kinds of mathematics, and you also enjoy learning to apply them to real-life situations. Some of your hobbies may include using computers, designing theoretical models, and participating in math contests or clubs. You also enjoy activities that involve either team or individual effort in solving complex problems. You think that, like music, mathematics is the creative exploration of possibilities within rigidly prescribed rules and parameters.

If this describes you, then the mathematics degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Mathematics Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a mathematician.

 

Major Description 

 

As a mathematics major at NGU, you will spend much of your time writing papers that explore mathematical concepts, using numbers to explore patterns and processes, studying subjects that grow increasingly abstract and complicated, and taking lecture courses as well as computer labs.

You will learn about reasoning, proof, and research methods; computer programming; statistical methods; applied mathematics, such as physics; and discrete mathematics, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own career.

Mathematical training allows you to take a problem, abstract its essential features, and investigate them further. This ability can assist greatly in such diverse fields as economics, law, medicine, engineering, and computer science, as well as in the more traditional activities of research and teaching. In addition, mathematics provides a solid foundation for graduate study in mathematics, as well as background for study in economics, the biological sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering, as well as many non-traditional areas.

By your senior year, you will have written about an independent research project in a senior thesis.

Ultimately, the mathematics degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of math-related pursuits.
 


Curriculum

 

The curriculum within the Mathematics Department at NGU begins with foundational courses in calculus and mathematical logic and then progresses to allow you to apply mathematical tools and skills in real-world situations.

As you continue through the program, you will explore the mathematical worlds of physics, computer programming, and computational math. You will finish your degree with a research paper in an area of mathematics that you choose.

Faculty Strengths

 

The Mathematics Department faculty members are specialized in their field by way of a doctoral degree, master's degree, or specialized certification. Each faculty member also participates in undergraduate research that ranges from computer programming to mathematical coding theory; engages students in the classroom through dynamic lectures; and encourages students to develop their mathematical skills and use their abilities to honor God.

Tracks / Concentrations

 

There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time.

 

Electives

 

  • Discrete Modeling
  • Special Topics in Mathematics

 

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

  • Actuary
  • Biomathematics
  • Cryptography
  • Engineer
  • Financial analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Operations researcher
  • Programming
  • Statistician
  • Teaching

Postgraduate Studies

  • North Greenville University
  • Baylor University
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of South Carolina
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Employers

  • CenturyLink
  • Greenville Technical College
  • Kreider Farms
  • North Greenville University
  • U.S. Army

 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

 

Calculus-Based Physics

The physics lab at NGU will allow you to see mathematical principles of our physical world in action. You will have a hands-on learning experience that will connect mathematics with reality.

Computer Labs

NGU's computer labs will be used throughout your mathematical development, as you learn programming and how to apply those skills to mathematical problems in Numerical Analysis.

Mathematical Research

Your degree will culminate with a research project in an area of mathematics that you choose. Recent projects have looked at the mathematics of warfare, voting systems, and the ratings systems of college football.
 

Courses

Sample Course Sequence

Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Calculus I (2 hours)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Physical Fitness/Wellness (2 hours)
First Year Experience (1 or 2 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Social science course (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Calculus II (2 hours)
Probability and Statistics for Majors  (2 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Sample Course Sequence

English elective (3 hours)
Principles of Biology I (2 hours)
Calculus III (2 hours)
Probability and Statistics II (3 hours)
General Elective (3 hours)
Fine arts appreciation course (3 hours)
Earth Science (2 hours)
Foundations of Math (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Minor Course (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Sample Course Sequence

Linear Algebra (3 hours)
Foundations of Geometry (3 hours)
Structured Computer Programming (3 hours)
Physics with Calculus I (2 hours)
Minor course (3 hours)
Differential Equations (3 hours)
Western Civilization (3 hours)
Physics with Calculus II (2 hours)
History of Faith and Mathematics (3 hours)
Minor course (3 hours) 

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Sample Course Sequence

Abstract Algebra (3 hours)
Senior Seminar (3 hours)
Minor course (3 hours)
Minor course (3 hours)
Open elective (2 hours)
Numerical Analysis (3 hours)
Real Analysis (3 hours)
Minor course (3 hours)
Minor course (3 hours)
Open elective (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of selected topics from calculus, linear algebra, and a distribution of other branches of mathematics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to determine the validity of a given argument and to construct mathematical proofs independently.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the mathematical basis of common algorithms and the ability to calculate accurately and efficiently.
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems, including applications outside of mathematics, by means of intuition, creativity, and the experience gained through the study of particular examples and mathematical models.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly, using correct mathematical terminology and proper mathematical notation.

 

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