MATHEMATICS

Program Options

Mathematics courses focus primarily on analytical and quantitative ideas, techniques, and applications, helping you develop competency in a variety of areas so you can use your mathematical gifts in service to others. Students will be challenged to consider mathematics' all-pervasive role in our world and explore its connections with dominant worldviews in order to help you develop a Christian philosophy of mathematics.

Mathematics continues to advance and so does the way it is taught and learned. We use computer technology to reduce the time spent on tedious computations of complex realistic problems. Computer graphics help you visualize ideas in new ways. Courses such as calculus, linear algebra, statistics, and geometry have benefited from new teaching methods made possible by today's technology.

The general mathematics major prepares you for research and many other non-teaching opportunities. The program begins with introductory calculus, but appropriate credit is given for anyone who has successfully taken AP calculus in high school. The program also has the flexibility to be tailored to a student's interest.

Secondary mathematics education majors add content and methods courses to their mathematics courses. The program that works them into the classroom gradually: mini-teaching as sophomores, supervised teaching of college algebra as juniors, and student-teaching as seniors. Many students are also involved in the student employment program as teacher aids, giving them additional experience, as well as some spending money.

Joint majors and double majors are also possible. Some common areas for joint and double majors are computer science, business, physics, and biology. Adding a mathematics major or minor to any other major enhances your post graduate and career opportunities.