Department of Mathematics
The department offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Behavioral Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees.
Students are encouraged to learn by doing mathematics. Appropriate attention is given to theory and experience is provided in a variety of interesting applications. Computers and the science of computing play important roles in the programs in the department.
Mathematics preparation is provided to help the student take advantage of career opportunities in business, government, and education. Prerequisites for advanced study in mathematics at the graduate level are also included in the department's programs.
A student who graduates with a major in mathematics will:
- Have the knowledge and skill to set up and solve problems.
- Be able to use computers in support of mathematics problem-solving.
- Be able to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, mathematical ideas and results.
- Have an appreciation for the place of mathematics in culture.
Students who plan to become professional mathematicians or who plan to use mathematics in a career other than teaching should choose a program in either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. If the student has a special interest in computer science or one of the natural sciences, the Bachelor of Science degree program should be selected. Students who plan to become secondary school mathematics teachers should choose the program in the Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree. Students should refer to Irvin School of Education section of the Bulletin.