Program Director: Shawn Wirts Ph.D.
Mathematics Major Overview
The mathematics majors provide students with an understanding of the concepts and procedures in the field of mathematics. The subjects offered at FPU range from the historical and philosophical ideas that drove the development of this field to modern day applications of mathematics using appropriate technology to model and problem solve; all are founded on the solid logical footing of mathematical theory.
Students may choose from two distinct degree programs. For the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in Mathematics, students may choose an emphasis in General Mathematics , Secondary Teaching, or Pure Mathematics . For the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Mathematics, students pursue an emphasis in Applied Mathematics .
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will communicate mathematical results and arguments clearly, both orally and in writing.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in solving mathematical problems including mathematical modeling of real world problems and using the appropriate technological tools to solve them.
- Students will distinguish between computational/methodological skills and use them appropriately and effectively.
- Students will apply problem-solving skills and develop and demonstrate strategic views necessary to solve real world problems mathematically.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the central role of mathematics in the sciences and articulate the relationship between mathematics and creation.
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Within the B.A., the emphasis of Secondary Teaching is intended to give students a sense of the human story and the philosophical underpinning of mathematics, with requirements similar to the emphasis in General Mathematics. The Secondary Teaching emphasis is specifically designed to prepare students to enter credentialing programs for secondary education in mathematics upon graduation, and additionally encourages future mathematics educators to shape their elective coursework to fulfill expectations of graduate programs like the Teacher Education Program.
The total coursework requirements include a minimum of 46 units of mathematics beyond the general education prerequisites.