Program Director: Shawn Wirts, Ph.D.
Mathematics Major Overview
Fresno Pacific University's Mathematics programs provide students with an understanding of the concepts and procedures in the field of mathematics.
Coursework offered at FPU cover a range of topics from the historical development of this field to modern applications using appropriate technology to model and problem solve, and all are built on a foundation of rigorous mathematical theory.
For the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics, students select an emphasis: Pure Mathematics or Secondary Teaching. The B.S. degree includes expanded coursework requirements in related fields, as well as a research capstone related to the chosen emphasis.
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.S. in Mathematics, the Secondary Teaching emphasis gives students a sense of the human story through the study of the history, techniques, and philosophical underpinning of mathematics.
This emphasis includes General Education and major coursework chosen to prepare students upon graduation to successfully transition to graduate single-subject California teacher credentialing programs to teach math at the middle or high school level, as well as fulfill co-requisite coursework requirements in the Teacher Education Program.
The total coursework requirements include a minimum of 56 units of mathematics and supporting coursework beyond the general education prerequisites.