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
1. Communicate mathematical results and arguments clearly, both orally and in writing.
2. Develop critical thinking skills and apply mathematical reasoning to apply theorems, solve problems, form conjectures, prove or disprove statements and evaluate and interpret results.
3. Distinguish between and understand computational/methodological skills and use them appropriately and effectively.
4. Use problem-solving skills and develop strategies necessary to solve real-world problems mathematically, including mathematical modeling and the use of appropriate technological tools.
5. Understand the central role of mathematics in the sciences and recognize the relationship between mathematics and creation.
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The B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics is an appropriate major for those students who want to focus their studies in mathematics relevant to industry, engineering, and the applied sciences, and who may seek careers or wish to pursue graduate studies in these areas or mathematics itself. The B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics includes a required research capstone focused on applications of mathematics.
The total coursework requirements include a minimum of 56 units of mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and physics beyond the general education prerequisites.