"The best thing about the Mathematics Program at MCLA was that faculty taught me to think logically through problems. It's one thing to know how to solve a problem; it's another when there are mutiple paths to the right answer and you need to determine the best course of action. This knowledge has helped me significantly throughout my career." Rich Thoms '06, Advanced Specialist at Goldman Sachs
MATHEMATICS MAJOR PROGRAM
The Department of Mathematics offers a four year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics. The program fosters insights and solutions to a variety of problems through symbolic or numerical analysis. The practice of the discipline requires and engenders precise modes of thinking. The use of calculus, numerical methods, probability, statistics and logic is basic to the quantitative methods needed throughout society today.
Students graduating with a degree in mathematics will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness of cultural and historical aspects of mathematics
- Communicate mathematical ideas and procedures through written and oral discussion
- Apply mathematical ideas and procedures through reasoning to the various disciplines
- Pursue mathematical careers or enter graduate and professional schools
- Function as independent learners
- Apply technology in the study of mathematics
MATHEMATICS MINOR PROGRAM
The mathematics minor develops mathematical skills at the calculus level and beyond. With the assistance of a member of the mathematics faculty, a student selects courses that readily complement and enhance his/her major discipline.
Students majoring in mathematics may choose to pursue initial teacher licensure as an early childhood teacher or elementary teacher. Also, mathematics majors may pursue initial licensure as a teacher of mathematics for the middle school or secondary levels. Students seeking any of these licensures must complete a mathematics major, education major and a licensure program in education.
Dr. Christopher Thomas, Mathematics Department Chair