Department of Mathematical Sciences
About the Mathematical Sciences
The mission of the Department of Mathematical Sciences is to provide a complete learning environment in which students from a diverse urban population can gain, at the undergraduate level, a thorough understanding of current theories and practices in Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Probability and Statistics, and Computer Science. The Department fulfills its mission by pursuing excellence in teaching and learning as its primary objective in order to prepare students for successful careers, post-graduate education and life long education.
This learning environment is created by a faculty of teacher-scholars who maintain their currency through ongoing programs of professional development. In addition, the learning environment benefits from contacts and connections with the University and community through a variety of formal and informal service, professional and educational activities.
The Mathematical Sciences program embraces the Department's mission statement. In addition to and beyond that statement, the program has specific objectives and outcomes for the various aspects of the program.
The overall objective of the major is to produce graduates who have the foundation to become successful in the various concentration areas of the mathematical sciences and apply logical reasoning and mathematical skills throughout their careers and lives. To accomplish this objective, the outcomes are:
- to produce professionals who have appropriate understanding of the core subjects of univariate and multivariate calculus, proofs, and the tool of computer programming;
- to produce professionals who have built upon these understandings in one or more of the four specialized knowledge areas chosen from probability and statistics, applied mathematics, theoretical mathematics, or mathematics education;
- to produce professionals all of whom have workable knowledge of the process for using a mathematical system to study, formulate and model, and/or solve problems with computing state-of-the-art technological tools.
This includes students who may choose different career paths, including government, etc.
The objective of the minor is to produce graduates who have knowledge of univariate calculus and the tool of computer programming upon which they build understanding in at least one other knowledge area from among those listed for the major.
The objective of service courses required of the major, such as the calculus courses that act as service courses to students in physics, engineering, etc., is to remain focused on the knowledge and skills needed by the Mathematical Sciences major while accommodating, as possible, the needs of other majors.
The objective of service courses not required of the major is to teach appropriate content that responds to the needs of society in general and/or to client Departments in particular. Included in this category are the General Studies mathematics courses that provide all students with mathematical knowledge taught in a manner that is technologically current and appropriately challenging. This objective encompasses support programs that increase the success rate, and thus graduation rate, of students with limited mathematical background.
The overall objective of the Mathematical Sciences faculty is to successfully implement the Mathematical Sciences major. In order to do this, the faculty have the objectives of successfully teaching a variety of courses, using current technology, giving students hands-on experiences, renewing their professional skills and knowledge base, sharing activities and knowledge with other professionals, and regularly reviewing and updating curriculum based on professional organization guidelines and both student and stakeholder input.