Learning Goals

The general liberal arts student will be able to employ algebra and discuss bringing abstract mathematics to bear on areas with no obvious mathematical content to the layman, such as political science, esthetics, or credit card security. Students whose majors require more advanced mathematics will be adequately prepared. Students aiming toward careers in elementary school education will be able to pass state-mandated examinations before certification, and to satisfy the University’s course requirements related to certification.


  • will be able to employ problem solving skills in a wide range of modern mathematics; analyze quantitative information and apply advance mathematic techniques and concepts where appropriate; communicate rigorous mathematical ideas and reasoning effectively; appropriately use supporting technology and work cooperatively as part of a team to solve mathematical problems; and top students will demonstrate experience in research
  • students in combined math/education programs will be able to demonstrate a broad perspective on mathematics, including the history of the subject, and an understanding of the connections between college mathematics and the state's curriculum framework. Students in the B.S. program (Honors Track) will be able to engage in graduate level work toward the doctorate.


  • will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the special nature of mathematical thinking; create and communicate mathematical arguments; apply mathematical knowledge and techniques in advanced courses in their major discipline.

Statistics/Mathematics joint major

  • the joint major provides a stronger preparation for graduate study in statistics; the Statistics major is best for students who are interested in statistical applications in industry, government, or applied areas of graduate studeis.