#### Mission Statement

The mathematics major at Bethany offers courses in both applied and theoretical mathematics to prepare students for advanced studies as well as careers in mathematics. It does this within a Christ-centered, liberal arts framework that encourages breadth as well as depth of knowledge. Mathematics, the study of patterns and structures more than of numbers, is presented as a means to enable students to practice independent thinking so as not to be shaken from the eternal foundation on which our moral and spiritual growth is based. Students develop analytical reasoning and the ability to apply mathematical logic to solve problems, thus improving critical thinking abilities.

#### Program Goal

Apply mathematical critical thinking and reasoning skills to better understand the inherent beauty and structure of God’s creation.

#### Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

- Formulate and apply algorithms to solve mathematical problems, implementing technology when appropriate, and judge the validity of the results.
- Model and analyze real world problems by reformulating these problems in a mathematics context through drawing inferences from data represented graphically, verbally, numerically, or symbolically.
- Organize and explain mathematical ideas in written and verbal form, including proper use of terms and notation.
- Demonstrate mastery of the core concepts in algebra and analysis.
- Develop and evaluate mathematical proofs.
- Elucidate the interdependency of different areas of mathematics and the connections between mathematics and other disciplines.

## Student Stories

##### Anna Cepek (’12)

Anna, a 2012 Bethany graduate, recently completed her PhD in mathematics from Montana State University and is headed to South

##### Angela Kraft (’12)

While at Bethany, Angela was involved in two different Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) during summer breaks. She also presented

##### Craig Rossiter (’12)

Craig Rossiter, a 2012 Bethany graduate, went to graduate school for a Master’s in Actuarial Science and is now working

##### Tova Brown (’10)

Tova Brown, a 2010 Bethany graduate, was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and completed her

### Meet the Faculty

These faculty teach many of the courses that comprise the Math Major. See also the Mathematics Department.

Name | Title | Office / Phone | Courses | |
---|---|---|---|---|

Brittany Espinoza MH 314 507-344-7587 | Assistant ProfessorOnline InstructionLecturer | MH 314 507-344-7587 | ||

Foster Graif | Online Instruction | | ||

Julie Kjeer MH 312 507-344-7397 | Associate Professor | MH 312 507-344-7397 | ||

Aaron Ollrich MH 313 507-344-7343 | Assistant Professor | MH 313 507-344-7343 | ||

Renee Tatge OM 242 507-344-7826 | Coordinator - Residential Life, Student Activities, IntramuralsAdjunct Faculty | OM 242 507-344-7826 |

Coordinator - Residential Life, Student Activities, Intramurals

Adjunct Faculty

OM 242

507-344-7826

### Mathematics Major Requirements

#### Entry into the Major

A student may be admitted to the major after completing **MATH243** Multivariable Calculus. Extraordinary cases will be dealt with on an individual basis. Students will be granted entry into the major if they have met the following requirements:

- Achieved an overall GPA of 2.5 or better
- Achieved a grade of “C” or better in MATH151, MATH152 and MATH243
- Secured an advisor within the mathematics major.

The major in mathematics requires a minimum of 43 credits distributed as follows:

#### Core Requirements

Students must achieve an average of a 2.0 GPA or better in the **required core courses** (24 credits):

**MATH151**Calculus I***MATH152**Calculus II***MATH243**Multivariable Calculus***MATH295**Foundations of Abstract Mathematics***MATH341**Introduction to Real Analysis***MATH351**Linear Algebra***MATH451**Abstract Algebra*

#### Major Electives

**Any combination of at least 15 credits:**

**COMS103**Intro to Programming I**MATH260**Differential Equations**MATH321**Probability and Statistics I***MATH322**Probability and Statistics II***MATH330**Discrete Mathematics***MATH370**College Geometry***MATH380**Numerical Analysis**MATH385**Mathematical Modeling**MATH390**History of Mathematics**MATH461**Partial Differential Equations**MATH471**Complex Analysis**MATH480**Topics in Mathematics**MATH499**Mathematics Internship

#### Capstone

**At least 4 credits:**

**One of:**

### Minnesota Teaching License in Mathematics Track

*Contact the Office of the Registrar for information regarding the status of the Minnesota Teaching License in Mathematics Track.*

Students seeking teaching licensure (5-12) are required to consult an academic advisor in both the Math and Education departments. In addition to the mathematics major requirements, students who seek state licensure for K-12 teaching of mathematics are required to take the courses listed in the mathematics major with an asterisk (*) and the following courses and to pass them with a C+ or better:

**EDUC100**Education Foundation/Philosophy**EDUC210**Linguistics for Professionals**EDUC230**Educational Psychology & Human Relations**EDUC370**Introduction to the Exceptional Learner**EDUC390**Teaching Reading and Writing in the Content Areas**EDUC401**Educational Technology and Media**EDUC430**Teaching Mathematics**EDUC450**Curriculum Planning and Assessment**EDUC455**Classroom Management**EDUC486**Capstone of Professional Experience**EDUC495**Student Teaching I**EDUC497**Student Teaching II**MATH330**Discrete Mathematics**MATH370**College Geometry**MATH444**Methods in Teaching 5-12 Mathematics**HIST403**Native American Culture and Government**SOCL330**American Minorities

Important requirements of all students completing Minnesota Teaching Mathematics licensure at Bethany Lutheran College:

- Complete all standards based courses with a C+ or above.
- Maintain 2.75 GPA
- Pass the following two Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams: (1) MTLE: Pedagogy K-6 or 5-12; (2) MTLE: Subject matter/content 5-12 mathematics
- Complete the Human Relations/Diversity components
- Complete all courses required for Minnesota State Licensure
- Satisfactory completion of Teaching Internships and Seminar
- Satisfactory completion of Professional Portfolio
- Submission of certification of Adult/Infant First Aid/AED/CPR Training

Note: An appeals process is outlined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Handbook. According to Minnesota Statute 122A.09 Subdivision 4 (c), a candidate who remains unsatisfied with a dispute regarding recommendation for licensure may appeal the decision to the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

*Bethany Lutheran College Education Programs are accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).*

### Mathematics Minor

The minor in mathematics requires:

**All of:**

**MATH151**Calculus I**MATH152**Calculus II**MATH243**Multivariable Calculus**MATH295**Foundations of Abstract Mathematics

**Electives** (at least 6 credits)**:**

- Any Mathematics (MATH) courses numbered above MATH243
**COMS103**Intro to Programming I

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