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.
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.
Contact for more information
These faculty teach many of the courses that comprise the Math Major. See also the Mathematics Department.
|Name||Title||Office / Phone||Courses|
|Assistant Professor|| MH 314|
|Dean of Faculty|| MH 312|
|Assistant Professor|| MH 313|
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 Calculus I, MATH152 Calculus II MATH243 Multivariable Calculus
- Secured an advisor within the mathematics major.
The major in mathematics requires a minimum of 43 credits distributed as follows:
Students must achieve an average of a 2.5 GPA or better in the required core courses (27 credits):
- COMS103 Intro to Programming I 3 cr.
- MATH151 Calculus I 4 cr.
- MATH152 Calculus II 4 cr.
- MATH243 Multivariable Calculus 4 cr.
- MATH295 Foundations of Abstract Mathematics 3 cr.
- MATH441 Real Analysis 3 cr.
- MATH351 Linear Algebra 3 cr.
- MATH451 Abstract Algebra 3 cr.
Any combination of at least 12 credits:
- MATH260 Differential Equations 3 cr.
- MATH321 Probability and Statistics I 3 cr.
- MATH322 Probability and Statistics II 3 cr.
- MATH330 Discrete Mathematics 3 cr.
- MATH360 Graphy Theory 3 cr.
- MATH370 College Geometry 4 cr.
- MATH380 Numerical Analysis 4 cr.
- MATH385 Mathematical Modeling 3 cr.
- MATH480 Topics in Mathematics 1–4 cr.
- MATH499 Mathematics Internship 1–4 cr.
At least 4 credits: