#### 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

#### Contact for more information

### Mathematics 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 Professor | MH 314 507-344-7587 | ||

Julie Kjeer MH 312 507-344-7397 | Dean of Faculty | MH 312 507-344-7397 | ||

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

### 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.

### Requirements

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

**Core Requirements**

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.

**Major Electives**

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**Graph 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.

**Capstone**

At least 4 credits:

The minor in mathematics requires:

**MATH151**Calculus I 4 cr.**MATH152**Calculus II 4 cr.**MATH243**Multivariable Calculus 4 cr.**MATH295**Foundations of Abstract Mathematics 3 cr.

Electives (at least 6 credits):

- Any Mathematics (MATH) courses numbered above MATH243
**COMS103**Intro to Programming I 3 cr.

**To view the most recent course list and requirements for the elementary education major, please consult the Academic Catalog.**

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