The Department of Mathematics offers courses in most principal branches of mathematics. The primary goal of the program is to prepare majors for professional careers and graduate school, and to create in each student an awareness and appreciation of the beauty and importance of mathematics in various facets of life through active learning experiences.
The Mathematics department offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. Math majors who intend to pursue the teaching profession seek the BA degree. The BS degree is more intensive and appropriate for those intending to continue in a graduate mathematics program.
Placement in mathematics courses is based on the New Jersey College Basic Skills Placement Test scores and high school records. Students who do not demonstrate readiness for calculus are required to take preparatory courses that do not count toward the mathematics major. Students who have taken AP calculus in high school may apply for advanced placement with credit. By rotation, all our major courses are offered during evening hours to serve part-time majors.
Students interested in obtaining teacher certification in mathematics must complete additional courses as prescribed by the College of Education (see Department of Elementary and Early Childhood and Department of Secondary and Middle School Education).
Mathematics majors are encouraged to minor in areas in which mathematics can be extensively applied, such as computer science, biology, physics, chemistry, economics, business administration, psychology and statistics. In keeping with University policy, students may be required to participate in activities related to assessment of student learning.
The Department has a computer lab for priority use by our majors. In addition, the College of Science and Health has two other computer labs for general use. These labs provide an excellent facility for course work as well as for senior projects and research.
Students will be expected to use a variety of technologies (such as graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, etc.) throughout the mathematics major course work, as part of a concerted effort to meet the changes in the way mathematics is now being done, and also to meet the technological challenges of the twenty-first century.
The Department offers technology workshops to familiarize students to computer software such as Mathematica, The Geometer's Sketchpad, SPSS and SAS that are commonly used in higher level mathematics course instruction.