David A. Feil
Kristen A. Lampe
John C. Symms
The major in mathematics includes courses in pure and applied mathematics, offering a broad and in-depth foundation for students with diverse interests and backgrounds. All courses in the curriculum develop logical thinking, quantitative reasoning, and deductive analysis, making majors and minors highly attractive to graduate schools and employers in industry.
Combined with complementary course work, a mathematics major gives strong preparation for graduate study in an increasingly wide variety of disciplines. These include biostatistics, computer science, economics, forestry, genetics, meteorology, operations research, physics, psychology, pure and applied mathematics, sociology, and most engineering fields.
Career opportunities for those with a mathematics major are equally varied. These include positions in the fields of actuarial science, banking and financial services, communications, computer science, consulting, government, health services, management, public policy, research organizations, utilities, and transportation.
The major in mathematics is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for certification in mathematics.1
Please see Academic Program and Policies in this catalog for information about how retroactive credits in calculus may be earned.
Learning Outcomes for Mathematics
Students majoring in mathematics are expected to:
1. Learn to read, write, speak and do mathematics.
2. Demonstrate competence in the use of appropriate technology in support of mathematical calculation, symbolic manipulation and graphical analysis.
3. Demonstrate their understanding of the nature of mathematical proof.
4. Apply mathematics to a variety of problems in the natural, computational and social sciences.
5. Learn the contributions of mathematics and mathematicians to the growth of knowledge.
6. Prepare for advanced studies in mathematics or for a profession.
7. Develop an appreciation for mathematics as an art.
1 Students must normally maintain a 2.75 grade point average in the major to remain in good standing in the Teacher Education Program.