Mathematics encompasses concepts and techniques for exploring and communicating quantitative and spatial relationships. The Heritage University Mathematics program emphasizes applied mathematics for educators and persons in the physical and social sciences. Blending traditional and technology-based skills, students explore concepts numerically, symbolically, algorithmically, and graphically.
DEGREES AND PROGRAM OFFERED
The Mathematics Department offers courses to complete the following degrees and programs:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree
1. Major: Mathematics (5-12 credential)
2. Major: Mathematics
3. Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Primary concentration choice: Mathematics
Secondary concentration choices: Biology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, or selection(s) from another department. See the catalog section for the Science Department for more details regarding secondary concentrations.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree
1. Major: Combined Science
Specialization options: Mathematics, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. See the catalog section for the Science Department for more details regarding specialization options.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree
Area: Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematics
Mathematics Department Program Outcomes:
BA Mathematics (5-12) Outcomes
(Adapted from the NCATE Program Standards for Secondary Mathematics Teachers)
Process Standards (Standards 1-7)
Goal 1: Knowledge of Mathematical Problem Solving
Candidates know, understand, and apply the process of mathematical problem solving.
Goal 2: Knowledge of Reasoning and Proof
Candidates reason, construct, and evaluate mathematical arguments and develop an appreciation for mathematical rigor and inquiry.
Goal 3: Knowledge of Mathematical Communication
Candidates communicate their mathematical thinking orally and in writing to peers, faculty, and others.
Goal 4: Knowledge of Mathematical Connections
Candidates recognize, use, and make connections between and among mathematical ideas and in contexts outside mathematics to build mathematical understanding.
Goal 5: Knowledge of Mathematical Representation
Candidates use varied representations of mathematical ideas to support and deepen their own mathematical understanding.
Goal 6: Knowledge of Technology
Candidates embrace technology as an essential tool for teaching and learning mathematics.
Goal 7: Dispositions
Candidates support a positive disposition toward mathematical processes and mathematical learning.
Pedagogy (Standard 8)
Goal 8: Knowledge of Mathematics Pedagogy
Candidates possess a deep understanding of how students learn mathematics and of the pedagogical knowledge specific to mathematics teaching and learning.
Content (Standards 9-15)
Goal 9: Knowledge of Number and Operation
Candidates demonstrate computational proficiency, including a conceptual understanding of numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers and number systems, and meanings of operations.
Goal 10: Knowledge of Different Perspectives on Algebra
Candidates emphasize relationships among quantities, including functions, ways of representing mathematical relationships, and the analysis of change.
Goal 11: Knowledge of Geometries
Candidates use spatial visualization and geometric modeling to explore and analyze geometric shapes, structures, and their properties.
Goal 12: Knowledge of Calculus
Candidates demonstrate a conceptual understanding of limits, continuity, differentiation, and integration, as well as a thorough background in the techniques and applications of calculus.
Goal 13: Knowledge of Discrete Mathematics
Candidates apply the fundamental ideas of discrete mathematics in the formulation and solution of problems.
Goal 14: Knowledge of Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
Candidates demonstrate an understanding of concepts and practices related to data analysis, statistics, and probability.
Goal 15: Knowledge of Measurement
Candidates apply and use measurement concepts and tools.
Field-Based Experiences (Standard 16)
Goal 16: Field-Based Experiences
Candidates complete field-based experiences in mathematics classrooms.
B.A. Mathematics, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S. Combined Science Outcomes
(Adapted from the MAA CUPM Curriculum Guide)
- Students will develop mathematical thinking and communication skills.
- Students will progress from a procedural and computational understanding of mathematics to an understanding that includes logical reasoning, generalization, abstraction, and formal proof.
- Students will solve problems using a variety of approaches, demonstrate persistence in solving complex problems, assess the validity of solutions, pose questions, and devise and test conjectures.
- Students will carefully analyze data and interpret results intelligently.
- Students will read mathematics with understanding and communicate mathematical ideas with clarity and coherence through writing and speaking.
- Students will develop skill with a variety of technological tools.
- Students will effectively use computer algebra systems, visualization software, statistical packages, and computer programming languages.
- Students will have a broad view of the mathematical sciences and will study particular content areas in depth.
- Students will solve problems that involve contrasting yet complementary points of view (continuous and discrete, algebraic and geometric, deterministic and stochastic, theoretical and applied) and describe the relationships between these points of view.
- Students will apply mathematics to solve problems in other disciplines.
- Students will successfully complete at least two yearlong sequences at the upper-division level and conduct meaningful research projects related to these sequences.
What jobs are available for Mathematics graduates?
- Mathematics teacher
- Actuarial scientist
- Operations researcher
- Financial professional
- Mathematical modeler