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Mathematics

Professors: Banerji (Emeritus), Gowdy, Hecker, Klingsberg, Rash, Smith (Chair)

Associate Professors: Cavaliere, Costello (Emeritus), Fillebrown, Foley (Emeritus), Forman, Hall, Laison, Lurie, Tapp

Assistant Professors: Berezovski, Regis, Terry,

Visiting Assistant Professors: Bobo, DeLiberato, Manco

The Department of Mathematics offers a B.S. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in actuarial science and a five-year B.S./M.S. program in mathematics and secondary mathematics education. The objective of the bachelor’s degree program in mathematics is to prepare students for professional careers in a variety of industries and for graduate programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. Students also may opt for advanced degrees in education, business administration, law, or medicine. A creative imagination is required for success.

Learning Goals:

  1. Students will gain a general knowledge of the field of mathematics.
  2. Students will receive training in specific skills in mathematics and related fields.
  3. Students will be prepared for entry into professional careers, graduate schools and other avenues related to mathematics as a discipline.
  4. Students will gain experience in research and in independent work at the undergraduate level

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the curriculum in the Department of Mathematics, students will have the knowledge and expertise to do the following:

  1. Name some of the major areas of mathematics, identify important figures in the history of mathematics and some of the contributions they have made to the field, describe some important historical facts in the development of mathematics and cite examples of the latest trends in mathematical methods.
  2. Determine an appropriate algebraic, analytic, or geometric method to solve a given problem; explain why they chose that method; and apply the method to solve the mathematical problem.
  3. Determine an appropriate method to solve an applied problem mathematically, explain why they chose that method, and can use applied methods to model and solve a problem mathematically.
  4. Perform basic computations from differential calculus, integral calculus, multivariable calculus and linear algebra and can use techniques from calculus to solve problems and provide examples of the usefulness of calculus in the real world.
  5. Know the fundamental concepts of set theory and can generalize these concepts to problems in other mathematical settings.
  6. Identify basic proof techniques; can determine whether a proof they read is logically sound; can explain proofs they have read on their own, both orally and in writing; and can identify an appropriate basic proof technique to prove a given statement, and prove the statement using that technique.
  7. Describe the usefulness of abstraction; can list examples of mathematical ideas, concepts, and/or techniques that are useful in different contexts and across different areas within math; and given a general mathematical concept, idea, or technique can provide an example of an area of mathematics where it is useful, and describe how it is used.
  8. Be aware of various professional opportunities, and can make an informed choice about their future profession and meet the mathematical standards necessary to pursue their chosen profession.
  9. Explain and apply mathematics that they learn independently, either orally or in writing.
  10. Students will feel that they are an important part of the Saint Joseph’s mathematical community, participate in extracurricular departmental activities and are satisfied with their experience in the mathematics department.