20172018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Mathematics, B.A.


Return to: Programs of Study Dr. David C. Carothers,
Department Head
Phone: (540) 5686184
Email: carothdc@jmu.edu
Location: Roop Hall, Room 305
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/mathstat
Professors
D. Carothers, R. Domangue, S. Garren, H. Hamdan, J. Hanson, P. Kohn, R. Lee, J. Liu, L. Lovin, C. Lubert, S. Lucas, J. Marafino, K. Nashimoto, S. Prins, J. Rosenhouse, J. Sochacki, L. Taalman, A. Tongen, L. Van Wyk, D. Walton, D. Warne, P. Warne
Associate Professors
E. Arnold, E. Brown, L. Chen, R. Field, N. Jahan, B. Jones, M. Oh, E. O'Shea, K. Quertermous, D. Sharma, E. Strawbridge, R. Thelwell, L. Xu
Assistant Professors
R. Busi, N. Conforti Preszler, J. Ducey, H. AH Shehadeh, J. Siegfried, A. Stevens, J. Webb, C. Williams, J. Willingham, C.Woodruff
Instructors
A. Casiple, D. Hall, G. Jansen, J. Kimmel, T. Sprolden, C. Watson
Mission Statement
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics provides a program of study in the mathematical sciences that meets the needs of a wide variety of students and makes a continuing contribution to the advancement of mathematical and statistical knowledge and its dissemination. The program provides opportunities for indepth study that can lead to careers as mathematicians and statisticians in private and public sectors, teachers of mathematics, and further study in graduate school. The program provides support for the mathematical and statistical needs of students in the natural sciences, integrated sciences, social sciences, and professional and preprofessional programs. The program meets the general education needs of all students, providing an understanding of mathematical and statistical thinking and approaches to
problem solving.
We are committed to promoting mathematics and statistics as an art of human endeavor as well as a fundamental method of inquiry into the sciences and a vast array of other disciplines. We are committed to encouraging an attitude of appreciation and support for mathematics and statistics in current university students and, through them, the next generation of citizens. We are also committed to fostering an appreciation for the effective use of applied mathematics and statistics in connection with and support of other disciplines for those students majoring in other subjects.
Goals
As a major in mathematics or statistics, a student can expect to use and build on skills such as:
 Thinking critically
 Formulating and solving problems
 Communicating solutions clearly, both orally and in writing
These skills have been gained in previous courses in mathematics, statistics and other areas. As the breadth of knowledge of the subject grows, students gain an increased understanding and appreciation of the fact that mathematics is truly a universal language whose creation and applications cut across all boundaries of race, class, culture and time.
There also will be opportunities for students to experience the challenges and rewards of facultymentored research, individually or as a member of a team, as they investigate mathematical and statistical problems that extend beyond those normally encountered in the classroom. Students increase their abilities to prove theorems, understand complex structures and apply mathematics and statistics in many realworld settings. The program students choose will make it possible for them to acquire strong preparation for graduate work or for professional applications in mathematics and statistics, teaching, natural and social sciences or other technical areas.
Programs
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees with a major in mathematics and the B.S. degree with a major in statistics. There is a program for a major in mathematics that qualifies a student for initial teaching licensure. A concentration in computational sciences is also available. Minors are offered in mathematics and statistics.
The department also recognizes the importance of providing courses for nonspecialists who need to make effective use of mathematics or statistics in their chosen careers.
The university is an institutional/educational member of the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the numerous undergraduate research opportunities as well as individual and small group projects available in the department. Opportunities exist through the Center for Mathematical Modeling, the Statistical Consulting Center, honors theses and independent studies with individual faculty mentors.
Majors in the department are expected to participate in assessment activities. Assessment information is used to assist faculty members in modifying curricula.
Major Requirements
Mathematics requirements depend on whether or not the student is seeking secondary teaching licensure. All students must complete 2931 credit hours of the following required core mathematics courses and 12 credit hours of mathematics courses beyond the core.
Additional Requirements for Students Seeking Secondary Teaching Licensure
 Students seeking secondary teaching licensure must (in addition to the required core courses):
 Complete the 2224 credit hours that comprise the preprofessional education program in secondary education.
 Complete 12 credit hours of mathematics courses:
 One of MATH 310 or MATH 315
Students seeking secondary teaching licensure earn the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree and then complete the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in preprofessional education courses. For a full description of the program in secondary education, refer to the College of Education, Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education.
Additional Requirements for Students Not Seeking Secondary Teaching Licensure
Students not seeking secondary teaching licensure track must complete (in addition to the required core courses) one of the following options, each consisting of 12 credit hours of mathematics courses:
The option chosen and the courses chosen to satisfy an option by a student are made in consultation with the student's adviser and are dependent upon the student's interests and career objectives. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in mathematics are strongly urged to complete both MATH 411 and MATH 431 .
