The Department of Mathematics wishes to share the beauty and usefulness of mathematics with as many undergraduates as possible; to provide training in analytical thinking; to prepare majors for advanced work in mathematics and related fields; and to provide the background for various kinds of employment after graduation.
The faculty adheres to the philosophy that the only way to learn mathematics is to do it. Regular written assignments enable the student and faculty to monitor carefully the student’s progress and to verify the accuracy of the substance and style of the work.
The department’s emphasis is on strengthening the student’s problem- solving skills.
The department is pleased to offer independent study courses for one semester hour each on the application of mathematics to such fields as economics and business, political science, psychology, biology, chemistry, cryptology, linguistics, physics, and general science. These courses are intended primarily for students in other disciplines who have done well in mathematics but do not wish to take additional three-hour mathematics courses. Interested students should contact the department.