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Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

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Mathematics, B.A.

Students will possess:

  • Technical skill in completing mathematical processes;
    By _technical skill _we mean both the ability to correctly apply standard algorithms found in the undergraduate mathematics curriculum as well as the ability to choose an appropriate algorithm.
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge of mathematics;
    By breadth we mean work in both the applied and pure areas of mathematics.
    By depth we mean the ability to recognize, represent, and connect mathematical ideas in multiple ways; the ability to reason both inductively and deductively; and the ability to meaningfully engage in the pocess of mathematical problem solving.
  • An understanding of the relationship of mathematics to other disciplines;
  • An ability to communicate mathematics effectively;
  • A capability of understanding and interpreting written materials in mathematics;
  • An ability to use technology to do mathematics.

Mathematics Education for Elementary Teachers

The graduating Mathematics Education Major will possess each of the following.

  • Technical skill in completing mathematical processes.
  • Breadth and depth of knowledge of mathematics.
  • An understanding of the relationship of mathematics to other disciplines and mathematics education.
  • A recognition and understanding of a learning climate in which elementary school students can develop their mathematical knowledge as well as their abilities to communicate mathematically.
  • A capability of understanding and interpreting written materials in mathematics and mathematics education.
  • An ability to use grade-appropriate technology.
  • A rich understanding of the design and implementation of instruction that promotes
  • students' development of mathematical knowledge appropriate for the elementary school.
  • An extensive understanding of the nature and purpose of the K-8 mathematics curriculum in the United States.