#### Majors in Mathematics

The mathematics major provides the basic mathematical tools for applications in business
and industry, such as actuarial science and computer work, statistics, operations
research, teaching mathematics at the secondary school level, or pursuing graduate
studies in mathematics, statistics, or related fields.

Effective July 1, 2010, Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator
certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history

background checks before participating in school-based field experiences and student teaching.#### Minor in mathematics

The Mathematics Department has developed its

minor program to complement a variety of majors including biology, computer science, earth science,
economics, physics, political science, psychology, and liberal studies. As part of
a liberal studies major, the mathematics minor is also a good choice for elementary
education majors. In fact, the minor in mathematics is compatible with any major at
Southern.

#### Mathematics 7-12, Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

The

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Programs offer a defined set of courses beyond the undergraduate degree to prepare candidates
for Connecticut teacher certification, though they do not lead to a degree. These
programs require a bachelor's degree for admittance. However, since these programs
are composed of undergraduate coursework, they are offered as undergraduate programs.
These programs can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

#### Goals for Majors

It is expected that each mathematics major will be able to: (1) Achieve mastery of
a rich and diverse set of mathematical ideas. (2) Use acquired mathematical skills
to undertake independent learning and to be a contributing member of a problem solving
team. (3) Demonstrate the ability to write mathematical proofs. (4) Demonstrate the
ability to use and understand multiple representations (including graphical, numerical
and analytical) of mathematical concepts. (5) Understand and appreciate connections
among different areas of mathematics and with other disciplines. (6) Communicate effectively,
and explain mathematics both verbally and in writing. (7) Utilize appropriate technology
to develop models for solving problems and analyzing new situations. (8) Appreciate
the beauty, joy, and challenge in mathematics and experience mathematics as an engaging
field with contemporary open questions. (9) Think analytically and critically and
be able to formulate problems, solve them, and interpret their solutions.

#### B.S. Applied Mathematics Program

Students graduating with the B. S. degree in Applied Mathematics should be able to:
(1) Demonstrate that they can model and solve problems that represent a wide variety
of realistic applications. (2) Demonstrate competency in a programming language. (3)
Demonstrate a command of ideas and techniques ranging across single and multivariate
calculus, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and differential
equations. (4) Work on an intensive project that requires them to analyze and create
mathematical arguments and then to produce a substantial written and oral report.

#### B.S. Certification Program

Students graduating with the B. S. degree in Mathematics with Certification should:
(1) Become qualified for certification by the State of Connecticut for teaching secondary
mathematics. (2) Demonstrate a breadth and depth in mathematics that would allow them
to formulate and respond to questions that promote meaning and understanding of mathematics.
(3) Develop, implement, and continually assess instructional methods that foster the
learning of mathematics. (4) Have sufficient knowledge of current high school curricular
and pedagogical standards.

#### B.A. Mathematics Program

Students graduating with the B.A. degree in Mathematics should be able to: (1) Demonstrate
knowledge of a variety of mathematical areas and their relationships to each other.
(2) Work on an intensive project that requires them to analyze and create mathematical
arguments and then to produce a substantial written and oral report.

#### Certification Program Outcomes

Students completing the certification courses should: (1) Be adequately prepared for
PRAXIS II. (2) Demonstrate a breadth and depth in mathematics that would allow them
to formulate and respond to questions that promote meaning and understanding of mathematics.
(3) Develop, implement, and continually assess instructional methods that foster the
learning of mathematics. (4) Have sufficient knowledge of current high school curricular
and pedagogical standards.