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Mathematics Dept About Us

DEPARTMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT

The Mathematics Department of Southern Connecticut State University is committed to providing mathematics majors with the coursework and experiences which will enable them to
(1) meet and exceed requirements for teaching mathematics at the secondary level,
(2) become successful in a mathematics related career in business, industry or government, or
(3) pursue graduate studies in mathematics.
In general, the department seeks to expose all students to the joy of doing mathematics and to broaden their view of the uses and importance of mathematics. When appropriate, the department also seeks to give students the tools they need to understand how mathematics relates to their discipline of choice.

GOALS FOR MAJORS IN MATHEMATICS

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.

GRADUATE PROGRAM MISSION

In each of the three programs, the mission is to produce highly trained and knowledgeable certified teachers of high school mathematics who are capable of being very successful teachers and have the potential to become leaders in their profession.

GENERAL GRADUATE STUDENT OUTCOMES

It is expected that each graduate student in mathematics 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) Communicate effectively and explain mathematics both verbally and in writing.
(5) Utilize appropriate technology to develop models for solving problems and analyzing new situations.
(6) Think analytically and critically and be able to formulate problems, solve them, and interpret their solutions.

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.