Mathematics

Mathematics

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If you like to solve problems, get a kick out of building and interpreting models and have an eye for detail, then study mathematics with us! At AMU, you will dive into mathematics via the Catholic liberal arts tradition. Along the way you will pick up the practical and computational skills to succeed in a variety of career paths.

Careers: Analyst, research scientist, engineer, consultant, actuary

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CAREER PROSPECTS: THE WHOLE EQUATION

Many students think that majoring in mathematics will only prepare them for a teaching career. But you can do so much more! This major is an excellent way to prepare for a career in business or law. Studies show that mathematics majors consistently score higher than most other majors in entrance exams for graduate school, law school, medical school and business school.

light bulbFast Fact: Several AMU students have participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), doing mathematical research for 8-10 weeks in the summer for a stipend of about $4,000.

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A MATHEMATICS DEGREE

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving. The ability to use theory and data to create practical solutions for individuals and businesses is a highly marketable asset.
  2. Oral and written communication. Whether you’re a consultant, actuary or doing your own research, the ability to collect and clearly present information will set you apart in your field.
  3. Quantitative and computer proficiency. As technology progresses at a rapid pace, you can embrace new programs and software to keep your skills fresh.
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  • One of our recent alumna won a prestigious scholarship from the AMS to study mathematics in Moscow, Russia.
  • Several of our recent mathematics students have spent their summers participating in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. This is an opportunity to do mathematical research at another university for 8-10 weeks in the summer and be paid a stipend of about $4000.
  • Majoring in mathematics is an excellent way to prepare for a career in business or law. Studies show that mathematics majors consistently score higher than most other majors in entrance exams for graduate school (GRE), law school (LSAT), medical school (MCAT), and business school (GMAT) – in fact, higher than pre-law, pre-med, and business majors in their respective exams.
  • If you cannot fit the full major in your schedule, consider a mathematics minor. It only takes six MATH or STAT courses numbered 150 or higher.
  • The patron saint of mathematicians is Saint Hubert ( c. 656–727 A.D.), whose feast day is celebrated on November 3rd.
  • Pope Sylvester II (c. 946 – 12 May 1003) was a mathematician; he reintroduced the abacus to Europe, and may have been the first to bring the decimal system using Arabic numerals to Europe.

In addition to the core curriculum, mathematics majors take the following courses

  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 250 Calculus II
  • MATH 251 Vector Calculus
  • MATH 270 Scientific Programming
  • MATH 310 Algebraic Structures or MATH 311 Linear Structures
  • MATH 330 Probability
  • MATH 490 Senior Seminar

Required Core Courses in the Sciences and Foreign Language

Two of the following: PHYS 221, PHYS 222, or PHYS 223

  • LATN 101 Elementary Latin
  • LATN 102 Intermediate Latin

Elective Major Courses (three required)

  • MATH 201 History of Mathematics
  • MATH 231 Mathematical Statistics and Design of Experiments
  • MATH 252 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 311 Linear Structures
  • MATH 312 Number Theory
  • MATH 350 Real Analysis
  • MATH 351 Complex Analysis
  • MATH 352 Partial Differential Equations
  • MATH 360 Differential Geometry
  • MATH 361 Geometric Topology
  • MATH 491 Undergraduate Research

Note: Students double-majoring in Mathematics and Economics may select at most two of the following courses as part of their mathematics electives:

  • ECON 403 Introduction to Econometrics
  • MATH 231 Mathematical Statistics and Design of Experiments
  • STAT 230 Applied Statistics
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Several of our recent mathematics students have spent their summers participating in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. This is an opportunity to do mathematical research at another university for 8-10 weeks in the summer and be paid a stipend of about $4000.

Even though many mathematics majors do go on to rewarding careers in teaching at the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels, many more go on to careers outside of academics. In fact, according to a National Science Foundation survey of recent college graduates, more than half of mathematics majors go on to careers in business, industry, and government.

Richard Dittus, Sr., Ed.D.

Instructor of Mathematics

Education: B.A., Mathematics & Social Science, Fordham University; M.A., Education with Mathematics specialization, Fordham University; Ed.D., Education Leadership, Higher Education, Nova Southeastern University
Office: Canizaro Library 227
Email: richard.dittus@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-2551

Michael Marsalli, Ph.D.

Chair of the Mathematics Department, Professor of Mathematics

Education: A.B., Mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Michigan
Office: Henkels 3069
Email: michael.marsalli@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-1606

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