About the Mathematics Program
The number of applications of mathematics has grown exponentially in the natural, physical and social sciences over the last century. In addition, the computer has transformed problem-solving in both pure and applied mathematics. The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics has responded by developing a program designed to prepare students for a variety of careers or graduate and professional schools.
The mathematics program offers three majors:
- 32-36-hour mathematics major
- 30-hour mathematics major for those certifying to teach elementary
- 35-hour mathematics major for those certifying to teach secondary
The mathematics program also offers four minors:
- 20-hour mathematics minor
- 23-hour mathematics minor for those certifying to teach elementary
- 26-hour mathematics minor for those certifying to teach secondary
- 24-hour probability and statistics minor
For students wishing to major or minor in mathematics, the department offers a program consistent with the recommendations of Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences.
Why should you choose SAU’s mathematics program?
The mathematics program at Spring Arbor University stresses two major strands in mathematics—pure/classical mathematics and applied mathematics. It is our belief that each complements the other, that the techniques of applied mathematics are based on the concepts and results of pure/classical mathematics, and that applications of mathematics often serve as an appropriate pedagogical segue into a study of pure/classical mathematics.
The course offerings of the department have traditional pure/classical offerings like abstract algebra, linear algebra, real analysis and vector calculus. Within each of these courses, significant applications of concepts and results are considered.
The department also offers courses more appropriately considered applied mathematics, such as differential equations, probability and statistics, numerical analysis, and mathematical modeling. Each of the topics studied in these courses is based firmly on theoretical aspects of pure/classical mathematics.
The faculty members in the mathematics department work closely with faculty from computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, health and exercise science, business and education to provide mathematical experiences that serve their students.