Mathematics

OVERVIEW

It’s an exciting time to be majoring in mathematics. Math students who graduate from Alvernia University with a solid foundation in math theory and practice are prepared to pursue graduate work or move into work in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, cryptography, education or other, related areas.

Graduates of reputable math programs, such as that offered by Alvernia, are in demand by organizations of all types due to an ever-increasing emphasis on big data, technology and economic efficiency.

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for mathematicians are expected to increase by 23 percent between 2012 and 2022 – a rate far higher than average.

If you’re interested in majoring in mathematics, chances are that you tend to be inquisitive and logical, and possess good problem solving skills. You probably enjoy analyzing and interpreting data, and tend to think critically about problems and situations. As a math major at Alvernia, you’ll benefit from faculty members with diverse backgrounds, experience and specialties who want to advance you in the field of mathematics and see you succeed beyond your expectations.

Math students at Alvernia learn more than what is contained in textbooks. You’ll experience “real-world learning” that will enable you to link your classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world. Mathematicians have the potential to influence positive change in the world. At Alvernia, you’ll increase your knowledge and develop an appreciation for the fundamental skills, principles and techniques that enable you to do just that.

Math courses are taught in Bernardine Hall and the two-story O’Pake Science Center, which is equipped with the latest in educational technology. You’ll have access to a variety of computational software in evaluating complex mathematical and statistical relationships.

YOUR CAREER

Mathematics majors have opportunities to pursue careers in varying and diverse fields. Maybe you’re interested in computer science or cryptography, which is the practice and study of hiding information as it applies to the security of ATM cards and computer passwords.

You might seek a career in actuarial science, which applies math and statistics to finance and insurance. You could consider operations research, an interdisciplinary branch of mathematics that uses mathematical methods to address factors such as costs or profits. Or you could look at the field of biomathematics, which is applicable to areas such as population genetics, cellular neurobiology and epidemic modeling.

Some math majors move into jobs in the finance industry, while others become math teachers. Alvernia students who graduate with math degrees have found teaching positions in secondary and college education, and managerial positions in private industry, public utilities and social agencies.

Other math grads choose to pursue graduate degrees. A study by the National Institute of Education revealed that students majoring in mathematics receive scores that are notably higher than average when applying for graduate or professional schools.

Alvernia mathematics majors have been accepted into graduate programs at highly regarded schools such as Villanova University, University of Southern California, Duke University and the University of Chicago.

For more information about Alvernia’s Mathematics Program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu. For more information about the field of mathematics, including the types of jobs available for graduates, visit the website of the Mathematical Association of America at www.maa.org.

YOUR CURRICULUM

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Math majors must earn between 53 and 57 credits in the major. Students who minor in math must earn 17 to 18 credits in mathematics.

Math Major Requirements (53-57 credits)
MAT 131 Precalculus (recommended)
MAT 230 Calculus I
MAT 231 Calculus II
MAT 307 Abstract Algebra
MAT 332 Calculus III
MAT 401 Real Analysis
MAT 415 Mathematics Seminar
SCI 480 Mathematics Internship –OR–
SCI 406 Research I –AND– SCI 407 Research II

Math Related Requirements (14 credits)
CIS 115 Technology for the Workplace
CIS 152 Intro to Programming I
PHY 200 Physics I
PHY 201 Physics II

Math Electives (12-13 credits)
MAT 204 Intro to Math Logic
MAT 209 Probability & Statistics
MAT 210 Inferential Statistics
MAT 240 Linear Algebra
MAT 304 Numerical Analysis
MAT 308 Modern Geometry
MAT 403 Complex Variables

Mathematics Minor Requirements (17-18 Credits)
MAT 209 Probability and Statistics
MAT 230 Calculus I
MAT 307 Abstract Algebra

Choose two from the following:
MAT 204 Introduction to Mathematical Logic
MAT 231 Calculus II
MAT 240 Linear Algebra
MAT 304 Numerical Analysis
MAT 308 Modern Geometry

Mathematics-Secondary Education majors
Secondary Education (7-12) Certification in Mathematics can be earned by Alvernia students who first complete their undergraduate degree in Mahtematics and demonstrate content knowledge in this area on Pennsylvania's required Praxis exam in Mathematics. The following coursework is required and can be started as early as the undergraduate senior year, then completed as part of Alvernia University's post-baccalaureate program:

Requirements
ED 203
ED 204
MED 505
MED 515
MED 545
MED 574
MED 615
MED 665
MED 670
MED 672

Mathematics Minor

MAT 209 Probability and Statistics
MAT 230 Calculus I
MAT 307 Abstract Algebra
Choose two from the following:
MAT 204 Introduction to Mathematical Logic
MAT 231 Calculus II
MAT 240 Linear Algebra
MAT 304 Numerical Analysis
MAT 308 Modern Geometry

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2016-2017 Academic Course Catalogue at http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/catalogs/Catalog_2016-17/index.html.




Contact Information

Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.
Science & Mathematics Department Chair and Director of the Forensic Science Program
Bernardine Hall 234
610.568.1492
rosemarie.chinni@alvernia.edu


Student Perspective

"Forensic science goes beyond combining chemistry and biology; it requires critical thinking and a desire to challenge what the eyes see.  At Alvernia, my professors taught me the true value of research and how the results can change how we see the world around us.  In the 17 years I've been in school, I've never learned a more valuable lesson."

- Kelsey Schubert '16, PSU Graduate Student




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