# Program Information

**Higher Learning Commission**.

**Mission: **

Mathematics transforms lives by holding high standards of academic performance, training students to explore and learn the current body of knowledge in mathematics, observe carefully, analyze thoroughly, think clearly and creatively, and interpret critically and wisely. Command of mathematics underlies much of the innovation in modern technologies. The critical thinking skills ingrained in practitioners of mathematics, coupled with the broad background of knowledge, compassion, and understanding provided by the liberal arts, are fundamental characteristics of good leaders.

The Mathematics Program has an influence on almost every student at Marian. First, the program is responsible for providing developmental math courses for those students needing to meet the pre-requisites for college-level mathematics courses, and provides the general education math courses required of most majors. Second, the program offers BS degrees with majors and minors in mathematics as well as both a major in secondary mathematics education and a minor in mathematics education.

**Mathematics Program Objectives for Majors and (non-Education) Minors**

1. Mathematical Competency (1):

Students should be able to recognize and appreciate the structure, characteristics, and central role of the axiomatic system in the development of mathematical structure.

2. Mathematical Competency (2):

Students should be prepared to function effectively in advanced (graduate) courses in mathematics, graduate admission exams, and licensing exams.

3. Mathematical Modeling (1):

Students will understand the role of mathematics (mathematical modeling) in the development of the physical, biological, and social sciences.

4. Mathematical Modeling (2):

Students will be able to determine whether a given mathematical model is appropriate to represent a physical or economic set of circumstances and write a well composed summary of their position.

5. Written Communication:

Students should be able to create written, concise, logical mathematical justifications (“proofs”) using various logical strategies (indirect; counterexample; induction; cases).

6. Computer Software:

Students should be proficient in the use of appropriate mathematical (computer) software associated with their coursework.**Mathematics Program Objectives for Education Math Minors**

1. Mathematical Competency:

Students should be able to recognize and appreciate the structure, characteristics, and central role of the axiomatic system in the development of mathematical structure.

2. Mathematical Modeling:

Students will understand the role of mathematics (mathematical modeling) in the development of the physical, biological, and social sciences.

3. Written Communication:

Students should be able to create written, concise, logical mathematical justifications (“proofs”) using various logical strategies (indirect; counterexample; induction; cases).

4. Computer Software:

Students should be proficient in the use of appropriate mathematical (computer) software associated with their coursework.

5. Mathematics Education:

Students should be prepared to effectively prepare and present mathematical content in the elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum to include creating multiple perspectives of a topic, age appropriate “viable arguments”, and developing curriculum materials to foster reasoning abstractly and quantitatively.

**The Program**

The mathematics program offers courses focusing on analytical and critical thinking skills required to solve both theoretical and real-world problems, in addition to mathematical knowledge and skills to pursue further study in mathematics. You’ll also engage in aesthetic views of mathematics and gain an understanding of the role of mathematics in fields such as science, technology and business.

**General Education Program: **46–49 credits of University requirements. Major and minor satisfy the mathematics core. **38 credits as follows:26 credits: **

MAT 201 Calculus I, 5 cr.

MAT 202 Calculus II, 5 cr.

MAT 212 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics, 3 cr.

MAT 301 Calculus III, 4 cr.

MAT 304 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I, 3 cr.

MAT 334 Linear Algebra, 3 cr.

MAT 344 Abstract Algebra, 3 cr.

**12 credits:**

MAT Electives (must be at the 300 level or above)

**33–36 credits:**

University electives

Mathematics/middle-secondary education double majors must include MAT 314: Modern Geometry, 4 cr., in these electives.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

At Marian, you’ll apply knowledge gained in class to solving real-world problems by participating in internships and cooperative work experiences, allowing you to link classroom knowledge with practical field experience. Students who desire state certification to teach in grades 5-12 may also complete a middle-secondary education degree.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

920.923.7650

admission@marianuniversity.edu

Linda Krueger, M.S.

Chair & Coordinator of Math Academic Services

Mathematics Department

920.923.8739

lkkrueger64@marianuniversity.edu

Faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences will prepare you to achieve your goals through a classroom experience centered on a personal, applied approach. The mathematics program provides the foundation and qualifications you need to enroll in graduate or professional school, and the experiences necessary to enter the field.

All math majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.50 in their mathematics courses applicable to the degree (MAT 201 and above) before graduation. Transfer students must complete one-half of their major credits and one-third of their minor credits as Marian University.

As a graduate of the mathematics program, you’ll find career success in a variety of settings. Through hands-on internship, research and teaching experiences, recent mathematics graduates have found career success at Agnesian Health Care; School Districts of Beloit, Muskego, Oostburg and Waupun; BMO Harris Bank; Epic Systems Corporations; Milwaukee PC; Staples; Clearly Building Corp; Alta Resources and Wisconsin Title Insurance Company.

Employment: 100% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation from the Mathematics Program, some even prior to graduation.

Graduate Education: 100% of graduates who elected to pursue an advanced degree were accepted into a graduate school within six months of graduation from the Mathematics Program.

The Mathematics Program contributes significantly to the development of critical thinking skills, highlighted in the General Education program. Students enrolled in Gen Ed math courses consistently demonstrate they either meet or exceed expectations in both Critical Thinking and Knowledge Acquisition (the math program’s primary SLO’s).

For those students progressing through the Mathematics Program, assessments (2014-15) of the Learning Outcomes are indicative of the Mathematics Program’s success. The following outcome goals were all met at the benchmark or higher with the exception of outcome 3, which showed 69% of students meeting the goal.

Outcome 1: 80% meet expectations on all assessments of critical thinking in math

Outcome 2: 80% meet expectations on all assessments of quantitative literacy

Outcome 3: 75% of students indicate that they are learning to apply problem-solving skills and decisions in math.

Outcome 4: 75% of students indicate that they fain factual knowledge and learn fundamental principles of math

Linda Krueger

Chair and Coordinator of Math Academic Services

Mathematics Department

920.923.8739

Lkkrueger64@marianuniversity.edu

Qinghua Luo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mathematics Department

920.923.8606

qluo93@marianuniversity.edu

Ron LaBorde, M.S.

Associate Professor

Mathematics Department

920.923.7647

RLaBorde@marianuniversity.edu

Tim Steger, M.S.

Instructor

Mathematics Department

920.923.8791

TSteger@marianuniversity.edu

Tony Draves, M.S.

Part-time per Course Faculty

Mathematics Department

920.923.8140

tdraves32@marianuniversity.edu

Kathryn Renderman, M.S.

Part-time per Course Faculty

Mathematics Department

920.923.7175

karenderman00@marianuniversity.edu

Paul Sanders, M.S.

Part-time per Course Faculty

Mathematics Department

920.923.7175

ptsanders32@marianuniversity.edu