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#### Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Rachel Wagner, rwagner@francis.edu, 814-471-1215

#### Program Description:

The program in mathematics embodies both views of mathematics: one, as the study of abstract structures and hence independent of the physical world; the other, as the cornerstone of all scientific inquiry. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics is designed to provide a firm foundation in general principles, offer a broad range of mathematics subject areas, and reveal the ways mathematics can be applied to other areas of study.

Career opportunities for Mathematics majors are many. The growth of automation and space science, the widespread use of computers, the increasing dependence of the actuarial, biological, computer, managerial, and social sciences on mathematics, and the modern emphasis on such topics as probability, statistics, combinatorics, and functional analysis in engineering and the physical sciences have created a demand for mathematicians. Also, the discipline and training necessary to obtain a degree in mathematics is recognized as an excellent foundation for careers that normally would not be considered mathematical like law and medicine.

The Mathematics program pairs well with a major in many other programs. Students often pair the Mathematics major with a major in Computer Science, Engineering, or Chemistry.

Concentrations for Mathematics majors include Mathematics, Actuarial Concentration, B.S. Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Concentration, B.S. Mathematics 7-12, B.S., Secondary Education Concentration

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#### Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of diverse areas in Mathematics such as algebra, analysis, and Applied Mathematics;
- Demonstrate the ability to apply Mathematics and logical reasoning to problem solving including problems in other fields;
- Read and communicate Mathematics with understanding and clarity.

#### Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 4 years of full-time study

#### Total Credits Required:

128 credits minimum

#### Capstone Requirement:

Students in the Mathematics, B.S., are required to pass the ETS Mathematics major field exam and complete a senior research project. The requirements can be met by successfully completing MATH 492 Mathematics seminar (1 credit).