#### Department Contact:

*Chair: Dr. Rachel Wagner, rwagner@francis.edu, 814-471-1266*

#### 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 and 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 (Accelerated MBA), B.S., program offers an opportunity for students to pursue both mathematics and an MBA in a relatively short time frame. This program provides students the opportunity to accelerate the completion of the MBA program by allowing you to earn up to nine credits towards the undergraduate degree that will also fulfill requirements in the MBA program. Upon successful completion of all undergraduate degree requirements for the B.S. Mathematics, and if all progression standards are met, students will be automatically accepted into the SFU MBA program and will not be required to complete the GMAT exam. Students in this program develop depth in mathematics and a business acumen.

#### 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;
- Be prepared to engage successfully in an MBA program.

#### Admission Deadline:

The program has rolling admission.

#### Estimated Completion Time:

4 Years, Full Time, for the B.S.

#### Capstone Requirement:

Students in the Mathematics (Accelerated MBA), 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).

#### Total Credits Required:

130 credits