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School of Mathematical Sciences

Director: Dean E. Allison, Ph.D.

Mathematical Sciences

Location: Ross Hall 2239
Telephone: 970.351.2820

Mathematics and related areas have been important human endeavors since ancient times. Mathematics is a discipline with its own questions, methods and content. It has also been used as a tool to explain the natural world for centuries. Mathematics, statistics and computer science have become essential to almost every other discipline such as business, economics, psychology and the social sciences.

Mathematics, statistics and computer science reflect the dual nature of these programs. Undergraduate courses, minors, and majors from these areas can be used as important components within a variety of other programs.

Mathematics B.S.

Applied Statistics Emphasis

Expanded scientific, statistical and mathematical knowledge, combined with growing needs in technological as well as social areas, have created increased demands for individuals trained in applied statistics.

The program focuses on statistical foundations and their applications to problems in varied disciplines, e.g., business, agriculture, medicine, law, literature, psychology and other social sciences.

Graduates are prepared for positions involving the design and analysis of statistical models in such areas as the military, governmental, industrial, environmental and social settings and for additional graduate study in the areas of applied statistics and operations research.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

This program permits students to acquire the standard concepts of undergraduate mathematics including calculus, linear and abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, probability and statistics.

Graduates will be prepared to enter a graduate program in mathematics or some other discipline such as statistics.

They may also begin a career in a variety of quantitative settings, including branches of engineering, physical and social science, finance and management, law and medicine.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

This program prepares students to teach mathematics, such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and mathematical analysis and applications at the secondary school level (grades 7-12).

Students entering this program are expected to have the equivalent of four years of high school mathematics that will enable them to begin a study of calculus; students without these prerequisites may be required to take additional courses in algebra and trigonometry before beginning the calculus sequence.

Graduates of this program are prepared and will be qualified for licensure to teach mathematics in grades 7-12 in the state of Colorado. The program also prepares students for graduate study in mathematics education.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Applied Statistics Minor

Computer Science Minor

Mathematics: Liberal Arts Minor

Mathematics: Secondary Mathematics Teaching, Grades 7-12 Minor

Mathematics Concentration

Mathematics B.S.

Applied Statistics Emphasis

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Mathematics M.A.

Students must have:

Generally a B.S. in mathematics or mathematics education with strong mathematics courses is required for admission to this program. Students without the B.S. in mathematics are advised to consult the school for a list of recommended undergraduate courses they should take before entering the program.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Applications are not being accepted into the Liberal Arts Emphasis at this time.

The foci of this program are the core areas of algebra and analysis with specialization or breadth available through electives.

A graduate of this program may continue graduate work in mathematics or some other discipline such as statistics. A graduate may also enter a career making use of the knowledge and skills developed in the selected courses; career potential exists in industrial settings, business and governmental service.

Teaching Emphasis

This program is designed to prepare teachers to be experts in their own classroom. Upon finishing this program they should be able to teach the content of mathematics, assume leadership roles in mathematics curriculum within their schools, and read and understand the professional literature relating to the teaching and learning of their discipline. The emphasis is on preparing teachers for the 21st century with a dynamic and individualized program of study.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Mathematics M.A.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Teaching Emphasis Requirements

Educational Mathematics Ph.D.

This program offers an innovative approach to mathematical pedagogy. A basic tenet of the program is that mathematical content is fundamental to methods, research and reform in mathematics education. The program has three major strands: mathematics, mathematics education, and cognition.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to lead the reform of mathematics education. They will be able to teach mathematics at several levels; perform research; and administer and supervise the reform of mathematics education.

Admission. Applicants should possess a master's degree in mathematics or mathematics education, or a strong bachelor's degree in mathematics. It is expected that students will have had a senior level or beginning graduate level course in each of abstract algebra, linear algebra, point-set topology, and real or complex analysis. Applicants not having this preparation may be required to take additional courses to prepare them for the coursework in the program. Also required is an essay of approximately 500 words addressing the applicant's interest in the Doctor of Philosophy in the Educational Mathematics program and the applicant's educational goals.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Educational Mathematics Ph.D.


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