Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Teacher Education Track leading to grades 6-12 certification

A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics encompasses the breadth of Mathematics and its applications in a small, friendly, and supportive setting. Courses in differential equations, analysis, calculus, discrete mathematics, and linear and abstract algebra combine a theoretical and applied understanding of these areas. Additional courses in Physics and Computer Science explore how Mathematics can be used to solve real-world problems.

Programs in Mathematics - The programs in Mathematics are designed to prepare the student for further study in mathematics, education, or other subjects or for employment in a variety of fields.

Mathematics is the foundation upon which all other technical fields rest, and as such, is the perfect choice for students who have a profound mathematical curiosity, and a desire to apply their problem solving skills. The soaring demand for employees with specialized mathematical expertise allows graduates to follow a wide variety of career paths. Many work in fields that, while not specifically described as mathematical, require clear reasoning, logical thought, and a love and understanding of mathematics. Persons with degrees in mathematics may be found pursuing such diverse careers as actuarial science, education, consulting, systems analysis and quality control, and jobs in industry or government. Others go on to graduate work in mathematics or other mathematics-related fields, such as Computer Science.

The B.S. degree candidate will, through the nature of the mathematics electives and the opportunities offered by other programs, have a scientifically and technically oriented program which allows entry into many fields of science, engineering, and technology as well as education and business.

The B.A. candidate will have a strong background in mathematics coupled with the necessary education courses that will lead to teacher certification.

Through the second major in Mathematics and the minor in Mathematics, students in other fields may acquire a substantial background and competence in Mathematics.

Our professors are professionals with a sincere commitment to teaching. The Mathematics Department at SPSU boasts a faculty that includes a National Science Foundation grant recipient, four University System of Georgia Teaching/Learning Grant recipients, as well as several awards for outstanding teaching by the Student Government Association and the SPSU faculty.

The Faculty:

Dhruba Adhikari, Assistant Professor

Zhu Cao, Assistant Professor

Shangrong Deng, Associate Professor

Meighan I. Dillon, Professor

Steven R. Edwards, Professor

Joseph N. Fadyn, Professor

Joel C. Fowler, Associate Professor

William Griffiths, Assistant Professor

Sarah Holliday, Assistant Professor

Yang Kang, Lecturer

Andrew G. McMorran, Associate Professor and Department Chair

Nicolae Pascu, Assistant Professor

Laura Ritter, Assistant Professor

Claudia Spiro, Assistant Professor

Jennifer Vandenbussche, Assistant Professor

Long L. Wang, Associate Professor

Hua Xu, Lecturer

Taixi Xu, Associate Professor

The mathematics portion of the major under the B.S. degree consists of three components: Required Courses, Mathematics Electives, and Guided Electives. Although the Required Courses provide the bulk of the mathematics in the degree, they also provide a framework for other series of Mathematics courses to be included under Mathematics Electives and Guided Electives. Students planning to attend graduate school in Mathematics are urged to select these courses carefully in consultation with an advisor. Students planning to seek employment in business or industry should consider a minor in a related field, such as computer science. A computer science minor can be completed within the Guided Electives of the Mathematics degree.

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