The mathematics curriculum at Briar Cliff promotes the development of skills in logical reasoning, problem solving, data analysis, and the communication of ideas. Two degree programs are available to accommodate students' individual interests and career goals.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics incorporates an emphasis on statistical analysis and computer applications. It is intended to prepare graduates for careers in business and industry, statistics, and the actuarial profession, as well as graduate study in mathematical sciences.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mathematics Education is designed to prepare students to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Students in the B.A. program must also pursue a major in secondary education.
Upon graduation, students who have majored in mathematics will be able to relate a core of basic mathematical concepts, use a variety of problem solving strategies, construct and commmunicate valid mathematical arguments, apply mathematical skills to problems in other disciplines, and utilize multiple technological tools for solving problems.
The use of technology is integrated throughout the mathematics curriculum via graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, and statistical tools. Software currently in use includes Derive 6, Geometer's Sketchpad, Minitab, and Microsoft Excel, all running in a Windows 7 environment. Beginning in the fall of 2011, new students have been issued iPad 2 tablets, and the mathematics programs encourage students to explore uses of this new technology both in and outside the classroom.
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