Nov 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics Major and Learning Outcomes

Mathematics Major Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate mathematics program is to provide majors with the opportunity to develop breadth and depth in both applied and theoretical areas of mathematics while enhancing their ability to think critically. Students will be prepared to apply these skills in advanced academic programs and/or careers which require expertise in mathematics, employing the ethical responsibilities implied by the mission and philosophy of DeSales University.

Mathematics Major Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from DeSales with a major in mathematics will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts and techniques of calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, discrete mathematics, and probability & statistics;
  2. understand and write mathematical proofs;
  3. think critically and apply mathematical knowledge to solve a wide variety of mathematical problems;
  4. communicate mathematically in both written and oral form with precision, clarity, and organization;
  5. write basic computer programs and use technology for visualization, problem solving, and mathematical modelling.

This major provides a solid foundation in the major areas of mathematics, while giving students the flexibility to study topics pertinent to their career goals. The major consists of four tracks: general, actuarial science, graduate school preparation, and teacher certification. All tracks lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, but each track includes specialized courses in the specified area of interest.