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Mathematics

- to provide students with quality instruction that allows them to experience mathematics in such a way that they become flexible, analytical thinkers;
- to provide a climate in which mathematical literacy, the free exchange of mathematical ideas and active engagement in learning mathematics flourish.

UW-River Falls offers two degree programs for mathematics students. The liberal arts major is designed as a comprehensive program in mathematics for students who want to pursue professional careers in mathematics upon graduation from UW-River Falls or after further graduate study. The secondary education major was created to

provide preparation for students seeking careers as high school or middle school mathematics teachers. This program includes the professional training necessary for effective teaching.

The faculty members of the mathematics department have diverse backgrounds and research interests which include: combinatorics, differential equations, mathematics education, mathematical engineering, numerical analysis, probability, and statistics. Our department provides a wide range of opportunities for students to work closely with professors on research and advanced mathematical study.

Field trips to mathematics conferences are scheduled several times each year. Students can attend to exchange research results with students and professors from other universities through discussion and formal presentations. Energy research affords students with a unique opportunity to work as assistants in applying mathematics to practical problems. Senior seminar projects provide students with valuable experiences in problem solving, research, writing reports, and making presentations. Advanced statistical study helps prepare students for work in actuarial science and related fields. Independent study can be arranged to explore mathematical topics beyond those in the standard curriculum. Campus mathematics organizations include the Math Club which organizes field trips, picnics, and informal study sessions; MAA–Mathematical Association of America which provides information on mathematical science careers, inexpensive access to undergraduate mathematics journals, and social interaction with other mathematics students; and NCTM–National Council of Teachers of Mathematics which offers opportunities to attend conferences in mathematics teaching and provides access to inexpensive professional journals.

The employment outlook for mathematics majors is excellent. In 2001, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the fastest growing jobs are mathematics-related. Jobs are available for mathematicians in a wide variety of industries and government agencies. Companies involving computers, insurance, aerospace, control systems, and distribution networks hire mathematicians yearly.

The careers that math majors typically follow are high quality. Recently, five of the top ten jobs rated by the Jobs Rated Almanac on characteristics such as job security, income, and satisfaction levels, were math-related.

National and international demands for workers with better mathematics preparation are resulting in increased mathematics requirements for students and improved mathematics programs at the precollege level. These are challenging, exciting, and rewarding times for mathematics teachers, and many new teachers are needed throughout the United States.

At UW-River Falls, mathematics is viewed as both the foundation for the sciences and a significant field of knowledge in its own right. Our mathematics instruction is dedicated to nurturing and developing students’ creative mathematical talents as problemsolvers.

Mathematics Secondary Education Plan

Department of Mathematics

207 North Hall

(715) 425-3326