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Mathematics

Mathematics plays a key role in understanding the principles of our physical environment and is an important tool in successful utilization and conservation of human, physical and financial resources. The mission of the Mathematics department is to instill in its students an understanding of the mathematical concepts necessary to be productive members of society, and to provide the mathematics foundation necessary for graduate study in mathematics and careers in mathematics, education, business, finance, science, medicine and engineering. This mission follows from our Christian worldview that states, in part, that we are to live in harmony with the physical environment God has created for us and utilize its resources intelligently and conservatively.

  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biomathematics
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Computer Science
  • Quantitative Finance

Mathematics Major
The student must complete at least 30 hours in Mathematics (including 9 hours of upper division electives), 8 hours in physics, and 3 hours in computer science, including the following courses or their equivalent:

Required Mathematics (MATH) courses (21 hours):
MATH 164 Calculus I
MATH 254 Calculus II
MATH 264 Calculus III
MATH 353 Linear Algebra
MATH 363 Differential Equations
MATH 433 Mathematics Seminar

9 hours upper division Mathematics electives*
Required Physics (PHYS) courses (8 hours):
PHYS 213+211 General Physics I
PHYS 223+221 General Physics II

Required Computer Science (BCSC) Course (3 hours):
BCSC 253 C++ Programming for Science and Mathematics
*Students desiring certification to teach mathematics in
secondary schools in Missouri are required to take the following
courses as 6 of the 9 hours of upper division electives required
for the Mathematics major:

MATH 323 Foundations of Geometry
MATH 333 Algebraic Structures

Mathematics Minor
The student must complete at least 18 hours in Mathematics, including the following courses, or their equivalent, and 6 hours of upper division:

Required Mathematics (MATH) courses (12 hours):
MATH 164 Calculus I
MATH 254 Calculus II
MATH 264 Calculus III

Mathematics Electives: 6 hours upper division

Students interested in engineering should see the section on Dual-Degree Program(s) in Engineering.

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

2013-2014

2012-2013

Jerry Desse, Natural Sciences Division Chair


Natural Science Chair; Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Contact information:
jerry.desse@mobap.edu

David Collum, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences


Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences; Data Analyst
Contact information:
david.collum@mobap.edu

Alicia Pate, Assistant Professor of Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Contact information:
alicia.pate@mobap.edu

Mark Sherman, Associate Professor of Biology


Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology
Contact information:
mark.sherman@mobap.edu

Shayani Pieris, Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences


Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences
Contact information:
shayani.pieris@mobap.edu

David Smith, Assistant Professor of Mathematics


Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Contact information:
david.smith@mobap.edu

Lydia Thebeau, Dean of Academic Advisement and Allied


Dean of Academic Advisement and Allied Health Initiatives, Professor of Biology
Contact information:
lydia.thebeau@mobap.edu

Mary Vedamuthu, Associate Professor of Chemistry


Associate Professor of Chemistry
Contact information:
mary.vedamuthu@mobap.edu

Craig Walston, Adjunct Instructor of Natural Sciences


Instructor of Natural Sciences; Head Women’s Softball Coach
Contact information:
craig.walston@mobap.edu