Overview - Mathematics Department
Dr. Towanna Roller, Chair
The Department of Mathematics at Asbury University has a strong commitment to a program of quality. The curriculum offers the student breadth in mathematics and its applications. Five majors and one minor are available.
1. The COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS MAJOR prepares the student to enter a career in industry, government, or business immediately upon graduation or to enter graduate school in computational science, or related areas of applied mathematics such as statistics, management science, operations research, actuarial science or computational biology. This major couples a strong emphasis on applied mathematics with the computational and programming skills necessary to solve practical problems. These skills are in high demand in the private sector and in government employment. The Computational Mathematics major is designed to allow the student flexibility in choosing a minor area of study as an application of the computational and mathematical skills learned in Department courses. Suggested minors range from the sciences (physics, chemistry, computer science or biology) to business management to art/media communications.
2. The MATHEMATICS MAJOR prepares the student for graduate study in mathematics, mathematical physics, or a related area that relies heavily upon theoretical mathematics. Eventual employment opportunities for persons with this background include teaching and research at the college or university level or being a member of a research team in government or industry. The Department has a rich history of graduates who have been successful in graduate school and subsequent academic and research careers.
3. The program content of the MATHEMATICS GRADES 8-12 MAJOR follows the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America and meets teacher certification requirements in most states. Teachers of mathematics in both public and private middle and high schools are very much in high demand.
4. In recent years, the need for additional analytical and technical skills in financial and risk analysis has grown significantly. The technical nature of modern financial and economic analysis requires a student with a strong mathematical and computational background in addition to strong skills in business and economics. The ACTUARIAL MATHEMATICS MAJOR is designed to provide the student with these skills. The marketplace is also demanding this new combination of skills. Alumni and friends of Asbury University have advised that the need for technically savvy analysts is large and growing. Professional opportunities for actuaries are always near the top of employment projections. The continued spread of free-market economies, furthermore, increases the potential for these graduates to have international impact in an environment that seeks those who have a worldview shaped by the classical liberal arts and complemented by cutting-edge financial analysis.
5. ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS MAJOR Asbury University offers a dual-degree program in Engineering in cooperation with the University of Kentucky which is located in nearby Lexington. Students in this program take courses at Asbury for three years and then transfer to the University of Kentucky for an additional two to three years to complete the requirements for one of seven engineering degrees (agricultural, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, mining, or materials science). The student receives a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Mathematics (a major offered only to students in this program) from Asbury University upon satisfactory completion of the first year of studies at University of Kentucky. (Official UK transcript of first year in engineering credits must be sent to Asbury University in order to receive the Engineering Mathematics degree.) Upon completing the remaining requirements in engineering, the student receives a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UK. A minimum GPA of 2.5 must be maintained to participate in this program. Some engineering programs may have a higher GPA requirement. Please consult the department chair for more information.
2014-2015 BULLETIN 8/11/2014