Mathematics Department Overview – Asbury University
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Mathematics Department Overview

Dr. Cheryll Crowe Johnson, 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.

Major and Minor requirements

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 communication.

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.

The program content of the MATHEMATICS GRADES 8-12 MAJOR follows the recommendations of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, 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.

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.


For the Mathematics Foundations requirements see the Traditional Undergraduate Foundations.