The
mathematics programs offered by the department are designed
to meet the needs of students interested in pure or
applied mathematics or mathematics education. The programs
are flexible and kept up to date. They can accommodate
students who plan to continue with graduate studies
in mathematics or related fields as well as those who
want to enter the profession directly from college.
Mission
The
WCSU Department of Mathematics supports the University’s
mission as an accessible, responsive, and creative intellectual
resource for the people and institutions of
Connecticut. We strive to meet the mathematical needs
of a diversified student body through instruction, scholarship,
and public service. The Department aspires to
provide students with the background in mathematics and
mathematics education necessary to be successful in their
chosen careers and to be productive members of society.
Mathematics
is a core component of education for the
21st century, forming a basis of modern technological society.
As such, it must be at the forefront of topics stressed
by a public university. Mathematics is a tool for developing
a technologically literate citizenry.
Both
an art and a science, mathematics remains at the
heart of a liberal arts education. Learning mathematics enables
a person to think logically, solve problems, and
delve beneath the surface of many varied and seemingly unrelated
subjects.
To
accomplish this mission, the department:
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Prepares students in mathematics through its major offerings
at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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Prepares students with strong skills in mathematical communication,
problemsolving, mathematical reasoning, and
connections to related areas.
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Enhances the lifetime preparation of students so they are
mathematically and technologically literate members of
society.
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Provides needed resources for continuing education and
retraining in mathematics for regional citizens currently employed
and those who are switching fields.
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Shares its expertise in mathematics, mathematics education, and
statistics with many departments within
the
university as well as a wide variety of businesses and
schools outside the university.
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Conducts basic and applied research in the fields of mathematics
and mathematics education.
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Provides developmental mathematics courses for students entering
the university who are not adequately prepared
for universitylevel mathematics work.
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Provides a personalized learning environment for students of
mathematics.
