
Fitchburg State University 20222023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Applied Mathematics Concentration, Mathematics, B.S.


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Mathematics
Chairperson



Peter Staab



Professors

Associate Professors

Assistant Professors

Mary Ann Barbato 
Nermin Bayazit 
Jessica Oehrlein 
Catherine Buell 
Benjamin Levy 

Gerald Higdon 
Sarah Wright 

Peter Staab 
Abdulkeni Zekeria 

Amy Wehe 





Objectives for the Program in Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics serves all students at the university. Mathematics majors receive a comprehensive foundation in abstract and applied mathematics as preparation for graduate school or a professional career. Minors in Mathematics receive the mathematical foundation needed for advanced work in their major field.
The department also provides nonmajors with courses for their major or with courses for their General Education program.
Student Learning Outcomes
Develop effective thinking and communication skills
 Present information in a clear, precise and organized manner both verbally and in writing.
 Use and compare analytical, visual, and numerical perspectives in exploring mathematics.
 Recognize and make mathematically rigorous arguments.
 Approach mathematical problems with curiosity and creativity and persist in the face of difficulties.
 Work creatively and selfsufficiently with mathematics.
Learn to link applications and theory
 Understand and apply motivating examples that illustrate the ideas they are studying.
 Apply mathematical ideas to problems in those areas of study.
 See mathematical theory as useful and enlightening in both pure and applied contexts.
 Recognize and integrate connections between mathematical courses and theory.
Learn to use technological tools
 Use technology effectively, both as a tool for solving problems and exploring mathematical ideas.
 Use technology with increasing sophistication throughout a major curriculum.
Develop mathematical independence and experience openended inquiry
 Be able to explore mathematical ideas and problems beyond the classroom.
 Explore increasingly more difficult and openended questions.
 Speak and write about mathematics with increasing depth and sophistication.
Applied Mathematics Concentration
Applied Mathematics is the study of mathematics that is often used in other technical disciplines such as Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Physics, Economics and Computer Science. Students who complete the concentration in Applied Mathematics will have a strong mathematical background, an emphasis in a second field and will be able to integrate the mathematics within that field.
Student Learning Outcomes
Develop effective thinking and communication skills
 Present information in a clear, precise and organized manner both verbally and in writing.
 Use and compare analytical, visual, and numerical perspectives in exploring mathematics.
 Recognize and make mathematically rigorous arguments.
 Approach mathematical problems with curiosity and creativity and persist in the face of difficulties.
 Work creatively and selfsufficiently with mathematics.
Learn to link applications and theory
 Understand and apply motivating examples that illustrate the ideas they are studying.
 Apply mathematical ideas to problems in those areas of study.
 See mathematical theory as useful and enlightening in both pure and applied contexts.
 Recognize and integrate connections between mathematical courses and theory.
Learn to use technological tools
 Use technology effectively, both as a tool for solving problems and exploring mathematical ideas.
 Use technology with increasing sophistication throughout a major curriculum.
Develop mathematical independence and experience openended inquiry
 Be able to explore mathematical ideas and problems beyond the classroom.
 Explore increasingly more difficult and openended questions.
 Speak and write about mathematics with increasing depth and sophistication.
Requirements for the Applied Mathematics Concentration
Electives
And nine additional credits chosen from the following, at least six of which must be at the 3000 level or above
Minor Requirement
Choose one of the following minors: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geographic Science and Technology/Earth Systems Science, Psychological Science, or minor approved by the Mathematics Department.

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