Mathematical Science/Mathematics Education
Math is an essential component of any liberal arts education, especially in the present age of technology. Mathematicians are valued for their logic, rigor and analytic ability. With a degree in mathematics, you will be capable of engaging in creative problem solving across a wide range of disciplines. The Mathematical Science program combines both practical and theoretical aspects. As a student of the program, you will have a remarkably diverse set of career options upon graduation.
If you have aspirations of being a math teacher, the Mathematics Education program is for you. Curricula recommended by the Mathematical Association of America and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are offered for those students interested in pursuing graduate work.
Placement tests designed by the Mathematical Association of America are administered through our Learning Center so that you receive the best opportunity for learning according to your background and career goals.
Computer training begins in your freshman year and is integrated throughout your curriculum. With this training, you will quickly achieve the necessary skills to apply technology, both in the classroom and in the workplace.
Early Access for Mathematics Education Majors
If you wish to teach mathematics in grades 9-12, you will complete the mathematics major with specific science certification requirements and the M.A. in Education in your fifth year. You may enter this program while an undergraduate through the Early Access Program.
Application for Early Access to the Master’s program occurs during the junior year with successful completion of:
- EDUC 100 Introduction to Teaching in the freshman or sophomore year
- The application process concurrent with taking the EDUC Practicum in Secondary Education
- An interview with the appropriate mentoring triad in one’s field
If you are enrolled in this program, you will have an advisor from the School of Education and an adviser in your content area. You must work closely with both advisers to ensure completion of the appropriate and required coursework in a timely manner.
Early access does not guarantee acceptance into the M.A. in Education program but does provide appropriate background for possible success. Teacher certification occurs at the completion of the M.A. in Education.
Possessing strong mathematical skills provides an enormous advantage in today’s business environment. The top five careers in the Jobs Rated Almanac all involve mathematics, statistics or computer science. At Maryville University, our programs in Mathematics Education and Mathematical Science were developed with the express purpose of preparing you for a satisfying and rewarding career in business or education, where there is a nationwide need.
Degree Offerings and Requirements
- Mathematical Science, B.S.
- Mathematics Education, B.S. leading to the M.A. in Education
- Mathematical Science Minor
If you want to major in a mathematical area, we recommend that you take as much high school mathematics as possible. A strong background in all areas of pre-calculus mathematics provides an excellent basis for college-level work. In addition, a student pursuing a career in Actuarial Science or Math Modeling for Business should have an interest in business and computers, and in developing management and communication skills. Students planning to transfer college credits should try to complete courses in calculus, economics, accounting and other business-related courses.