Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics
James R. Bush, Ph.D., Chair
Mathematics, the analytic study of quantitative relationships, has acquired increasing importance in the modern world. The Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics at Waynesburg University offers three programs of study in mathematics leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The program of study in mathematics is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in both theoretical and applied mathematics. Students enrolled in the program will be exposed to various areas of mathematics such as calculus, statistics and probability, algebraic structures, number theory, differential equations, linear algebra, and geometry. Students will also study basic concepts of logic and intermediate levels of computer science. The program in mathematics is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for successful and productive careers in business, industry, government, research, or continued studies in the mathematical sciences. With careful planning, students may receive a minor in another area of study.
Mathematics Education - Secondary Teaching Certification Option
The Mathematics Major with the Secondary Education Option is designed for those students who wish to pursue a career teaching mathematics at the secondary school level. The mathematics curriculum meets the requirements set forth for certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students will be exposed to various areas of mathematics such as algebraic structures, geometry, probability, statistics, linear algebra, calculus, trigonometry, finite mathematics, and number theory.
In addition the student will be expected to complete the professional program in education and satisfy all liberal arts requirements. The student will visit various classes in area middle and senior high schools beginning the second semester of the freshman year. The student will also participate in a practicum of teaching mathematics to his or her peers in preparation for the student teaching experience.
Student teaching will normally take place during the first semester of the senior year. It is the goal of the Mathematics Education program to graduate students who will be exemplary mathematics teachers and provide many quality years of service on the secondary school level.
Upon graduation, students will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics Education and may be recommended to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification to teach mathematics in grades 7 through 12. The Pennsylvania Department of Education will issue certification to recommended candidates who have passed all portions of the National Teacher Examination.
Three/Two Engineering Program
Waynesburg University, in conjunction with cooperating university Schools of Engineering, offers five-year (three/two) engineering programs. These programs provide for completion of chemistry, mathematics, physics, and general education course work during three years at Waynesburg University and completion of the engineering course work in two years at a cooperating university. Upon successful completion of the mathematics track of the five year program, as outlined under the Engineering section of this catalog, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics from Waynesburg University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the cooperating university.