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Mathematics

Tim Husband’s (statistics) class gave me an appreciation for variability in data and separating that from an actual signal. It started me on this path. … Thinking of the competence and purposeful has remained with me to this day.
Dr. Jeffrey Morisette ’90
Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center, Ft. Collins, Colo.
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  • THE SIENA EFFECT: Mathematics
Siena Heights offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with four major options (Elementary Education, Secondary Education, General Math and Pre-Actuarial) and a minor with two options (General Math and Math Education). However, an increasing number of our mathematics students seek careers outside of teaching. Our General Math and Pre-Actuarial options were intended to prepare our graduates for careers in industry or for further study in graduate school.

The engineering field is becoming even more dependent on mathematics. Currently, most of our Pre-Engineering majors stay at Siena Heights as Math majors.


FAST FACT: Faculty is dedicated to exposing our students to the leading edge of technology. Regular use of modern learning technology, from state-of-the-art hand-held calculators to Smart technology to Computer Algebra Systems, assists our students with the exploration and visualization of concepts in courses at all levels. SHU prepares its future teachers of mathematics to use these tools in their own classrooms.

For the serious math student, we offer a choice of degrees to set them on their way to careers in mathematics, industry, and teaching.

For the STEM students, we provide all of their math courses is small courses focused on the background material for chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.

And, for the liberal arts students, we offer a selection of topical courses to provide reasoning and computational skills in a setting that matches whatever their interests happen to be. We are a part of every student's degree at SHU, and like to think that we do our best to make our program inclusive to all of our students.

Math classes for majors are small, allowing our professors to provide all of the individual attention that our students might require. Plentiful office hours, student-centered faculty, large study areas with fully-equipped computers, and state-of-the-art Smart classrooms make learning personal, interesting, and interactive. We can get you started at whatever level suits your background, and take you on your journey right through to the degree of your choice.

Regardless of your specialty, the program will serve your needs. Students planning to be math teachers will be prepared in accordance with Michigan certification standards. Those planning to attend graduate school will receive a thorough and wide-ranging undergraduate experience.



BACHELOR OF ARTS

AT A GLANCE

Our graduates leave SHU with superior literacy in a wide variety of math-oriented equipment and software, including Maple Computer Algebra System, TI-NSpire handheld calculators and the Minitab statistics package.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 28Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED SPECIALIZATION
Required Credit Hours 1222Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 13Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED LIBERAL ARTS
Required Credit Hours 28Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED ELECTIVE
Required Credit Hours 3335Credit Hours
Total for major
114126Credit Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name General Physics I
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Speech Communication
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Symbolic Logic
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Visual Basic Programming
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Business Communications or Managerial Communications
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Geometry
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Intro to Abstract Algebra
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Intro to Real Analysis
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Math for Elementary Teachers I
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Math for Elementary Teachers II
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 2
Course Name Math Modeling
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Multivariable Calculus
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Numerical Analysis
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Senior Seminar II
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Special Topics
Course Type ELECTIVE
Credit Hours 13
Course Name Calculus I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Calculus II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Data Analysis and Statistics or Statistical Reasoning Via Application and Simulation or Statistics and Society
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Differential Equations
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Discrete Mathematics
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Junior Seminar
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Linear Algebra
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Senior Seminar I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Sophomore Seminar I
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Sophomore Seminar II
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Statistical Analysis and Design
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Associate Professor of Mathemathics
Mathematics
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Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics
Adrian
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Professor of Mathematics
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Assistant Professor of Mathematics
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Instructor of Mathematics
Mathematics
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#1. Liberal use of technology throughout the program. Our courses all employ Smart technology, TI NSpire CAS calculators, Maple, and MATLAB in the classroom.

#2. Provide a wide variety of options for sub-specialties within mathematics as well as courses for non-STEM majors with varied interests. 

#3. A large and active Math Club and PME chapter that engage in community activities, fundraising, tutoring and group travel throughout the year. A tutoring center (Math Cave) is available to all students with help for any class, and at the end of each semester a Mathapalooza open session is conducted to help prep for finals. 

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Mathematics.

Find out more about careers and Mathematics through this Mathematics Careers Link. Mathematics-related careers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Actuaries
  • Statisticians
  • Computer programmers
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Computer scientists and database administrators
  • Computer software engineers
  • Operations research analysts

A strong background in mathematics also facilitates employment as

  • Teachers—postsecondary
  • Teachers—preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary
  • Engineers
  • Economists
  • Market and survey researchers
  • Financial analysts and personal financial advisors
  • Physicists and astronomers
To find more information about careers and Mathematics, follow this Mathematics Careers Link.

Learn more about Mathematics clubs and organizations.

There is an active section of the mathematics national honor society Pi Mu Epsilon and a Math Club. The organizations provide students an opportunity to meet more students who are interested in mathematics and to encounter more mathematical topics than appear in the general curriculum.

The clubs also are very active in community and school service with activities such as Family Math, visits to area high schools, and community service projects. The clubs also bring in speakers on various topics of interest to the students.

Learn more about
Mathematics Clubs & Organizations on MySiena.

Meet Jeffrey Morisette, Class of 1990

Jeffrey Morisette 

Major: Mathematics

What Jeffrey is Doing: Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's North Central Climate Science Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.

So, just what can you do with a degree in mathematics?

How about . . .

•  Work for NASA interpreting satellite data,
•  Map habitat from weather patterns and predicted changes in climate,
•  Bring a data-driven approach to earth and environmental sciences,
•  Run a multimillion dollar, multi-state science center for the federal government.

Dr. Jeffrey Morisette ’90 has accomplished all those things since graduating from Siena Heights University. Currently the director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center, Morisette works with multiple agencies and organizations to help development long-term strategies and forecasts for what he believes is a rapidly changing climate.

Morisette works with earth and environmental scientists on a daily basis, traveling through the region his center serves, which includes Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and parts of Montana, including the Yellowstone National Park area. According to the Department of the Interior, the North Central CSC is part of a network of eight centers created to provide scientific information, tools and techniques to use in managing land, water, wildlife and cultural resources, which are then used to monitor, anticipate and adapt to climate change.

In fact, he points to the “foundational” courses such as statistics with Siena Heights faculty member Dr. Tim Husband and philosophy with Dr. Mark Schersten and the late Sister Pat Hogan as formational—as was the mission of Siena Heights.

“Tim Husband’s (statistics) class gave me an appreciation for variability in data and separating that from an actual signal,” Morisette said.
 “It started me on this path. Understanding issues of variability and uncertainty are critical in the realm of both climate and ecological processes. … Thinking of the competence and purposeful has remained with me to this day.”


Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts

Division:

  • Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences

Location(s):

Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.
(800) 521-0009