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In mathematics we value critical thinking, problem solving, hard work, collaboration, and fun. We vow to support every math student while providing preparation for civic engagement, teaching, technical careers and professions where numeracy, qualitative literacy, and critical thinking are vital.
The Major: Why major in math?
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The Language of Science: mathematics and science go hand-in-hand; mathematics will illuminate the road to your science career.
Open Doors: math majors score higher compared to non-math majors on standardized tests such as the LSAT (law) and the GMAT (business). This is attributed to the fact that studying math develops analytic thinking and problem solving skills.
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The Mathematics Major at WNMU
Math majors at WNMU choose one of three distinct concentrations to frame their studies.
Actuarial Science is the analysis of risk. Actuaries manage risk using analytical skills. The WNMU program provides a unique and purposeful sequence of courses with ample opportunity to become familiar with data analysis through the use of various computational tools. In addition, this concentration provides a solid foundation for further study in actuarial science and preparation for studying for the first actuarial exam.
For more information on actuarial science, visit: http://www.beanactuary.org/
WNMU offers a unique pedagogical approach to its program. With courses held in computer classrooms students engage in activities in which computational tasks lead to theoretical insights and to opportunities to exercise a wide variety of problem solving abilities. Further, due to the attention given to students' ability to express their mathematical work, our students graduate with a proficiency to communicate well to both technical and non-technical audiences. The math program at WNMU prepares students for work in industry and lays the framework for further study in mathematics as well as other integrated STEM fields (e.g. mathematical biology).
For more information on applied mathematics, visit: http://www.siam.org/careers/thinking.php)
Mathematics Education (Secondary)
Students studying at WNMU to become math teachers are in the unique position to earn a double major: in education and in mathematics. Working closely with faculty in the School of Education, students fulfill the requirement for New Mexico state licensure with competency in mathematics and at the same time fulfill the requirements for the math major. Math education majors gain experience with the New Mexico Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and with the NCTM Standards and Benchmarks.
For more information on teaching math, visit: http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=532
The Minor: The Perfect Complement
Math For All
Developmental Mathematics (DVSM)