Mathematics Department mission statement

Mathematical principles underpin four of the original seven liberal arts (arithmetic, geometry, logic, and astronomy).  The mission of the Saint Martin's University Mathematics Department is to continue this tradition by emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a quantitative framework to enhance our students’ decision- making abilities.  Courses in the Mathematics Department are tailored to meet the needs of a wide variety of students:  math majors, engineering/science majors, business majors, social science majors, and liberal arts majors.

Mathematics Department learning outcomes

Saint Martin’s math majors will

  • Possess a strong foundation in traditional mathematical areas.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of foundational mathematics in a three-semester Calculus sequence coupled with the ability to apply Calculus principles in Differential Equations, Mathematical Modeling, and/or Probability and Statistics.
  • Understand and write rigorous proofs for theorems, corollaries, and lemmas.  Students will be skilled in a variety of proof methods and have strong axiomatic reasoning skills.  Students will be able to apply these skills in the context of Geometry, Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Real Analysis, and/or Complex Variables.

Saint Martin’s science and engineering majors will

  • Possess the mathematical and statistical backgrounds required for their fields of study.  Like the math majors, engineering and science students will demonstrate an understanding of foundational mathematics in a two or three-semester Calculus sequence coupled with the ability to apply Calculus principles in Differential Equations or apply Pre-Calculus to algebra-based Physics.

Saint Martin’s business and accounting majors will

  • Possess the mathematical and statistical backgrounds required for their fields of study.  Business and accounting students will demonstrate an understanding of probabilistic and statistical principles as well as be able to apply these principles in Operations Research, Applied Quantitative Reasoning, and Finance.

Saint Martin’s liberal arts majors will

  • Develop an appreciation of the role of mathematics in modern society.  Liberal arts majors will demonstrate the ability to apply mathematics to a variety of real-world situations such as selecting the best home mortgage or making investment decisions.