Mathematical Sciences at Adams State University

Master the facts, formulas, terminology and definitions that are fundamental to the mathematical sciences with a degree from Adams State University. You’ll join a small department with accessible faculty, ensuring that you receive individual attention at every stage of your studies.

Coursework in mathematical sciences exposes you to a broad base of topics, preparing you with a solid foundation from which to pursue a variety of careers or graduate school. Working with up-to-date computing hardware and software, you’ll learn to apply logical reasoning and mathematical precision to solve problems. And you’ll have opportunities to apply your newfound knowledge as a member of the Adams State Computer Science, Mathematics and Programming Club (ACME) or the Robotics Club. Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified to obtain jobs in education, research, medicine, robotics, business, astronomy, and more.

We also serve those students who desire to teach mathematics at the secondary school level.

By completing a typical mathematics major within the department, then obtaining the necessary licensing requirements via the Department of Teacher Education, these students emerge from ASU prepared to step right into the classroom.

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Mathematical Sciences Highlights

“Mathematics is the language of science. Take as much mathematics as the university can possibly offer. From biologists to physicists at the forefront of research this is what I hear, and this is what I have experienced.” 2018 Adams State Outstanding Alumnus John Petersen, current SPIE Fellow and a former SEMATECH Fellow and principal scientist at imec, Leuven, Belgium, a world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies.

“I have been accepted by communities of other institutions such as MIT, RIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell, University of Maryland, University of New Mexico, University of Colorado, University of Ottawa, and most recently KU-Leuven. I did it, a kid from Cheraw, Colorado, the smallest of rural communities, and if I can do it, anybody can do it.”

Free Tutoring

Students needing help in any mathematics class through Calculus II are encouraged to visit the Math Lab for free tutoring.

Mathematical Sciences Outcomes

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One-year job placement rate for Mathematical Education graduates

Opportunity

Students have the opportunity to compete annually in Mathematics and Programming competitions through the ACME club. Active ACME members have higher success rates.

The Mathematics Program at Adams State University prepares graduates for careers in education, industry, law, sciences, and insurance. Graduates will have the content knowledge and skills ready to become secondary mathematics teachers, actuaries, or team members in industry. Alternatively, graduates will also be prepared for graduate school in mathematics, actuarial sciences, operations research, or education.

Graduate Studies

The broad base of mathematical topics treated provides majors with a solid foundation from which to pursue graduate studies in the mathematical sciences.

Careers

Students who choose to major in mathematics are qualified for employment in a wide variety of occupations.
Education
Research
Medicine
Robotics
Business
Astronomy

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ACME


Adams State Computer Science, Mathematics and Engineering Club Competes annually in Mathematics and Programming competitions Contact Dr. Steven Aldrich

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Robotics Club


Build and program custom robots, Community Group with student involvement, Participate in the Robotics Challenge at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Contact George Sellman

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Mathematical Sciences Faculty

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Stephen Aldrich, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
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Tony Weathers, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics
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Meredith Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Matthew Nehring, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics

Mathematical Sciences Curriculum

Explore Some of Our Courses

MATH 331: Modern Geometry (3 hours)
An introduction to plane geometry intended for future teachers of mathematics. Typical topics include deductive reasoning and the axiomatic method, Euclidean geometry, parallelism, hyperbolic and other non-Euclidean geometries.

MATH 335: History of Mathematics (3 hours)
This course traces the historical development of mathematics from ancient to modern times, placing mathematical facts into a meaningful intellectual and historical context. Typical topics include mathematics in early civilization such as Egypt and Babylonia; early Greek mathematics from Euclid to Archimedes; the work of Diophantus; mathematics in medieval Islam and its transmission to the Latin West; the early development of algebra; the analytic geometry of Descartes and Fermat; the development of the calculus at the hands of Newton and Leibniz; the contributions of the Bernouilli family; nineteenth-century analysis from Cauchy to Weiestrass; nineteenth-century algebra from Galois through Klein; the development of non-Euclidean geometry; and Cantor’s development in set theory.

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