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Department Vision:

The Mathematics Department of Kutztown University strives to be one of the premier departments at the University and in the region by:

  • providing opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to excel academically in the study of mathematics,
  • offering a well-balanced mathematics curriculum that enables students to be capable of reasoning logically, abstractly, and practically,
  • enhancing the field of mathematics and mathematics education through continued and sustained scholarly activities, and
  • serving the region as experts in mathematics and mathematics education.

Department Mission:

The mission of the Department of Mathematics of Kutztown University is:

  • to provide the best possible classroom instruction and academic services in support of each program of study in the Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University,
  • to provide opportunities for research and creative activities that will enhance the educational experiences of our students,
  • to promote continuous growth and development of faculty, and 
  • and to provide professional services to the region.

Our mission is directly related to the University mission.  A review of the University mission statement shows that our Departmental programs and activities are consistent with that statement.

The Department of Mathematics prepares our students for careers or graduate study in mathematics and mathematics education, while at the same time provides appropriate mathematical training for those students with specialties in other fields.

As a result of increased recognition by the general public of the contributions mathematics makes to society, the opportunities and expectations of all programs in mathematics have increased.  The need for, and appreciation of, mathematical literacy in almost all areas of study seems to be increasing.  A greater emphasis is being placed on the importance of mathematics in elementary and secondary schools.  Schools across the country face a critical and growing shortage of highly qualified mathematics teachers. The demand from industry for university graduates with majors in mathematics is high and is expected to remain so.  The scientific research community has endorsed mathematics as one of the priority areas of support in the coming years. Technological innovations also identify new areas of mathematical emphases needed by contributing professionals.

Student Goals:

Upon completion of the program, the graduates should:

  1. Achieve proficiency in mathematical computational skills and their applications at levels compatible with course and program expectations. Students will:
      • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic computations needed for mathematical analysis,
      • Explain and describe the key concepts related to the basic computations,
      • Interpret the results of the computations undertaken for mathematical analysis, and 
      • Give examples of practical applications of the skills and related concepts based on the computations.
  1. Formulate and evaluate mathematical examples, conjectures, arguments, and proofs.  Students will:
      • Classify and distinguish among different methodologies for constructing proofs,
      • Construct logically valid arguments and proofs, and 
      • Verify the validity of examples, conjectures, arguments, and proofs.
  1. Relate the various areas of mathematics to one another and their applications to other disciplines.  Students will:
      • Integrate concepts and skills from various areas of mathematics, and
      • Create mathematical models and solutions for problems drawn from other disciplines.
  1. Apply and adapt a variety of strategies to solve problems.  Students will:
      • Develop and implement mathematical strategies in their attempts to solve various problems, 
      • Recognize and apply alternative strategies for solving problems, and
      • Evaluate the effectiveness of their strategies and verify the accuracy of their solutions.
  1. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills while conveying mathematics.  Students will:
      • Present their solutions to various problems in a classroom setting, and
      • Research, write, and present reports on a variety of mathematical topics.
  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology in mathematics.  Students will:
      • Use technology to communicate mathematical ideas and processes, and
      • Employ appropriate computer software or calculators to model and solve mathematical problems.
  1. Develop an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics. Students will:
      • Demonstrate an awareness of the historical and cultural development of mathematics and its contributions to the advancement of civilization,
      • Participate in extra-curricular activities related to mathematics, and
      • Attend mathematics colloquia and conferences.