Mathematics is the language of the universe.
It is unambiguous and essential, and it governs how the world operates at its most basic level. Mathematics is found at the root of the natural sciences and engineering. It provides structure for computer programming, economic analysis, and physics.
At Widener, undergraduates who major in mathematics are trained in abstract thinking and logical argument, with an emphasis on analysis and problem-solving.
Widener's program in mathematics is demanding yet flexible, and it explores both the pure and applied aspects of math. Students start by taking core courses that explore integral and differential calculus before moving into upper-division study explores various topics in the field.
The major is available in three tracks:
- Traditional: Recommended for students considering graduate study, this option includes a broad overview of the different areas of mathematics — including algebra, analysis, geometry, topology and statistics — while also allowing for students to pursue a minor in a second area of interest such as physics or economics.
- Secondary Mathematics Education: Designed for students interested in becoming secondary school mathematics teachers, this option includes the mathematics and education courses necessary for certification to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Widener also offers a masters degree with a major in Mathematics Education for those students already possessing an undergraduate degree and interested in obtaining mathematics certification.
- Mathematics and Computer Science: This track is available for students interested in these closely related fields. It includes the core material from both mathematics and computer science.
Mathematics students take courses in small classes, where faculty members are able to provide individualized attention to a student's interest and academic progress. Unlike other institutions, math classes at Widener are taught by faculty, not graduate students. Students also work directly with faculty to explore their individual interests within the field.
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