20172018 General Catalog
Department of Mathematics


Department Information
Department Chair: Jim Brandt
ELC 403 ~ (435) 5865454 brandt@suu.edu
Administrative Assistant: Robin Archibald
ELC 423 ~ (435) 5865448 archibald@suu.edu
Student Success Advisors:
Last Names AB, XZ
Jared Wilken, wilcken@suu.edu
SC 111 ~ (435) 5865420
Last Names CE
Rachel Fergason, rachelfergason@suu.edu
SC 105A ~ (435) 5865420
Last Names FI
Randy Johnson, randyjohnson4@suu.edu
SC 108 ~ (435) 5865420
Last Names JM
Marshal Beach, marshalbeach@suu.edu
SC 110 ~ (435) 5865420
Last Names NR
Sharon Brown, brownsh@suu.edu
SC 110 ~ (435) 5865420
Last Names SW
Tina Calamity, calamity@suu.edu
SC 109 ~ (435) 5865420
Department Website: http://www.suu.edu/cose/math/
College Website: http://www.suu.edu/cose
Advisement Website: http://www.suu.edu/cose/advisement.html
Faculty:
Professor: Seth Armstrong, Saïd Bahi, Andreas Weingartner
Associate Professors: Jim Brandt, Sarah Duffin, Eric Freden, Jianlong Han, Derek Hein
Assistant Professors: Jana Lunt, Gretchen Rimmasch Meilstrup, Mark Meilstrup, Andrew Misseldine, Emma Schafer
NonTenure Track Lecturers: Matt Adams, Bryan Bradford, Buna Sambandham, Cecilia Weingartner
Degrees Offered
Bachelor of Science
Mathematics  Emphasis in Actuarial Science
Mathematics  Emphasis in Pure Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Minor
Mathematics  Emphasis in Actuarial Science
Mathematics  Pure Mathematics Emphasis
Mathematics Education
Overview of Programs
The Department of Mathematics at Southern Utah University is staffed by excellent teachers, most of which hold terminal degrees in Mathematics or Mathematics Education. Instead of being taught by graduate students as in bigger schools, all courses are taught by professionals whose top priority is student engagement and effective teaching. Faculty members are also scholars in their research fields which further aids them in teaching a wide range of course offerings. Because our program has around 90 majors, each major receives personal attention from faculty. For future advancement, it is often better to be a superstar in a small program than above average in a bigger program.
In addition, the Department of Mathematics boasts the latest math software, free tutoring services and excellent employment for its students. Opportunities are numerous for those students who wish to engage in undergraduate research and teaching assistantships.
The Department offers three programs: Mathematics Education, Mathematics with Actuarial Science Emphasis, and Mathematics with a Pure Math Emphasis. All graduates receive the Bachelor of Science degree in their chosen field of study and acquire skills that will prepare them for employment or the graduate program of their choice.
The Mathematics Education major is designed to give students the required mathematical and pedagogical knowledge to be effective secondary school teachers. Mathematics courses together with required Education courses satisfy course requirements for LevelIV Endorsement in the state of Utah. Student seeking this endorsement will also pass a Praxis subject exam and will apply to the Utah Office of Education for certification. Mathematical content knowledge is assessed through classroom performance and through a comprehensive examination. Teaching effectiveness is assessed through observations and evaluations of a cooperating teacher in a secondary school, a supervising SUU Math professor, and a supervising Education professor.
The Mathematics with Actuarial Science Emphasis major is designed to prepare students to work in risk analysis for large corporations, government agencies, and insurance companies. Students are prepared through coursework to be able to pass two or more exams from the Society of Actuaries. As is typical in this field, they can be employed after graduation while they continue to study for and pass all exams necessary to become fullycredentialed actuaries. Talented majors with this emphasis can often find employment directly after graduation without passing Actuarial Exams.
The Mathematics with Pure Math Emphasis major is designed for those planning on graduate work in quantitative fields or as preparation for professional careers in business, law, and medicine. Required and elective courses prepare students to be successful in graduate programs in mathematics, statistics, physics, economics, and many other related fields. Because graduates have strong problem solving and quantitative skills, it is an excellent preprofessional major for law or medical fields and is valued by employers in business and industry.
Math Course Placement
Developmental Math Courses: Math courses numbered below 1000 prepare students for collegelevel mathematics and are offered through the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning. Students with questions about these classes should contact the Developmental Math Coordinator.
Other Math Courses: The Department of Mathematics offers a variety of courses to match student interests and backgrounds, including multiple courses satisfying the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement. Students should contact their advisor to identify the appropriate General Education course for their major and interests.
Placement into mathematics courses is based on several factors: satisfactory performance in previous math courses, a sufficiently high ACT Math score, or an adequate score on the math placement test available in the SUU Testing Center. Prerequisites for each course are listed under “Course Descriptions” in the SUU Catalog. Students wishing to challenge his or her course placement may contact the Math Department chair by email to request a prerequisite waiver. The email should contain the student’s name, Tnumber, desired course, and the rationale for the requested waiver. Waivers to the twoyear expiration of prerequisites will typically be granted when the delay is due to military or church service. A student’s planned time to graduation will not be the basis for a waiver.
Mission
The Department of Mathematics serves future mathematicians, math educators, scientists, economists, business strategists and engineers. Those pursuing studies in the arts and humanities are also encouraged to study mathematics. Besides reading, no other skills are so highly valued across the breadth of professional society as those the Department of Mathematics is responsible to teach.
The Department of Mathematics is committed to offering a wellrounded academic program that will enhance excellent job prospects of those who take its courses. The demand for mathematical knowledge and skills is high in both industry and education. In secondary schools, the two greatest shortages of qualified teachers across the nation are in mathematics and technology. Also, jobs outlook publications and respected websites continually rate mathematics as one of the skills most in demand for college graduates. Jobs in mathematics, statistics, and actuarial science continually top lists in job satisfaction, earning, and security surveys.
Student Learning Outcomes
Mathematics and Mathematics Education graduates should be able to:
 Use standard mathematical techniques to solve computational problems.
 Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental mathematical concepts and results in the core content areas.
 Use content knowledge to solve applied and realworld mathematical problems.
 Communicate mathematics effectively using proper notation and terminology.
 Use logical reasoning to construct clear and concise mathematical proofs.
Other Information
All courses to be counted in the major and minor (Mathematics and Mathematics Education) must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better. Students will take a comprehensive exam during their senior year to assess their learning.
