Overview of Programs
The Department of Mathematics at Southern Utah University offers degrees in mathematics education, actuarial science, pure mathematics, and applied mathematics. Our highly qualified faculty are committed to supporting student learning and have expertise in a wide range of mathematical specialties. Small class sizes, especially in upper-division courses, lead to a personalized learning environment where students can develop their problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and logical reasoning skills. Students have access to the latest mathematical software and have many opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and teaching assistantships. Our programs are designed to prepare students for employment in business and industry, for work in government or educational settings, and for additional studies at the postgraduate level.
The Department of Mathematics is committed to helping students and faculty increase their knowledge of mathematics, its applications, and its pedagogy. Our faculty are devoted to supporting student learning through innovative quality educational experiences in general education courses, service courses, and major courses. We provide opportunities for students to develop their problem solving, quantitative reasoning, and logical reasoning skills in a supportive and rigorous learning environment. Our curriculum is designed to help individuals grow intellectually, professionally, and personally while pursuing their academic goals.
Department/Program 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 real-world mathematical problems.
- Communicate mathematics effectively using proper notation and terminology.
- Use logical reasoning to construct clear and concise mathematical proofs.
Math Course Placement
Developmental Math Courses: Math courses numbered below 1000 prepare students for college-level mathematics. Students with questions about these classes should contact the Director of Developmental Math.
Other College-Level 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 Student Success 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, an adequate ACT math score, or an adequate score on the ALEKS PPL math placement test. Incoming students are strongly encouraged to attempt placement via ALEKS. Students are allowed five (5) placement attempts in a six-month period for a single fee. While the ALEKS assessments may be completed online in an unproctored setting, only proctored exams will be used for course placement. Proctored ALEKS math placement exams are available through the SUU Testing Center. Following the initial ALEKS placement attempt, students are guided into an online, targeted learning module. Studying in this module before repeating the exam can significantly improve a student’s placement.
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, T-number, desired course, and the rationale for the requested waiver. Waivers to the two-year 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.
Minimum Grade & Assessment
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.