The Department of Mathematics exists to support the study and advancement of mathematics. Mathematical reasoning is a uniquely effective method of describing and analyzing human experience. As such, it is an indispensable part of any education in the sciences or liberal arts.
Combining the traditional focus of a liberal arts mathematics education with modern technology, we aim to create an environment that fosters quantitative reasoning and deductive thinking, while promoting mathematical understanding. At all levels of the mathematics curriculum students develop a broad understanding of the field of mathematics and its historical development, the interdisciplinary applications of mathematics, and the role mathematics plays in the careers they choose.
The Department seeks to ensure that all Marist students are given a basic understanding of mathematical reasoning and some experience of its application. More advanced techniques and interpretative skills are taught to those whose chosen disciplines require them. The Department offers major and minor courses of study that initiate students into the active practice and use of mathematics. Mathematics majors are provided with the background necessary to pursue careers in industry, to teach at the secondary school level, or to succeed in further graduate study.
The Department also actively supports the scholarly activities of both its faculty and students. It strives to provide appropriate mathematical services as well as to make the principles and use of mathematics known to the wider community outside of Marist.