A person educated in the liberal arts is expected to pursue studies in literature, music, art, and languages, as well as the sciences and quantitative reasoning. These areas of study are worthwhile in themselves and need no further justification. To that end, SJC’s Department of Mathematics faculty recognize that in modern America, there is a genuine need to pursue practical experiences, even while engaging in these “liberal” studies. The SJC Mathematics Program attempts to include both theoretical and real-world proficiencies.
The SJC Department of Mathematics is committed to creating successful undergraduates by preparing students to enter the workforce as an applied mathematician or pursue further education. To that end, the Mathematics faculty members strive to give students an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental methods of deductive reasoning, adequate preparation for work in graduate and professional schools, mastery in the use of mathematics as a tool, and thorough familiarity with modern mathematical concepts. Students wishing to teach mathematics at the secondary level can major in Mathematics and minor in Education to receive licensure.
The Department of Mathematics includes the following programs and majors:
Clubs and Activities
Resources and Downloads
Workshops and Presentations
Professor Marge McIlwain served was a presenter at the 2012 Quantitative Literacy Workshop and served as a mentor during the 2012-2013 school year.
Opportunities for Hands-on Experience
Internships and Practical Experience
Multiple opportunities for Mathematics students to gain practical experience are available through internships and on-campus opportunities. Common internships in the Department of Mathematics include working with the Donaldson Corporation, the National Security Agency, AT & T, and the Teaching Scholars Program. Students can also gain practical experience on campus by helping faculty organize SJC’s Science Olympiad Regional Tournament or by working as faculty assistants, where students assist Mathematics faculty with grading, tutoring, and developing course and curriculum content.
In order to ensure that our students are developing the skills they need to be successful after graduation, opportunities for in-class and extracurricular research are readily available starting freshman year. With the help of our faculty, students conduct research and present their findings to their professors and peers. For example, in Calculus II, students learn to use Vernier equipment, high quality data collection devices, and then present their research to the Calculus I class. Students can also gain hands-on experience in research by participating in SJC’s Colloquium and STEM Program.
High Quality Equipment
The SJC Department of Mathematics prides itself on having high-quality, cutting-edge equipment that students can utilize. In 2011, SJC was one of ten higher education institutions to receive Vernier Software and Technology’s 30th Anniversary Technology Grant, which allowed the Department of Mathematics to incorporate Vernier technology into the Mathematics curriculum. The equipment enables student to create, conduct, and analyze scientific experiments by connecting Mathematics to the real world.
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