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2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics/Computer Science

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Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2334
Fax: 401.865.1356
Location: Howley Hall 218

The Faculty


Clement L. DeMayo, Ph.D.
Richard B. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Stephen W. Schultz, Ph.D.
James J. Tattersall, Ph.D.

Associate Professors

Jeffrey T. Hoag, Ph.D., Chairperson
John R. King, M.A.
C. Joanna Su, Ph.D.
Linda M. Wilkens, D.Sc.

Assistant Professors

Gail A. Broome, M.S.
Richard H. Connelly, Ph.D.
Richard D. Derderian, M.S.
Liam A. Donohoe, Ph.D.
Francis P. Ford, M.A.
Wataru Ishizuka, Ph.D.
Ann D. O’Connell, M.A.


Asta Shomberg, M.S. (Ph.D. Candidate)

The Major

Concentrations in three areas are available:

Computer Science
Mathematics/Secondary Education

The program of study outlined in the catalog lists all required concentration courses and indicates a typical sequence in which all requirements of the department and of the College can be satisfied. If possible, students should follow these outlines because special attention must be paid to satisfying prerequisites and because most courses are offered in only one semester of the academic year. Also, it is desirable to leave room in the last two or three semesters for some of the more advanced concentration electives.

However, students with special needs or goals can be accommodated by modifying these suggested programs of study. Students transferring to one of these concentrations after the freshman year, for example, might need an individualized program.

Students wishing to continue a study of a foreign language are encouraged to take the language in the freshman year and postpone the social science electives to a later year.

A student considering electives in his or her concentration should consult with an advisor. This is especially important in the case of research courses because these courses are offered only when students have expressed an interest in them.

Students in the mathematics concentration can take 12 free electives. These students have the opportunity and are so encouraged to choose electives that will give them a strong minor, one that will supplement their major in mathematics. Thoughtful selection of free electives may lead to interdisciplinary professions such as econometrics, biometrics, psychometrics, and operations research (applications of mathematics to management in both industry and government).

Of course, students interested in research in mathematics or in teaching at the college level are encouraged to prepare for graduate study by taking extra mathematics courses.

Mathematics/Secondary Education

Students in Mathematics/Secondary Education must add seven education courses to the 10 mathematics courses of the program. One of these, EDU 450, Student Teaching, is nine credits and is usually taken in the spring semester of the senior year. Because the student is off campus for most of the day during this semester, he or she must plan a program of study accordingly. Very often the student can put off to this eighth semester two courses that will be available in the evening through the School of Continuing Education. These students also must take MTH 309 Geometry and MTH 423 Mathematical Statistics as two of their electives. Real Analysis I & II and Geometry should be taken in the junior year since Real Analysis II is offered in the spring semester only.

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