B.A. or B.S. in Mathematics

Mathematics is the study of patterns and order. It is a science, a language, and an art. Applications of mathematics include the modeling of physical, biological, economic, and social phenomena.

Otterbein’s mathematics faculty are not only excellent teachers, but also active researchers who understand the importance of immersing students in a rigorous – yet supportive – environment. Every mathematics major has the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members pursuing research projects.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree study courses that provide a breadth of knowledge, while Bachelor of Science students study continuation courses to also add depth. Most students who would like to attain a secondary teaching license pursue a BA degree. All students take courses in Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, and Abstract Algebra. After that, degrees are versatile with options for completion from a list including Real Analysis 2, Abstract Algebra 2, Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Number Theory, Numerical Analysis, Geometry, etc.

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
1. Students apply a variety of problem-solving strategies. Knowledgeable
2. Students use a variety of proof techniques. Knowledgeable
3. Students recognize patterns and make conjectures. Inquisitive
4. Students recognize the capability and limitations of computational aids. Multi-literate
5. Students are able to create appropriate visual representations of mathematics concepts. Multi-literate
6. Students can express mathematical ideas and proofs, clearly and logically, both in writing and orally. Multi-literate
7. Students appreciate the role of mathematics in society and understand the ethical responsibilities of mathematicians. Responsible
8. Students appreciate the deductive nature of mathematics as an identifying characteristic of the discipline and recognize the roles of definitions, axioms, and theorems. Knowledgeable
9. Students recognize when a quantitative model may be useful and learn modeling as the art of applying math to real world applications. Inquisitive
10. Students recognize the relations among various branches of mathematics and appreciate the role of mathematics in other courses. Engaged

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.