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Mathematics Undergraduate Programs

B.A. in Mathematics
Minor in Mathematics
B.A. in Mathematics Education
B.A. in Human Development/Interdisciplinary Education

Programs Director: Teresa Magnus, Ph.D.,TEL: (603)- 897-8462; E-mail: tmagnus@rivier.edu)

Mathematics courses in the core help students develop quantitative, algebraic, and reasoning abilities which enable them to function better in their personal and professional lives.

The Mathematics programs are designed to provide an undergraduate curriculum that is both challenging enough to prepare students for entry into graduate programs in mathematics-related disciplines and broad enough to meet the needs of all students in learning to think clearly and logically, to analyze problems, to understand and use the language, theory, and techniques of mathematics, and to develop the skills and acquire the principles and tools needed in the application of mathematics. The courses offered give mathematics majors a solid background for graduate study and professional employment in business, industry, engineering, and other fields. A major in mathematics is one of the most flexible options at Rivier College because it provides ample opportunity for students to explore other areas of interest.

Students in all majors are encouraged to minor in mathematics. Employers and graduate schools look favorably on students who have taken extra mathematics courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Competencies

Students completing the Bachelor’s degree in mathematics should be able to:

  • Use mathematical operations and procedures correctly.

  • Use mathematical concepts, methods, functions, and models to solve real world problems and write mathematical proofs.

  • Communicate mathematical ideas in a clear and competent manner.

Assessment

Assessment methods include homework assignments, tests, class participation, oral and written presentations, individual and group projects, and dialogues with students. Students who complete the internship program are evaluated in a professional setting

Requirements for the Major

MA 160 or 165

Calculus I or Calculus I with lab
MA 161 or 166 Calculus II or Calculus II with lab
MA 205   History of Mathematics 
MA 210  Linear Algebra 
MA 220 Multivariable Calculus 
MA 230 Differential Equations
MA 310 Discrete Mathematics 
MA 317 Mathematical Problem Solving and Modeling 
MA 320  Geometric Models 
MA 330  Mathematical Statistics 
MA 420  Abstract Algebra 
MA 445  Real Analysis 
MA 490  Mathematics Seminar/Research
MA/CS  Elective
MA 495 or MA/CS Internship or Elective

Recommended Electives:

MA305 Linear Programming/Game Theory 
MA315  Complex Variables 
MA 401 Numerical Methods 
MA 410 Formal Languages 
MA455 Topics in Mathematics
MA 460  Topology 

Requirements fulfilled within the Core Curriculum:   

PHY 111  Physics I  

Additional Requirements:

  • Remainder of Core Curriculum

  • Electives to complete program

  • One credit in service-learning (day students only)

Transfer Policy

A minimum of seven courses, 21 credits, in Mathematics and Computer Science must be completed at Rivier College.

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Minor in Mathematics

Requirements for the Minor:

MA 160 or 161 Calculus I or Calculus I with lab
MA 165 or 166         Calculus II or Calculus II with lab
MA 210 Linear Algebra
MA 310    Discrete Mathematics
MA 330    Mathematical Statistics
MA 200-400 Elective

Transfer Policy:

A minimum of three courses, nine credits, in Mathematics and Computer science must be completed at Rivier College.

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Mathematics Education Programs

Director: Teresa Magnus, Ph.D. (TEL:603-897-8462; E-mail:tmagnus@rivier.edu)

The Mathematics Education program cultivates in its students a knowledge of mathematics and its applications, an appreciation of the beauty of mathematics, the ability to communicate mathematical ideas and a disposition to question.

Students majoring in mathematics education develop an ability to teach the secondary mathematics curriculum with an understanding of adolescent development of various learning styles, and of current research in mathematics education.

Mathematics Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education

This program prepares students for teacher certification in Mathematics. In addition to satisfying all the competencies of the Mathematics major, students develop goals and standards identified in NH K - 12 Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks.

Competencies

Students completing the B.A. in Mathematics Education should be able to:

  • Solve real world problems using mathematical concepts, methods, and models.

  • Communicate mathematical ideas, connections, and their historical context.

  • Apply their understanding of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and NH K - 12 Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks guidelines to develop and deliver lesson plans for secondary mathematics classes.

Assessment:

Assessment methods include homework assignments, tests, class participation, oral and written presentations, individual and group projects, dialogues with students, and lesson plans. During their pre-student teaching and student teaching experiences, Rivier College faculty and their cooperating teachers evaluate students in the professional setting.

Requirement for the Major:

MA 160 or 165

Calculus I or Calculus I  with lab

MA 161 or 166  Calculus II or Calculus II  with lab
MA 205  History of Mathematics
MA 210 Linear Algebra
MA 220  Multivariable Calculus
MA 310  Discrete Mathematics
MA 317 Mathematical Problem Solving and Modeling
MA 320 Geometric Models
MA 330 Mathematical Statistics
MA 350 Teaching Secondary Mathematics Using Technology 
MA 420  Abstract Algebra
MA 445 Real Analysis

Educational Requirements:

HD 200* Introduction to Human Exceptionality
HD 260 Development and Education of the Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent
MA 322* Methods of Teaching High School Mathematics
ED 150* Foundations of Secondary Education
ED 350 Managing Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Behavior: Classroom Strategies and Skills for Secondary School Teachers
ED 420 Practice Teaching and Seminar

*A total of 75 hours of Pre-Student Teaching Experience is required prior to ED 420. These hours are Normally completed in HD 200, MA 322, and ED 150. 

Requirements fulfilled within the Core Curriculum:
HIS 101 or 102 U.S. History I or U.S. History II
PHI  204 Philosophy of Education
PHY 211 Physics I
PSY 101  General Psychology
Additional Requirements:

Remainder of Core Curriculum
One credit in service-learning (day students only)

Transfer Policy

A minimum of six courses, 18 credits, in Mathematics and Computer Science must be completed at Rivier College.

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Bachelor of Arts in Human Development/Interdisciplinary Education

Students in either the General Special Elementary or Early Childhood Education programs may elect the Human Development/Interdisciplinary major with a Mathematics content area. Refer to Education Department Teacher Certification section.

MA 127 Intuitive Geometry
MA 160 or MA 165 Calculus I or Calculus I with lab
MA 161 or MA 166 Calculus II or Calculus II with lab
MA  205  Linear Algebra

Transfer Policy:

A minimum of six courses, 18 credits, in Mathematics and Computer Science, must be completed at Rivier College.

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