Mathematics: Secondary Education

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Foundation in mathematical skills and logical reasoning
  • Ability to relate mathematics to the world of the student.
  • Fully accredited program (MSCHE & PDE)

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Mathematics: Secondary Education at Marywood

Graduates of this program will:

  • Know and understand mathematics substantially beyond that which they may be expected to teach;
  • Relate that mathematics to the world of the student;
  • Make the pupil aware of the role of mathematics in our culture and of the relationship between mathematics and the natural and social sciences;
  • Plan and implement a program of learning in mathematics for students of varying backgrounds and abilities;
  • Evaluate the learning process through a variety of methods and set up an environment conducive to learning;
  • Recognize learning disabilities and know the appropriate measures to take in such cases.

For the Math/Secondary Education major, 66 credits are required in the core curriculum. Students interested in the Math/Secondary Education program should consult the Education Department for a description of admission and retention criteria. The curriculum is subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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Dhanapati Adhikari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Office Hours

Summer I (5-16-16 to 6-29-16) and Summer II (7-5-16 to 8-17-16) by appointment

Wen Cheng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Information Security

Machine Learning; Data Mining; Statistic Modeling; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Pattern Recognition; Imaging Processing and Analysis; Big Data

Office Hours

Fall 2016:  To be announced

Thomas F. Kent, Ph.D.1
Chairperson, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Computability theory

Office Hours

Summer I (5-16-16 to 6-29-16) and Summer II (7-5-16 to 8-17-16)  Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or by appointment

Craig M. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics


Office Hours

Summer I (5-16-16 to 6-29-16) or Summer II (7-5-16 to 8-17-16) by appointment

This is just a sample of our Mathematics and Computer Science faculty - see them all!

The analytical skills and the habit of independent rational thinking developed in our department at Marywood can serve you well in any number of possible careers - from business to research to teaching. Currently, a shortage of mathematicians exists both in industry and in the teaching profession at every level. Therefore, the job market is extremely good. Our graduates either continue their studies in graduate school or find an interesting and challenging job in their major within weeks of their graduation.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.S. Mathematics or Mathematics/Secondary Education

I. (28 credits) All courses in this list:

CS 142 Programming in C++
MATH 201 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MATH 202 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MATH 203 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
MATH 204 Calculus with Analytic Geometry IV
MATH 220 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MATH 155 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
MATH 271 Transition to Advanced Mathematics 3
MATH 321 Abstract Algebra
MATH 322, 322L Linear Algebra
MATH 495 Senior Seminar

II. Cognate requirement (4 or 8 credits): (Satisfies Category III of the Core Requirements) Math/Secondary Ed majors must take PHYS 303 and PHYS 303L. Mathematics majors must take PHYS 303, 304 and PHYS 303L, 304L.

List A (6 credits) Mathematics majors must choose two courses from this list. Math/Secondary Ed majors must take MATH 323 and 324.

CS 314 Mathematical Modeling 3
MATH 323 Theory of Numbers
MATH 324 College Geometry
MATH 420 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 456 Mathematical Statistics

List B (6 credits) Mathematics majors must choose two courses from this list. Math/ Secondary Ed majors need no courses from this list but must take MATH 219 and MATH 411B.

MATH 311 Differential Equations
MATH 425 Topology
MATH 430 Real Analysis
MATH 440 Complex Variables

Education Requirements for Math/Secondary Ed (35 credits):

EDUC 000 Field Experience (every semester) 0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K-12 1
EDUC 100, 101 Introduction to Education .5,.5
PSYC 252 Adolescent Psychology 3
*EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
*EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
*EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 442L Student Teaching 9
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
**SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
*SPED 367 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 461 Methods, Materials, and Assessment of ESL 3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

Students should consult the Education Department for a description of admission and retention criteria.

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.