Mathematics


As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences prepares students for careers as engineers, actuaries, scientists, educators, and technicians, while concurrently striving to inspire our students to love the subject itself. We offer majors in: Mathematics and Computer Science.

The study of Mathematics is a balancing act between application and theory. Mathematicians enjoy pattern seeking, conjecture making, and articulate arguments, and we want our graduates to go into the world motivated by curiosity and armed with the skills that are hallmarks of mathematicians.

Our curriculum is structured to encourage students to take a variety of courses. During their first two years, students complete 12 credits of Calculus, along with courses in Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Set Theory and Logic. After the students have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Mathematical Theory, they have the option to take course from topics ranging from Abstract Algebra, Real and Complex Analysis (appropriate for students interested in Graduate School) to Statistics and Actuarial Sciences (appropriate for students interested in a career in industry). With the availability of directed readings and independent studies, students have the ability to customize their mathematical studies to suit their personal interests.

Mathematics Major

The department offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

The required mathematics courses for either degree are the same. Students who choose a Bachelor of Arts must complete two semesters of physics; those choosing a Bachelor of Science must complete two semesters of physics and either two semesters of chemistry or of biology.

Here is the description of the mathematics major from the 2017 catalog.

Here is a year-by-year breakdown of what we suggest that a mathematics major takes.

The mathematics department pays the membership fees for our majors and minors to the Mathematical Association of America.

SECONDARY EDUCATION

We also offer a Bachelor of Arts with a Secondary Education certification. The secondary education program is designed to prepare teachers of mathematics for grades 7 to 12. Our program is continually refined to keep pace with developments in the profession; for example, the program prepares teachers to effectively deal with students with disabilities. It is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and leads to a PA Instructional certificate. The University's recommendation and the successful completion of other requirements established by the state, including meeting the pass scores specified by PDE on the required battery of certification tests, qualify graduates for a PA Instructional I Certificate.

Here is the description of the mathematics major's secondary education program from the 2017 catalog.

DOUBLE MAJOR WITH MATHEMATICS

Thanks to the high number of electives within the mathematics major, many students double major in another field, most commonly a science, but also disciplines within the humanities. We are glad that so many students opt to double major, as we believe that this contributes to a well-rounded education that not only prepares students for a variety of careers, but also shapes students into articulate and hospitable citizens.


Course Offerings

Here is a full list of our current courses from the catalog.

In addition to our regularly scheduled courses, the department offers independent studies and special topics courses. Some recent examples include:

  • Vector Calculus
  • φ, π, e and i
  • Calculus 4: Stokes Theorem and Differential Forms
  • Graph Theory

Meet the Faculty

Math Club

The Math Club gives students an opportunity to discuss and investigate mathematics outside of the classroom.

The current leadership of the club:

  • Tara Koskulitz - President
  • Lindsay Kane - Secretary
  • Michael Gottstein - Treasurer

Recent and ongoing research projects include:

  • Tara Koskulitz and Mike Gottstein were awarded a Summer 2016 stipend research on the game KAMI and its relationship to graph theory
  • Taylor Rupp, Mike Gottstein, and Craig Siekierka are some of the previous Summer stipend recipients.

Other projects include:

  • Fundraising for the club and for local charities
  • A series of tutorial videos (posted to youtube) designed to help lower level mathematics students at the university
  • A meal paid for and delivered by the club to a needy family at Thanksgiving

From the Mountain Top Eagle -


Misericordia University Teacher Education and Math Club students offered lessons on sorting, patterns, symmetry and fractions during a fun and entertaining Math Day at St. Jude School in Mountain Top. More than 30 Misericordia students provided fun and engaging ways for 200 students in pre-k through 8th grades at St. Jude to learn about and appreciate mathematics.

Steven Tedford, Ph. D., of Mountaintop, associate professor of mathematics at Misericordia University, and his wife, Veronica, a former collegiate professor of mathematics, coordinated the program.

The program culminated with St. Jude School students and Principal Sister Ellen Fischer, S. C. C., presenting a $250 check to Christine Somers, D. Min., director of Campus Ministry at Misericordia University.

Math Day is a service project for the Math Club and the service-learning component of the Intro to ECE and Math Methods II courses the teacher education majors are taking at Misericordia University. It is also an opportunity for the future teachers to gain hands-on experience working with children in a real-world learning environment and engaging them in activities that make math fun.


Mathematics Symposium

The Department of Mathematics at Misericordia University recently hosted the Fifth Annual Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties Mathematics Symposium.

The Misericordia University symposium featured scholars from regional colleges and universities. The presenters and topics included:

  • Steve Tedford, Misericordia University, "Mathematics Errors in the Computation of Final Grades, and their Effects on Class Rank"
  • Jason Graham, University of Scranton, "Mathematics, Computing and Collective Behavior"
  • Jakub Jasinski, University of Scranton, "On Fixed Point Theorems for Locally Contractive Maps"
  • Jennifer Vasquez, University of Scranton, "Combinatorial Games with Signed and Circular Permutations";
  • Tom Kent, Marywood University, "An Introduction to WeBWork"
  • Michael Gottstein and Tara Koskulitz, (students) Misericordia University, "A Mathematical Approach to the Game of Kami"
  • Elizabeth Franco, (student) University of Scranton, "Theoretical Model of Blood Flow following Vascular Occlusion"

    For more information about the Department of Mathematics at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 37 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.

Careers in Mathematics

The Mathematical Association of America provides a Careers page with links to research, data, articles, and books about what the nation's mathematics students can and do choose as careers.

Student and Faculty Achievements


epadel, gottstein, michael, jay, stine

Michael Gottstien (advised by Dr. Jay Stine) presented "An Application of Linear Algebra to Calculus" at the Spring 2016 EPADEL conference. In the picture above, from left to right: Jack Andrews, Dr. Jay Stine, Michael Gottstein, Blake Smith, Katie Fink, Tara Koskulitz, Dave Perkins.

Austin Galiardo passed the Society of Actuaries Exam P (Probability) in Spring 2016 and Exam FM (Financial Mathematics) in Summer 2016

Miles Westrich (class of 2016) also passed the Society of Actuaries Exam P (Probability) in Summer 2016

Steve Tedford presented "Mathematics Errors in the Computation of Final Grades, and their Effects on Class Rank"

at

The Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties Mathematics Symposium, hosted by Misericordia University, in

October 2016.

While Michael Gottstein and Tara Koskulitz, (students) presented "A Mathematical Approach to the Game of Kami" at

both the Symposium in October and also at

The EPADEL Section of the Mathematical Association of America's Annual Spring Meeting at Kutztown University in April 2017.



Admissions Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Mathematics program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

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