Mathematics

The B.S. degree in Mathematics prepares the student for graduate study in Mathematics, the teaching of Mathematics at the secondary level or for other employment requiring mathematical expertise, such as actuarial science.

With three different tracks in the Mathematics program at Cumberland, there are four different options for a student:
  • Track I, Mathematics (for students who wish to pursue research and/or graduate school);
  • Track II, Mathematics with an emphasis in Finance/Economics;
  • Track III, Mathematics with an emphasis in Computers; or
  • Mathematics (any of the three tracks) with a dual major in Secondary Education.
 
Beginning in the fall semester of 2010, students who plan to teach mathematics in the secondary school system must complete a dual major in Secondary Education. This dual-degree option is offered collaboratively by the faculty of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) and the School of Education & Public Service to ensure that Cumberland graduates interested in teaching in Tennessee’s schools are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas.
 
The Secondary Education dual major option is 36 semester hours, including student teaching, and cannot be taken except as a dual major. The dual major option can be completed along with the B.S. in Mathematics-Track I in 120 semester hours, while Tracks II and III would require 131 semester hours. A dual major limits the number of general electives a student may take, so it is important that students interested in this option see an advisor early in their programs of study. Click here for more information.
 
The B.S. degree in Mathematics consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours:

Mathematics (for those who wish to pursue research and/or graduate school) - Track I
  • 45 hours from the GEC (including MATH 121 Calculus I)
  • 20 hours from mathematics core courses
  • 9 hours of upper-level mathematics electives
  • 3 hours of computer programming
  • 3 hours of a senior research project
  • 40 hours of general electives
Mathematics with an Emphasis in Finance/Economics - Track II
  • 45 hours from the GEC (including MATH 121 Calculus I)
  • 20 hours from mathematics core courses
  • 9 hours of upper-level mathematics electives
  • 3 hours of computer programming
  • 18 hours of accounting, statistics, economics and finance courses
  • 25 hours of general electives
Mathematics with an Emphasis in Computers - Track III
  • 45 hours from the GEC (including MATH 121 Calculus I)
  • 20 hours from mathematics core courses
  • 9 hours of upper-level mathematics electives
  • 3 hours of computer programming
  • 18 hours of statistics and computer information systems courses
  • 25 hours of general electives
For complete program outlines and course descriptions, please review our undergraduate catalog.
 
For further information about Mathematics at Cumberland, please contact the program director, Dr. Laurie P. Dishman.
Email: ldishman@cumberland.edu
Phone: 615.547.1278