Knowledge of mathematics and the deductive reasoning and quantitative analysis skills it requires are highly sought after in the business world. Nichols Mathematics Program gives you a strong foundation for success, particularly for positions that require focused decisionmaking.
You’ll learn the mathematical theories, computational techniques and algorithms that mathematicians use to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics and business problems.
If you want to teach, you may also enroll in the Educator Preparation Program and apply for a license to teach mathematics at the middle and secondary school levels.
As a Mathematics Program graduate, your soughtafter knowledge and skills will open doors in virtually every industry:
A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for research in many areas of computer science, social science and engineering.
Class of 2011: Katy L. Kryzwick
Hometown: Torrington, CT
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Education
Position: Western Carolina University, NC: graduate student
How she did it:
Katy L. Kryzwick thought she wanted to be a teacher but did a flipflop in the fall of 2010. After speaking to two very important mentors, Resident Director LeighAnn Soucy and Dr. Joanne Newcombe, she decided to get a master’s in College Student Personnel.
Kryzwick’s mother was initially nervous about her daughter heading to graduate school. “But, I involved my Mom in every step of the application process, including campus visits,” says Kryzwick. And by taking an assistant resident director position at Western Carolina University, she gets free room and board. “All I have to do is pay for tuition and books,” she says.
On July 15th, Kryzwick will move into her campus apartment with its reserved parking space. “I hope I have the same feeling of belonging that I did when I first moved to the Hill.”
Mathematics majors must complete 120 credit hours (approximately 40 courses), including courses from the foundation and liberal arts core curricula, focused electives and these required specialization courses:
MATH 191 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
A standard course in integral calculus. Topics include methods of integration, applications of integration, areas, volumes, and surface areas. Exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions will be utilized. Practical applications of the material will be stressed. 

MATH 215 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
A first course in probability and statistics covering descriptive statistics, statistical graphs, probability, probability distributions, and sampling, and hypothesis testing. Elements of regression and correlation are potential topics. Statistical tables and the Microsoft Excel software package will be used throughout the course. 

MATH 229 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
A third course in calculus, covering infinite sequences, series, curves, surfaces in spaces, vectors, functions of several variables, and multiple integrals. Arc length, curvature, partial derivatives, Lagrange multipliers, and the introduction to differential equations are also potential topics. 

MATH 348 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
A standard course in linear algebra covering linear systems and their solutions, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear transformations, quadratic forms, rank, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors. 

MATH 442 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
This course is designed to introduce students to basic algebraic structures. Topics include sets, the integers and their properties, groups, rings, integral domains, and fields. 

MATH 349 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
Topics covered are firstorder differential equations, linear firstorder equations, exact equations, second and higher order differential linear equations, firstorder linear systems of differential equations, and Laplace transforms. 

MATH 362 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
Topics will include propositional logic, predicates and proofs, set theory, mathematical induction, number theory, relations and functions. 

MATH 395 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
A first course in discrete mathematics intended to present both theory and applications from areas such as network ing and computer science. Topics will include sets, relations, mathematical induction, graphs, trees, matchings, network flows, combinatorics, and recurrence relations. 

MATH 440 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
In this course, students will develop a deeper understand ing and appreciation of the underlying theory of numbers, sets, and calculus. Formal proofs will be introduced and emphasized. Topics include sets and functions, mathematical induction, structure of numbers, the completeness axiom, countability, sequences, convergence, the BolzanoWeierstrass Theorem, Cauchy sequences, continuity, limits, differentiation, mean value theorem, and Riemann integration. 

MATH 441 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
This course involves a formal study of the concepts of geometry, the development of Euclidean geometry, and an introduction to nonEuclidean geometries. Prerequisite: MATH 191 

MATH 470 

3 Hours, 1 Semester 
Possible areas of study are numerical analysis, the history of mathematics, advanced probability, techniques in mathematical problem solving, number theory, interest theory, actuarial exam preparation, and regression analysis. There are other topics that will be considered depending on student need and interest. 
Review or download the college catalog for additional details and information about courses and requirements.
Questions about the Mathematics Program? Contact Professor Nicholas Gorgievski, Program Chair, at nicholas.gorgievski@nichols.edu or 5082132269.