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MATHEMATICS

www.gonzaga.edu/math

THE PROGRAM THE PASSION projects, including as part of the Gonzaga


The Department of Mathematics develops the Mathematics, one of the oldest liberal arts University Center for Evolutionary Algorithms.
mathematical knowledge and skills that disciplines, continues to be an innovative field These Gonzaga research experiences have, in
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students apply in the analysis, reflection, of study. More mathematics, both pure and turn, helped several recent graduates attain
and action promoted in the Universitys applied, has been discovered and developed excellent additional opportunities for research
Mission Statement. It also provides them in the past decade than in the previous two at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-
with the theoretical structures from which thousand years. Math majors have a universe of doctorate levels. Recent students have received
this application derives. The Departments possibilities in their future. funding for prestigious undergraduate research
curriculum is a blend of several broad areas opportunities through the National Science
of thought in mathematics. Majors are Foundations (NSF) Research Experiences for
Students study these mid- to upper-level
well prepared for positions in industry and Undergraduates program. Through this program,
courses within the Jesuit tradition of education.
government, for teaching mathematics, and Gonzaga Mathematics majors have completed
Therefore, not only will mathematics students
for graduate work. Gonzagas Department of research at the Rice University Summer
focus on their specific discipline, they will also
Mathematics offers three degrees for students Institute of Statistics, the University of Southern
develop their critical thinking and expression
interested in a major in Mathematics: California, and Ohio Wesleyan University. Other
skills through intensive study in philosophy,
recent successes for mathematic graduates have
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (31 religious studies, composition and literature,
included a post-baccalaureate position at Los
credits) and other disciplines in the humanities.
Alamos National Laboratory, an NSF doctoral
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (40
All majors must take the senior comprehensive grant, and a post-doctoral research fellowship at
credits)
exam (MATH 499) in the fall of their final year. Vanderbilt University.
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-
Prospective teachers of mathematics should
Computer Science (49 credits) OUTCOMES
consult the School of Education for the current
All of these degree programs are based on a state certification requirements. The combination of a Mathematics major
personalized and complementary blend of two and a comprehensive liberal arts background
Gonzaga also offers a minor in Mathematics make our graduates excellent candidates for
broad areas of thought and application:
(24 credits). To complete the minor, students careers in science, industry, education, and
Pure mathematics and its foundations begin with three required lower-division government. Competent, broadly educated
Applied mathematics for models in the courses: Calculus & Analytic Geometry I, II, and professionals in mathematics are in great
natural, social, and managerial sciences III. Students must then take four upper-division demand. Mathematics is a field boasts more
Some of the 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses Mathematics courses. Two are required (MATH employment opportunities than qualified
in mathematics include: 301-Fundamentals of Mathematics and MATH candidates to fill them. Furthermore, a recent
339-Linear Algebra), while the other two are study of 250 occupations based on salary,
Combinatorics and Graph Theory elective courses. stress, work environment, and security
Linear and Abstract Algebra
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES identifies occupations related to mathematics
Statistics
Faculty members often help students preparing as among the five most desirable.
Complex Variables
Advanced Calculus for graduate school by offering individually- Graduates of Gonzagas Mathematics
Topology crafted independent study programs. Students Department excel in positions in applied
Partial Differential Equations have the opportunity to assist faculty in research mathematics, actuarial science, and education.
Recent graduates are now teaching middle or high THE PEOPLE
school math, working in industry positions, and Faculty members in the Department of Mathematics
pursuing graduate studies. focus on teaching, advising, and professional
Gonzaga Mathematics graduates have attended the development. They regularly present their research at
following institutions for graduate school: local and national conferences.

Colorado State University Logan Axon | Ph.D., University of Notre Dame |


Eastern Washington University mathematical logic | axon@gonzaga.edu
Michigan State University Nathanial Burch | Ph.D., Colorado State University |
Oregon State University stochastic processes and mathematical biology |
Texas A&M University burchn@gonzaga.edu
University of Florida
John Burke | Ph.D., Washington State University |
University of Minnesota
number theory | burke@gonzaga.edu
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame Richard Cangelosi | Ph.D., Washington State
University of Texas, Austin University | dynamical systems and mathematical
University of Washington modeling | cangelosi@gonzaga.edu
Washington State University Scott Coble, S.J. | Ph.D., University of Washington |

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DISTINCTIVE OPPORTUNITIES differential equations and applied mathematical
modeling | coble@gonzaga.edu
Mathematics students at Gonzaga may volunteer for
educational outreach programs as well. Some students Vesta Coufal | Ph.D., University of Notre Dame |
participate in the Saturday Mathematics Tutoring topology | coufal@gonzaga.edu
Program. The goal of the program is to provide free Bonni Dichone | Ph.D., Washington State University
mathematics tutoring and enrichment for local K-12 | applied mathematics and mathematical modeling |
students. The Department also runs the Math Tutoring dichone@gonzaga.edu
Lab, a free resource to Gonzaga students proctored by
M. Kate Kearney | Ph.D., Indiana University | topology
Mathematics professors and selected students.
| kearney@gonzaga.edu
The Department involves students with activities
Dean Larson | Ph.D., University of Minnesota |
sponsored by the Mathematical Association of
homological algebra | larson@gonzaga.edu
America (MAA) and sponsors an active math club.
Majors may also participate in the annual William Thomas McKenzie | Ph.D., University of Oregon |
Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition held every commutative algebra | mckenzie@gonzaga.edu
December. Gail Nord | M.A., Ohio State University | applied
The Department also offers multiple awards. mathematics | nord@gonzaga.edu
Underclassmen are nominated to take a Shannon Overbay | Ph.D., Colorado State University |
mathematics exam with the top student receiving Dept. Chair | graph theory and combinatorics |
the Underclassman Award. Leading junior students overbay@gonzaga.edu
may earn the MAA Award, which includes an MAA
membership during their senior year. Top seniors are Robert Ray | Ph.D., North Carolina State University |
nominated for the Carsrud Award, and the winner quantum groups | rayr@gonzaga.edu
receives recognition at the University Academic Honors
Convocation. Finally, Gonzaga has its own chapter
of Pi Mu Epsilon, an honor society whose purpose is
to promote and recognize student scholarship and
achievement in mathematics.