MATHEMATICS (MTH)

Donald T. Ethington, Chair
Steven R. Lemery
Susan E. Osborne
Gary A. Tucker                                                                                                           

The Mathematics Department offers a variety of courses and programs, including three majors:
Mathematics,  Mathematics with Teaching Licensure at the Secondary Level (6-12), and Mathematical Decision Science, and one minor in mathematics.

In addition, the Mathematics and the Education Departments offer a graduate degree in education, Master of Education with a Mathematics Concentration.

In all math-related majors and programs, students will communicate mathematics clearly and effectively, encounter a variety of learning experiences and use mathematics in a technological environment. 

The mathematics major is a traditional course of study with emphasis on both theory and application.  The program requires students to master the techniques of mathematics, apply these techniques to real problems, and understand the underlying theory.  This major is an excellent choice for those planning to attend graduate school in a variety of areas, wishing to develop their abilities in logic, wanting to expand their horizons by way of mathematics, or using mathematics as a companion area for another major.

The mathematics major with teaching licensure at the secondary level (6-12)  is equivalent to the traditional mathematics major but is designed for students planning to teach mathematics at the secondary level.  A student who has graduated from Averett’s mathematics/teaching licensure program and is certified to teach in the state of Virginia may transfer that licensure to 38 states and the District of Columbia.

The mathematical decision science major is an interdisciplinary program for students with a combined interest in mathematics and the quantitative areas of business.  This is an excellent choice for students interested in quantitative reasoning in the public or private sector.

The Mathematics Department believes the strengths of its programs are a direct result of its dedicated students, small classes which allow good student-faculty relationships, personal attention from a faculty that places emphasis on quality teaching, integration of technology into the curriculum, and a faculty that is interested in and constantly aware of individual progress.

A student who chooses to major in a mathematics program may elect either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.  The student is encouraged to select an option of either a major or minor in another field, or additional study in related areas.  In particular, a major or minor in computer science is an excellent area for applications of mathematics.

Students must attain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the major in order to graduate.