Averett University Undergraduate Catalog



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

A student who chooses a major in Mathematics will select one of three concentrations: Traditional Mathematics, Teaching Licensure in Grades 6-12, or Decision Science. 

In addition,the Mathematics department offers a minor in mathematics and, in conjunction with the Education Department, a graduate degree in education, Master of Education with a Mathematics Concentration, that includes 18 graduate hours in mathematics.

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

The Mathematics: Traditional Mathematics concentration 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 concentration 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: Teaching Licensure in Grades 6-12 concentration is equivalent to the Traditional Mathematics concentration 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 approximately 38 states and the District of Columbia.

The Mathematics: Decision Science concentration 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 mathematics 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 or boilogy 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.