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Department of Mathematics

Mission Statement

The Department of Mathematics has a mission to provide all mathematics students with an understanding of the logical structure and style of mathematics appropriate to their discipline and level. We will provide mathematics majors and graduate students with the background necessary to pursue a meaningful career in mathematics, mathematics teaching, or related fields. Our graduate program will provide additional opportunity for advanced studies in an individualized discipline-centered master's. The program will help students develop quantitative and abstract reasoning and the ability use of mathematics as a computational and analytical tool. We will provide students in General Education mathematics courses with substantive skills in quantitative and abstract reasoning and in the use of mathematics as a computational and analytical tool.

 


 

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, welcome to Department of Mathematics at CSU San Bernardino. We are excited about your interest in our programs and our campus.

Faculty.  We have a strong and diverse faculty who are dedicated to teaching and promoting excellence through activities such as mentoring and student research.

Community.  Our CSUSB mathematical community is known for being warm, welcoming, and supportive.   Our classes are relatively small, especially at the upper division level.  This helps promote great interaction between students and instructors and helps develop a strong sense of community.  

Most of our students are the first in their families to go to college. More than half of our students are members of minority groups, and one quarter are from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. CSUSB is nationally recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and we are one of the top mathematics departments in graduating Hispanic students.

We encourage you to be an active participant in our community by attending colloquia, joining the Math Club, coming to Tea Time, and stopping by our Math Gym.

Math Club

Jack Brown Hall

Degrees.  The Department of Mathematics is one of nine departments within the College of Natural Sciences. We offer four bachelor degrees, two masters degrees, as well as a minor in mathematics, a Certificate in Introductory Actuarial Mathematics, and a Subject Matter Authorization.

The undergraduate degrees can prepare you for a quantitative reasoning related job in the public or private sector, a career in teaching, or an advanced degree. The Master of Arts degree is intended for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching at the community college level or who wish to go on to study for a Ph. D. in mathematics or a related field. The Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics is geared toward those who wish to become leaders and specialists in mathematics in the secondary school systems.


 

Upcoming Events

CSUSB Math Colloquium

 

Date/Time:
November 6, 2020
2-3pm.

Speakers:
Dr. Steve Balady (CSUSB)
 
Title:
Measuring Student Attitudes in an Active Learning Calculus I Classroom

Abstract:

Student-centered math classrooms increase students' conceptual understanding, non-traditional problem-solving, and general mathematical creativity. But how do students perceive their own growth? In joint work with Cynthia Taylor (Computer Science, Oberlin College) we've been exploring how our classrooms -- which are centered in active learning -- affect students' self-reported attitudes towards our subjects, as measured through the Mathematics Attitudes and Perceptions Survey (MAPS) and Computing Attitudes Survey (CAS).The MAPS and CAS are recent validated instruments that compare students' attitudes to established expert consensus, and the shared ancestry of the MAPS and CAS allows us to compare student attitudes across disciplines. I'll describe my classroom strategies for encouraging students' creative self-awareness and share preliminary findings from the survey.

Zoom Meeting ID: 991 6097 8673
Zoom Passcode: CSUSB_math

 

Colloquium