Karl Hess, Acting Chairperson Mathematics Department (MAT)
Few would argue that, through its development of science and technology, the human species has been more successful than any other in taking control of the environment and using the resources of the earth to its own advantage. It is probably equally clear that this dramatic development of science and technology is only possible because of our ability to think creatively, consistently and logically. Indeed, there seems to be a parallelism, a consistency, between the rules that govern logical thought and the rules that govern the functions of the physical universe. The physical universe is quite logical and consistent. It reveals its secrets to those who study it using creative, consistent and logical thought. And for the development of one’s ability to exercise this very useful way of thinking there is probably no better approach than through the study of mathematics.
So welcome to the Department of Mathematics where you will have the opportunity to hone your thinking skills by taking some of our twenty four courses in algebra, statistics, trigonometry, calculus and differential equations. In addition to improving your ability to think clearly, you will also learn about many of the astounding mathematical discoveries that have been made throughout the centuries and how they can be used for practical applications in science, engineering, business and the health fields.
I encourage you to humbly and enthusiastically place yourself in the hands of our experienced and capable faculty who are fully devoted to teaching you mathematics. If you do this, you will be taken on an intellectual journey to fascinating places that you cannot easily imagine. You will come away not only well prepared with the technical knowledge you need for your chosen career or field of study, but with an enhanced ability to think more clearly, more deeply, more rigorously, more analytically and more precisely about yourself and everything you encounter. Welcome to the world of mathematics!