Mathematics, Math Education Concentration, B.S.

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Mathematics, Math Education Concentration, B.S.

The Mathematics Education Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences provides students with a comprehensive foundation in advanced mathematics at the Undergraduate level. The Mathematics Education concentration is designed for those who wish to become mathematics teachers in middle schools and high schools.

The need to develop mathematical literacy in our students is increasing exponentially and it is a crucial attribute for individuals to participate and function effectively. Helping students develop basic computational skills, quantitative reasoning, spatial ability, and related skills that can be applied in various fields and disciplines is critical to an advancing society. Mathematics provides an effective way of building mental discipline and encourages logical reasoning which plays a role in understanding other school subjects including science, social studies, music, and other subjects.

The foundations of our high-tech society rest on mathematics and problem solving. MTSU's Bachelor of Science in Mathematics gets students involved in both the understanding and creation of advanced mathematics through quality instruction, opportunities for research, and close faculty-student interaction.

Mathematics majors must declare a concentration chosen from Professional Mathematics or Mathematics Education. Students opting the Professional Mathematics concentration will choose from tracks in general mathematics, advanced mathematics, business, statistics, and industrial mathematics.

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Doing the math

Doing the math

Jacob Basham knows better than most how the study of mathematics can prove vital to the pursuit of a career in another field. A McNair Scholar and first-generation college student pursuing a degree in Professional Mathematics, Basham has been accepted to medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for their dual M.D. /Ph.D. program. For him, math was just the beginning. "My career goals hover around becoming a physician in translational medicine and clinical research," Basham says. "I want to be at the places where new treatments are being researched and our most deadly diseases are being eradicated."

The third "R"

The third "R"

Alex Murphy, a Noyce Scholarship recipient, is preparing to be a teacher of secondary mathematics. He has been doing research since his sophomore year when he became interested in understanding how pre-service teachers construct their knowledge of mathematics. His senior honors thesis was a case study reviewing his development of both mathematical and pedagogical metacognition in order to construct a reflective model that other pre-service mathematics teachers could follow. "The mathematics I know is a living knowledge that has blended very naturally with my ability to communicate it. This study has challenged me to remain a lifelong learner — especially with graduation so close," Murphy said. In addition to being a scholar, Alex does volunteer work at orphanages in Haiti during summer breaks.

News Briefs

Doing the math

Jacob Basham knows better than most how the study of mathematics can prove vital to the pursuit of a career in another field. A McNair Scholar and first-generation college student pursuing a degree in Professional Mathematics, Basham has been accepted to medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for their dual M.D. /Ph.D. program. For him, math was just the beginning. "My career goals hover around becoming a physician in translational medicine and clinical research," Basham says. "I want to be at the places where new treatments are being researched and our most deadly diseases are being eradicated."

The third "R"

Alex Murphy, a Noyce Scholarship recipient, is preparing to be a teacher of secondary mathematics. He has been doing research since his sophomore year when he became interested in understanding how pre-service teachers construct their knowledge of mathematics. His senior honors thesis was a case study reviewing his development of both mathematical and pedagogical metacognition in order to construct a reflective model that other pre-service mathematics teachers could follow. "The mathematics I know is a living knowledge that has blended very naturally with my ability to communicate it. This study has challenged me to remain a lifelong learner — especially with graduation so close," Murphy said. In addition to being a scholar, Alex does volunteer work at orphanages in Haiti during summer breaks.

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A degree in Mathematics from MTSU is a sure way to transform being a problem solver into a fulfilling, always-in-demand career. Examples of potential positions include

  • Actuary
  • Astrophysicist
  • College professor
  • Computer programmer
  • Controller
  • Database manager
  • Demographer
  • Information scientist
  • Inventory control specialist
  • Investment researcher
  • Mathematical modeler
  • Mathematical technician
  • Mathematician
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Psychometrist
  • Statistician
  • Systems analyst
  • Technical writer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Bryan, Pendleton, Swats & McAllister, LLC
  • Caterpillar Finance
  • Cigna
  • Columbia State Community College
  • David Lipscomb University
  • Direct General Group of Companies
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Humana Inc.
  • Motlow State Community College
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Select Actuarial Services
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • U.S. Army
  • Volunteer State Community College
  • Walters State Community College
  • Wilson County Schools
  • Willis North America Inc.

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