Mathematics licensure majors (obviously) teach high school mathematics. They are highly marketable, given the high and growing demand for certified teachers in Mississippi and across the nation. Moreover, as the degree is a bachelor's degree in mathematics (with licensure), all the options for the bachelor's degree in mathematics are open to our graduates.
The mathematics curriculum starts with calculus, where you will study widely applicable exact methods that build on those you learned in high school. To tackle complex problems with mathematics, we rely on computer algorithms and, increasingly, on data analysis.
You will also learn how proofs are used to assure correctness of approaches and techniques. Parallel to the content preparation, the educational side of the curriculum systematically prepares you for interactive classroom teaching, culminating in a semester-long student teaching experience.
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available.
The degree includes courses in calculus, probability theory and statistics, computational mathematics, modern algebra and real analysis, as well as courses in classroom management, educational psychology and methods for teaching secondary level mathematics.
Graduates of our program are working as teachers throughout the state of Mississippi and beyond. Your mathematics teacher may well be one of our graduates.
Calculus is the key to modern science. There are two fundamental ideas: Computing a tangent to a curve by approximating it with secant lines, and computing the area under a curve by approximating it with rectangles (pictured). These ideas occur in many contexts and in many disguises, including, for example, heat transfer through a surface. But, fundamentally, they are always the same in all these contexts. Good command of these fundamentals carries you far.
Many phenomena that are not accessible through the continuous models of calculus are accessible through discrete models.
Student teaching is the culmination of your education as a teacher. You will teach a two-week instructional unit in middle school (MAT 489) and a two-week instructional unit in high school (MAT 490) as part of working at each location for six weeks.
Favorite Courses: Calculus, differential equations and linear algebra
Expertise: Dynamical systems and nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications; Wright W. and Annie Rea Cross Endowed Chair in Mathematics Undergraduate Research
Favorite Course: Mathematics for Middle Grades Teachers
Expertise: 3D printing, mathematics education
Professor and Chair
Favorite Course: Any mathematics that is beautiful or useful, ideally both
Expertise: Ordered sets, probability theory
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.