20152016 Undergraduate Catalog/Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Mathematics


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The Mathematics Department offers students an energetic and dedicated faculty who find the world of mathematics exciting and challenging, and coursework that provides them with opportunities to experience the wonders of mathematics themselves.
The Mathematics faculty is proud of their commitment to creative classroom instruction and active learning. Examples of these alternative educational experiences include the use of activities and projects, portfolios, group work and cooperative learning, guided discovery approaches to problem solving, outside mathematics activities, student presentations at conferences, innovative facultydeveloped course materials in lieu of standard textbooks, community service, and technology.
Our students have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects, take oneonone classes, or earn credits through internships. These pedagogies, by requiring that students work together, create an inclusive, interactive learning environment where students develop important communication and team working skills.
Our student can chose from the following tracks or create their own program:
 Teacher Licensure Program for Middle School or High School, recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
 Introductory Actuarial Program, recognized by the Society of Actuaries
 Applied Mathematics and Statistics
 Pure Mathematics
Our graduates go on to teach in public and private school systems. They find employment as actuaries, in the financial sector, with private companies and with government agencies. Many will go to graduate school and earn advanced degrees in Mathematics, Statistics, Information Technology, Engineering, Business and other fields.
For more information about the Mathematics Department, contact the Chair, Prof. Karin Vorwerk, at 4135725593 or kvorwerk@westfield.ma.edu, visit our homepage at http://westfield.ma.edu/math, or follow Westfield State Mathematics on Facebook.
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