Mathematics Department

In brief terms, mathematics is not something a student takes, but something that he or she discovers and creates. Whether a student wants to teach math, plans graduate study, plans to apply mathematics in a math-intensive field, or desires the ability to reason analytically, the study of mathematics adds up to an intellectual experience, which, from the abacus to the rocket, has been essential to civilization.

The Mathematics Department offers an undergraduate program in mathematics to prepare students for graduate study, or careers in secondary education or industry. Students majoring in elementary education also may select a mathematics minor.

Chair: Luther Qson, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The Mathematics Department at The College of St. Scholastica seeks to support the mission of the College by providing instruction imbued with Benedictine values, in courses that engage students, foster their analytic ability, expose them to the power of mathematics as a lens for viewing reality, and empower them to continue their educations after they graduate. In particular, the Mathematics Department strives to:

  1. Prepare math majors with a solid mathematical foundation and the ability to apply their knowledge in a math-related career, secondary math teaching, or advanced studies.
  2. Provide strong supporting courses for natural science majors.
  3. Provoke in students taking general education courses an awareness of mathematics in the world around them and a greater ability to solve problems and make informed decisions.
  4. Prepare elementary education majors to be effective math teachers by developing their mathematical background in alignment with state standards.

Mathematics major, B.A.

Preparation for graduate studies in math or a career in a math-related field: MTH 2221, 2222, 2401, 3321, 3322, 4332, 4411, 4500, 12 additional upper-level MTH credits, and CIS 2085. Other options may be designed in consultation with the mathematics department; they should contain an equivalent amount of math coursework numbered 2221 and above. Students preparing for a job in a math-related field are encouraged to pursue a minor or second major, and pick supporting mathematics coursework in consultation with their advisors. Particularly, those interested in actuarial science should begin conversation about an appropriate course of study as soon as possible with their math advisor.

Middle/Secondary Mathematics

Education major:

Students pursuing a middle and secondary mathematics teaching licensure must fulfill their mathematics major through the following courses to meet state teacher education requirements: MTH 2221, 2222, 2401, 3321, 3302, 3322, 3533/5, 4411, 4332, 4421 and 4500; CIS 2085 or demonstrated mastery of a high-level computer language approved by the department. Math education students should also review the Secondary Education Licensure Program requirements published by the Education Department for required coursework in education.

Mathematics minor

A mathematics minor will consist of 20 credits of coursework with a minimum grade of C, including MTH 2221, MTH 2222, and any 12 additional credits from MTH courses numbered 2401 and above.  

Elementary education majors who are pursuing a math minor are encouraged to enroll in Discrete Math (MTH 2401), Geometry (MTH 3302), and Mathematics Teaching Methods (MTH 3533/5) for their additional 12 credits, as these are especially appropriate in preparing them to teach at a middle school level.

Departmental policies


Students should apply for admission to the mathematics major after they have completed MTH 3321. For instructions in applying to the major, please see the department chair. Application to the minor should be submitted to the department chair at least a semester before graduation.

Admission and retention

Students admitted to the major must have an overall 2.0 GPA and a minimum of grade of C in required math courses. Students must obtain at least a C in courses required for the major and remain in good academic standing with the college to maintain status as a mathematics major.

Program outcomes

Math majors at St. Scholastica will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of fundamental mathematical concepts.
  2. Apply their mathematical knowledge to solve a variety of real problems.
  3. Effectively communicate sound mathematical reasoning.
  4. Undertake scholarly investigation and take responsibility for continuing their own learning.
  5. Additionally, Secondary Licensure mathematics majors will demonstrate that they know and can apply the state and national standards for mathematics instruction.