Mathematics Degrees Add Up for Aquinas

April 18, 2016

The Aquinas College Fall Catalog will look a little different in 2016 as we prepare to expand our degree offerings to include two new degrees: a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in mathematics.

Students choosing the Bachelor of Arts path will study within the School of Arts and Sciences, concentrating on advanced mathematics alongside the robust interdisciplinary B.A. core. For these future graduates, a mathematics degree will be a valuable and versatile tool in today’s economy, preparing them for opportunities in information technology, data analytics, and public policy. Mathematics majors and minors find themselves situated quite well for promising careers in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, as well as admission to MBA programs or postgraduate studies in such fields as Information Technology, Economics, and Political Science.

Students choosing the Bachelor of Science path will study within the School of Education, graduating with a B.S. in education plus the additional credentials required to teach mathematics in a secondary education setting (grades 7-12). Teachers with a B.S. in mathematics are extremely attractive to public and private schools due to the urgent need for quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in the U.S.

New mathematics faculty and expanded course offerings will add a robust integrity to our already rigorous academics, benefiting students outside of the new degree programs as well. With more specialized math course offerings, Aquinas will offer a stronger and more competitive undergraduate education to all students as they complete the mathematics requirements within their chosen degree paths.

The ultimate goal of the new mathematics program, and of our Catholic and Dominican tradition as a whole, extends beyond producing skilled workers. At Aquinas, our mission is to help form human persons in the image of God, preparing them to leave this place and serve the world in Christ’s example. Combined with emphasis on theology, philosophy and the arts, adding a mathematics program forms a broader curricular experience for the student and, as a result, a broader view of the world. “I believe there are many types of literacy,” said Dr. Aaron Urbanczyk, Associate Professor of English and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “Language literacy, cultural literacy, and mathematical literacy are all crucial needs in American culture and all over the world. As an educator, I believe we ought to be as attentive to mathematical literacy as we are to literacy in language and the arts.”

The Aquinas faculty and administration are hopeful the College will receive approval for the program from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the spring. With this approval, the College can begin offering the courses for the math programs in the fall of 2016. The first Aquinas College Mathematics Program graduates will complete Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 2020.