Mathematical Science

Mathematical Science

Mathematical Science


About the program

The Mathematical Science major is an excellent preparation for a wide range of careers. Since the major provides the students with a broad quantitative background, they are highly qualified to teach the diverse curriculum of secondary school mathematics departments as well as meet the varied quantitative needs of business and industry.

Students majoring in mathematical science who minor in education are endorsed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to teach mathematics at the secondary level. The faculty of this department are actively developing and implementing innovative teaching methods that incorporate appropriate technology. This curriculum, together with the exposure to varied teaching strategies provides students with a strong preparation for their future teaching careers.

Coursework in Mathematical Science

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Mathematical Science, and includes courses such as:

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods
  • Computer Organization
  • Statistics
  • Differential Equations
  • Multi-variable Calculus
  • Foundations of Geometry
  • Fundamentals of Physics

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Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Mathematical Science:

  • Student Virgina Education Assocation

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Experiential & Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Student Teaching

Students with a minor in education will spend time in public schools doing internships and student teaching as preparation for employment in the teaching field.


Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

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What can I be with a major in Mathematical Science?

A major in Mathematical Science leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields.

Click Here to read about careers in:

  • Finance and Insurance
  • Government
  • Health Care and Assistance
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Utilities

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Mathematical Science Faculty

Carlos Nicolas
Carlos Nicolas | View Profile

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Program Coordinator of Mathematics
Ph.D, University of Kentucky
(540) 365-4398


Justin Allen 
Justin Allen | View Profile        

Instructor of Mathematics
M.S., Syracuse University
(540) 365-4372


Dan Bowman 
Dan Bowman | View Profile

Assistant Professor of Physics
PhD, Indiana University
(540) 365-4361

Keith Cooley 
Keith Cooley | View Profile

Instructor of Mathematics
M.S., Virginia Tech
(540) 365-4373


Carl Durant 
Carl Durant | View Profile

Instructor of Mathematics
Ed.D., University of Vermont
(540) 365-4382


Bryan Faulkner 
Bryan Faulkner | View Profile

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Program Coordinator of Mathematical Sciences
Ph.D., Clemson University
(540) 365-4584

Anthony Giesen 
Anthony Giesen | View Profile

Professor of Mathematics
M.S., Radford University
(540) 365-4379



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Information is only an email away!   Contact Carlos Nicolas, Program Coordinator at cnicolas@ferrum.edu.
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