mathematics

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
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Number Theory and Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Differential Equations
  • Multi-variable Calculus
  • Fundamentals of Physics

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

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

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.

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

Mathematics Faculty

Contact the Program Coordinator of Mathematics: math@ferrum.edu

Justin Allen
Instructor of Mathematics
M.S., Syracuse University
(540) 365-4372
jallen@ferrum.edu

Dan Bowman
Associate Professor of Physics
PhD, Indiana University
(540) 365-4361
dbowman@ferrum.edu

Keith Cooley
Instructor of Mathematics
M.S., Virginia Tech
(540) 365-4373
kcooley@ferrum.edu

Bryan Faulkner
PROGRAM COORDINATOR OF MATHEMATICS
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Clemson University
(540) 365-4584
bfaulkner@ferrum.edu

Carlos Nicolas
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D, University of Kentucky
(540) 365-4398
cnicolas@ferrum.edu

Nathan Salazar
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D, University of Iowa
(540) 365-4382
nsalazar@ferrum.edu