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Mathematics Department

The mathematics curriculum at Briar Cliff promotes the development of skills in logical reasoning, problem solving, data analysis, and the communication of ideas. Two degree programs are available to accommodate students' individual interests and career goals:

  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mathematics incorporates an emphasis on statistical analysis and computer applications. It is intended to prepare graduates for careers in business and industry, statistics, and the actuarial profession, as well as graduate study in mathematical sciences.
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in mathematics education is designed to prepare students to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Students in the B.A. program must also pursue a major in secondary education.

Upon graduation, students who have majored in mathematics will be able to relate a core of basic mathematical concepts, use a variety of problem solving strategies, construct and commmunicate valid mathematical arguments, apply mathematical skills to problems in other disciplines, and utilize multiple technological tools for solving problems.


The use of technology is integrated throughout the mathematics curriculum via graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, and statistical tools. Software currently in use includes Derive 6, Geometer's Sketchpad, Minitab, and Microsoft Excel, all running in a Windows 7 environment. Every student is also issued an iPad tablet, and the mathematics programs encourage students to explore uses of this new technology both inside and outside of the classroom.


MATH 10 - Basic Algebra
MATH 105 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students
MATH 111 - College Algebra
MATH 118 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
MATH 119 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
MATH 150 - Essentials of Statistics
MATH 1A - Fundamentals of Mathematics
MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics
MATH 217 - Calculus I
MATH 218 - Calculus II
MATH 219 - Calculus III
MATH 225 - Discrete Mathematics
MATH 245 - Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 275 - Independent Mathematics Study
MATH 305 - Geometry for Teachers
MATH 324 - Statistical Methods I
MATH 325 - Statistical Methods II
MATH 344 - Linear Algebra
MATH 350 - Numerical Analysis
MATH 375 - Independent Mathematics Study II
MATH 405 - Abstract Algebra
MATH 407 - Mathematical Statistics
MATH 440 - Special Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
MATH 475 - Independent Mathematics Study III
MATH 490 - Mathematics Internship
MATH 535 - Graduate Statistics
MATH 540 - Biostatistics
MATH IS - Independent Math Research


Charles Shaffer
Professor of Mathematics; Chairperson, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Craig Kalicki
Professor of Mathematics

Josh Ruk
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Related Links

Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
Math Gateway
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Wolfram MathWorld
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
American Statistical Association (AMSTAT)
Society of Actuaries (SOA)