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Departmental Objectives

The principal purpose of the Department of Mathematics at Francis Marion University is to offer all University students a varied and well-balanced curriculum of undergraduate education in mathematics. In the liberal-arts tradition, the courses in the curriculum teach students to think logically, to analyze problems and solve them appropriately, and to communicate their ideas clearly.


The Department also provides a broad range of entry-level courses in order to meet the needs of students with widely varying mathematical backgrounds and provide them with skills appropriate for their selected majors.


The curriculum provided by the Department leads to baccalaureate degrees in two distinct but overlapping areas: the mathematical sciences and teacher certification in mathematics. These courses prepare students for careers in education, business and industry. They also prepare those students of sufficient interest and ability for further study of mathematics at the graduate level.


The Department also offers graduate courses in support of the post-baccalaureate program in teacher recertification and the master's degree program in secondary education.


To maintain the vitality of the Department and enhance the University's teaching mission, each member of the Department undertakes new course development, conducts research, or pursues other avenues of faculty development.


The Department serves the general public by hosting an annual high-school mathematics competition and by actively participating in various workshops, seminars, science fairs, and other programs that support the region's general education and development.