Department of Mathematics
Cottey's mathematics program provides math courses which meet the needs of students with many levels of ability and a variety of interests.
Students wishing to pursue majors in mathematics or in fields which require a foundation in mathematics (chemistry, engineering, economics, computer science, etc.) may select courses which prepare them for more advanced work in such majors. Courses transfer easily to four-year schools and Cottey alumnae have been successful in diverse areas including actuarial science, chemical engineering, dentistry, mathematics, meteorology, operations research, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and science/math teaching.
The study of mathematics contributes to the College's goals that
students develop their capacity to use quantitative reasoning and
analysis, and to process and use information and ideas logically,
critically, and perceptively. The completion of at least one
mathematics course is required to earn an associate's degree, and
students may elect additional courses to enrich their general
education. Courses available to meet the core requirement range in
difficulty from College Algebra through the calculus sequence. An
elementary statistics course will introduce students to collecting,
analyzing and interpreting data-valuable knowledge in today's
Students needing additional assistance in math will find courses that allow development of the skills necessary for success in the future.
Instruction in Cottey's mathematics courses is provided by experienced faculty members for whom teaching is a full-time responsibility. Class sizes of 12-22 in lower-level courses allow them to become familiar with individual students' strengths and weaknesses. Students and faculty may develop close working relationships in second-year courses, where classes are even smaller. Outside of class, the instructors are regularly available to work with students individually to help them learn course material.