Thomas Merrick, MA, Interim Chairperson

The Department of Mathematics offers majors in mathematics and dual majors in mathematics/chemistry and mathematics/financial economics. Dual majors are single majors that involve substantial coursework from two disciplines. Interested students should contact the Department of Mathematics for more information. In addition, the department offers a minor in mathematics and course work for Ohio Teacher Licensure in adolescent to young adult integrated mathematics.


Students have the option of obtaining either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.  The Bachelor of Arts degree focuses on the more theoretical courses. Students who wish to pursue the Adolescent to Young Adult licensure in Integrated Mathematics will obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who are interested in applied mathematics should pursue the Bachelor of Science degree. Those electing the Bachelor of Science degree will be required to declare a minor in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Exercise Science, Forensic Science, Informatics, Psychology or Sustainable Studies.

Students majoring in mathematics engage in a work experience related to mathematics in order to integrate skills learned in the classroom and to obtain experience that should prove valuable upon graduation. This work experience may take place within a business, industry, secondary school, or another appropriate setting. In addition, majors engage in a senior research project in which they study a mathematical topic under the guidance of a faculty member.

The major programs are offered to students of various needs and interests:

  • Students who wish to enter a work related area in which mathematics is applied, such as bioinformatics, computational science, engineering, finance, economics, operations research, statistics, or actuarial science;
  • Students who wish to teach;
  • Students who wish to enter graduate school in mathematics or a related academic area;
  • Students who desire to engage in the critical thinking of disciplines such as mathematics.

Students majoring in other disciplines may minor in mathematics. This minor is encouraged for students who would like a strong quantitative base in their university programs.

Mathematics major/minors are expected to maintain a “C” or better in all major courses. Students majoring in mathematics and chemistry must maintain a “C” or better in all major and cognate courses. Students majoring in mathematics and financial economics must achieve a cumulative 2.0 grade point average in business courses and a “C” or better in all other major courses. Students earning a D, F, or W in any mathematics department course will be subject to the following action(s):

  • Student receives a warning letter from the Department Chairperson after the first D, F, or W.
  • Student is placed on departmental probation after the second D, F, or W.
  • Student is dismissed from the major after the third D, F, or W.

A student may appeal in writing the dismissal from the major to the Department Chairperson. In extenuating circumstances, the Chairperson may reinstate the student to the major.

Students transferring to the Mount from another college and wishing to obtain a major in mathematics must complete at least half of the credits for their major program through the Mount. A transfer student desiring to complete a minor in mathematics at the Mount is required to satisfy all requirements for the minor as defined by the Department of Mathematics at the Mount. Every transfer student who desires a minor in mathematics must earn a minimum of nine credits toward that minor at Mount St. Joseph University.

The Department of Mathematics serves all students of the University by offering core and elective courses in mathematics. The courses are selected and presented with a view to enable all interested students to acquire the knowledge and skills suited to their needs: for the liberal arts majors, appreciation of the contributions of mathematics to our culture; for the science and business majors, ability to use mathematics as tools in any particular discipline; for the future teachers, understanding of the basic concepts and structures of mathematics.

In all mathematics courses the emphasis is on imparting a thorough understanding of processes, on cultivating a precise and accurate manner of expressing facts, on developing the ability to think logically and independently, and on increasing appreciation of and efficiency in the use of technology. 

Licensure for Teachers

Students choosing a major in mathematics who also want to pursue Ohio teacher licensure must satisfy the same requirements as the Bachelor of Arts major and additional requirements in mathematics and education. The pertinent Adolescent to Young Adult License (grades 7-12) is integrated mathematics. See Education: AYA Program. A concentration in mathematics is available also in the Middle Childhood Licensure (grades 4-9) program. See Education: MCE Program.