## Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics Department

The focus of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics is to create an environment that appreciates and understands two important branches of knowledge in the liberal arts: mathematics and statistics.

The overarching goals of the department are to help students communicate about and with mathematics and statistics in oral and written formats, understand and use mathematical and statistical theory and techniques to analyze and solve problems, and translate real-world problems into mathematical situations and then apply mathematics and/or statistics to solve those problems.

#### Develop the Powers of Logical Thought and Critical Analysis

Students are provided with guided opportunities to develop powers of logical thought and critical analysis—together—with an orientation for modeling in applications. Courses are designed to provide an appropriate mathematics or statistics education for students, whether they are majoring in the department or taking courses in the general education program or to complement another major.

#### Majors and Minors

#### Student Involvement in Mathematics and Statistics

There is an active student-operated Mathematics and Statistics Club, which all students are welcome to join. The department has its own chapter—Minnesota Zeta—of the national honorary mathematics society, Pi Mu Epsilon. Qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors may earn membership.

#### Goals for a Mathematics, Computer Science, or Statistics Major

- Understand and use mathematical, statistical, and business theory and techniques to analyze and solve problems
- Communicate about and with mathematics and finance in oral and written formats
- Possess the foundations necessary for a professional career as an actuary

#### Faculty

##### Kevin Dennis, Ph.D.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics - Assistant Professor

##### Darren Row, Ph.D.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics - Assistant Professor

##### Janel Schultz, Ed.D.

Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics - Professor

##### Kristen Sellke, Ph.D.

Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics - Department Chair, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics - Associate Professor

##### Paul Weiner, Ph.D.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics - Professor