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Middle-Level Mathematics and Science Teaching
College of the Sciences
Secondary Math Teaching
College of the Sciences
Actuarial Science
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stuart Boersma
509-963-1395
stuart.boersma@cwu.edu

Introduction

Studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and arrangements. It is the building blocks of everything around us whether its money, architecture, electronics, or even sports.

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, economic forecasting, energy resources, risk management, medicine, finance, and other businesses. Careers in fields with a solid basis in mathematics are among the fastest growing and rewarding.

Why this program?

CareerCast ranked careers involving mathematics (data scientist and statistician) as the top two jobs in 2016. It also projected a 23 percent increase in job growth for mathematicians by 2022.

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Mathematics
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stuart Boersma
509-963-1395
stuart.boersma@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/math
Introduction

Studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and arrangements. It is the building blocks of everything around us whether its money, architecture, electronics, or even sports.

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, economic forecasting, energy resources, risk management, medicine, finance, and other businesses. Careers in fields with a solid basis in mathematics are among the fastest growing and rewarding.

Why this program?

CareerCast ranked careers involving mathematics (data scientist and statistician) as the top two jobs in 2016. It also projected a 23 percent increase in job growth for mathematicians by 2022.

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Middle-Level Mathematics and Science Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Mark Oursland
509-963-2100
oursland@cwu.edu

Introduction

Math teachers will tell you that few things are as satisfying as seeing a student figure out a difficult mathematical equation for the first time. CWU’s middle-level mathematics and science teaching program is designed for students who want to teach math and science at the middle school level (grades 5-8).

Opportunities

Students in the middle-level mathematics teaching program gain valuable instruction in linear algebra, geometry, statistics, discrete mathematics, and beginning calculus. Students will also learn pedagogy in courses that encompass student assessment, teaching in the classroom, and managing classrooms.

Why this program?

Central Washington University's Endorsement-Only Program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington State initial, residency, continuing, or professional teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate.

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Secondary Math Teaching
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Mark Oursland
509-963-2100
oursland@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/math/teach
Introduction

Mathematics secondary teaching is for a person who enjoys mathematical inquiry and social engagement—and wants to share that enthusiasm with high school students. Our program is built off the expertise and experiences of our highly esteemed professors. CWU provides an excellent environment to prepare you for a rewarding and successful career in teaching secondary mathematics.

Opportunities

Academically talented students majoring in a STEM discipline (which includes math) have an opportunity to apply for a two-year SOLVER scholarship totaling $20,000. The scholarship is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and is meant to help promising students through the last, most difficult years of their degree programs. 

Why this program?

Graduates of CWU’s mathematics secondary teaching program are highly sought after. According to the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, there is a serious shortage of mathematics and science teachers in the state. 

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Why math at CWU?

At Central Washington University, math students work one-on-one with professors, performing research in state-of-the-art facilities and present results at national and international conferences.

The Mathematics Honors program is an exciting new program designed to take mathematics undergraduates and introduce them to the world of mathematics beyond the classroom, providing excellent preparation for graduate school or for work in a mathematical field.

Undergraduate students partner with faculty on research that other institutions reserve for graduate students. CWU students are researching the mathematics of Mozart sonatas and learning how to build mathematical models to solve real world problems. They are interpreting the statistical data of food resources and hunger.

In fall 2018 the program will move into a new state-of-the-art Samuelson Union Building. When finished, it will also house online learning and the departments of Computer Science and Information Technology and Administrative Management.

Central’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESME) was created to form a professional learning community of math and science educators and to support best practice teaching, learning, and assessment.

Being an actuary is one of the top-ranked jobs in America, according to a number of job satisfaction surveys. CWU is the only institution in Washington--and one of only three in the Pacific Northwest--that offers a bachelor’s of science degree in actuarial science.

Connect with CWU Math

A big misconception about mathematics is that you can only become a teacher or an actuary with a degree. That's just not so. There's a lot you can do with a degree in math. Connect with us to find out more.

Career Opportunities

Jobs for graduates in mathematics are plentiful. For example, in many technical fields mathematics and computer science are the tools of choice. Other rewarding career paths include:

Computer modeling

Finance

Cryptography and security

Biomathematics

Engineering

Actuarial Science

Operations Research

Computer Science

Video Gallery

What do math and juggling have in common?

CWU math professor Dominic Klyve explores the relationship between juggling and mathematics.

Points of Pride

Stuart Boersma received the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematics Association of America’s 2016 Meritorious Service Award. The organization previously honored him with a Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics Award in 2013.

Dominic Klyve was given the national Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by the Mathematics Association of America in 2014. He also was awarded a share of a $1.5 million National Sciences Foundation grant to test whether teaching math using early math scholars like Euclid and Archimedes, will make it easier for college students to grasp math concepts.

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