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Siena Heights offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with four major options (Elementary Education, Secondary Education, General Math and Pre-Actuarial) and a minor with two options (General Math and Math Education). However, an increasing number of our mathematics students seek careers outside of teaching. Our General Math and Pre-Actuarial options were intended to prepare our graduates for careers in industry or for further study in graduate school.

The engineering field is becoming even more dependent on mathematics. Currently, most of our Pre-Engineering majors stay at Siena Heights as Math majors.

FAST FACT – Faculty is dedicated to exposing our students to the leading edge of technology. Regular use of modern learning technology, from state-of-the-art hand-held calculators to Smart technology to Computer Algebra Systems, assists our students with the exploration and visualization of concepts in courses at all levels. SHU prepares its future teachers of mathematics to use these tools in their own classrooms.

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  • THE SIENA EFFECT: Mathematics

Learn more about the Mathematics program and its concentrations.

The job market for graduates with degrees in mathematics remains strong. Siena Heights University offers bachelor’s degrees in mathematics to suit every specialty. If you are interested in teaching (at the elementary, secondary, or junior college level), applied math, statistical/actuarial science, or pre-engineering, we have the program to suit your needs and interests.

One of the features that sets the SHU Mathematics Department apart from others is our emphasis on technology for teaching and learning. In addition to "smart classrooms" that allow for state-of-the-art presentations, we emphasize modern tools for instruction and discovery in the classroom. Technology-rich classrooms, labs, and instruction engage our students and familiarize them with the wealth of technology that will confront them after graduation.

Math classes for majors are small, allowing our professors to provide all of the individual attention that our students might require. Plentiful office hours, student-centered faculty, large study areas with fully-equipped computers, and state-of-the-art Smart classrooms make learning personal, interesting, and interactive. We can get you started at whatever level suits your background, and take you on your journey right through to the degree of your choice.

Regardless of your specialty, the program will serve your needs. Students planning to be math teachers will be prepared in accordance with Michigan certification standards. Those planning to attend graduate school will receive a thorough and wide-ranging undergraduate experience. Those planning a career in engineering can attend SHU for the first two years, enjoying the benefits of small classes and receiving an associate’s degree and thorough preparation for an engineering program at a larger school

Our graduates leave SHU with superior literacy in a wide variety of math-oriented equipment and software, including Maple Computer Algebra System, TI-NSpire handheld calculators and the Minitab statistics package.


Meet the Mathematics faculty members.

Bjork, Andrew-David

Bjork, Andrew-David

Assistant Professor of Mathematics517-264-7645
Husband, Timothy H.

Husband, Timothy H.

Professor of Mathematics517-264-7647
Kallenbach, Jeffrey

Kallenbach, Jeffrey

Associate Professor of Mathematics517-264-7641
Rasmussen, Mark Steven

Rasmussen, Mark Steven

Assistant Professor of Mathematics517-264-7658

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Mathematics.

Find out more about careers and Mathematics through this Mathematics Careers Link. Mathematics-related careers include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Actuaries
  • Statisticians
  • Computer programmers
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Computer scientists and database administrators
  • Computer software engineers
  • Operations research analysts

A strong background in mathematics also facilitates employment as

  • Teachers—postsecondary
  • Teachers—preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary
  • Engineers
  • Economists
  • Market and survey researchers
  • Financial analysts and personal financial advisors
  • Physicists and astronomers
To find more information about careers and Mathematics, follow this Mathematics Careers Link.

Learn more about Mathematics clubs and organizations.

There is an active section of the mathematics national honor society Pi Mu Epsilon and a Math Club. The organizations provide students an opportunity to meet more students who are interested in mathematics and to encounter more mathematical topics than appear in the general curriculum.

The clubs also are very active in community and school service with activities such as Family Math, visits to area high schools, and community service projects. The clubs also bring in speakers on various topics of interest to the students.

Learn more about
Mathematics Clubs & Organizations on MySiena.

Meet Jeffrey Morisette, Class of 1990

Jeffrey Morisette 

Major: Mathematics

What Jeffrey is Doing: Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's North Central Climate Science Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.

So, just what can you do with a degree in mathematics?

How about . . .

•  Work for NASA interpreting satellite data,
•  Map habitat from weather patterns and predicted changes in climate,
•  Bring a data-driven approach to earth and environmental sciences,
•  Run a multimillion dollar, multi-state science center for the federal government.

Dr. Jeffrey Morisette ’90 has accomplished all those things since graduating from Siena Heights University. Currently the director of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s North Central Climate Science Center, Morisette works with multiple agencies and organizations to help development long-term strategies and forecasts for what he believes is a rapidly changing climate.

Morisette works with earth and environmental scientists on a daily basis, traveling through the region his center serves, which includes Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and parts of Montana, including the Yellowstone National Park area. According to the Department of the Interior, the North Central CSC is part of a network of eight centers created to provide scientific information, tools and techniques to use in managing land, water, wildlife and cultural resources, which are then used to monitor, anticipate and adapt to climate change.

In fact, he points to the “foundational” courses such as statistics with Siena Heights faculty member Dr. Tim Husband and philosophy with Dr. Mark Schersten and the late Sister Pat Hogan as formational—as was the mission of Siena Heights.

“Tim Husband’s (statistics) class gave me an appreciation for variability in data and separating that from an actual signal,” Morisette said.
 “It started me on this path. Understanding issues of variability and uncertainty are critical in the realm of both climate and ecological processes. … Thinking of the competence and purposeful has remained with me to this day.”


Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts

Division:

  • Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences

Location(s):

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Faculty & Staff

Andrew-David Bjork, PhD

Andrew-David Bjork, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.