The Mathematics Department at Western Oregon University is
committed to the teaching of mathematics and the communication of
mathematical ideas. Faculty members believe that both the assimilation
of mathematical knowledge and the enhancement of one’s
capacity for mathematical reasoning are essential outcomes of a liberal arts education.
The WOU mathematics program constantly
strives to employ innovative methods for allowing students to develop
their quantitative reasoning competency and awareness. We provide a broad
range of courses in the mathematics major, and our faculty members have a
diverse set of specialties and research interests spanning a wide range of
the mathematical sciences, including algebra, geometry, combinatorics, analysis
and number theory.
with the computer science department to offer a joint Mathematics/CS degree,
which we believe produces graduates that are particularly well-trained to tackle
complex challenges as they join the workforce. Our faculty is also at the cutting
edge in the mathematical preparation of secondary school teachers. For instance,
WOU was one of the first participants in a pioneering program to give prospective teachers
hands-on experience with assessment of actual solutions submitted by elementary school students from around the country in collaboration with the Math Forum online problem-solving website. Our
mathematics education curriculum emphasizes collaborative and experiential learning, as well as imparting a
proficiency at accurately assessing the conceptual level of children's solutions to help them develop their
own understanding. Our faculty members regularly present the results of their research in mathematics
education at conferences in the field.