Orientation to the Major

The objective of the course is to to familiarize students with the mathematics major and possible careers in the field. You will learn what distinguishes pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, mathematics education and actuarial science as well as what the fields have in common. You will receive exposure to possible careers in mathematics after graduation and opportunities to gain additional experience during your time at Xavier (REU's, internships, etc.). You will gain technical skills that will aid in your development as a mathematician (e.g. how to typeset in LATEX, how to give a mathematics talk, how to use computational software).
No prerequisites.
Teaching history:
  • 2020 Spring
    -- E. Bucher.