Mathematical Problem Solving
Explore the mathematical problem solving minor at UW-Eau Claire
If you enjoy analytical thinking and solving complex issues, the mathematical problem solving minor might be for you. Through exploring course topics related to probability, statistics and even the thinking patterns of problem solving, you will be equipped to use mathematical solutions to solve all kinds of problems.
Throughout the program, you'll utilize multiple viewpoints to construct arguments and critique others' reasoning. Since these kinds of critical thinking and problem analysis skills are prevalent across multiple disciplines, the mathematical problem solving minor complements any major.
Why mathematical problem solving at UW-Eau Claire?
A collaborative, personalized education. During your time at UWEC, you'll learn from expert professors who are committed to excellent teaching. Small class sizes allow for the formation of deeper relationships and one-on-one attention, with plenty of face-to-face time with faculty. Many math courses are taught in active-learning pod rooms, which encourage collaborative learning and effective use of technology.
Student-faculty research projects. Over 40% of our math majors work with faculty on groundbreaking mathematical research, learning advanced math topics and solving problems that no one else has solved before. These research projects have led to paid work, published papers and scholarships and the opportunity to travel to math conferences and share research results with other mathematicians.
Innovative facilities. As a mathematics student, you'll have access to technology-equipped classrooms, collaborative student seminar rooms and computer laboratories filled with programs and specialized software tools, including Python, Matlab and R. These are some of the same programs you'll find in the field, giving you a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.
Mathematical problem solving minor curriculum
A minimum of 24 credits in mathematics are required to earn this minor. Coursework will not only introduce you to a variety of mathematical equations, formulas and algorithms but will also help you use and apply them in a variety of contexts. The majority of the minor is made up of electives, allowing you to tailor your education to your interests and career aspirations.
What classes do mathematical problem solving minors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Patterns of problem solving
- Algebraic and geometric thinking
- Elementary statistics
- Classical number theory
- History of mathematics
Learn more about the mathematical problem solving minor in the UWEC catalog.
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