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Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics is the primary language of science, which makes it essential for understanding through a biblical lens to better reveal God’s calculated creation. The math department equips students with both a conceptual and quantitative understanding that will enable them to thrive in their chosen vocation and flourish in an increasingly number-driven society.

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Program Overview

Our department prepares students for service in God's Kingdom through rigorous study of the many branches of mathematics, including calculus, differential equations, linear and abstract algebra, real analysis, probability, and geometry. We challenge students to relate course content to their faith to understand how our convictions inform our perception and practice of math.

We emphasize communication and community by encouraging students to work together as peers in presentations and writing assignments; this ensures our students develop the ability to communicate about math both in spoken and written form. Additionally, we serve students in scientific fields such as pre-engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology by providing them with a thorough understanding of foundational concepts.

Math majors are also in high demand! The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of mathematicians and statisticians will grow 31% from 2021 to 2031. Lastly, they are well-paid for their skills—the median wage for mathematicians as of May 2021 was $108,100.

Graduate Outcomes

There are various jobs that require a strong background in math, such as data scientist/analyst, actuary, financial or investment banking analyst, operations researcher, software engineer, statistician, and accountant, to name a few. There are also government agencies, such as the NSA, that look specifically for math majors, and several math department graduates have acquired internships with national laboratories.

Our graduates have entered positions such as:

  • Biller Analyst, Baker Donelson
  • Digital Marketer, Crash Creative
  • Staff Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rate Development Analyst, America Financial and Automotive Services
  • Math Teacher, Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy
  • Math Teacher, Chattanooga Christian School
  • Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, East Hall High School
I love the mentoring relationship I get to have with the math majors. I enjoy getting to know them on a personal level, and it is extremely gratifying to help them grow and develop into mature and thoughtful Christian mathematicians.
Chris Cyr

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Programs & Features

Math majors are given a solid grounding in the discipline of mathematics as well as a greater appreciation for logic and precise language. In our major program we seek to prepare students for graduate school, technical jobs, or teaching in secondary school.

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Students who wish to minor in math will obtain many skills that equip them for a wide variety of positions in other fields.

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Students who are interested in teaching math should major in mathematics and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching at Covenant College. It is recommended that students also complete the Education Minor.

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  • MAT 258 Differential Equations 
  • STA 253 Statistics for Decision Making
  • MAT 320 Discrete Mathematics
  • MAT 360 Euclidean & Non-Euclidean Geometry
  • MAT 470 Topology 
  • MAT 490 Philosophy and Faith Perspectives on Mathematics

  • “The Fourth Dimension and Geometric Models of the Universe”
  • “Godel’s Incompleteness Theorems, History, Exposition, & Ramifications”
  • “Teaching Problem Solving: A Continuous Integration”
  • “Mathematical Anxiety: Instructional Strategies to Prevent and Counteract It within the Classroom”
  • “The Importance of Teaching Conceptual Mathematics in Elementary School: Impacts on the Algebra Learner”

Guided Capstone Requirements

Students at Covenant have access to a fully-staffed math center. Students can work on math homework in a focused environment, meet with tutors to work through difficult problems, and talk through challenging lessons.

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Meet the Mathematics Faculty

Chris Cyr

Chris Cyr Associate Professor of Mathematics
Department Chair

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