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for talented students Through these centers Whittier College has recorded an increase in the number of faculty student projects taking place in summer months projects linking the curriculum to outside organizations and an overall steady growth of external interest in the College s educational program On the Right Track Whittier s successful track record on this front is not only apparent in the immediate community but also from the tremendous recognition and endorsement the College has received in the form of financial support from esteemed organizations Last year Whittier was among a select group of colleges and universities invited to apply for a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute HHMI a prestigious foundation that targets for support only those programs and schools it considers to demonstrate model innovative curricula in the fields of science and math This past May the College received word that it had in fact received a HHMI grant one of only a few schools to attain this honor to support its new Science and Math in Research and Training SMART initiative which integrates undergraduate preparation with practical experience and innovations in the way math and science are taught The College likewise earned a critical nod this year from the National Institutes of Health s Biomedical Biobehavioral Research Administration Program which selected Whittier for a significant monetary award to support ongoing efforts to secure more funding for experiential learning through the development of an Office of Sponsored Research This enhancement to the existing infrastructure will enable College faculty to better identify pursue secure and administer additional research funding which in turn will lead to exponential increases in undergraduate student research fieldwork and related opportunities Such endorsements from nationally renowned agencies as HHMI and NIH are critical as they not only underscore that Whittier s undergraduate educational model is relevant and forward thinking but also substantiate the value of the Whittier experience a rigorous challenging and practical curriculum delivered in a supportive and outcomes focused environment Moreover these grants considerably benefit work already taking place through the Center for Science Health and Policy CSHP and its related disciplines These grants direct critical monetary support toward Whittier s programs in science and math and augment existing fellowship and scholarship opportunities underwritten by the Keck Foundation Fletcher Jones Foundation Southern California Edison Andrew Mellon Foundation and other private investors such as the recently established Janet L Roberts 64 M D Fellowship in Biology and the Virginia and Donald Baudrand Fellowships in Chemistry In the past three years alone external funding such as this has enabled the College to create 120 new research opportunities for students with more than 40 related fellowships already awarded With this groundswell of foundation and private support the momentum to design additional experiences and place even more students in highly competitive programs in math and science continues to grow at record rates As a result students like Little Villalpando Gonzalez Nishiguchi and countless others currently taking part in the Center s activities have increased access to resume building experiences exposure to professional organizations and networks and key fieldwork research training as they work alongside faculty mentors and within independent projects And that as quantitative and qualitative studies show is where Whittier College distinguishes itself among peer institutions and attracts the interest of top notch funding organizations As Sean Carroll HHMI vice president of science education emphasized HHMI chooses to invest in a school like Whittier College because it has shown it is a superb incubator of new ideas and models that might be replicated by other institutions to improve how these subjects are taught in college Training the Next Generation of Math and Science Professionals Under the terms of the new four year 800 000 HHMI grant the College s proposed SMART program will be implemented with a detailed plan to promote timely and innovative strategies to improve science and math education at the high school level This grant will advance the way undergraduates and graduate students who will become the next generation of secondary school science and math teachers are educated and help current teachers integrate new approaches to the material To realize this new SMART initiative the College has partnered with two schools in the Whittier Union High School District WUHSD and drawn together a committee of veteran Whittier science math and education teachers to help direct and assess the program through its execution Those Whittier College students selected to participate in the SMART program will make a two year commitment to advance along a career track to teach math and science in public schools Student fellows will be drawn primarily from though not exclusive to those majoring in math or science disciplines and who are considering careers in education The extent of program participation will include specialized college courses in teaching math and science a summer intensive curriculum under a master teacher and subject area research project and student teaching assignments In tandem SMART will also enable a set of WUHSD s high school science and math teachers to make curricular innovations as they work with the College s faculty and student teaching and research fellows A central change for example will be an inquiry based research oriented approach much like the platform found in Whittier College classrooms Under this model students will engage with the material rather than simply learn by rote and in the end they will acquire not only a greater conceptual depth of comprehension but in many cases a greater interest in the field The mechanics of the SMART program are not revolutionary to Whittier College notes Dave Bourgaize Fletcher Jones Professor of Molecular Biology and director for the HHMI grant This platform for instruction mirrors what has been occurring in our classrooms for years But what truly distinguishes the SMART program is that it will significantly alter how science and math are taught and learned at the elemental levels On the one hand he says the program will offer K 12 students and teachers a whole new

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Action Academics in Action On 15 May 2013 By admin 0 Comments MATHEMATICAL MODELING OF A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK Q A with Mellon Mays Undergrad Fellow Dara Belarmino Why did you choose Whittier I really liked the liberal education I could get here like taking courses not in my major Some of my favorite classes weren t even in the math major like archeology or Dr Morris s amazing JanTerm course on The Lord of the Rings The result is I got to know the school as a whole and not just my department even though I know my department really well So overall I feel more well rounded What s something you discovered about Whittier that might not be apparent on the surface It is the relationship between students and professors It s very supportive and you can always approach them When you first come in you re really nervous thinking about trying to find friends etc But when you engage with professors they engage you on an equal level It s very easy to approach them and ask for help What advice would you give a new student at Whittier I d definitely say to engage in the community that is Whittier Get to know your classmates and your professors The time here goes by really quickly and you don t know how close you re getting to everyone until your junior year Then you see how much you love it and you have to start thinking about leaving So enjoy it How are you combining math and a Zombie apocalypse The idea started junior year when I saw a show on Zombies while I was also doing a math modeling course and I realized I could model a Zombie epidemic Math modeling is taking what we know about

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Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Math After Whittier After Whittier On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments Whittier College math majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them Recent alumni are completing advanced degrees at institutions that include Boston University Bristol University California State University Fullerton California State University Long Beach California State University Stanislaus Claremont Graduate University Cornell University Louisiana State University MIT Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Michigan Tech Notre Dame de Namur University Oregon State University Rice University University of Arizona University of California Irvine University of California Los Angeles University of California Santa Cruz University of Maryland University of Southern California Whittier College graduate program in education Graduates who enter the professional arena have taken jobs in finance engineering business education computer science medicine economics law and the military See what our alumni are up to Angelica González 12 Graduate Student in Mathematics University of Arizona Math major Angélica González 12 spent spring of her junior year studying with some of the most prominent mathematicians in Hungary as part of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics BSM program The highly competitive program attracts math and computer science students from all the top colleges and universities in the United States The courses which range from Number Theory and Combinatorics to Topics in Graph Theory and Analysis are conducted in English by pre eminent Hungarian scholar teachers drawn primarily from the renowned Eötvös Loránd University and Mathematics Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences A semester s curriculum typically encompasses three to four mathematics courses and one or two intercultural courses all of which according to the program s website focus on depth of understanding rather than quantity of material The classes were really challenging but it

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with Teaching Credential Major 3 2 Engineering Math Major Mathematics Business Major Scientific Computing Minor Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty AP Credit Math Placement Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Math About About On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments The Department of Mathematics at Whittier prides itself in offering a rigorous yet student centered program of the highest caliber Our major goal is to develop logical reasoning and problem solving skills among our students to make them independent learners to demonstrate the power and beauty of mathematics and to show them the relationship of mathematics to other disciplines The department offers the following majors and minor Mathematics major and minor Mathematics with teaching credential emphasis The department also participates in the following interdisciplinary major and minor programs 3 2 Program in Mathematics Engineering This five year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Whittier College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from a university Mathematics Business The interdisciplinary program involving mathematics and business administration provides a strong background of concepts and techniques in the field of quantitative management It prepares the student for a variety of positions in banking insurance manufacturing transportation and other industries Scientific Computing The interdisciplinary minor is designed to help prepare students majoring in one of the sciences for advanced computing work in their own fields and for work in the computer industry Most of the students in the College take at least one course in the department to satisfy COM1 Quantitative Reasoning requirement of their Liberal Education Program Students from many other disciplines such as business administration and the sciences take additional mathematics courses The department also participates in the teaching

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The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Mathematics Slider Scientific Development Whittier College awards grants to promote science and math education Read more Mathematical Modeling of a Zombie Outbreak Q A with Mellon Mays Undergrad Fellow Dara Belarmino Read more Alumni Spotlight Sierpiński Riesel and Fibonacci numbers meet math alumna Angelica Gonzalez 12 Read more Prev Next In This Section Mathematics Mobile About Majors Minors Mathematics Major Minor Mathematics with Teaching Credential Major 3 2 Engineering Math Major Mathematics Business Major Scientific Computing Minor Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty AP Credit Math Placement Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Math Majors Minors Majors Minors On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments The Department of Mathematics offers the following majors and minor Mathematics major and minor Mathematics with teaching credential emphasis The department

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Minor On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments Requirements for the Major in Mathematics Students majoring in mathematics are required to complete the following core courses Calculus and Analytic Geometry I MATH 141A or Integrated Precalculus Calculus 139A B 4 or 7 credits Calculus and Analytic Geometry II MATH 141B 4 credits Calculus and Analytic Geometry III MATH 241 4 credits Elementary Linear Algebra Differential Equations MATH 242 3 credits Abstract Thinking MATH 280 3 credits Linear Algebra MATH 380 3 credits Senior Seminar MATH 491A B 4 credits Note Students who plan to enter a graduate program in mathematics should take more than the minimum number of mathematics courses these students should work closely with a faculty advisor from the Department of Mathematics to choose appropriate additional mathematics courses In addition to the core courses this option requires six additional mathematics courses five of which must be at the 300 level or higher These seven courses must include at least one course from each of groups A B and C below And at least two of the six courses must also come from the Abstract Courses listed below A B and C Group A Analysis and Geometry Courses at least one Advanced Geometry MATH 320 3 credits Complex Variables MATH 344 3 credits Point Set Topology MATH 360 3 credits Introduction to Analysis I MATH 440A 3 credits Introduction to Analysis II MATH 440B 3 credits Group B Algebra and Discrete Mathematics Courses at least one Discrete Mathematics MATH 220 3 credits Number Theory MATH 305 3 credits Modern Algebra I MATH 480A 3 credits Modern Algebra II MATH 480B 3 credits Group C Applied Mathematics Courses at least one Probability and Statistics MATH 315 3 credits Differential Equations I MATH 345A 3 credits Differential Equations

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Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Mathematics Slider Scientific Development Whittier College awards grants to promote science and math education Read more Mathematical Modeling of a Zombie Outbreak Q A with Mellon Mays Undergrad Fellow Dara Belarmino Read more Alumni Spotlight Sierpiński Riesel and Fibonacci numbers meet math alumna Angelica Gonzalez 12 Read more Prev Next In This Section Mathematics Mobile About Majors Minors Mathematics Major Minor Mathematics with Teaching Credential Major 3 2 Engineering Math Major Mathematics Business Major Scientific Computing Minor Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty AP Credit Math Placement Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Math Mathematics with Teaching Credential Emphasis Mathematics with Teaching Credential Emphasis On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments A major in mathematics with teaching credential emphasis is for students who plan to teach high school mathematics Teaching credential students should contact the Department of Education and Child Development for more information on obtaining an appropriate California teaching credential Students majoring in mathematics with teaching emphasis are required to complete the following core courses Calculus and Analytic Geometry I MATH 141A or Integrated Precalculus Calculus 139A B 4 or 7 credits Calculus and Analytic Geometry II MATH 141B 4 credits Calculus and Analytic Geometry III MATH 241 4 credits Elementary Linear Algebra Differential Equations MATH 242 3 credits Abstract Thinking MATH 280 3 credits Linear Algebra MATH 380 3 credits Senior Seminar MATH 491A B 4 credits In addition to the core courses this option requires the following eight courses Programming

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Health Exercise Sustainability Student Support First Year at Whittier News Events Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Mathematics Slider Scientific Development Whittier College awards grants to promote science and math education Read more Mathematical Modeling of a Zombie Outbreak Q A with Mellon Mays Undergrad Fellow Dara Belarmino Read more Alumni Spotlight Sierpiński Riesel and Fibonacci numbers meet math alumna Angelica Gonzalez 12 Read more Prev Next In This Section Mathematics Mobile About Majors Minors Mathematics Major Minor Mathematics with Teaching Credential Major 3 2 Engineering Math Major Mathematics Business Major Scientific Computing Minor Preview of Courses Honor Society Clubs Organizations Facilities Resources Links Faculty AP Credit Math Placement Research Fieldwork Internships Fellowships Study Abroad After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Math 3 2 Engineering Math Major 3 2 Engineering Math Major On 26 Apr 2013 By Anonymous not verified 0 Comments This five year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Whittier College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from a university In addition to the core courses for the 3 2 Engineering Program the 3 2 Mathematics Engineering students must complete the following 15 credits in mathematics Abstract Thinking MATH 280 3 credits Linear Algebra MATH 380 or Differential Equations I MATH 345A 3 credits Introduction to Analysis MATH 440A or Modern Algebra MATH 480A 3 credits Two additional courses in Mathematics or Computer Science 6 credits More information on

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