Welcome to the Grace College Mathematics Program. We are dedicated to developing concepts and applications, and sharpening skills in mathematics. Math is the language of Creation and we welcome you to join us in its exploration.
This major fits students who like math and are good problem solvers. Students are prepared for careers in business, computer technology, science, and related areas. A strong foundation is also provided for graduate studies. Surveys show continuing opportunities for math majors during coming years and decades.
Examples of courses in this major:
During this course students will be exposed to a wide range of IT topics and terminology. Coverage will be divided between personal computer hardware components and troubleshooting, and introductory programming concepts.
This class is an introductory course in matrices and vector spaces. We will study the arithmetic of matrices and how to utilize matrices to solve systems of linear equations. Our study of matrices will give us a natural entry point into the theory of vector spaces. We will study the vector space axioms and their consequences, and finish the class by investigating the major theorems involving linear transformations and bases of vector spaces.
This is an introductory course in probability and statistics. Topics covered include probability theorems and models, statistical techniques, and practices for applying statistical techniques in the world around us.
This course is a thorough investigation of the axioms and theorems of Euclidean geometry. Throughout this course we will also cover several topics in non-Euclidean geometry, symbolic logic, and axiomatic systems in general. This course is designed to thoroughly equip a future high school teacher with the content knowledge needed to successfully teach geometry.
Standard algebra is a study of the arithmetic structure of numbers, and of functions of numbers. There are other objects that we study in mathematics besides numbers, and consequently other arithmetic structures; for example, matrices, functions, and permutations. Modern Algebra is the study of general arithmetic structures, and of functions of these general structures. In this course we study the axioms of group theory and develop the body of theorems associated with these axioms. If time permits, we will also investigate the axioms and theorems of ring theory and field theory.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
A.S. in Engineering, Grand Rapids Junior College; B.S. in Applied Science, Michigan Technological University; M.S. in Solid State Physics, Michigan Technological University; M.Div., Grace Theological University; Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics, Iowa State University
Dr. Don DeYoung joined the Grace College faculty in 1972. He is known internationally for his work in creation science studies. The author of 17 books on Bible-science topics, Dr. DeYoung speaks frequently on Bible-science topics. He is currently president of the Creation Research Society, which has 1,700 members worldwide. This group funds research, publishes a technical quarterly journal, and operates a laboratory in Arizona. He and his wife Sally have three married daughters.
B.A. in Mathematics, Houghton College; M.S. in Mathematics, South Dakota State University; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Kristin Farwell joined the Grace College family in 2011. His passion is working with undergraduates on research topics and getting them prepared to give presentations at conferences. He has worked with many students on independent studies. Kris and his wife Megan have one daughter, Eden, and attend Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.
B.A. in Mathematics, Hope College; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Iowa State University
Dr. Ryan Johnson joined the Grace College family in 2014 as assistant professor of mathematics. He teaches a variety of courses including probability and statistics, abstract algebra, discrete math, and calculus. In his spare time he enjoys a variety of sports, especially running, volleyball, and basketball. Ryan and his wife, Heidi, recently moved to Winona Lake from Des Moines, Iowa and are expecting their first child in January 2015. They attend Christ Covenant Church in Winona Lake.
B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration, Grace College; M.B.A., Stetson University
Prior to coming to Grace in 1998, Professor Rick Koontz spent nine years as Manager of Information Systems for Scholastic Book Fairs in Lake Mary, Florida. In addition to his teaching, he is academic director of the Management of Information Systems program and works in the institution's Office of Information Technology. He is currently completing a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management of Information Systems at North Central University.
Some of the positions you can obtain: