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 prepares students for careers in teaching high school mathematics. The program begins with three sessions of calculus, after which students take mathematics electives depending on their interests.
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.
An introduction to the profession of teaching. Learning experiences are structured both in and out of the classroom with the purpose of assisting the college student in making career decisions relative to this profession, e.g., to teach or not, at which level, and in which subject area. Students observe in local schools.
This course is designed to help prepare the future high school teacher for his or her career in the classroom. We investigate the standard high school math curriculum and study methods of teaching mathematical concepts to students at various levels within the curriculum.
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.S. in Elementary Education, Eastern Illinois University; M.A. in Education, Ball State University; Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education, Walden University
Dr. Owen joined the Grace faculty in 2001 after 17 years teaching elementary education in the public school system. In 2010 she was appointed Dean of the School of Education, but continues to teach all levels of education students. She was recognized for her hands-on, practical, applied, and innovative teaching with Grace College's Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award in 2004. Dr. Owen is actively involved in local scholarship committees. Her family attends Warsaw Community Church, where she is a storyteller for the 4-year old room, serves on the Thread Team, and volunteers as a barista in the coffee shop. Dr. Owen lives in Winona Lake with her husband, Randy. They have four children -- two who have already graduated from Grace.
B.S. in Mathematics, Hope College; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Iowa State University
Dr. Ryan Johnson joined the Grace faculty 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.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
I love the Christian community I have found at Grace. I'm so blessed by the many great friends I've made who I can share life with and who challenge me to grow spiritually. I've also found community in the classroom - my professors care not only about providing me with an excellent education, but also seeing me mature in my walk with Christ.
—Elizabeth Heuss, B.A., Math Education and Spanish Education (double major), graduated 2012
I attended Grace College from 1969-1973 and graduated with a degree in math education. I am grateful for the liberal arts courses, but, in particular, the education portion that I have used to teach in commercial settings and within my local church. For the last thirty-two years, I have written CAD/CAM software (Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing) in my commercial endeavors including eighteen years in manufacturing for packaging, eight years for design and manufacture of flexible automotive circuitry, and six years for miscellaneous plastic products and associated tooling. I have used the math I learned from Professor Vilas Dean and from Professor Richard Dilling, who continues to teach at Grace, including Calculus, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Vector Analysis, Complex Analysis, Differential Equations, and Physics. In addition to my math courses, I would also like to mention my Introduction to Bible and Greek professor, Dr. James Boyer, who was both scholarly and had a wonderful manner. Thank you Grace College, and in particular, thank you to my many dedicated professors.
—Bruce Sellers, B.A., Math Education, 1973