Advice for Prospective Students
- What are the different programs of study in mathematics that are available at Ave Maria University?
Every student at the University must take at least one math course to satisfy the University core requirement. In addition, we provide major and minor programs of study, both of which can be tailored to the individual student's needs and interests. You can consult the Program Requirements page for further details.
- What if I am interested in engineering or computer science? Can I study that at Ave Maria University?
Although we do not have an engineering or computer science program per se, perhaps a degree in mathematics or physics will get you part way there. For more information, check out the "Whither Engineering" page.
- How can I satisfy the University core requirement in mathematics?
The University core requirement is satisfied by taking one of the following courses:
MATH 150, or
MATH 151. Keep in mind, however, that some majors (like Biology, Business, and Economics) will require specific courses in mathematics. You should ask your academic adviser for more information.
- How can I decide which math class to take to satisfy the University core requirement?
If you take our Mathematics Placement Exam, we can recommend the best math course for you. The placement exam is offered during freshman orientation. You can also make individual arrangements to take it by contacting the Department of Mathematics and Physics. We encourage you to look through the practice questions to get a better idea of what to expect from the placement exam.
- How can I determine if I am prepared for University-level math classes?
You should be comfortable with the basic concepts of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Courses in precalculus and calculus, although optional, will definitely be useful. You can also take a look at the practice questions for the placement exam to get an idea of the sorts of questions that we might expect you to be able to answer when you arrive on campus.
- What kind of calculator will I need in my math class?
It mostly depends on your professor. Although some professors will not let you use a calculator for exams, most will let you use one for homework. In any case, you should make sure that you own a stand-alone calculator that is separate from your ipod or cell phone. What ever brand of calculator you do choose to purchase, be sure that you become familiar with it, since your professor will probably not be.
- What is the best home school program to prepare students for University-level math classes?
Although there are several good choices for home school programs in math, you should make sure that you choose one which exposes you to algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. Some reasonable options include:
Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list, nor can we officially endorse any of the programs above. Whatever choice you do make, be sure to dedicate plenty of time for homework, read your textbook carefully, and practice taking timed exams.
- What should I do if I have other questions about studying math at Ave Maria University?
You can send us an email, or look at our contact page for other ways of getting in touch with us.