Mathematics & Computer Science

Preparing students for careers that blend intuition, formalism, and logic.

Mathematics

West Virginia Wesleyan mathematics graduates will be able to:

+Communicate mathematics clearly both in written and oral forms.

+Correctly solve a wide variety of problems using both basic mathematics skills and advanced mathematical techniques.

+Demonstrate an effective use of technology, especially computer algebra systems, as an aid to solving problems.

+Reason and think in abstract terms, construct correct and coherent proofs, and recognize valid mathematical arguments.

Computer Science

Wesleyan computer science graduates will be able to:

+ Discuss The Significant Events In The History Of The Development Of Computers

+ Set Up And Install Hardware And Peripherals

+ Demonstrate How To Use Current Operating Systems/Shells/Guis And Utilities

+ Discuss Ethical And Legal Responsibilities Of Computer Professionals And The Privacy Issue

+ Demonstrate Programming Proficiency In A High-level Language

+ Demonstrate Knowledge Of A Low-level Language That Reflects The Architecture Of A Microprocessor

+ Set Up The Hardware, Install Software, And Maintain A Local Area Computer Network And Access Wide-area Networks

+ Help Non-technical Users Operate Computers And Run Software

 

  • Faculty

    Pamela Wovchko, Department Chair, Professor 
    B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
    M.S., West Virginia University
    Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
    Instruction: Mathematics
    Email: wovchko_p@wvwc.edu
    Phone: 304-473-8310

    John Epler, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Instruction: Mathematics
    Email: epler@wvwc.edu

    Gretchen H. Lynn, Professor Emerita
    B.S., Concord College
    M.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
    Instruction: Computer Science
    Email: lynn@wvwc.edu

    Jesse Oldroyd, Associate Professor
    B.S., University of Alaska, Anchorage
    M.S., Ph.D., University of Idaho
    Instruction: Mathematics
    Email: oldroyd.j@wvwc.edu
    Phone: 304-473-8339
    Research: Applied harmonic analysis with focus on frame theory, Approximation theory, and Random matrices.

    Don Tobin, Assistant Professor 
    B.S., University of Texas at Arlington
    M.S., Boston University
    Instruction: Computer Science
    Email: tobin.d@wvwc.edu

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  • Majors
    • Mathematics – B.S.

      Students will:

      • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication of mathematics.
      • Students will analyze a given problem or situation using appropriate problem solving techniques.
      • Students will demonstrate the ability to select and research a topic or problem and prepare a series of detailed written reports on that topic.
      • Students will demonstrate an effective use of technology, especially computer algebra systems, as an aid to solving problems.
    • Mathematics Education (5-Adult) – B.A.
    • Computer Science – B.S.

      Students will:

      • Students will be able to apply critical thinking to analyze a problem and develop a suitable solution utilizing the computer as a tool.
      • Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of computers systems including both hardware and software.
      • Students will work on a non-trivial project to utilize their computing skills.
      • Students will demonstrate proficiency in high-level programming skills.
      • Students will make effective presentations in face-to-face, written and electronic communications.
    • Computer Information Science – B.S.

      Students will:

      • Students will be able to apply critical thinking to analyze a problem and develop a suitable solution utilizing the computer as a tool.
      • Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of computers systems including both hardware and software.
      • Students will work on a non-trivial project to utilize their computing skills.
      • Students will demonstrate proficiency in high-level programming skills.
      • Students will make effective presentations in face-to-face, written and electronic communications.
  • Minors
    • Mathematics

      Students will: 

      • Students will demonstrate effective oral communication of mathematics.
      • Students will analyze a given problem or situation using appropriate problem solving techniques.
      • Students will demonstrate the ability to select and research a topic or problem and prepare a series of detailed written reports on that topic.
      • Students will demonstrate an effective use of technology, especially computer algebra systems, as an aid to solving problems.
    • Computer Science

      Students will: 

      • Students will be able to apply critical thinking to analyze a problem and develop a suitable solution utilizing the computer as a tool.
      • Students will demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of computers systems including both hardware and software.
      • Students will work on a non-trivial project to utilize their computing skills.
      • Students will demonstrate proficiency in high-level programming skills.
      • Students will make effective presentations in face-to-face, written and electronic communications.
    • SURE Grant

      SURE & Maier Summer Research Program- Application due March 4 Apply Now

      Do you want to be involved in a long-term research project that has the potential to transform the way you think about science and your future career as a researcher?

      West Virginia Wesleyan College is excited to host the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)  and Maier research programs during summer 2022 to offer extended research experiences in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and math). The SURE program will run for 8 weeks between May-July and is available to students from WVWC and other institutions around the state. Students will earn a stipend of $3,500 with free on-campus housing. Students will also be required to present their research at a state or regional scientific meeting (travel funds available).

      Interested?  Click Here!

      1. Consult the list of faculty involved below.
      2. Have a discussion with the faculty member of interest to see what projects they will be working on.
      3. Submit The Application which will include a personal statement and unofficial transcripts.
      4. Application deadline is March 4. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March.

      Participating Faculty

      Dr. Kim Bjorgo-Thorne

      Dr. Melanie Sal

      Dr. Joseph Niederhauser

      Dr. Matthew Reid

      Dr. Bruce Anthony

      Dr. Caleb Gibson

      Dr. Joseph Wiest