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Mission

The Mathematics and Physics Department supports the mission of Iona College and its School of Arts & Science through its commitment to academic excellence, dedicated teaching and scholarship in the tradition of American Catholic Higher Education and the Christian Brothers. The department values the beauty, logic, and rigor seen in the theoretical nature of the discipline as well as the practicality and power exhibited in its applications. It is a department of teacher-scholars that draws upon the rich multicultural heritage of the discipline and the innovative approaches made possible by modern technology. Thus, the faculty of the department is able to provide students with a liberal arts-based education that is both traditional and contemporary, in order that they may become critical thinkers cognizant of the virtues of truthfulness, creativity, intellectual inquiry, and lifelong learning.
The Mathematics and Physics Department values knowledge, understanding, innovative thought, and the pursuit of wisdom. To these ends, the faculty of the department strives to provide the services necessary to enable students to become:

  • aware of the mathematics that exists in the world that surrounds them;
  • skilled at expressing ideas using mathematical language, algorithms, and technological tools;
  • skilled at understanding and writing proofs;
  • able to adapt mathematical modes of reasoning to evaluate complex situations and structure a solution or model based on their analysis;
  • ethical and skilled decision-makers and problem-solvers who use their scientific skills for leadership, service, and civic responsibility;
  • independent thinkers, informed and enriched by education in the liberal arts and science;
  • lifelong learners skilled in and adaptable to new information and technologies; and
  • individuals who integrate their scientific skills within the spiritual, intellectual, civic, emotional and physical dimensions of their live.

The department supports the mission of Iona College by developing and teaching courses, by conducting research, and by participating in activities of the Iona and larger communities. The department teaches courses for students majoring in mathematics, physics and the other natural sciences, for students pursuing degrees in the arts and business areas, and for students in other programs such as education students in programs leading to certification in teaching. Each full time faculty member is involved in a related research project. The department serves the Iona and larger communities by participation in college activities and college committees and by representing Iona in the larger community.