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Web site copy for Department of Mathematical Sciences web site within the Ball State University web site.


Excerpt: Mathematics has been called the study of patterns, the process of problem solving, and the language of science. The skills used in mathematics are relevant for many types of careers and life pursuits. People with qualitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical skills are in demand today more than ever, and the study of mathematics can help you develop these talents.

 

Whether you’re pursuing a major or minor or a master's degree in actuarial science, mathematics, mathematics education, or statistics, or pursuing a teacher's license or certificate program, the faculty and staff of Ball State's Department of Mathematical Sciences stand ready to assist you in your endeavors.

 

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Ball State University

Excerpt: Senior year was crunch time for Shawnda Brodnex.

 

As a Ball State entrepreneurship major, Brodnex had to take everything she had learned and put together a business plan that would work in the real world—and be approved by a panel of four area business professionals—or she wouldn't graduate. Brodnex was taking the senior capstone New Venture Creation course, also known as the "senior sweat" or "spine sweat" course.

 

Working with the faculty of our nationally acclaimed entrepreneurship program and a mentor, who reviewed Brodnex's financial figures from time to time, she developed her plan for a store specializing in plus-size secondhand clothing.

 

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Excerpt: Larry Cox, director of Ball State’s Entrepreneurship Center, defines an entrepreneur as someone with the energy, grit, and determination to make a business succeed.

 

Students need all those characteristics—and more—to graduate from this nationally ranked program.

 

"At Ball State, we apply the term 'entrepreneur' to individuals who tackle tough problems, work from the bottom up, and craft businesses that creatively solve the challenges of life," he says. "We embrace the notion that collegiate education is really a journey in which students and teachers accompany each other in the laboratory of life, learning from one another in the real-world context."

 

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Excerpt: When Paul Marquissee compares notes with his buddies pursuing music technology degrees at other schools, they marvel at the resources he can access at Ball State’s School of Music: Tassman synthesizing software programs, Mackie mixing boards, Digidesign equipment, and more.

 

"Our equipment is as good as and sometimes better than what you'd find in a professional studio," says Marquissee, who plans to graduate in fall 2010.

 

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Excerpt: When Ji-Young Jeoung first heard Ball State music professor Robert Palmer play piano, it was at a recital in South Korea. Palmer was a friend of Jeoung’s piano teacher, who was encouraging her to come to America to study at Ball State.

 

Jeoung was so impressed with Palmer’s performance, she did just that. As a doctoral student studying piano and organ performance, she’s been able to take full advantage of working with such distinguished professors as Palmer and Kirby Koriath, practicing and performing in Ball State’s state-of-the-art facilities, and learning to play a world-class pipe organ right on campus.

 

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