Math

Mathematics Major

The Mathematics major provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter a career in teaching, insurance, finance and industry, or to continue into graduate school. With instruction in discrete math, calculus, algebra, geometry, math modeling, computer programming, and physics, students gain a wide range of mathematical understanding. A math history focus also allows students to expand their knowledge of leading mathematicians and their revolutionary discoveries.

Mathematics for Teachers Major

The Mathematics for Teachers (Mathematics Single Subject) degree equips students with the mathematical knowledge required to teach grades 7 through 12. Students learn to communicate and teach mathematics in formal and informal settings. Through this course of study, students develop the tools and skills necessary for careers in industry, education, ministry, and even graduate studies.

Michael Kelly, Ph.D.

A headshot of mathematics professor Dr. Michael Kelly

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Math Department Chair

mkelly@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4752

Profile:

​Dr. Kelly has been teaching mathematics at Simpson University since 2013. He is the faculty advisor for the Simpson University Math club and runs the KME honors society. His research is in stochastic processes that model evolutionary dynamics. Before coming to Simpson he was a postdoc for one year at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kelly writes computer programs as a hobby.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of California - San Diego
  • M.S. University of California - San Diego
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University

Courses Taught:

  • Discrete Math
  • Math History
  • Math Modeling
  • Computer Programming
  • Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • Real Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Putnam Problem Seminar
  • Modern Algebra
  • Senior Project Reading
  • Senior Project Writing

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Wenjing Li, Ph.D.

Dr. Wenjing Li

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

wli@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4713

Profile:

Dr. Wenjing Li is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Department at the Simpson University. Wenjing Li received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia, under the direction of William Graham. Dr. Li's research interest is in Lie theory.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • M.A., University of Georgia
  • M.S. University of South Alabama

Courses Taught:

  • Modern Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

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  • Construct and develop rigorous mathematical reasoning, including the use of standard mathematical concepts;
  • Effectively communicate rigorous mathematical reasoning, including the use of appropriate visual aids; and
  • Expand his or her own mathematical understanding through a process of self-directed learning.