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Hema Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

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The Mathematics Department currently has 10 full-time faculty members and approximately 50 mathematics majors. Parallel to the mission of the university in its vision and purpose, our faculty is committed to teaching excellence and providing an appropriate mathematical background to all University students. Our primary objective is to foster quantitative literacy by focusing on the ability to think critically and solve problems through oral and written communication.

Our mathematics major program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of mathematics such as calculus, linear algebra, probability and statistics, real analysis, and modern algebra, as well as provide students with a variety of interesting mathematical electives to enhance the major.  Our major culminates with the opportunity for every student to do independent research with a faculty member.  Math majors will graduate with the knowledge necessary to achieve success in graduate studies, a teaching career, or a variety of statistical and/or business careers.

In addition to educating the math majors, the Mathematics Program is designed to:

  • Provide science and professional majors with courses which give them the mathematical and statistical background for their fields and which highlight the wide applicability of mathematics.
  • Provide business majors with courses which give them a foundation in finite mathematics and calculus and which illustrate the relevance of mathematics to increasing complexities of the business world.
  • Provide liberal arts majors with the courses which give them an introduction to mathematical ideas and which promote an appreciation and understanding of the important role of mathematics within the broader curriculum.

The strengths of the department include small class sizes in developmental and major courses, emphasis on student/faculty interaction, and classroom instruction utilizing relevant software and technology.

Sacred Heart University is an institutional member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.

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Latest News

Nine Faculty Members Earn Tenure

July 13, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University reaffirmed its commitment to academic excellence when the Board of Trustees awarded tenure to nine faculty members recently. The newly tenured faculty members, who all received promotions from assistant professor to associate professor, are Anita August, Pamela Buck, Grace Guo, Andrew Lazowski, Kerry Milner, Amanda Moras, Julianna Stockton, Barbara Tarasovich and David Taylor.

Annual Mathematics Lecture: Blown Away: What Knot To Do When Sailing

March 15, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University's Department of Mathematics will host their annual lecture on Wednesday, March 16, 6:45 PM in University Commons. The guest speaker will be Dr. Colin Adams who will present his talk, "Blown Away: What Knot To Do When Sailing"

SHU Receives $1.2 Million Grant for Biology and Math Educator Scholarships

March 10, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has received a 1.2-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (award number 1557233) for math and biology majors who are considering teaching careers. The Robert Noyce program supports the efforts of colleges and universities to graduate highly qualified science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers for high-need school districts. Sacred Heart’s Biology and Mathematics Educator Scholarship Program will provide tuition assistance to 18 Robert Noyce scholars in those two subjects, as well as necessary program and scholar support.