The sequence of courses within the math department curriculum will allow students to accomplish a number of goals. First, students will learn to view math as a blend of patterns instead of a set of isolated topics. They will make connections and construct models and theories that order their understanding of their environment and in this way learn to relate mathematical ideas to everyday experiences and real-world situations. Students will also discover how to adjust procedures to solve new problems and create “real” connections, studying those connections from concrete to abstraction. We encourage our math faculty to spend significant time on each topic, enabling invention and practice. Our math students develop communication, reasoning, and problem solving skills.