Students majoring in mathematics are prepared for careers requiring a solid foundation in problem solving and technical know-how. Bethany’s mathematics graduates also have a high placement rate in graduate schools.
A cooperative program with Wichita State University (WSU) allows a student to complete a Bachelor of Arts program with a mathematics major at Bethany College and a Master of Science in aerospace engineering at WSU by attending Bethany three years and completing an additional two years at WSU.
This 3+2 engineering program requires a minimum of 97 semester hours of college credit granted by Bethany College. Of the 97 semester hours 32 must be taken in residence at Bethany College immediately prior to entering the engineering program. Bethany will award upper-level credit for the successful completion of WSU engineering courses at or above the junior level. All other Bethany degree requirements must be met, including General Education requirements.
The 3+2 engineering program enables a student to concentrate on liberal arts and sciences preparation during the first three years, with engineering coursework coming at the end of the student’s program.
Since completing her doctorate from the Ohio State University in 2010, Na Peng moved to Lindsborg, Kan. and has been working as the assistant professor of mathematics ever since. Over the past several years, Peng has taught a variety of math courses as well as working as the advisor for students majoring in math and math education. Special interests include fractals, measure theory and math education.
Other Math & Physics Faculty
Anders Gårdestig joined Bethany in 2013 as an assistant professor of physics.
A native of Sweden, he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden in 1996. In 2000 he finished his doctorate in theoretical nuclear physics from the same university. He then went on to do research at UCLA, Indiana University, Ohio University, and the University of South Carolina.
Since 2008, he has been pursuing a more balanced mix of teaching and research, with full-time teaching positions at Whitworth University and ITT Technical Institute, and as an adjunct at USC and Whitworth. At Whitworth he developed an online course in Physics of Current Events, with a strong science-faith component, which he has since taught numerous times. On the side, he has also been involved in physics textbook developments as a member of a focus group and several proof readings and reviews.
Gårdestig’s research highlights include a model that explains the ABC effect in , calculating the reaction, a crucial physical background for the charge-symmetry-breaking reaction (successfully measured in 2005), and a high-precision effective-field-theory calculation of , currently our best source of information regarding the neutron-neutron scattering length. He has numerous articles published in peer-review journals and has presented several times at European, American, and international conferences.
He lives with his wife and two sons in Lindsborg, where they are enjoying the small-town atmosphere and connecting with his Swedish roots. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, history, biking, hiking, and reading.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Yao was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Virginia and an online mentor with the Thomas Edison State College. She obtained a bachelor’s of science degree in applied physics from Fuzhon University in China; a master’s of engineering degree in electrical and computer engineering and a master’s of science degree in physics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She earned her PhD in astro physics from the University of Toronto.