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 mechanical, electrical, aerospace or industrial 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.
Adebanjo Oriade is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Bethany College since 2007. At Bethany College, he has introduced computational physics components into the upper level physics courses and in laboratory work. In his classes, after exposing students to key concepts, he emphasizes problem solving and problem based learning.
At the University of Delaware, he worked extensively with undergraduate students learning physics, and there he won the 2003 university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2005 he was nominated for the same award. He completed course work for the Higher Education Teaching Certification program at the University of Delaware. Prior to graduate work in the United States, Oriade was an Assistant Lecturer of Physics at the University of Ibadan.
Banjo, as he prefers to be called, is interested in computational and theoretical condensed matter physics. Much of his research work is done in the summer and he was a Watkins summer 2008 fellow at Wichita State University – he worked on aspects of topological defects arising during the reversal of magnetization in thin films. He is a member of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
He enjoys working with students in the Multicultural Student Union, playing ping-pong at the Pihlblad Memorial Union, amateur juggling and chess.