Department Description: Mathematics is an essential tool for understanding other disciplines and the world around us. Courses in mathematics will help students develop logical reasoning and problem solving skills, forming a basis for success in their careers and future study. The mathematics department offers pre-college mathematics courses to prepare students for college level courses as well as the necessary courses to complete the mathematics requirement for a four year degree.
Department Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate sequential reasoning.
- Communicate mathematically.
- Exhibit proficiency in using technology.
Special Program Requirements: Students should consult with a counselor to determine their specific degree or program requirements in mathematics.
Transfer Opportunities: The suggested curriculum for students interested in obtaining a four-year degree in mathematics or mathematics education is the following: MATH 1477 Calculus I, MATH 2459 Differential Equations, MATH 1478 Calculus II, MATH 2457 Linear Algebra, MATH 2458 Multivariable Calculus
Career Opportunities: Most careers require a strong background in mathematics. Courses in mathematics greatly benefit anyone pursuing a career in mathematics or science education, accounting, engineering, pharmacy, actuarial science, computer science, finance, management, and sales and marketing.
My name is Dan Bjerga and I have been teaching mathematics at Central Lakes College since 1997. Prior to coming to CLC, I taught mathematics and coached at the high school level for five years. I earned my B.A.S in Teaching Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and my M.S. in Mathematics from Saint Cloud State University. I really enjoy being in the classroom and interacting with my students. I find it very rewarding to see students succeed at learning algebra through a lot of hard work, determination, and effort! Outside of teaching, I also enjoy raising beef cattle, working outside, long motorcycle trips, and teaching my two sons how to be tough, respectful, and disciplined!
Math Instructor Online
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and my Master of Science in Education, with a specialty area in mathematics, from Bemidji State University. I teach courses ranging from Pre-College Math to Mathematics for Elementary Teachers to College Algebra. I focus on online courses in mathematics. I believe that education should be accessible to all students, regardless of their distance or situation. I have been at Central Lakes College for over twenty years. My activities range from bicycling, reading science-fiction novels, traveling, and enjoying family and friends.
I earned my B.A. in mathematics at the College of St. Benedict and my M.S. in math at the University of Iowa. I began teaching at Central Lakes College in the fall of 1998 and I have taught most of the courses offered in the CLC math curriculum. I am currently the President of the Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, gardening, bicycling, and canoeing.
I have a B.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I began teaching at Central Lakes College in 2012. I enjoy teaching both developmental and college level math and statistics courses. I am one of the Assistant Basketball Coaches for Raiders Basketball Team. I like to travel, watch movies, listening to music, playing basketball and biking.
I attended the University of North Dakota and earned a BA in Mathematics, BA in Computer Science, and BSEd in Mathematics. My graduate work was done at Bemidji State University, graduating with an MS in Mathematics Education. I began teaching at Central Lakes College in 1995 and have taught many of the math courses offered, but concentrate mainly on Statistics and Applied Math. Some of my outside interests include reading, gardening, lifting weights, and working as a paramedic for a local hospital.
Earth Science/Math Instructor
I have a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Michigan. In addition, I have taken graduate classes from St. Cloud State and Bemidji State. I have been teaching math and earth science at Central Lakes College since 1986. I love to travel, hike, snowshoe, and read science fiction every chance I get!
Math Instructor Online
I attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where I completed a B.S. in Mathematics. I later went on to earn a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of St. Scholastica and an M.S. in Mathematics from Bemidji State University. I am also licensed to teach mathematics in Minnesota in grades 5 – 12, and I have taught almost everything from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus in my six years as a high school math teacher. I began teaching at CLC in the fall of 2010, and I have taught several different courses on campus, online, and at neighboring institutions. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, watching movies, traveling, and spending time on the lake.