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Mathematics – Decision Science

Interdisciplinary Program

The mathematics-decision science major is concerned with using mathematics to make appropriate decisions when confronted with complex problems. It can deal with optimizing the design or operation of systems involving machinery, materials, money and even people.

This interdisciplinary program uses courses from the Falls School of Business to enhance the Mathematics major without requiring a double major. The result is a program more focused than a traditional Mathematics major, yet still versatile for a broad range of career paths.

Program Overview

Mathematics – Decision Science



This program is interdisciplinary.

This major is taught by our talented faculty across campus, including professors from the Falls School of Business and the Department of Mathematics.

This major can be completed in a 3-year or 4-year track to graduation.



Among the classes in the 53-hour major are:

  • differential equations
  • linear algebra
  • marketing research
  • numerical analysis
  • principles of management
  • problem seminar
  • supply chain management

View the courses required for the Mathematics – Decision Science Major.


Mathematics Facilities

Located on the third floor of Decker Hall, the AU Department of Mathematics is an open and inviting space.  Four faculty offices open into a common area with whiteboard walls. All who pass through can see mathematics being done.

Decker 338 is a classroom that has been specially designed for mathematics courses. Distinctive features include floor to ceiling whiteboard walls and easily movable furniture. Tables in the room provide ample space for notebooks, textbooks, and a laptop. The versatile nature of the furniture allows the room to be transformed to accommodate lectures with 35 students, students working in groups, and smaller seminar based courses.

Decker 330 serves as the department’s mathematics lab. This room is used for tutoring, seminar space, and a place where students can work on projects together.


Mathematics Student Research

The Anderson University Department of Mathematics offers a unique, hands-on research experience.   Undergraduate students work alongside faculty to conduct original research in mathematics.  This exciting research into new mathematics is presented in a variety of venues.  These have included poster sessions and invited talks at other universities.  Opportunities such as these advance our knowledge about God’s creation and develop skills that are essential for students furthering their studies at the graduate level.

Here are samples of the projects that are currently underway:

Adventures in the Quantum Polynomial Ring:  Linear Algebra Computations in C Abstract:

  • The p-polynomials appear as the elements of transition matrices used to convert a special class of bases to the standard basis within the quantum polynomial ring. We examined computational methods for generating p-polynomials. An algorithm for finding a p-polynomial has been known; however, the implementation of this algorithm was not sufficiently fast. Through algorithmic analysis, a change in the implementation language, and the adoption of matrix-based algorithms, significant improvements in speed were realized. Optimization of this process has led to a speedup of over 140,000 times.
  • Linear Algebra Computations in C Research Project [PDF]

Adventures in the Quantum Polynomial Ring: Patterns in the p-Polynomials Abstract:

  • The p-polynomials appear as the elements of transition matrices used to convert a special class of bases to the standard basis within the quantum polynomial ring. The purpose of this study is to analyze these polynomials for patterns and eventually catalog these newly generated p-polynomials for future analysis. The initial strategy for finding these patterns will take advantage of generalized rules from the modified R-polynomials and Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials. Additional strategies arise by observing new patterns from the list of computer-generated polynomials. We also examine a special class of p-polynomials that are generated by the longest word in the symmetric group and describe patterns in the coefficients of these polynomials.
  • Patterns in the p-Polynomials [PDF]

On the Creation of Rank Two Centrosymmetric Matrices

  • For any square matrix B, we can create a centrosymmetric matrix A = B+JBJ where J is the skew identity matrix. If the matrix B is created as the outer product of two vectors v and h, the resulting centrosymmetric matrix has a maximal rank of 2. However, not all such rank two matrices can be written in this form. In this work, we fully examine when a 3 x 3 centrosymmetric matrix can be created from two vectors and generalize our results to larger matrices.
  • Creation of Rank Two Centrosymmetric Matrices [PDF]

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Dr. David Brewer

MBA Director

Dr. David Brewer

Dr. Brewer has managed HR, training and development, computer programming, and other functions in multiple corporate industries. He has also directed two nonprofits, including an international business incubator. He has taught for five universities across the country. His main interests are leadership, systems, and development.


Dr. Michael E. Collette

FSB Dean

Dr. Michael E. Collette

Dr. Collette has served at Anderson University since 1977 and blends a background rich in professional and community service. He holds a Doctor of Education degree with emphasis in organizational development at Indiana University and a BA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Collette is the former CEO of a small, regional marketing research firm. He is very active in consulting in the Midwest. Having worked with more than 40 organizations, he currently serves on the board of directors for two start-up businesses and serves on several local non-profit boards.

Contact Michael:
Professor of Management
B.B.A., M.S., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater;
Ed.D, Indiana University

Colleen Drake

Colleen Drake

MBA and 10-Month MBA Recruiter

Colleen Drake
Colleen Drake

I first graduated from Anderson University in 2011 with a degree in Mass Communications. After six years working in venue management and public relations with organizations like Tuxedo Brothers Event Management, Live Nation, White River State Park, and The State of Indiana, I joined the Anderson University family.

I started pursuing an MBA in AU’s Falls School of Business in January of 2016, knowing it could have lasting benefits for my career. The caliber of education I have received with my MBA has not only provided me with a solid understanding of business practice and leadership, it has offered me opportunities to learn from colleagues, create lasting friendships, and enhance my skills working in teams and small groups. I have made wonderful connections through the AU MBA program, and I have that hope for you as you learn more about Anderson University and the Falls School of Business. I look forward to learning more about you, why you are considering the AU MBA program, and watching as God molds you into the leader, manager, employee, and/or colleague that he has called you to become.

Fun Facts: My husband and I live on the east side of Indianapolis and both met at AU in 2010. We have a dog named Chewebacca, enjoy traveling, hiking and camping together when we have time away. I’m a movie buff, enjoy writing and exploring cities.

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Dr. Emmett Dulaney

Professor of Marketing; Director of Doctoral Studies

Dr. Emmett Dulaney

Dr. Dulaney holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Ball State University, an MBA from Anderson University, and completed his DBA in 2009. Dulaney has a background in technology and publishing and has started businesses in both fields. His research interests are consumer behavior, e-business, and e-commerce. Dulaney has written several books on computer operating systems and certifications and is a columnist for two online publications as well as the editor of the Christian Business Academy Review.

Emmett Dulaney has served at Anderson University since 2006.

Contact Emmett:
Director of Doctoral Studies
Professor of Marketing
B.S., Ball State University;
M.B.A., D.B.A., Anderson University


Dr. Jerrald M. Fox

Professor of Management

Dr. Jerrald M. Fox

Dr. Fox shares with his students a background merging academic work, practical experience, and consulting service. He holds an MBA in finance from Indiana University and a PhD in organizational behavior and development from The Union Institute. In addition to being a certified financial planner, Dr. Fox is active in management consulting and is the author of numerous articles in professional journals, magazines, and newspapers. He has also published devotional guides for applying biblical principles to personal financial planning.

Jerry Fox has served at Anderson University since 1985.

Contact Jerry:
Austin/Cooper Director of Global Business Studies
Professor of Management
B.A., Anderson University; C.F.P, College for Financial Planning;
M.B.A., Indiana University;
Ph.D., Union Institute


Dr. Rebecca A. Haskett

Professor of Business Administration

Dr. Rebecca A. Haskett

Dr. Haskett teaches in the areas of management, non-profit leadership, and strategic planning. She completed her EdD in higher education at Indiana University, with a minor in non-profit strategic management. Her dissertation focused on emotional intelligence (EQ) and effective teaching, which has led to many speaking engagements on the topic. She is a certified trainer in the TalentSmart Emotional Intelligence training curriculum and the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal, and has been certified in the BarOn EQ-i Emotional Intelligence assessment. Her past experience includes 17 years as a CPA for General Motors, along with leading the organizational strategic planning process. She holds an MBA, has an accounting degree from Ball State University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Rebecca Haskett has served at Anderson University since 1996.

Contact Rebecca:
Professor of Management; CPA
B.S., M.B.A., Ball State University;
Ed.D., Indiana University