Math & Computer Science
The Mathematics Division offers transitional courses in mathematics and general education math courses designed to meet the math requirements needed for multiple fields of study and to provide prerequisites needed to continue more advanced studies in the field of mathematics. Currently, there are three math pathways for degree areas offered at Murray State College. One pathway for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a second for business, accounting, computer information systems, conservation, or radiology technology related fields and a third pathway for art, child development, communications, education, English, history, graphic design, OTA, PTA health science and nursing, psychology, and sociology.
The Computer Science Division offers general education computer courses as well as computer science specific degrees. Murray State College offers an Associate degree in computer science with an emphasis in mathematics (PDF). Students graduating with this degree will have also met all the prerequisite math requirements to proceed with a BS in mathematics. Degrees in this division also include an Associate in Science Degree in Computer Science (PDF) and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (PDF).
Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division Chair/Professor
Education: Southeastern Oklahoma State University (B.A., MBA)
Background: David Brantley serves as the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division Chair at Murray State College, routinely teaching Education Technology and Success Strategies courses.
Brantley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics with a minor in Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for Business degree recipients and areas of interest include data processing and computer software and hardware.
Education: Murray State College (A.S.), East Central University (B.S), Southeastern Oklahoma State University (M.Ed.)
Christy Uzzel is an Associate Professor at Murray State College courses in Pre-Calculus, Survey of Math, Finite Math, Geometry for Elm Ed., Mathematical Functions, and Foundations of General Mathematics. Over her 19 years’ experience in education, and as faculty at MSC, Uzzel has taught a multitude of math courses ranging from developmental math to college algebra. She has also taught previously in public schools and has an Oklahoma Teaching Certification in Advanced mathematics and secondary education (grade 6-12).
She holds an Associate of Science degree in Mathamatics from Murray State College, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from East Central University and a Masters of Education degree in Mathematics Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
According to Uzzel, “My teaching philosophy is that teachers open the door to learning, but students must walk through it themselves. I like a respectful, but relaxed classroom where there is lecture, some group learning activities, and interactive discussions between teacher and students. I believe in teamwork between the student and the professor because we are both interested in the common goal of the student succeeding."
An Oklahoma native, Uzzel was raised in Wilson, OK and has lived in Madill, OK since 1983. Outside of work, she has been an avid cycling enthusiast for 31 years and counting. She is an athlete at heart, is always active and likes watching sports- especially baseball and March Madness. An animal lover, she is an active supporter of multiple animal rights causes and enjoys attending music concerts, cooking, eating, watching movies, and getting dirty gardening.