Day: August 23, 2022

New Bridge Course: Linear Algebra for Applied Statistics

Learn Linear Algebra Fundamentals

New Non-Credit Course: Linear Algebra

Two of the main goals of Michigan Tech’s Global Campus are promoting Michigan Tech’s current online programs and developing new online courses, certificates, and programs. Another is ensuring that non-credit continuing education, whether it is professional development, professional learning, short online courses, or specialized corporate training, meets the evolving needs of learners. Global Campus also aims to provide continuing education that is practical, flexible, and accessible.

One type of continuing education is bridge courses. Bridge courses are short, intensive, preparatory online courses that help learners acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to enter advanced study. This study might mean an undergraduate program, graduate degree, or graduate certificate. Often, bridge courses are for students who are provisionally accepted into a program.

Global Campus, thanks to the dedication, enthusiasm, and expertise of Teresa Woods, Associate Teaching Professor in Mathematical Sciences, is rolling out its first bridge course: Linear Algebra. This ten-week, asynchronous online course is aimed at prospective students who want to enroll in our innovative Online Master of Science in Applied Statistics program. Linear Algebra: A Bridge Course begins on Monday, January 23, 2023. (Woods will publish the course no later than Sunday, January 22.)

Specifically designed to meet the enrollment requirements for the Online MS in Applied Statistics, the practical curriculum covers fundamental linear concepts as used in Applied Statistics. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to, systems of equations, vectors, matrices, orthogonality, subspaces, and the eigenvalue problem.

Teresa Woods has carefully planned the course so that students effectively learn the material by having regular instructor interaction and receiving timely feedback. After watching instructor-led videos in which Woods demonstrates concepts, students work through auto-graded exercises in MyLab Math; three times during the course, students complete review exercises for which they receive extensive feedback and guidance.

Woods, MS (Math) and MS (Ed), brings her enthusiasm for math, her knowledge of teaching elementary linear algebra, and her extensive course-design experience to this online bridge course. With her, students will have a learning experience that is challenging yet rewarding.

For more information about this course, such as cost and materials, visit the Linear Algebra Bridge Course webpage. You can also register for this course through The Techshop. If you are unsure about whether this course is right for you, please contact the instructor, Teresa Woods (; or the Director of Graduate Enrollment Services, Jacque Smith (