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|Mission||The faculty of the Mathematics Department are dedicated to the mission of the College of Science and Engineering. In particular, we seek to develop in our students the level of mathematical competence appropriate for their educational goals, to foster appreciation of mathematics as part of human culture, to provide a climate conducive to intellectual growth of students and faculty, and to prepare and inspire students to the service of others. In recognition of the increasing need for mathematics and technology as tools in a societal context, we give emphasis to applied and contextual based problem solving in our courses.|
Mathematics is an essential tool in the modern world, as well as a fascinating and beautiful subject in its own right. In a mathematics major, students will learn increasingly sophisticated tools and techniques for solving mathematical problems arising in fields such as natural sciences, engineering, economics, and statistics. They will also understand the theoretical aspects of these techniques, study abstract mathematical structures, and develop the ability to read and write rigorous proofs of mathematical statements. Our students enjoy small class size, personalized attention, close interaction with faculty, and the use of technology in the classroom.
The mathematics department offers students several different degrees to choose from based on their interests within mathematics and their professional goals. These include a BA degree with an option leading to a specialization in Humanities for Teaching, a BS degree designed for students intending to use their degree in a professional career, and a BSM degree that provides the fullest preparation for graduate school in mathematics. A major in mathematics is commonly paired with a major in another field in science, engineering, business, or the humanities, resulting in a very strong degree.
All majors participate in a year-long capstone experience that culminates in oral and written presentations. We also offer the opportunity for some students to engage in research projects with faculty members. Recent projects have included research in mathematical models of water waves, number theory, graph theory, inverse theory, and random matrices.
A mathematics degree opens up careers in a variety of industries including finance, insurance, software engineering, and the sciences. In addition, some of our mathematics majors decide to pursue careers in teaching and others continue their education through graduate programs in mathematics, finance, statistics, or another disciplines.
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