Our mathematics program provides students with a foundation in mathematics as well as vital skills in oral and written communication, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving. In addition to communicating mathematical statements and proofs precisely and logically, students have the ability to translate and represent real-world problems in mathematical language and notation.
Mathematics students are involved in many activities outside the classroom such as serving as mentors and tutors to students in introductory courses. The Ladies FIRST (Fierce in Research, Science, and Technology) club is an organization for students pursuing majors in math or science or in applications of these areas. The goal of Ladies FIRST is to bring together students who are excited by all aspects of the STEM disciplines, to expose students to available career opportunities, and to inform students about summer programs, internships, and graduate programs. The club sponsors talks with professional mathematicians and scientists employed in a variety of academic and nonacademic settings.
Our mathematics students often go on to work in the areas of education, government, industry and research laboratories. Companies in the computer and communications industries employ many mathematicians, as do banks, insurance companies and consulting firms.
In addition to the mathematics major and minor, students interested in further studies in the area of statistics may pursue an individualized minor in applied statistics in consultation with the program chair.
The mathematics faculty is supported by a dedicated team of Instructional Specialists.
Featured CoursesMATH 125 Calculus and Analytic Geometry IExamines the following topics: functions, limits, continuity, differentiation and applications, and basic integration. Formerly MAT 125 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I.4 creditsPrerequisites: MATH 123 or placement test proficiencyGeneral Education: Knowledge and Inquiry AreaFLC Area IV: Exploration Cluster MATH 225 Calculus and Analytic Geometry IIExamines the following topics: applications of the definite integral, integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, infinite series, and topics in analytic geometry. Formerly MAT 126 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II.4 creditsPrerequisite: MATH 125 MATH 301 Linear AlgebraDevelops methods of solutions of systems of linear equations, the theory of matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear transformations, and eigenvalues. Formerly MAT 247 Linear Algebra.4 creditsPrerequisites: MATH 225 (may be taken concurrently) MATH 315 Mathematical Probability and StatisticsProvides a calculus-based analysis of probability and statistics. Topics include probability, random variables, probability distributions, sampling distributions, and the central limit theorem. Formerly MAT 335 Mathematical Probability and Statistics.3 creditsPrerequisite: MATH 125 MATH 325 Multi-Variable CalculusExamines the calculus of functions of several variables. Topics include partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and the calculus of vector fields, including Green's Theorem.Formerly MAT 227 Multi-Variable Calculus.4 creditsPrerequisites: MATH 225 with a grade of "C" or better MATH 331 Introduction to Abstract MathematicsProvides a transition from the skills courses in mathematics to the more abstract courses for the mathematics major. Students will be exposed to the research tools in mathematics. Proof as a concept and a process will be examined in light of previous content in calculus, geometry, and algebra. Formerly MAT 245 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics.3 creditsPrerequisites: MATH 225 MATH 371 History of MathematicsSurveys the development of mathematics from ancient civilizations to modern times. The student sees that mathematics is a human endeavor developed through experimentation and the need to solve real world problems. Formerly MAT 340 History of Mathematics.3 creditsPrerequisites: MATH 125
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Dr. Kerry Luse, Clare Boothe Luce Associate Professor of Mathematics (program chair)
Dr. Sita Ramamurti, Professor of Mathematics, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences