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At a glance:

Degrees offered:

  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Science

Number of Faculty: 21

Current Students: 100

For more information:

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The Language and Science of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Science offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts with a major in mathematics, Master of Science with a major in mathematics and Master of Arts for the teaching of mathematics. The department offers a complete complement of courses in a broad range of areas within mathematics including: applied mathematics, C*-Algebras, discrete mathematics/operations research, game theory, geometry, topology, and statistics.

Mathematics is a language used in conveying the understanding of the physical world. It forms a crucial component in physics and engineering applications, business, economics, life sciences, social sciences and any other area where there is a need for quantification in analysis of phenomena.

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a traditional liberal arts experience through a balanced course of study in the arts, humanities, foreign language, social and natural sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree is an "expanded major," which provides a more intense experience in mathematics, computing and science. Students planning to major in mathematics are encouraged to consult an advisor from the Mathematics and Statistics Department to design a program of study in mathematics or statistics.

The Master of Science and Masters of Arts degrees are designed to increase mathematical knowledge beyond the traditional Bachelor degree in order to prepare students for careers requiring sophisticated mathematical skills; often moving on for further education at the doctoral level.

Many employers and graduate institutions often prefer hiring candidates with a substantial undergraduate training in mathematics because of their increased analytical and computing skills, logical thinking and experience in problem solving. Employment opportunities for math majors can be found in virtually all sectors:

  • Industry: engineering, biotech, computer
  • Government: consultant, federal and state organizations
  • Business: actuary for bank or insurance company
  • Medicine
  • Education: University research and teaching, K-12 teaching

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is well-positioned to guide students through a successful academic journey and prepare them for opportunities after graduation. With more than 21 faculty and 75 undergraduate majors, we are big enough to create a challenging environment for students while still providing access to faculty for pursuit of individualized student research interests. Multiple faculty from the department have been recognized with teaching and advising awards and our students have been accepted at leading graduate programs across the nation. Our faculty and students create a vibrant community of scholars who are learning about and solving a range of theoretical and applied mathematical problems. We invite you to join us in learning the language of mathematics. For more information visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics or contact us at

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