Mathematics and statistics are found in almost every sector of work, academia, and everyday life. Math and statistics majors develop many transferable skills including critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, computer skills, and quantitative skills.
Mathematicians work as analysts, research associates, technical consultants, computer scientists, or systems engineers, to name a few. Earning a graduate degree in a related area such as statistics, computer science, science, or engineering combined with an undergraduate math background could lead to interesting careers such as bioinformatics, digital imaging, climatology, or financial mathematics.
Statistics is the science of learning from data and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty as an essential factor in scientific and societal advances. Statistics is critical as academia, businesses, and governments increasingly demand expertise in making data-driven decisions.Statistics is becoming more important in modern society in providing succinct information for making decisions. Statistics is used in a wide variety of fields including science, technology, business, health, and social sciences.
The department offers the following majors:
Minors are available in mathematics and statistics for students majoring in another discipline.
The department has 18 full-time faculty, 15 of whom hold terminal degrees. Our faculty members have wonderfully diverse research interests and a commitment to quality teaching. Within our faculty, we have 6 members of Project NExT.
The 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest annual mathematics conference in the world, was held Jan. 4-7 in Atlanta.
The painting "Starburst" by Karen Yokley, associate professor of mathematics, is the fourth she's had accepted for the Bridges Organization's visual art exhibition at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings.
The article on Romper featured research by Elon's Aunchalee Palmquist and Kirstie Doehler about the online sharing of breast milk.
The annual fall pizza party for the national mathematics honor society and statistics club featured a guest lecture by Associate Professor of Mathematics Jim Beuerle.
The national mathematics honor society Pi Mu Epsilon hosted faculty from Winthrop University (SC) and Central Washington University (WA) for engaging colloquia on topics at the intersection of mathematics, biology, history, and physics.