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:
Note that the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with the Applied Mathematics concentration is specifically intended to be a second major for students majoring in an area that uses mathematics. Minors are available in mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics for students majoring in another discipline.
The department has 16 full-time faculty, 12 of whom hold terminal degrees. Our faculty members have wonderfully diverse research interests and a commitment to quality teaching. Within our faculty, we have 5 members of Project NExT.
Lauren Johnson and Sarah Neuhauser will each receive $21,900 annual scholarships for their junior and senior years as they also work toward teacher licensure.
Laura Taylor, assistant professor of statistics, received a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award from the Department of Commerce.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics held a dinner in Johnston Hall on April 29 to celebrate its graduating seniors, scholarship donors and recipients, and award winners.
Mark J. Brewin ’08, David Fuhr ’00 and Erin Krupa ’02 are the recipients of the 2013 Elon College Distinguished Alumni Awards.
The two assistant professors co-authored an article with Jessalyn Smith of CTB/McGraw Hill on the use of statistics across all disciplines in the Journal of Statistics Education