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 17 full-time faculty, 13 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.
Madeline Edwards '15 received the Walt & Susan Patterson Prize for Outstanding Presentation at the Annual Southeastern Section Meeting of the Mathematical Association of America on March 14, 2015.
Assistant professor of mathematics Chad Awtrey and mathematics majors Nicole Miles '15, Chris Shill '14 and Honors Fellow Erin Strosnider '14 published a research article in a recent issue (Volume 8, no. 2) of the journal Involve.
The national mathematics honor society hosted Dr. Michael Dorff of Brigham Young University for a special guest lecture on March 4, 2015.
A total of six math majors and faculty presented at the annual conference of the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America in Wilmington, N.C., on March 13-14, 2015.
Professor Jeff Clark received the accolade on March 14, 2015, from the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America.