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.
Assistant professor of mathematics Chad Awtrey gave an invited talk on mentoring undergraduate research at the International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics, held at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro on October 10-12, 2014.
Elon's chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the national mathematics honorary society, hosted mathematician Dr. Jeremy Rouse (Wake Forest) on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
Amanda Ketner ’11, a math teacher at Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, N.C., visited campus Oct. 2 with several students to hear husband-and-wife Pulitzer Prize-winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, whose book inspired her to create a chapter of Girls Learn International at the school.
Sophomore Statistics major, Jenny Faig, presented an original analysis of baseball data at StatFest in Raleigh, NC
Elon's chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, hosted a fun evening of pizza, prizes, and math games on Thursday, Sept, 11.