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.
Recent graduates Chris Shill '14 and Erin Strosnider '14 each co-authored an article with Assistant Professor Chad Awtrey in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics based on research conducted during the 2013-2014 academic year.
The professor of mathematics authored a peer-reviewed journal article on the heuristic construction of small LR(1) grammars.
The national math honor society hosted a special guest lecture from National Security Agency mathematician Dr. Todd Mateer on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
Two students and one faculty member spoke at the Southeastern Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, which was held Nov. 8-9, 2014, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Two faculty members in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics helped inform current high school teachers of the common pitfalls students make while conveying answers in the free response section of the Advanced Placement statistics exam.