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 and mathematics and physics double major Christopher Shill '14 have published a research article on the intersection of p-adic numbers and Galois theory.
Amy Heaton, Sarah Woidill and Anna Lewis have been selected to participate in Elon's Noyce Scholars Program, which comes with a $21,900 scholarship for each of their final two years at the university.
Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, hosted award-winning mathematician and professional mime Dr. Tim Chartier of Davidson College on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.
Leigh Iler '14, a teaching fellow and Lumen Prize recipient, received the Outstanding Mathematics Education Award for the Central Region of North Carolina at the annual N.C. Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference on Friday, Nov. 1.
A total of nine mathematics majors presented their research results at the ninth annual Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.