In the early 300s B.C.E., Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria developed a system of proofs that eventually became the basis of modern mathematics. Known as the "Father of Geometry," his works are considered some of the most influential in the field and guided aspiring mathematicians through the early 20th century.
Despite these ancient roots, mathematics is still a developing field – an estimated
99 percent of today's math was unknown in Euclid’s time. The classical aspects of mathematics are almost philosophical in flavor. The modern aspects are extremely practical, with much to offer to other subjects and the world at large. Math defines our world; it is the language of the universe, underlying everything from the day-to-day of budgets and statistics to the intricacies of quantum mechanics.
Faculty members in the department are committed to teaching both the practical and theoretical applications of math. A low student-to-faculty ratio offers students individual attention, as well as the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research through the University's Summer Scholars program.
In addition, the five-year B.S./M.S. in mathematics and secondary mathematics education is designed for students who wish to become certified secondary school (grades 7-12) mathematics teachers. The program incorporates the four-year B.S. degree in mathematics with additional work during the summer and a fifth year to complete the M.S. in secondary mathematics education and to become certified. Given the numerous course requirements for the dual degrees and the certification, it is important that students talk with the mathematics education advisor about this program early in their careers to ensure they are taking appropriate courses.
Graduates of the program are careful, precise, mature thinkers who have the intellectual preparation to apply their knowledge effectively, and communicate clearly, sharing their knowledge with others. Past majors have gone on to careers in actuarial science, finance, law, education, engineering, government, investment banking, software development and medicine.