By being versatile, mathematics majors are able to adapt to changing conditions more easily than majors with more specialized training.
The curriculum starts with calculus, where you will study widely applicable exact methods that are similar to those from high school. Because we can tackle very complex problems with mathematics, for solutions, we rely on computer algorithms and, increasingly, on data analysis. You will also learn how proofs are used to assure correctness of approaches and techniques.
There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available.
Recent graduates of the program have attended Vanderbilt University, Yale University and North Carolina State University, to name a few, pursuing PhDs in mathematics, genetics, or biomathematics, or master's degrees in mathematics, public health or software engineering with management studies.
Graduates have also gained employment with the Department of Defense or have joined the United States nuclear submarine force.
Calculus is the key to modern science. There are two fundamental ideas: Computing a tangent to a curve by approximating it with secant lines, and computing the area under a curve by approximating it with rectangles (pictured). These ideas occur in many contexts and in many disguises, including, for example, heat transfer through a surface, but, fundamentally, they are always the same in all these contexts. Good command of these fundamentals carries you far.
Many natural phenomena involve uncertainty, which makes prediction difficult. Probability and Statistics formally investigate this uncertainty to allow predictions that are not exact, but which will have a certain level of accuracy.
Many phenomena that are not accessible through the continuous models of calculus are accessible through discrete models.
Favorite Courses: Calculus, differential equations and linear algebra
Expertise: Dynamical systems and nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications; Wright W. and Annie Rea Cross Endowed Chair in Mathematics Undergraduate Research
Favorite Course: Mathematics for Middle Grades Teachers
Expertise: 3D printing, mathematics education
Professor and Chair
Favorite Course: Any mathematics that is beautiful or useful, ideally both
Expertise: Ordered sets, probability theory
Favorite Course: Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations
Expertise: Scientific Computing
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