The department's programs provide students with preparation for effective and successful professional careers in the mathematical sciences, whether in traditional academic pursuits or in the many new career areas available in today's technologically sophisticated, globally interdependent society. Through course work, students acquire a firm grounding in fundamental mathematics and selected areas of emphasis. Projects, which often involve interdisciplinary and industrial applications, offer further opportunities to gain mathematical depth and to develop skills in problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and self-directed learning, together with an understanding of the role of the mathematical sciences in the contemporary world.
We expect graduates to:
- have a solid knowledge of a broad range of mathematical principles and techniques and the ability to apply them.
- be able to read, write, and communicate mathematics inside and outside the discipline.
- have the ability to formulate mathematical statements and prove or disprove them.
- be able to formulate and investigate mathematical questions and conjectures.
- understand fundamental axiom systems and essential definitions and theorems.
- be able to formulate and analyze mathematical or statistical models.
- have the ability to apply appropriate computational technology to analyze and solve mathematical problems.
- be able to learn independently and as part of a team, and to demonstrate a depth of knowledge in at least one area of the mathematical sciences.