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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics
Mathematics is the study of shape and form, of numbers and patterns, of concrete examples and abstract generalizations. As a discipline mathematics is not easy to categorize. It is an art: there is great beauty in its execution and exposition. It is a science: it is extremely rigorous and it has an experimental aspect. It is pure: within mathematics one can create a whole universe and explore its properties. It is applied: many of the best ideas of mathematics arise from attempts at solving everyday problems, and some of its most pure concepts have surprisingly practical applications. It is a philosophy: mathematics is grounded in ideas. Most of all, mathematics is alive. Although mathematics has engaged human thought for millennia it is still today a vibrant and growing area of human endeavor with new and important discoveries. It is the goal of the Department of Mathematics not only to provide students with a firm foundation in the concepts and skills of mathematics, but to instill in them an appreciation for the beauty and power of the subject,
Our Undergraduate Programs
The department offers three undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Science in mathematics (MTH), the Bachelor of Arts in mathematics (MTA), and the Bachelor of Science in applied mathematical economics (MTE). The MTH program is intended to serve students who plan to pursue careers related to engineering and science, or who plan to enter graduate study in any area of the mathematical sciences (which includes actuarial science and statistics). The Department of Mathematics collaborates with the Department of Economics and Finance to offer the MTE program, which prepares students for graduate study in economics. The MTA program gives a liberal arts option to students who want to develop concentrations in areas leading to careers in business, education or the social sciences. Students may also participate in the teacher licensure program, offered through the School of Education and Health Sciences.
Our Graduate Programs
The department offers three graduate degrees. The Master of Science in Applied Mathematics is oriented towards broadening the mathematical skills of those whose careers demand the use of mathematics. This is an interdisciplinary program whose main objective is to train students to do professional work in the applications of mathematics. The Master of Financial Mathematics (MFM) is a professional program to support a growing market in financial services. It is offered in cooperation with the Department of Economics and Finance. The MFM program integrates statistics, computation and modeling with training in the professional domain and graduates will find employment opportunities in the banking, insurance and financial trading industries. The Master of Mathematics Education (MME) was developed to address the requirement of the Ohio Department of Education that all K-12 grade teachers complete a master's degree program in their content area or general education in order to maintain a provisional teaching license for a second renewal. This summer program is designed to meet the professional needs of Ohio's high school teachers by addressing issues of particular importance to them.
A degree in mathematics gives students a wide range of career opportunities at all levels of academics, in technical areas, in finance and business, in actuarial science, and in government positions.
Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms, and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. The work of mathematicians falls into two broad classes – theoretical (pure) mathematics and applied mathematics. These classes, however, are not sharply defined and often overlap.
Opportunities & Activities
Whether it is involvement in clubs, internships, symposia or other activities, extracurricular activities offered by the department and the University enhance the education of all our majors.
The 2013 Undergraduate Mathematics Day will be held in conjunction with the 14th Annual Schraut Memorial Lecture on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
The Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture is an annual event at the University of Dayton. The lecture was established in 2000 and it brings noted mathematicians to campus to present their research to our undergraduate students. This lecture is made possible entirely with the generous support of alumni donations in memory of Dr. Kenneth C. Schraut, who taught mathematics at the University of Dayton for many years.
The department presents two biennial events in conjunction with the Schraut Lecture:
- Undergraduate Mathematics Day at the University of Dayton is a biennial event that celebrates undergraduate mathematics in all forms – research, learning, teaching, history. This event, held in every odd-numbered year, provides an opportunity for undergraduate mathematicians to meet and network with more established mathematicians. We invite talks by both students and faculty.
- In every even-numbered year since 1964, alums of the Department of Mathematics return for the Biennial Alumni Seminar. This seminar provides the opportunity to inform students about the professions they are in and how their studies in mathematics relate to their careers. The students gain an understanding of the breadth of career opportunities for someone trained in the mathematical sciences and they have the opportunity to establish connections with professionals in the various fields.
Faculty & Staff
Faculty members of the Department of Mathematics are dedicated to quality education which prepares students for careers or graduate study. We are also actively engaged in research activities which extend the current understanding of mathematical concepts. Many of us conduct research collaboratively with undergraduate and graduate students in areas such as algebra, analysis, discrete mathematics, geometry, statistics, mathematics education and financial mathematics. Excellent teaching, combined with one-on-one advising and many opportunities for extra-curricular mathematical activities, results in majors who are well-prepared for pursuing graduate study in the mathematical sciences or for careers outside of academia.
Research & Scholarship
The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College’s attention, the work of the College’s faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College’s achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members’ creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.
Please contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Department of Mathematics
University of Dayton
Science Center Room 313
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-2316