The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in mathematics.
The fascinating discipline of mathematics is the purest of all art forms and the most challenging of
games. Mathematics and mathematical thinking are central to all of our technological advances.
Mathematicians have an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to society by helping to
solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics, and business problems. Students who are interested
in this exciting and important field should investigate the mathematics major.
The degree program in mathematics provides students with a thorough and strong knowledge of
basic theoretical mathematics, and initial training in applied areas such as statistics, analysis,
combinatorics, and actuarial science. Relatively modest class sizes give students the chance to
work one-on-one with our highly talented and dedicated faculty. At the same time students have
opportunities for field and research experiences.
Opportunities are available for undergraduate research in mathematics, and students are encouraged to seek internships, available at companies
throughout the Midwest, to add hands-on experience to their coursework. In addition, students
from the department provide help in mathematics to area students in local community center settings.
Mathematics majors benefit from the department’s state-of-the-art computer classrooms and laboratories,
including a Windows microcomputer laboratory and a Unix/Linux microcomputer laboratory that are
available for student use. The Mathematics Resource Center, staffed by graduate students from the
department, provides academic assistance for all students.
Students majoring in mathematics can join and participate in the student chapter of the honorary mathematics fraternity, Pi Mu Epsilon. With more than 100 highly accessible student organizations on campus, each student's experience at Indiana State University abounds with student leadership opportunities that complement their studies.
Graduates are prepared for fascinating jobs in industry and the service sector where analytical
thinking skills are essential or for high-paying jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical
modeling, or cryptography.
Major employers of mathematicians include the National Security Agency,
Department of Defense, and other agencies in federal and state governments and private-sector employers
such as the airline industry, computer industry, pharmaceutical industry, research and testing services,
educational services, security and commodity exchanges, management and public relations services,
finance, insurance, and public utilities. A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for
research in many areas of computer science, social science, and engineering.
Students also may choose to go on to graduate school, leading to a research career in mathematics,
statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, and related fields.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science awards scholarships, including
the Hazel Nelson Lobb Memorial, Gladys Gillman Taylor Scholarship, Gary Erwin Memorial Scholarship,
Dr. Vesper D. Moore Memorial Scholarship, Alton D. and Juanita S. Andrews Memorial Scholarship,
Muyrel M. Blaikie Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics, and the Stanley Scholarship.
For more information about these awards, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.