What is Mathematics? In one sense mathematics is the oldest of the liberal arts and sciences in that the formal methods used in mathematics today were introduced by the ancient Greeks over 2000 years ago. Even back then people realized the centrality of mathematics to liberal education - the phrase "Let no one ignorant of Mathematics enter here" is said to have been above the doorway of Plato's Academy in Athens.
Mathematics is a challenging but an engaging discipline because it trains the mind in critical and logical thinking. It challenges the intuition and stretches the imagination. Its mastery is central to the natural sciences and figures prominently in many of the social sciences. Because it trains one to think logically, mathematics provides an excellent preparation for any career field - technical or non-technical. A short information sheet about our math program can be found here.
Statistics is the art and science of using quantitative analysis to get insight from data for solving real-life problems. As such, it’s the ideal job field for the “information age” in the 21st century, in which people are flooded with so much data that they don’t know how to make sense of it. Statisticians help people in other fields use data to solve problems in the real world.
Students interested in jobs or grad school in statistics or actuarial science can major in math and specialize on the Statistics Track. Students in other fields can pursue a Statistics Minor, so that they can apply powerful stat concepts and methods and techniques to analyze information from work in their major field. A short information sheet about our statistics offerings can be found here.
We are also very proud to be associated with the new Bullock Math Academy, that will be reaching out to area middle school students to make them aware of the beauty of mathematics. You can read more about it here.
Mathematics majors pursuing a career in secondary education in math and science may be eligible for the Robert C. Noyce Scholarship. Learn more about the Noyce Scholarship on the Wittenberg Noyce Scholarship homepage.