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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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Department Chair and Professor, C. N. Moore; Professors, N. Dasgupta, V. K. Jandhyala, A. Khapalov, B. Krishnamoorthy, H. Li, V. S. Manoranjan, J. McDonald, A. Panchenko, L. Schreyer, D. B. Slavit, M. Tsatsomeros, H. Yin; Associate Professors, T. Asaki, A. Dimitrov, M. G. Hudelson, S. Liu, E. Schwartz, N. Strigul, K. Vixie, N. Voulgarakis, Y. Wang, X. Wang; Assistant Professors, X. Chen, D. DeFord, W. Hall, A. Kaul; Adjunct Professor, K. D. Cooper; Scholarly Professor, S. Lapin; Scholarly Associate Professors, H. D. Johnson; Scholarly Assistant Professors, K. Fiedler, D. Reiss, G. Salos; Teaching Associate Professors, P. Krouss, J. Martin, E. Remaley, E. K. Sablan, L. R. Sotomayor, D. Zhang; Professors Emeriti, J. R. Alldredge, K. A. Ariyawansa, S. Cooper, D. W. DeTemple, R. H. Dillon, M. Evans, A. C. Genz, M. A. Jacroux, R. A. Johnson, M. J. Kallaher, D. C. Kent, L. Knott, J. E. Kucera, R. Mifflin, C. B. Millham, F. G. Pascual S. C. Saunders, M. F. Schumaker, K. Vincent, D. S. Watkins, W. A. Webb, H. C. Wiser, D. J. Wollkind.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics provides undergraduate instruction and training in all major fields of mathematics and statistics. The numerous service courses taught by the department reflect the growing importance of mathematics and statistics in an increasing number of other disciplines.

Undergraduate training for mathematics majors is provided at WSU in the following six options: actuarial science, applied mathematics, secondary mathematics teaching with certification, secondary mathematics teaching without certification, theoretical mathematics, and statistics.  The options prepare students for careers related to the respective fields. The mathematics major also prepares students for graduate study in such fields as business, economics, management science and computer science, as well as mathematics and statistics. Talented undergraduate majors in mathematics are given individual and small group instruction outside of class, sometimes resulting in research publications.  A new, interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in data analytics is also available.

We expect that students graduating with a mathematics degree will be able to: 1) use their mathematics and statistics skills within the context of a strong, fundamental general education, 2) use the fundamentals of the life and physical sciences, 3) apply a fundamental knowledge and practical understanding of mathematics and statistics, 4) continue learning in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings, and 5) communicate effectively.

All students who enroll in mathematics courses are responsible for satisfying the prerequisite(s).  With only a few exceptions, WSU undergraduate students are required to take the WSU Math Placement Assessment (MPA) prior to enrolling in their first college-level mathematics course.  See placement for more information.

Graduate study and specialization are offered by the department in both classical and modern areas of mathematics and statistics. A PhD student has four choices: a PhD in Mathematics, PhD in Mathematics-Applied Mathematics option, a PhD in Mathematics with an Education Emphasis, or a PhD in Statistical Science. The first involves doing mathematical research, the Applied Mathematics option focuses on applied mathematical research, the Education Emphasis option involves research on the teaching and learning of mathematics, and the Statistics option involves statistical research. At the masters level the department offers the following degrees: a MS in Mathematics, MS in Mathematics–Applied Mathematics Option, MS in Mathematics-Computational Finance Option, MS Mathematics – Teaching Option, and a MS in Statistics. A graduate certificate in Teaching College Mathematics is also available.

Preparation for Graduate Study

As preparation for work toward an advanced degree in mathematics or statistics, a student should have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, or a related field. Adequate opportunities are provided for removing deficiencies through the taking of appropriate courses. Students who contemplate undertaking studies leading to a doctoral degree should contact the Graduate Coordinator ( for advice and assistance in the development of their plans.

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