Mathematics

Pacific University’s mathematics program offers an education that is both broad and deep. Its breadth enables students to pursue a wide variety of careers and postgraduate programs, while its depth prepares students to enter these at an extremely high level of competence. The new specializations in actuarial science, biomathematics, secondary mathematics education, and advanced mathematics provide graduates with essential skills for immediate entry into business, industry, education or graduate school.

Program Highlights

  • Interact with faculty individually in an informal atmosphere
  • Take courses in all fundamental areas of undergraduate mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, mathematical modeling, probability and statistics, differential equations, real analysis, complex analysis, abstract algebra, number theory, and geometry
  • Complete a significant senior capstone project. Recent projects have included the mathematics of the financial crisis, modeling election turnout, and an analysis of football ranking systems
  • Enjoy an abundance of extracurricular opportunities, such as Math Club, International Mathematical Modeling Competition, Putnam Exam Teams, Colloquium Series, conferences, social events, and grading and tutoring opportunities
  • Prepare for graduate school with a curriculum based on guidelines by the Mathematical Association of America
  • Use excellent facilities, including student study space, a computer lab with statistical and mathematical software and a mathematical games library

Courses

The curriculum in the mathematics major is based on the guidelines of the Mathematical Association of America and gives students the ideal preparation for entrance into graduate school and careers. Courses are available in all fundamental areas of undergraduate mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, mathematical modeling, probability and statistics, differential equations, real analysis, complex analysis, abstract algebra, number theory and geometry.

Preparation

The Pacific University mathematics program prepares graduates to excel in careers and advanced studies in a wide variety of disciplines, including actuarial science, financial mathematics, mathematical biology, mathematics research, education, law, engineering and business. Our graduates are actuarial science professionals, math finance officers, software developers, research assistants in health and government, and mathematics instructors.

Assistant Professor
Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science, Department Chair