Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics encompasses the breadth of Mathematics and its applications in a small, friendly, and supportive setting. Courses in differential equations, analysis, calculus, discrete mathematics, and linear and abstract algebra combine a theoretical and applied understanding of these areas. Additional courses in Physics and Computer Science explore how Mathematics can be used to solve real-world problems.
Programs in Mathematics - The programs in Mathematics are designed to prepare the student for further study in mathematics, education, or other subjects or for employment in a variety of fields.
Mathematics is the foundation upon which all other technical fields rest, and as such, is the perfect choice for students who have a profound mathematical curiosity, and a desire to apply their problem solving skills. The soaring demand for employees with specialized mathematical expertise allows graduates to follow a wide variety of career paths. Many work in fields that, while not specifically described as mathematical, require clear reasoning, logical thought, and a love and understanding of mathematics. Persons with degrees in mathematics may be found pursuing such diverse careers as actuarial science, education, consulting, systems analysis and quality control, and jobs in industry or government. Others go on to graduate work in mathematics or other mathematics-related fields, such as Computer Science.
The B.S. degree candidate will, through the nature of the mathematics electives and the opportunities offered by other programs, have a scientifically and technically oriented program which allows entry into many fields of science, engineering, and technology as well as education and business.
Through the second major in Mathematics and the minor in Mathematics, students in other fields may acquire a substantial background and competence in Mathematics.
Our professors are professionals with a sincere commitment to teaching. The Mathematics Department at SPSU boasts a faculty that includes a National Science Foundation grant recipient, four University System of Georgia Teaching/Learning Grant recipients, as well as several awards for outstanding teaching by the Student Government Association and the SPSU faculty.
Shangrong Deng, Associate Professor
Meighan I. Dillon, Professor
Steven R. Edwards, Professor
Joseph N. Fadyn, Professor
Joel C. Fowler, Associate Professor
William Griffiths, Assistant Professor
Sarah Holliday, Assistant Professor
Andrew G. McMorran, Associate Professor and Department Chair
Jack R. Pace, Associate Professor
Nicolae Pascu, Assistant Professor
Laura Ritter, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Vandenbussche, Assistant Professor
Long L. Wang, Associate Professor
Taixi Xu, Associate Professor
Advising for Pre-Engineering Program - The Mathematics Program conducts a program of advisement for freshmen and sophomores who wish to begin college locally, but plan to transfer to a full engineering program later. Students who wish to participate in this program should enter as mathematics majors. The advisors in the program will guide the students through an organized course of study which will provide a strong preparation in mathematics and science for the study of engineering and which will transfer with minimum loss of credit or time to most engineering programs.
The mathematics portion of the major under the B.S. degree consists of three components: Required Courses, Mathematics Electives, and Guided Electives. Although the Required Courses provide the bulk of the mathematics in the degree, they also provide a framework for other series of Mathematics courses to be included under Mathematics Electives and Guided Electives. Students planning to attend graduate school in Mathematics are urged to select these courses carefully in consultation with an advisor. Students planning to seek employment in business or industry should consider a minor in a related field, such as computer science. A computer science minor can be completed within the Guided Electives of the Mathematics degree.