The role of mathematics is vital and growing, providing solutions to problems
in a wide range of sciences: social, biological, physical, behavioral,
and management. As a tool, mathematics is necessary for understanding and
expressing ideas in science, engineering and human affairs. Mathematics
is integrally related to computer science and statistics, which have proven
invaluable to advancing research and modern industrial technology. As
a result, employment opportunities in the mathematical sciences are expected
to continue to expand.
The Option in Applied Mathematics prepares students either to assume attractive
and challenging positions in aerospace, electronics, or to pursue graduate
work in pure or applied mathematics.
The Option in Statistics provides a program balanced between theoretical
and applied statistics. Students are especially well prepared to pursue
a graduate degree. Statisticians find many career opportunities in cutting-edge
research in such fields as medicine, pharmaceuticals, business, quality
control, and the social sciences.
The Single Subject Credential in Mathematics provides students with the
necessary background for obtaining a California Secondary Teaching Credential
in mathematics. A fifth year of education courses and student teaching
is needed to complete the credential requirements.
Faculty and Facilities
The faculty have expertise in a wide variety of fields of mathematics plus
a commitment to excellence in teaching. Individual members are involved
in a number of exciting and creative efforts: computer applications of
math, applications of math in business and economics, statistical research
in biology and medicine, research in various areas of pure mathematics,
innovative approaches to teaching at the collegiate, secondary, and elementary
levels. Students have the opportunity to participate in these challenging
Many classes make use of graphing calculators and/or computers. The department
maintains a well-equipped computer laboratory open to all mathematics students.
In addition, the department has a tutorial laboratory where students can
get help on course-related material.
The department sponsors an active colloquium series which provides weekly
talks on a variety of mathematical topics that are not traditionally included
in the standard undergraduate curriculum. Past speakers have included some
of the worlds most famous mathematicians and scientists, faculty members
from many foreign and U.S. universities, as well as undergraduate students.
The CSU, Chico Mathematics Club is open to any interested student. The
organization sponsors lectures, field trips, and a variety of social activities.
Mathematics majors are encouraged to become involved.
Mathematicians today are involved in a variety of activities, ranging from
the creation of new theories to the analysis of scientific and managerial
models. Beginning jobs as mathematicians are likely to be competitive in
the near future; both demand and supply are expected to increase. There
is a need for more mathematicians to solve complex research and development
problems in engineering, the natural and social sciences, military sciences,
operations research, and business management.
In addition to university-wide scholarships, mathematics and statistics
majors are eligible for several department and college awards and scholarships.
To be considered for these scholarships, submit a university scholarhsip
application to the Scholarship Office by the February deadline.
The Department of Mathematics hires 20-40 students each semester as readers
or tutors. Students with good grades who have completed at least one upper-division
mathematics course are encouraged to apply at the department office.