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 or 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, and innovative approaches to teaching at the collegiate, secondary, and elementary levels. Students have the opportunity to participate in these challenging programs.
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 world’s 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 scholarship 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.