B.A. in Mathematics
Become proficient in the underlying language that flows through all of the sciences.
There are two paths to study mathematics at the University of Mississippi. Choose between the more flexible, broad training of the Bachelor of Arts in mathematics or the more specialized, in-depth Bachelor of Science in mathematics. The B.A. degree allows greater compatibility with other areas of study, and prepares students for careers such as education through a broad knowledge of different subfields of both theoretical and applied mathematics.
Students who major in mathematics are analytical thinkers who can solve problems in creative ways. Students gain facility in the use of technology that can transfer their knowledge easily to other areas of inquiry. From the freshman-level courses with computer lab projects to advanced statistics laboratory, our courses have evolved with the advances in technology.
A liberal arts education prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with diverse groups. Related careers in mathematics include education, research, information technology, engineering, finance, actuaries, accounting, banking, health, statistical analysts, national intelligence, and law.
Students many opportunities for undergraduate research, conference travel, and participation in local and national academic competitions. They may also participate in seminar talks tailored to their career and mathematical interests.
B.A. in Mathematics Faculty
The Department of Mathematics at the University of Mississippi includes faculty members whose areas of expertise include matroid theory, graph theory, functional analysis, statistics, analytic number theory, complex analysis, commutative algebra, probability theory, dynamical systems, sympletic topology, and mathematical physics.
A major in mathematics for the B.A. degree requires 30 semester hours as follows: Math 261 or 271; 262, 263, 264, and 18 hours of upper-level courses that must include Math 305, 319, 555, and 556. A computer programming course also is required.
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics program are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements.
Jane "Alex" Martin
Alex (BA in international studies and mathematics, 2017) was a member of the Honors College and the Croft Institute for International Studies. She served as executive director of The Big Event, managing editor of the UM Undergraduate Research Journal, and Associated Student Body director of academic affairs. Alex wrote her senior thesis on measuring changes in women empowerment resulting from reforms in Morocco, and used sophisticated statistical techniques she learned in the math major to conduct the analysis. She actually won the Terasawa prize for best overall senior thesis at the Croft Institute. Since graduation, she has been a senior research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in economics.
Why study mathematics at UM? "There are so many fantastic professors in the department who really took the time to help students understand the best way to solve a problem. The proof-writing intuition I learned in the math department continues to be incredibly helpful in my career. Mathematics is such a diverse field with a wide range of opportunities, and UM is a great place to learn mathematics."
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