Mathematics is a fascinating and beautiful subject which has been at the University since its founding over 200 years ago in 1801. Mathematics plays a crucial role in today's computer age. Through mathematical study, students learn how to analyze problems critically and systematically. Our students develop marketable skills for technical careers in the sciences, engineering and finance. Mathematics is also an excellent major or minor for pre-law and pre-med students.
Faculty and Research
Our internationally renowned faculty of 40 tenure-track and visiting professors carries out cutting edge research across a broad spectrum of pure and applied fields. Departmental research projects attract federal and industrial support. Housed within the Department is the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute, which fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across the University.
We provide a stimulating and supportive environment for our students. You'll receive individual attention and all the opportunities necessary to succeed with your studies.
In our undergraduate program, over 250 undergraduates are declared mathematics majors, and numerous more have mathematics minors. Our degree programs lead to a B.S. or B.A. degree. The actuarial track is a popular choice. The Hedberg Student Lounge is popular for study groups and for contest problem practice sessions.
In our graduate program, approximately 45 graduate students are enrolled in the Ph. D. program, which has both pure and applied tracks, or the Master's program leading to the M.S. or M.A. degrees. Most students have assistantships and you'll have frequent opportunities to interact with faculty members outside of the strictly academic setting, such as the twice-weekly teas and the Fall Picnic. The Wyman L. Williams Room is the newly renovated lounge for faculty and grad students. Faculty-led problem sessions help students prepare for their qualifying exams.
Easy student-faculty interaction is promoted by holding most classes in LeConte (including all honors, upper division and graduate classes). Our facilities include the Mathematics Tutoring Center and a special classroom equipped for teacher training. The computational facilities include four computer labs and computers in all student offices.
Beyond the Classroom
We strongly encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to participate in regular research seminars in fields including: Algebra and Logic, Analysis, Approximation Theory, Combinatorics, Commutative Algebra and Number Theory, plus numerous IMI seminars on Applied and Computational topics, such as Compressed Sensing.
The Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society/Gamecock Math Club holds functions throughout the year, including special lectures, movie nights, the annual Integration Bee, a Sudoku Contest and the Problem of the Month competition (which sends the annual USC winner to the national Mathfest the following summer). The department fields teams for the Putnam Exam and the international Mathematical Competition in Modeling.