The Department of Mathematics provides an excellent environment in which to study mathematics. We have approximately 270 full-time undergraduate majors, 100 secondary education majors seeking their endorsement in mathematics, 83 full-time graduate students in our master’s and Ph.D. programs, and an additional 4,000 students taking mathematics courses to support their degree programs. The faculty of 38 share a strong commitment to high quality, in both teaching and research, and offer a diversity of interests that include the major areas of modern mathematics. Almost all courses at or above the calculus level are taught by the faculty, rather than graduate students or part-time instructors.
Most undergraduate mathematics majors are from the upper quartile of their high schools, and they share a strong interest in the mathematical sciences. But they are also a diverse group. There are almost as many students from small towns and rural areas as there are from the larger urban areas. Also, about one-third of the students are women. In addition to mathematics, their academic interests cover the spectrum from the traditional sciences to teaching to business to the arts. Their career goals are just as varied. Some plan to attend graduate school in mathematics, some intend to go to professional school and others want to enter the job market after receiving their bachelor's degree. Please peruse our site or contact our undergraduate advisor, Doug Pellatz, with questions.
The department prides itself on the attention it pays to its graduate students by involving them in the full range of activities – research, teaching, and outreach – in which the department engages. We provide a wide array of professional development in addition to classes and research. Our graduates are prepared for a wide range of careers and have an excellent job-placement track record. Please contact our graduate program with questions.
The College of Arts and Sciences is Nebraska's oldest and largest college. In addition to offering more than 50 majors and minors, the College of Arts and Sciences supports the degree programs of students in every college by providing the vast majority of their collateral and elective courses. This ensures that every Nebraska graduate's technical knowledge will be supported by a framework of communication skills, creative reasoning, and social awareness. The College's impact is not limited to the campus community, however, as many College of Arts and Sciences faculty are nationally recognized experts, performers, artists, and acclaimed authors.