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Mathematics is the most central of the STEM disciplines, fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering and mathematics considered as vital areas of study in the modern age.  As President Obama said at the launch of his ‘Educate to Innovate’ campaign in November 2009, “Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century. That’s why I am committed to making the improvement of STEM education over the next decade a national priority.”    

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics plays a vital role in STEM education not only through the advanced training of its own majors and graduate student students but through the support it gives to sister disciplines in the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences. This support takes the form of advanced coursework in areas such as numerical analysis and partial differential equations (physics and engineering), classes in statistics (biology and forestry) and through its Statistical Consulting Lab which advises faculty and graduate students across the university in the design of experiments and the analysis of data.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics also prepares students for secondary mathematics teaching, provides further training and professional development opportunities for in-service teachers, and works with schools on a variety of outreach activities.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics also provides coursework to enhance the quantitative reasoning skills of students across the university and in support of the needs of a wide variety of majors, such as elementary education, parks and recreation management and business.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics takes pride in the variety of teaching innovations it uses to improve student learning in its courses.