# Prospective Students

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## Nature of Available Programs

The Department of Mathematics provides a curriculum with programs for:

- An undergraduate major and minor in mathematics.
- The pre-service elementary and secondary teacher.
- Students interested in the applications of mathematics to the fields of computer science, statistics, engineering, physical, natural and social science, and businessband economics.
- The non-science major, to explain the ideals and objectives of mathematics.

#### Undergraduate

Students wanting to be a part of the Mathematics program at West Virginia University as an undergraduate have the option of more than just a degree in Mathematics. Aside from the availability of a major or minor in Mathematics, a degree in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (IMS) is available for students as well. This degree can have a strong emphasis on either mathematics or statistics, depending on the choice of the student. Both degrees have a variety of available research at WVU. Everything from coal efficiency to biometrics identification systems to predicting lung disease are primarily being researched by mathematicians and statisticians at WVU, and you could be a part of that research as well!

#### Graduate

The Master of Science degree programs are designed either for students who intend to go on to pursue a PhD in Mathematics, or for those planning to seek employment in education, government or industry.In the doctoral program, all students must first demonstrate that they are prepared to undertake doctoral-level course work by passing an entrance examination by the end of the first year in the program. The written entrance examination is taken in two areas of mathematics chosen from algebra, analysis, differential equations and topology. The PhD is essentially a research degree in which a student produces a high quality, original research thesis in an area of mathematics.

Research in the department is concentrated in the areas of applied mathematics (differential equations, asymptotic methods, applied analysis, modeling, image processing, numerical analysis, wavelet analysis) and discrete mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory, and applications; matroid theory, number theory). There is also growing research activity within the IML in undergraduate mathematics education. There is a weekly discrete mathematics seminar as well as colloquia by visiting mathematicians. Graduate students are encouraged to become involved in the research life of the department by participating in seminars, attending colloquia, and giving talks of their own through the Graduate Seminar. Faculty are currently undertaking funded research projects in areas such as neural networks, bioinformatics, computational fluid dynamics, data mining, and network reliability. Several graduate students are research assistants on projects led by faculty in the IML in areas of mathematics education.