# 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. The MS program typically takes two years to complete. The PhD is essentially a research degree in which a student produces a high quality, original research thesis in an area of mathematics. The Department generally expects PhD students to require up to five years to complete that degree. Note that the PhD program assumes an MS degree in Mathematics or its near equivalent.

Faculty research interests can be broadly grouped into the areas of applied mathematics (differential equations, dynamical systems applied analysis, modeling, image processing, approximation), discrete mathematics (combinatorics, graph theory, matroid theory, and applications), research in undergraduate mathematics education, set theory and algebra. There are regular seminars in discrete mathematics, applied analysis, algebra, and undergraduate mathematics education, 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. The Department supports graduate student travel to present work at conferences, and for advanced Ph.D. students, the department will support research over the summer for up to two summers.