The mathematics program offers a rigorous curriculum based on the recommendations of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Mathematics majors may choose between concentrations in mathematics or statistics.:
- The Mathematics Focus provides a traditional program that prepares students for graduate studies in Mathematics or closely related areas.
- The Statistics Focus trains students who will use statistical methodologies and modes to analyze data in order to make decisions and to draw conclusions.
Students from other disciplines wishing to minor in Math could do so by taking 20-21 hours of mathematics coursework.
Goals and Student Learning Outcomes
|1. The student should demonstrate an understanding of fundamental proof techniques and counterexample construction.||
1.1 The student should be able to construct proofs using a specified method (direct, contrapositive or indirect, contradiction, and induction).
1.2 The student should be able to construct counterexamples of false statements.
|2. Students will demonstrate technical expertise within Mathematics.||2.1 The student should be able to recognize, design, and implement solutions to mathematical problems.|
|3. Students will be able to communicate mathematics both orally and in written form.||
3.1 The student should be able to read and understand undergraduate mathematics.
3.2 The students should be able to communicate mathematics, both orally and in writing, using appropriate terminology and notation.
|4. Students will be able to exhibit facility with abstract mathematical concepts.||
4.1 The student should be able to demonstrate facility with algebraic structures.
4.2 The student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts such as Limits, Derivatives, Integrals and Convergence.
The Division of Mathematics and Computer Science has established internship programs through the Career Center and with major corporations in the Upstate. Students in their senior year are strongly encouraged to seek internship opportunities at one of the many partnering corporations such as BMW Manufacturing, Michelin and Milliken.
The Bridging Pathways for the Preparation of Highly Qualified Mathematics and Science Teachers project (Bridging Pathways), in partnership with Spartanburg Community College (SCC), will provide scholarships to 21 students pursuing a dual undergraduate mathematics or science (biology or chemistry) degree and secondary education degree. These students will receive an $11,688 scholarship each year for three years of their five-year program beginning in their junior year. In addition, there will be three different internship experiences available for underclassmen at USC Upstate and SCC to work with middle and high school students.