Mathematics

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 Math Club encourages math awareness and promotes interest in mathematics at USC Upstate. Club meetings address issues important to USC Upstate students with an interest in mathematics or an intention to work in the field of mathematics. For more information, contact the Math Club president Bailey Beamish or the Math Club Adviser, Dr. Muhammad Hameed

    2018-2019 Club Officers 

    President - Bailey Beamish
    Vice President - Curnel McLain
    Secretary - Blake Dutcher
    Treasury - Samantha Langley 

    Activities 

    We frequently organize activities including seminars, talks and visits to professional meetings and conferences.

    2015

    Members of the Math Club traveled to the Kennesaw Mountain Undergraduate Mathematics Conference at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, on Oct. 24, 2015. The group had an oppertunity to attend talks and a poster session on various mathematical topics in academics, careers and research.

    2013

    In January of 2013, math club members attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting, in San Diego, CA. Math Majors presented their research work at those meeting and won awards.

    2012

    In January of 2012, math club members attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting, the largest gathering of mathematicians in the world, in Baltimore, MD. 

    2011

    In the spring of 2011, members traveled to the Annual Sectional Meeting of Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in Tuscaloosa, AL. One student and a faculty member presented their research work there. Students also attended graduate school fair and got a wonderful opportunity to speak personally with admissions representatives from a number of graduate and professional programs about your credentials, their admissions requirements and what distinguishes their program with research opportunities offered in their desired field.

  • In 1986, the mathematics faculty of Converse College, Wofford College and University of South Carolina Upstate (then USC Spartanburg) joined under the leadership of USC Upstate professor Guy Jacobsohn to sponsor an annual mathematics colloquium series. The colloquia are designed to encourage interaction among mathematics students and faculty.

    Each participating institution hosts one mathematics lecture on their campus each semester. Guest lecturers have included nationally recognized mathematicians as well as faculty from the participating colleges, the University of South Carolina and Clemson University. The programs are designed at a level that can be understood by the undergraduate mathematics student. The purpose of the series is to enrich the undergraduate experience and to provide an opportunity for the students and faculty on the three campuses to get to know one another.

    Upon the untimely passing of Guy Jacobsohn in the spring of 2003, the series was renamed from the Spartanburg Collegiate Mathematics Colloquium Series to the Guy Jacobsohn Memorial Mathematics Colloquium Series.