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About the Department

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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is located in the College of Arts & Sciences Multidisciplinary Complex (CMC building) at the University of South Florida's Tampa Campus. The faculty is composed of thirty-five members who do research in a variety of fields and teach courses ranging from the first-year to the doctoral level. The research of the Department is primarily in the areas of algebra, analysis, differential equations, discrete mathematics, statistics, and topology.

The department's Graduate Programs in Mathematics and Statistics offer courses of study leading to Master's and Doctoral degrees. Courses are also available for certification and career development. The Undergraduate Program offers courses of study leading to a Bachelor's degree. It also provides service courses to students majoring in natural sciences, business, or engineering, as well as distribution requirement courses to all students.

To teach a lower-level course in the department, the instructor must either (a) be a graduate teaching assistant in the department who has completed at least 18 hours of graduate-level coursework, or (b) hold a master's degree in mathematics or statistics or a closely-related field (applied mathematics, mathematics education, engineering, etc.), or (c) hold a master's degree in some other discipline and have completed at least 18 hours of mathematics or statistics graduate-level coursework. The same minimum requirements hold for teaching upper-level courses, but in practice these courses are almost always taught by instructors holding a doctorate in mathematics or statistics (or a closely-related field). All graduate-level courses are taught by instructors who hold a doctorate in mathematics or statistics (or a closely-related field). Only individuals who have a demonstrated command of the English language are assigned to teach mathematics and statistics courses at the University of South Florida.

Mission Statement

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a diversity of courses designed not only to enable the student to pursue careers in mathematics or statistics, but also to enhance the student's competence in the fields of engineering, the physical sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences. The department offers programs leading to the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

The undergraduate program emphasizes the broad nature of modern mathematics and statistics and their close association with the real world. The program is designed to prepare students for entry into graduate school or careers in industry or secondary education.

The graduate programs strive to provide students seeking a graduate degree in mathematics or statistics with the experience and knowledge to understand and value prior accomplishments in the discipline while supplying the training to develop the skills necessary for a meaningful contribution to the intellectual framework and applications of the discipline.

The Department is also committed to providing services to the community in which it resides. This is accomplished primarily through the STEM Education Center, the Center for Industrial and Interdisciplinary Mathematics, free public lectures, and individual faculty involvement in community activities.

The department is governed according to the document: Department Guidelines.

The policies regarding tenure and promotion can be found in the document: Tenure and Promotion Guidelines.

Minutes of recent faculty meetings can be found in the document: Faculty Meeting Minutes.