About Mathematics

  • Do You Like Solving Problems?

    • Are you fascinated by mathematical ingenuity and discovery?
    • Would you like to contribute to any one of such diverse fields as financial forecasting, space systems, or education?

    Mathematics Is the Language of Science

    Mathematics relies almost entirely on imagination and discovery that come from the human mind. There are no boundaries to mathematical ideas.

    From Ancient Times to the Present Age of Information

    Mathematics is rich in history and application. It is used:

    • to break codes during war time
    • to analyze documents
    • to design transportation systems
    • to compute missile trajectories and satellite orbits
    • to handle complex management scheduling

    From the ancient Egyptians to the robotics scientists of this century, mathematics has been integral to many technical advances in the history of humankind. Visit the American Mathematical Society's Mathematical Moments for a more extensive list of areas in which mathematics impacts our lives.

    Mathematicians Are in Demand!

    Career possibilities include work in finance, cryptology, computer graphics, medicine, robotics, economics, statistics, teaching, and management science. The American Mathematical Society maintains a list of jobs held by recent graduates in mathematics.  You might be interested in the  Mathematics Department Factsheet, which contains information about the department and our graduates.

    Mathematics Teachers Are in Demand!

    The College Board shows that 44 percent of current teachers in Pennsylvania will be eligible to retire in the next six years. The state is expecting an increase of more than four million elementary and secondary students during this same time.  You might be interested in the  Mathematics Education Factsheet, which contains information about our education programs and our graduates.

    Professional Organizations Devoted to Mathematical Sciences

    American Mathematical Society (mathematical research and scholarship)

    American Statistical Association (scientific and educational society to promote excellence in the application of statistical science)

    Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (to improve mathematics education for students of all ages)

    Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (for operations research educators, investigators, scientists, students, managers, and consultants)

    Mathematical Association of America (for educators, students, professionals, and math enthusiasts) [ Allegheny Mountain Section]

    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (mathematics education) [ Pennsylvania]

    Sigma Xi (scientific research society) [ local chapter]

    Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (the application of mathematics and computational science to engineering, industry, science, and society)