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Eddie Fuller
Department of Mathematics Chair
phone: 304-293-2011

program contact

Eddie Fuller
Department of Mathematics Chair
phone: 304-293-2011

Program Details

Program Description

The bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science degrees in mathematics are designed to convey both appreciation for and ability to use techniques and strategies of mathematical reasoning. In required courses, the mathematical structures that have led to more efficient organization and synthesis of mathematical knowledge are covered. Applications of mathematics are discussed in these courses and in elective courses.

The Mathematics Department supports its students in many ways. A team of undergraduates is always sponsored to participate in the Putnam Examination, a national intercollegiate mathematics competition. Many students gain experience by serving as tutors or graders for lower-level courses.

Departmental scholarship funds support upper-division majors who have done the most outstanding work. Between two and five students each year are given these prestigious awards.

Through the Institute for Math Learning, the Mathematics Department assists students in beginning mathematics courses, free of charge. Graduate students and undergraduate assistants give individual attention to those needing help in a well-staffed study hall.

Career Profile

Most non faculty mathematicians work in government and in service and manufacturing industries. The Department of Defense is the primary federal employer of mathematicians; more than three-fourths of the mathematicians employed by the federal government work for the US Navy, Army or Air Force.

In the private sector, major employers within service industries include research and testing services, educational services, and computer and data processing services. Within manufacturing, the aircraft, chemicals, and computer and office equipment industries are key employers. Some mathematicians also work for banks, insurance companies and public utilities.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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