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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

The knowledgable and friendly faculty of the Department of Mathematics at Austin Peay are dedicated to providing a quality education in mathematics. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics may choose from four options: Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Statistics, and Actuarial Science. In addition, licensed teachers can pursue an advanced degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Mathematics Specialization. We also offer two minors in Mathematics and in Applied Statistics.

For more information on our B.S. Mathematics Programs of Study, click here.

We are excited to announce our new master's degree programs: both an M.S. and PSM degrees in Predictive Analytics and Mathematical Finance.  For more information, click here.

The study of mathematics enhances critical thinking skills and provides an excellent background for a career in most any field, including science, engineering, education, law, and medicine. Let the Mathematics faculty at Austin Peay help you prepare for the career of your choice!

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Malori Cloys

I can honestly say that studying mathematics has been such a wonderful and fulfilling experience so far. My professors and my peers in the Math department have made a huge impact on my success during my time at APSU.
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Tyler Hagemann

Austin Peay's math department has deepened my understanding of, and passion for, mathematics. I could not be where I am today without the support of my math professors.
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Breanna Vanden Berg

The faculty members in the department are very encouraging and helpful in mypursuit to be a future math teacher. APSU is great at cultivating women in STEM, and it is a great institution to further your education in the STEM field.
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Kindyl King

The research experience I have gained at APSU could not be matched by any other university. Austin Peay provided me multiple opportunities to do interesting research, to present my work at conferences, and to work with very knowledgeable professors to publish papers.
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Emily Stark
Alumni (2017)

I have been able to accomplish things APSUthat wouldn't have been possible without the overwhelming support of the math department, betweenthe funding to study abroad and present research at conferences, writing countless letters of recommendation, andsimply being a source of constant encouragement.
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Elisha Hall
Alumni (2016)

The mathematics department at APSU allowed me the freedom to explore the fields of mathematics and statistics as much as I wanted, then pushed me even further than I knew was possible. The solid foundation I received at APSU gave me all the necessary tools to be successful in graduate school and beyond.

Faculty Spotlight

Nell Rayburn     
     Dr. Nell Rayburn
     Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University
     Professor Rayburn has been selected as the first faculty
     representative on the new APSU Board of Trustees.  This
     honor is in addition to previous awards earned during her
     nearly 30 year tenure in our department, including the
     Socrates Award for Excellence in Teaching, the APSU
     Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, the Faculty
     Distinguished Community Service Award, and the
     Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award.


What Will I Learn?

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics consists of either the Mathematics major or three different concentrations: Mathematics Education, Statistics, and Actuarial Science.  See below for the core class requirements for the Mathematics major, which are required classes for all concentrations, or go to our Majors and Concentrations page for more information on further requirements for each concentration.

MATH 1910 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
MATH 1920 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
MATH 2110 - Calculus III 4
MATH 3010 - Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning 3
MATH 3450 - Linear Algebra 3
MATH 4240 - Probability 3
MATH 4450 - Mathematical Models 3
MATH 4810 - Senior Seminar 1
  25 hours

What Do Math Majors Do After Graduation?

Mathematics and Statistics majors go on to pursue many different career paths:

  • Actuary
  • Computer Programmer
  • Engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Government Statistician
  • High School or Middle School Math Teacher
  • Insurance Risk Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Math Education Researcher
  • Math Professor at Community College or University
  • NSA Intelligence Officer
  • Operations Analyst
  • Software Engineer


Where have APSU alumni gone?
Meet Emily Stark

Emily Stark completed her bachelor's degree at APSU in 2017 with an accomplished record that included participating in an REU at Virginia Tech, completing a summer abroad program in Budapest, and earning the Drane Award as the top graduating senior at APSU.  Emily is now attending graduate school at Florida Atlantic University, where she is studying machine learning and artifical intelligence in their Cognitive Psychology Ph.D. program.

Matt Watkins
Meet Matt Watkins

Matt Watkins graduated in 2016 after being selected for the President Research Scholars Program, which allowed him to blend his math major and art minor through the study of Knot Theory.  He was able to present his work at the Joint Math Meetings in Atlanta.  Now Matt has enrolled in APSU's M.S. program to further his studies in Mathematical Finance.