Department of Mathematics & Statistics
The knowledgeable 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 have three minors in Mathematics, Actuarial Science, and Applied Statistics.
We offer several master's degree programs: both an M.S. and PSM degrees in Predictive Analytics and Mathematical Finance, and an M.S. in Mathematics Instruction.
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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Opportunity for Students Interested in Actuarial Science:
Our department will provide reimbursement to six full-time students for successfully passing preliminary actuarial exams P or FM. The reimbursement amount is $200 per student. The full-time student must take and pass exams P or FM held by Society of Actuaries/ Casualty Actuarial Society during the 2019-2020 academic year. Please contact Drs. Vajira Manathunga, Jennifer Yantz, or Sumen Sen for more details.
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.
Before transferring to APSU I had so much doubt in my ability to pursue a degree in Math. But everyone in this department has helped me build my confidence and made me feel like I'm on the right path! I know my academic success would not be possible without this encouraging community of professors and peers.
The experience I’ve had with the faculty members of Austin Peay’s math department has been phenomenal. Everyone I’ve encountered has been helpful and encouraging throughout my journey. They are part of the reason for my success and I’m proud to be part of such an amazing institution.
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.
I have been able to accomplish things at APSU that wouldn't have been possible without the overwhelming support of the math department, between the funding to study abroad and present research at conferences, writing countless letters of recommendation, and simply being a source of constant encouragement.
I've been pushed out of my comfort zone and accomplished things I didn't previously think I could do through the constant support and encouragement from my professors and fellow students while here at APSU. I am confident that the knowledge and skills that I've acquired is preparing me for the next step of going to graduate school.
I am so thankful for my professors in this department pushing me to be the best I can be. They truly care about their students and want them to succeed. Everyday I come to school, I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.
Dr. Sumen Sen, who recently earned a promotion to Associate Professor, is a leading researcher in the field of statistics. Since beginning at APSU in Fall 2015, Dr. Sen has had six research papers either published or submitted for publication in a variety of high-quality statistical journals. Dr. Sen has particularly excelled in the area of undergraduate research, with two of those papers written with Joseph Mathews, a student who recently graduated from APSU and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Duke. Sumen has also worked on a research project with students, along with the Nursing Department, applying his statistics expertise to investigate medical treatments. He has presented his research both in regional meetings in the Southeast U.S. and also internationally at the International Indian Statistical Association.
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 I||4|
|MATH 1920 - Calculus 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|
What Do Math Majors Do After Graduation?
Mathematics and Statistics majors go on to pursue many different career paths:
- Computer Programmer
- 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