Graduate Program

The Mathematics Department administers programs leading to Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mathematics. These programs provide diverse opportunities for advanced study and research in areas of algebra, analysis, topology, and the history of mathematics. The Mathematics Department has 25 tenured and tenure-track faculty, nearly a dozen postdoctoral instructors and visitors, and 47 graduate students, creating a close-knit community of faculty and students.

Numerous subfields of mathematics are represented in the research of the faculty. In algebra, these include linear and arithmetic groups and associated structures, representation theory, and commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. In analysis, subfields include probability, mathematical physics, partial differential equations, operator theory, and harmonic analysis. In topology, algebraic topology and geometric topology are both studied, along with connections to category theory and differential geometry. In our history of mathematics program, emphasis is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Besides a series of colloquium lectures, there are also weekly research seminars in algebra, differential equations, geometry, mathematical physics, operator theory, probability, and topology. The graduate student seminar serves as a meeting place for graduate students and junior faculty to talk about mathematics.

The Department and Mathematics Library are located in Kerchof Hall.

There is a well-equipped computing laboratory available to faculty and graduate students, as well as a computer in every office.