Department of Mathematics

Dr. Guoqing Tang, Chairperson

The Mathematics Department provides course work leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The faculty members are active and dedicated scholars, with an enthusiastic interest in teaching, and ongoing, significant, research programs. Innovative teaching methods are integrated through the mathematics curriculum. The faculty is especially interested in the intellectual development of each student, and there is continuous individual contact to provide quality instruction in all areas of mathematics. All graduate faculty teach on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Degrees Offered: 

  • To offer degree programs in mathematics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels providing qualifications that lead graduates to work as mathematicians in industry, education, and on to doctoral study and the professorate.
  • To act as a service unit for the entire University, teaching such mathematics courses as other departments deem necessary for their prog

Department History

From 1915 to 1967, the Department of Mathematics was a part of the School of Engineering of The Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina, a land grant college created by the Morrill Act.

In 1967 the North Carolina General Assembly re-designated the College as a Regional University effective July 1, 1967. Under this designation, the Department of Mathematics became a part of the newly created School of Arts and Sciences. In September 1968, the Department moved to the newly constructed Merrick Hall. It subsequently moved to the newly constructed Marteena Hall. At that time, the facility included modern classrooms, two computer laboratories and a teacher education laboratory. N.C. A&T became a constituent university of The University of North Carolina in 1972.

The Department of Mathematics initiated a program in Computer Science at the University and from 1981-1992 was the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, offering degree programs in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science. In 1992, Computer Science was reconstituted as a separate department and relocated to the College of Engineering (located in McNair Hall).

The Department of Mathematics continues to serve two main functions:

The Department of Mathematics delivers on average about 25,000 credit hours worth of instruction per year. Some faculty members of the Department of Mathematics hold joint appointments with the Energy and Environmental Systems Ph.D. program and the Joint School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering.

Marteena Hall
Marteena Hall is a prominent feature of the north side of campus (nearest Aggie Stadium.) In addition to housing the Department of Mathematics, Marteena Hall houses the Department of Physics, the Greensboro Area Mathematics and Science Education Center (GAMSEC), biology laboratories, two general use computer facilities, a general use student study lounge, a faculty lounge, Marteena 122: the "Undergraduate Computational Research Training Lab," and other administrative offices.

Career Resources for Math Students

The US Department of Education recently reported that only 16% of high school seniors are both proficient in math and show an interest in pursuing a STEM-related career. Math majors are some of the most employable graduates and are often near the top of income brackets for their career level. Whether math majors go to work in STEM or take a less traditional path, options abound for them.

To help these students begin thinking about their futures before entering the job market, the US Deaprtment of Education has created a guide to the best careers for math majors. It highlights several common paths of employment, as well as a few outside-the-box options. The guide also explores useful workplace skills learned in the major and provides a collection of resources to help new math graduates.

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