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The Department of Mathematics and Statistics (DOMS) is a community of mathematicians and statisticians. We offer degrees at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral level. Thus, besides our faculty and post-doctoral visitors, our community includes a large and valuable cadre of hard-working and talented undergraduate and graduate students.

At the undergraduate level, we have two kinds of degrees: general degrees for majors in Mathematical Sciences are labeled Bachelor of Arts (BA), while our more intensive undergraduate degrees are labeled Bachelor of Science (BS). There are both mathematics tracks and actuarial science tracks within both degrees. There is also a track in Statistics for the BA degree. For more details, see the page on the undergraduate programs. A minor in mathematics is also possible.

At the graduate level, we have the PhD in Mathematical Sciences, Master of Arts (MA) in Mathematics, and Master of Arts (MA) in Statistics degrees. We cooperate with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership in their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree for future high school teachers. There is also a combined five-year BA/MAT degree. For more details, see the page on the graduate programs.

While our highest degree is a PhD “in Mathematical Sciences”, a significant number of our doctoral dissertations are written on research topics in mathematical statistics.

All faculty members and post-doctoral visitors are active researchers. The main areas of concentration in the department are: Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, Geometry/Topology and Statistics.

Read the page on Graduate Programs for information about financial support for graduate students.

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New degree track in Statistics to launch in Fall 2020

A new track in Statistics will soon be added to the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Sciences degree. Statistics is the discipline that concerns the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. The BA track in Statistics is designed to provide a solid mathematical and statistical foundation for a successful career in statistics, data analysis and data science. To obtain a BA degree in Mathematical Sciences with a Statistics track, a student must complete 50 credits of coursework in the field of Mathematical Sciences as follows:

  • Calculus I–III and Linear Algebra (16 cr.)
  • Number Systems (4 cr.)
  • Scientific Computing (2 cr.)
  • Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics (8 cr.)
  • Regression and Statistical Learning (8 cr.)
  • Two electives from pure mathematics courses (8 cr.)
  • One additional elective (4 cr.)

Detailed major requirements will be found in the 2020 University Bulletin. Inquiries should be sent to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

As usual, to declare or drop a major or minor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, fill in this Google Form.

2020/05/07 18:58

David Lee Hanson [1935 - 2020]

With sadness we announce the passing, on March 13, 2020, of our friend and colleague David Lee Hanson.

Dave grew up in Kansas, did his undergraduate work at MIT, and received his PhD degree in probability at Indiana University under the direction of J. R. Blum. Mathematical Reviews lists authorship or co-authorship of 54 research papers.

The enormous development of SUNY in the 1960's led to a fundamental change in the role of our department. Prior to 1968 it was an undergraduate teaching department, but starting in that year its mission was enlarged, making it also a graduate and research department. As part of that development, Dave was hired 1973 as a “leading professor”. He was an early architect and supporter of our entry into the field of statistics, still to this day a major component of our program.

At a difficult time in the department's development - a time marked by strong disagreements among faculty members - Dave took on the arduous role of Department Chair in 1983. He remained in that role for the next sixteen years, steering the department through those difficulties.

Binghamton University's transition from being a liberal arts college to being a research university was slow and not always easy. Perhaps Dave's greatest achievement during his long chairmanship was his success at guiding the deans of that period on how a research mathematical sciences department should be structured.

Long after his retirement he also continued to teach a course each semester right up to two weeks ago.

In his retirement Dave served several terms as an elected member of the Vestal School Board.

His wife Alison passed away last Fall. He is survived by his three daughters and one son.

2020/03/26 10:25

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