Department of Mathematical Sciences

Undergraduate Program


Mathematics is pervasive in our society. Although not readily visible to the general public, applications of mathematics are creating striking changes in the science and technology that strongly impact our lives. From modern economic development (city and regional planning) to environmental concerns (accurate weather forecasting), from advanced medical technology (CAT scans and ultrasound imaging) to computerized communication systems (satellite transmissions and FAX machines), mathematics touches nearly every facet of our world.

At Clemson, you can experience the power of mathematics in the context of the exciting and dynamic science that it really is. Mathematical Sciences: a science in search of pattern, form and structure, whose operating sphere is one of numbers, algorithms, ideas and models; and a science which often uses experimentation and simulation–yet relies on the rigor of logic as its ultimate truth.

Mathematical Sciences at Clemson

The term Mathematical Sciences refers to several interrelated areas of study which are intrinsically mathematical:

  • algebra and discrete mathematics,
  • analysis and dynamical systems,
  • applied and computational mathematics,
  • probability and statistics, and
  • operations research.

Although core mathematics–with its rich tradition of abstraction, logic, and proof–is the foundation, mathematical sciences also deals with experimentation and data, and employs a variety of mathematical models for the analysis of both deterministic and probabilistic situations.

Clemson's Department of Mathematical Sciences was among the first in the country to effectively combine the areas of algebra, analysis, computation, statistics, and operations research into a single mathematical sciences program. The result is a balanced, flexible, and modern curriculum which has attracted considerable national attention.

Additional Sources of Information

Mathematician Takes Top Spot in Job Ranking Study

The Wall Street Journal (1/6, Needleman) reports that, according to a study from the jobsite ranking the best and worst jobs, the occupation of mathematician ranked the highest of all jobs examined.  "The study, to be released Tuesday...evaluates 200 professions to determine the best and worst according to five criteria inherent to every job:  environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress."  Mathematicians ranked highly "in part because they typically work in favorable conditions" and "aren't expected to do any heavy lifting, crawling or crouching."  Additionally, median annual income for the profession is $94,160.  Other highly rated jobs include statistician, biologist, software engineer, physicist, medical laboratory technician and computer programmer.