Uncover answers to fascinating mathematical questions with the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's mathematics - research emphasis bachelor's degree. One of only a few programs like it — and the only program like it in the UW System — the mathematics - research emphasis major is an excellent choice for those who enjoy math, are naturally curious and are passionate about contributing to the field of research.
Courses throughout the unique major will introduce you to various mathematical research methods, covering topics in background research, methods of proof, mathematical writing and presentation. Building skills in communication and problem-solving, you'll learn how to best communicate mathematics in both written and oral form. You'll also learn LaTeX, a computer language for writing math papers, posters and presentations, which will prepare you well for your chosen career.
Gaining real-world experience conducting and analyzing research is a critical focus of the major. Curriculum includes independent research seminars as well as the chance to join ongoing collaborative student-faculty research projects. Throughout these experiences, you'll conduct independent and original research, contribute to ongoing departmental research, share your findings with your peers and present your work at both local and national conferences.
Graduates leave the mathematics - research emphasis program ready to hit the ground running. With professional research experience, industry connections and an impressive resume, you'll enter the working world with everything you need to make an impact and excel in the mathematical research field.
A collaborative, personalized education. During your time at UWEC, you'll learn from expert professors who are committed to excellent teaching. Small class sizes allow for the formation of deeper relationships and one-on-one attention, with plenty of face-to-face time with faculty. Many math courses are taught in active-learning pod rooms, which encourage collaborative learning and effective use of technology.
Countless research projects. In addition to research projects built into your degree plan, the UWEC math department offers countless additional research opportunities to math majors. These outside-the-classroom projects have led to paid work, awards, published papers and scholarships, and the opportunity to travel to math conferences and share research results with other mathematicians.
Outside-the-classroom learning. The department’s annual Math Retreat will give you the chance to practice presenting your research to other math students, participate in math competitions and learn from guest speakers. It is also a great way to hear about new and ongoing research projects that you may want to join or investigate further. Additionally, two intensive data analysis challenges each year give you a chance to showcase your skills against dozens of other university teams.
Innovative facilities. As a mathematics student, you'll have access to technology-equipped classrooms, collaborative student seminar rooms and computer laboratories filled with programs and specialized software tools, including Python, Matlab and R. These are some of the same programs you'll find in the field, giving you a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.
Volunteer opportunities. Each year, staff, faculty and students work together to put on the department's Math Meet, a fun math competition for over 300 high school students from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Another event, Sonia Kovalevsky Day, allows for a day of engaging math activities and encourages middle-school and high-school girls’ interest in math. These events are excellent opportunities to build connections and make a difference.
Mathematics - research emphasis program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Math Club
- Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
UW-Eau Claire's mathematics - research emphasis bachelor's degree provides students with exceptional preparation for graduate school and opens doors to countless career opportunities in business, government and industry.
Mathematics - research emphasis careers
- Mathematical researcher
- Research scientist
- Operations research analyst
- Mathematics professor
- Market researcher
- Research mathematical statistician
- Research analyst
- Data scientist
Mathematical discovery requires the mastery of curriculum and the persistence of molding prior knowledge into an innovative solution. The mathematics - research emphasis major enables you to get a glimpse into this world by providing more math elective courses, math research experience and conference opportunities. Math research will teach you the process of how to get stuck, try again and eventually revel at an insightful solution.
The curriculum within the mathematics - research emphasis program focuses on how to identify and formulate open research problems and implement proper proof techniques to answer them. In addition to taking core mathematics courses with all mathematical majors, you'll also explore courses related to mathematical research, computer science and logic, and the application of mathematics. A variety of mathematical electives within the major allow you to study additional topics that interest you or align with your career goals.
What classes do mathematics - research emphasis majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Abstract algebra
- Foundations of biology, general chemistry or university physics
- Linear algebra
- Computing in Python
- Research methods
- Linear regression analysis, with time series
Learn more about the mathematics - research emphasis major in the UWEC course catalog.
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