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Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina! We are located in LeConte College, notable for its surroundings of majestic live oak trees and springtime flowers, in the historic heart of the urban USC campus. USC Math has evolved into one of the premier centers in the Southeast for Mathematics scholarship and education.

Mathematics is a fascinating and beautiful subject which has been at the University since its founding over 200 years ago in 1801. Mathematics plays a crucial role in today's computer age. Through mathematical study students learn how to analyze problems critically and systematically. Our students develop marketable skills for technical careers in the Sciences, Engineering, and Finance. Mathematics is also an excellent major or minor for pre-law and pre-med students. Many of our undergraduate and graduate students go into teaching, from secondary schools in-state to research universities around the world. Many more have jobs at government research labs, computer corporations, and insurance companies.

Our internationally renowned faculty of 40 tenure-track and visiting professors carries out cutting edge research across a broad spectrum of pure and applied fields. Departmental research projects attract federal and industrial support. Housed within the Department is the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute, which fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across the University.


  • Dr. Joshua Cooper, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, will lead a discussion about the movie Computer Chess, which will be shown Matrch 31, 2014 at the Nickelodeon movie theatre: See The Nickelodeon Theatre's Page for more details

  • Congratulations to Heather Smith on being accepted into the Mathematics Research Communities program, specifically under the conference theme of Network Science. The scientific program will fully occupy the days of Wednesday, June 25 to Sunday, June 29. This program has been developed by the AMS to help guide young researchers as they begin their careers by forming working relationships, and will provide mentoring and discussion networks that involve interactions with senior researchers as well as your peers. In addition to the various aspects of her research, broader subjects will be covered, such as applying for jobs, publishing, and grant writing. The National Science Foundation has generously agreed to fund this project.

  • Pi Mu Epsilon and the Gamecock Math Club, together with the generous support of the USC Residence Hall Association and the Department of Mathematics, sponsored a Math Jeopardy team at the Mathematical Association of America Southeast Regional Spring 2014 Meeting at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN. The USC Team consisted of Charles Arnold, Major Brightwell, Jeffrey Davis, and Reid Harris and was sponsored by PME Faculty Advisor Ronda Sanders. Our team, affectionately known as the Algebros, took first place out of 26 teams! The Math Jeopardy competition is an excellent way to showcase our talented undergraduate students and allow them the opportunity to interact with undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from other universities throughout the southeast. We are very proud of our team and look forward to sending a new team next year! Images of our team can be found here, here, and here.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor position available
    Endowed Chair Position Available

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