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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Mathematics


About Us

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.

 

Here at USC Math we provide a stimulating and supportive environment for our students. We believe we do an excellent job of keeping track of our students, giving them all the opportunities necessary to succeed with their studies.

 

Undergraduate program: Over 250 undergraduates are declared Mathematics majors, and numerous more have Mathematics minors. Our degree programs lead to a B.S. or B.A. degree. The actuarial track is a popular choice. The Hedberg Student Lounge is popular for study groups and for contest problem practice sessions.

 

Graduate program: Approximately 45 graduate students are enrolled in the Ph. D. program, which has both pure and applied tracks, or the Master's program leading to the M. S. or M. A. degrees. Most students have assistantships. Students have frequent opportunities to interact with faculty members outside of the strictly academic setting, such as the twice-weekly teas and the Fall Picnic. The Wyman L. Williams Room is the newly renovated lounge for faculty and grad students. Faculty-led problem sessions help students prepare for their qualifying exams.

 

We strongly encourage both graduate and undergraduate students to participate in regular research seminars in fields including: Algebra and Logic, Analysis, Approximation Theory, Combinatorics, Commutative Algebra, and Number Theory, plus numerous IMI seminars on Applied and Computational topics, such as Compressed Sensing. Browse the Math Calendar for the schedule of seminars and other activities.

 

Easy student-faculty interaction is promoted by holding most classes in LeConte (including all honors, upper division, and graduate classes). Our facilities include the Mathematics Tutoring Center and a special classroom equipped for teacher training. The computational facilities include four computer labs and computers in all student offices.

 

The Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society/Gamecock Math Club holds functions throughout the year (check the Math Calendar), including special lectures, movie nights, the annual Integration Bee, a Sudoku Contest, and the Problem of the Month competition (which sends the annual USC winner to the national Mathfest the following summer). The Department fields teams for the Putnam Exam and the international Mathematical Competition in Modeling.

 

USC is South Carolina's ambitious flagship university, with over 27,000 students at the Columbia campus. Our athletic teams compete in the famous Southeastern Conference (SEC). Columbia offers the cultural advantages of a medium-sized city, with the state Capitol adjacent to campus. The pristine Congaree Swamp National Park is famous for its many ancient and national-record trees. The nearby Congaree, Broad, and Saluda rivers as well as Lake Murray offer recreational opportunities. Close by are two downtown areas, the Vista and Five Points, enjoyed by students on weekends. Within a two-hour drive are beaches, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and historic Charleston. Columbia's affordability, mild winters, and friendly people are all big attractions for our students.

 

— Anton Schep, Chair