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Mathematics

Language of the Universe

"Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers." –Shakuntala Devi

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Department of Mathematics

Science Center, Room 313
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2316
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The Bachelor of Science

Learn about Bachelor of Science degrees in the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences. We offer more than 15 majors in the natural sciences.

The Bachelor of Science

Learn about Bachelor of Science degrees in the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences. We offer more than 15 majors in the natural sciences.

Mathematics is the study of shape and form, of numbers and patterns, of concrete examples and abstract generalizations. As a discipline mathematics is not easy to categorize. It is an art: there is great beauty in its execution and exposition. It is a science: it is extremely rigorous and it has an experimental aspect. It is pure: within mathematics one can create a whole universe and explore its properties. It is applied: many of the best ideas of mathematics arise from attempts at solving everyday problems, and some of its most pure concepts have surprisingly practical applications. It is a philosophy: mathematics is grounded in ideas. Most of all, mathematics is alive. Although mathematics has engaged human thought for millennia it is still today a vibrant and growing area of human endeavor with new and important discoveries.

It is the goal of the Department of Mathematics not only to provide students with a firm foundation in the concepts and skills of mathematics, but to instill in them an appreciation for the beauty and power of the subject.

Department Newsletter

You can read all the latest news about the Department of Mathematics in the 2019 Newsletter (pdf). You can also catch up on last year in the 2018 Newsletter (pdf).  Older newsletters are available in the archive on eCommons.

In the News
Faculty 04.15.19
Mann Chair in the Sciences

The University of Dayton has appointed Umesh Haritashya as the Brother Leonard A. Mann, S.M., Chair in the Sciences. Haritashya is an associate professor of geology. He joined the University faculty in 2008.

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Alumnus garners international acclaim

1972 University of Dayton graduate Richard Schoen has won three prestigious international prizes for math in 2017, including the Wolf Prize in Mathematics which is referred to by some as a "Nobel for math."

After Schoen received the Wolf Prize in January, he also won the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Heinz Hopf Prize.

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Alumni Support
Sciences 10.29.18
Mathematics Gift

High regard for a pair of University of Dayton mathematics professors + a generous donation in their honor = more opportunities for mathematics majors to attend conferences and organize student activities.

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Sciences 03.15.18
Ben Rice Memorial Scholarship

A University of Dayton professor who taught mathematics for nearly four decades is being remembered with a new scholarship in his name that will continue his legacy at the University for many years to come.

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Faculty 02.02.17
'Eternally Grateful'

University of Dayton faculty aren't always aware of their lasting impact on students' lives. But Harry Mushenheim, mathematics professor emeritus, learned of his influence on former student Dr. Pieter Wiersema '74 when the latter donated $10,000 to the department of mathematics in Mushenheim's honor.

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