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Message from the Chair

Lance (w x h, 0 KB)Welcome to the Baylor Department of Mathematics web site! Currently, we have an active faculty of 21 members with plans to expand to 26 tenure-track members by 2012. Despite our small, but growing, faculty, we have several areas of strength in the department including algebra, analysis, differential equations, functional analysis, mathematics education, mathematical physics, numerical analysis, representation theory, and topology.

The Department of Mathematics at Baylor University offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics. A Bachelor of Science degree is also offered in applied mathematics. The department currently has 24 graduate students. With the administration's continued support of our programs, we seek to support 32 graduate students by 2012. Most of our graduate students are Ph.D. candidates working closely with their supervisors on state-of-the art problems in both pure and applied mathematics.

Another strength of the department - actually a hallmark of Baylor's tradition of excellence - is the individual attention that our students receive from our professors. Indeed, the mathematics faculty - the 21 tenured or tenure-track members as well as our 10 lecturers - pride themselves for having an open door, easy access policy with our students. It is our mission to provide quality mathematics instruction at all levels, to make significant contributions to the discovery and dissemination of mathematical knowledge, and to develop, within a Christian environment, ethical scholars, skilled professionals, and educated leaders who are sensitive to the needs of society. Class sizes are small; in fact, most of our classes, including pre-calculus and calculus classes, have less than 40 students. For students seeking additional help in mathematics, the department also runs a daily tutorial lab that is staffed by some of our graduate students.

Please peruse our departmental web pages and see the available programs that we offer. And please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Lance Littlejohn
Department Chair