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How to Apply to Our Programs

Are you thinking about becoming a mathematics major at Baylor or pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics? This page can help you get started!

Reasons to Become a Math Major at Baylor University

(1) Students majoring in mathematics develop the skills in abstract and analytic thinking that are required to solve challenging problems.

(2) The department offers several degree options to meet the individual student's interest.

(3) The faculty has a strong commitment to quality education while actively engaging in research in both pure and applied mathematics.

(4) The mathematics major provides an excellent foundation for graduate or professional schools and sound training for a position in business, industry, government, or education.

(5) Many mathematics majors attend graduate or professional school. Others work for companies in the computer or communications industries, for banks, insurance companies, consulting firms, or for various branches in the federal government, including the National Security Agency.

(6) A few years ago, the television station A&E presented a ranking of the most influential individuals of the last millenium. Four of the top ten were either mathematicians or used mathematics extensively in their work. SO BECOME A MATH MAJOR AND GET A HEAD START ON MAKING THE LIST FOR THE NEXT MILENNIUM!

Undergraduate Programs

For important information on Baylor Campus, Baylor University, and an online application, you will find useful information at the Baylor University Admissions Office website.

Baylor Admissions

The Department of Mathematics offers a broadly based curriculum that includes a variety of mathematical areas, both traditional and contemporary. With a strong commitment to quality undergraduate education and research, we seek to develop individuals who can enjoy productive careers in business, government, industry, research, and education at all levels. The Department has a diverse spectrum of courses in both applied and pure mathematics, with a choice of the following undergraduate degrees:

• The B.S. in Mathematics curriculum provides the student with a basic background in mathematics and allows a student to place some emphasis on an area of mathematics that is closely related to engineering or to the biological, physical, or social sciences.

• The B.S. in Applied Mathematics curriculum provides the student with a basic background in mathematics and offers training that emphasizes mathematics applicable to business, industry, and government.

• The B.A. in Mathematics curriculum provides the student with a basic background in mathematics in the context of a liberal arts education.

Minor in Mathematics - Students interested in K-12 teaching can obtain teaching certification in mathematics through the School of Education. The Mathematics Department works closely with the School of Education to provide the best possible curriculum for our prospective teachers.

A number of Baylor Mathematics Department faculty members have received prestigious grants to work on research problems that are at the cutting edge of knowledge in their fields.

• The following have received NSF Research Grants: Dr. John Davis (Differential Equations), Dr. Jon Harrison (Mathematical Physics), Dr. Klaus Kirsten (Mathematical Physics), Dr. Lance Littlejohn (Analysis), Dr. Ron Morgan (Numerical Analysis), Dr. Constanze Liaw (Harmonic Analysis and Mathematical Physics), Dr. Robert Kirby (Numerical Analysis and Computational Mathematics) and Dr. Brian Raines (Topology).

• Several faculty members are working or have worked closely with undergraduates on research projects which have or will be published in academic journals.

• In addition, several faculty members have been working closely with area middle school and high school teachers in programs which have the goal of helping these teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the mathematics they are teaching. These programs have been funded by various grants from the State and Federal Government and also provide Baylor undergraduates who are prospective teachers opportunities to work in these programs with the area teachers and their students.

Graduate Programs

To apply to the Ph.D. program start by filling out the application form. There is a $50.00 processing fee. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2013. You will also need to submit your quantitative and verbal GRE scores (no subject score is required), three letters of recommendation (from professors from whom you've taken courses) and official transcripts from all of the academic institutions you have attended.*

*Without all of these components, your application is considered incomplete and no admission or funding decisions can be made.

Please note that the Mathematics Department only accepts students applying to the PhD. Program. Masters applicants are only accepted in special circumstances.