Mathematics majors can choose from four areas of concentration, depending on interests and career plans. For those considering graduate study in mathematics, the pure mathematics concentration provides a strong background in mathematical theory. Students planning for careers in business, industry or government should consider the concentrations in applied mathematics or actuarial science and risk management. For those who intend to teach, Towson University offers the secondary mathematics education program and the elementary education major with the mathematics minor. Each program leads to eligibility for state certification. All of the concentration options have the same core courses as well as their own specialty courses. The mathematics major can be combined with a second major in computer science or economics.
Towson University is recognized as Maryland’s preeminent teacher education institution as well as a national model for the professional preparation of classroom teachers. The Department of Mathematics at Towson University has a distinguished history in the preparation of middle and high school teachers, as well as preparing preK–5 teachers to teach mathematical concepts and skills. The Department offers outstanding, NCATE accredited undergraduate major and minor programs, as well as the finest graduate program in the state of Maryland for the initial and advanced preparation of teachers of mathematics.
On the graduate level, students may choose from master's degree programs in applied and industrial mathematics or mathematics education. Both programs lead to a Master of Science degree.
The Department of Mathematics has an excellent faculty. Committed to superior teaching, faculty members bring both scholarly and practical experience to the classroom. Classes are generally small, rarely exceeding 30 students. We encourage students to meet with their professors outside of class to facilitate the learning process with one-on-one conversations.
Outside of class, mathematics students have many opportunities to get involved. They might work on new problems with the Applied Mathematics Laboratory team, join one of the three student math clubs, or apply for the university's honors program. Other resources available to students include: a departmental mathematics placement test that helps students determine which classes are right for them, the Mathematics Tutoring Center, scholarships, awards, financial aid and on-campus jobs.