Mathematics Department | Troy University

Mathematics Department

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Whether you are thinking about seeking a career as a Mathematician, a Mathematics Teacher, or in a related area such as Statistics, our Mathematics and Mathematics Education majors will give you a great foundation for success.  In addition, our department also now offers a new Statistics minor and a Mathematics minor.  Our students enjoy small class sizes taught by caring and dedicated faculty who are experts in their fields, one-on-one faculty advising, a Mathematics Club to promote professional growth and enjoyment of mathematics, a chapter of the national honorary mathematics society Pi Mu Epsilon, and opportunities to work on faculty-mentored projects and presentations. 

According to the article entitled The Best Jobs of 2018, five of the top ten jobs are math-related careers. Mathematician ranked number two on the best jobs list,  followed by Statistician at number five, Data Scientist at number seven, Operations Research Analyst at number nine, and Actuary at number ten.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2017 mean salary for Mathematicians is $104,700, for Statisticians is $88,980, for Actuaries is $93,680, and for Operations Research Analysts is $86,510.

The future is promising for such careers!  There is an increasing demand for Mathematicians, Statisticians, and Operation Research Analysts.  In particular, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for these careers for 2016-2026 is a 27-33% increase (much faster than average). 

Employers of our graduates include Microsoft, NASA, South Central Bell, Bluebell Ice Cream, ALFA, Regions Bank, National Security Agency (NSA), CAS/Wyle Group, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Developmental Center, and AFLAC.

Those graduates pursuing graduate-level degrees have gone on to earn degrees from Auburn University, University of Alabama, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, and University of Houston, among others. 
For students looking for a teaching career, TROY's Mathematics Education program, where students couple a math major with an Education major, continues to produce excellent and award-winning secondary education teachers. Our graduates are sought after by school districts throughout the region.

The curriculum in the Mathematics and Mathematics Education major includes theoretical and applied courses that allow students to engage in mathematics through problem-solving, critical and abstract thinking, logical reasoning communication of mathematics, computer programming experience , logical proof-writing, statistical analysis skills, and application to real-world problems. Our department also has its own computer lab.  With quality instruction and opportunities for individual growth and development, students majoring in mathematics at Troy University are prepared for future careers, graduate study and life-long learning.  In addition, future teachers obtain a solid foundation in teaching methods and materials, along with a mathematics faculty-monitored internship.

You will find a community of scholars in our department faculty, which includes nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields.  Our faculty includes a Fulbright Scholar,  Wallace D. Malone, Jr. Distinguished Faculty Award recipient, researchers with numerous scholarly publications including textbooks and research-level books, and teachers who truly dedicate themselves to the success of their students.

Over the years, our students have won numerous awards for their accomplishments while at TROY.  One recent student won the prestigious SMART Scholarship, which gave support while in college and guaranteed job-placement after graduation.

Hannah Nix
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“ Troy University has a phenomenal mathematics department. The teachers and advisors always wanted to help me in any way possible. I am currently employed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) in Panama City, Florida. ”

Hannah Nix  |  TROY Alumnus