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    Slippery Rock University
  Sep 23, 2017
2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics & Statistics

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200 Vincent Science Center 


The mission of the Mathematics Department at Slippery Rock University is focused on three areas:

  1. To provide high quality programs to mathematics majors who plan to teach secondary mathematics, work in business or industry, or attend graduate school; to provide appropriate service courses for other programs; and to provide an exciting and relevant liberal studies experience for Slippery Rock students.
  2. To expand the boundaries of mathematical knowledge and encourage and enable students to participate in scholarly research.
  3. To provide service to the Slippery Rock University and wider communities.


Richard Marchand

Debra Dickey

Robert Buck, Michael Detlefsen, Jeffrey Forrest, Elise Grabner, Gary Grabner, Mohammad Ismail, William Lindgren, Richard Marchand, J. Lyn Miller, Gary Roberts, Andrzej Szymanski, Robert Vallin

“The mathematics department (faculty) was instrumental in providing a learning atmosphere conducive to my development as a student and an individual. They accomplished this by being professionals and friends, as well as professors. In addition to learning the technical concepts as a mathematics major at SRU, the most valuable tool that I’ve developed is being able to make decisions analytically with confidence, in my profession and in life.”

Andrew Wozniak, ‘98

Students who have the desire and the ability to major in mathematics will find a course of study that will meet their personal needs. Graduates are prepared for various career opportunities including jobs in actuarial science, finance, business, insurance, government, statistics, industry, or education. Many students go on to do graduate work in various disciplines, including mathematics and professional schools.

SRU mathematics majors are employed in such diverse occupations as operations research analyst, consulting actuary, university professor, engineer, statistician, information analyst, auditor, international account executive, senior computer analyst, senior commercial loan officer, manager of performance monitoring, and teaching in both the private and public sectors.

Mathematics majors at Slippery Rock have the opportunity to participate in the Math Club and to join Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honorary. Majors participate in senior research projects directed by faculty members. Math majors have attended and given presentations on their projects at national meetings of the Mathematical Association of America; meetings of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America; the annual Mathematics and Statistics Student conference at Miami University of Ohio; the annual Pi Mu Epsilon meeting at Youngstown State University, and the annual State System of Higher Education Mathematical Association meeting. There are two or three students doing informal, paid internships in actuarial science and/or statistics each summer.

The Mathematics Department offers minors in Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Studies, Elementary School Mathematics, and Middle School Mathematics. Certificates* are available in Elementary School Mathematics and Middle School Mathematics.  The department also offers a Certificate in Statistical Applications.

* This is not related to Pennsylvania State Certification.

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