#### Mathematics

There are 16 graduate faculty members with doctoral degrees which include four in applied mathematics, five in mathematics education, four in data science, one in pure mathematics, three lecturers and two visiting lecturers. The mathematics and applied mathematics faculty are active in symmetry analysis, PDEs, numerical analysis, control theory, mathematics modeling, bio-statistics, queueing theory and functional analysis. The mathematics education faculty are active in the areas of curriculum development and alignment, professional development, performance evaluation and assessment, innovative instructional strategies, instructional technology, and math anxiety. Regardless of their expertise, all faculty are dedicated to student success. We maintain a collegial environment where collaboration within the department and college faculty provides a supportive atmosphere. The University of Central Arkansas (UCA), located in Conway, is only 30 miles from downtown Little Rock. The Department of Mathematics is located in the Mathematics and Computer Science Building (MCS).

**Academic Focus**

The focus in the Department of Mathematics is two-fold: Applied Mathematics and Mathematics Education. In our undergraduate program, students learn to apply techniques needed to model and analyze complex problems and at the same time are exposed to the underlying theories. We have a strong undergraduate research program. Each year, a group of faculty and students present their research findings at regional and national mathematical meetings. In addition, technology is integrated in the curriculum in the forms of graphics calculators, computer algebra systems, and computer software.

**Academic Programs**

The department offers an undergraduate degree Baccalaureate of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics. The B.S. program has multiple tracks: **Applied Mathematics, ** **Data Science**, **Pure Mathematic** and **Math Education.** The Applied Math track offers preparation that integrates technology, critical thinking, and problem solving which culminates in a mastery of mathematical skills needed to succeed in careers in business, government, industry or in advanced studies. The Mathematics Education track provides excellent preparation for middle or high school teacher licensure in mathematics. The Data Science track prepares students by equipping them with computing, statistical, analytical, and business skills needed in the field of data science. The pure mathematics track offers excellent preparation that integrates critical thinking and problem solving and culminates in a mastery of mathematical skills needed for advanced studies. All tracks requires a minor.

In addition, the Math Department offers two graduate degrees. **The M.A. Program in Mathematics Education** was developed to increase the mathematical knowledge of secondary school teachers, prepare candidates for teaching in community colleges, and enrich the mathematical background of professionals. **The M.S. Program in Applied Mathematics**, was developed to train students in mathematical modeling, prepare students to serve both business and government agencies or for further graduate studies. Please contact me if you would like additional information about our department or to arrange for a campus visit.

Dr. Loi Booher, Department Chair & Associate Professor

201 Donaghey Avenue

Conway, AR 72035

Phone: (501) 450-3147

e-mail: math@uca.edu