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Mission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The mission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at USU is to increase fundamental knowledge in mathematics and statistics; explore the frontiers of the mathematical sciences with other disciplines; to train new generations of mathematically literate and quantitatively skilled graduates; to provide intellectual leadership in mathematics and statistics that is of direct benefit to the state of Utah and its citizens; and to earn national and international respect for the quality of its scholarship and educational programs.

Goals of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

To achieve the mission of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Department has identified goals that impact all three of the University's major functions: Teaching, Research and Engagement.

Specific Goals:

  • Provide flexible, solid undergraduate and graduate programs emphasizing both theoretical and applied skills which challenge the intellect and cater to the diverse interests of our majors.
  • Build a first-rate, enthusiastic and vigorous faculty in a variety of overlapping fields across the broad spectrum of mathematical sciences with the aims that each individual is internationally recognized for the depth and originality of his or her contributions and that collaborations lead to an environment that enhances combined contributions.
  • Be a resource in the mathematical sciences for other disciplines whose own activities have an ever-increasing need for the power of mathematics and statistics and to encourage and promote interdisciplinary partnerships, both on campus and in the larger research community including continued development of the industrial masters program.
  • Advance our role in providing high quality training in mathematics teacher education to supply the anticipated need for well-prepared, competent elementary and secondary school mathematics teachers and to provide access to our programs to in-service teachers wishing to upgrade their skills.