# Mathematics

## Mathematics

Students in this program can pursue a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree through a curriculum that provides a thorough background in the theoretical and real-world applications of mathematics.

The curriculum and instructional strategies are designed to encourage and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the articulation of mathematical ideas. Students can also pursue minors in mathematics and statistics.

### A future in mathematics

Among career paths chosen by mathematics majors are:

- actuarial science
- statistical analysis
- operations research analysis
- software engineering
- industrial engineering
- numerical analysis
- systems analysis
- decision analysis
- and teaching.

### Undergraduate research take centerstage at national conference

Chris Lynd, assistant professor of mathematics, gave a talk at the 2017 national conference of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America. The talk was titled “Undergraduate Research Projects in Discrete Dynamical Systems." In the talk, Lynd addressed two questions: (1) How do you get undergraduate students interested in mathematical research? (2) How do you involve students in research if they do not have a deep mathematical background?

Lynd claimed that the answer to both questions is to choose a mathematical problem that involves an investigative step where one searches for patterns, tries to model data, performs numerical simulations, or counts objects. He suggested that the final goal of the mathematical problem would be to create and prove a theorem; however, undergraduate math majors at all levels could be involved in the investigative step of the research. He also suggested that this experience might motivate students to take advanced mathematics courses so that they could participate in the constructing of the proof of a theorem (what mathematicians do).

At the end of the talk, Lynd presented three mathematical problems that resulted in projects with undergraduate students. Two of these projects resulted in a paper being published in a peer-reviewed journal (one in Mathematics Magazine and one in The American Mathematical Monthly). Each paper was coauthored by Lynd and a BU undergraduate student.