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Department of Mathematical Sciences

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A degree in mathematics will prepare you for a range of career options in business, industry, government, and education. Technology industries employ many graduates from the mathematical sciences, as do energy, pharmaceutical, insurance and financial services companies. The Mathematics major offers concentrations in:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Data Science
  • Mathematical Structures and Applications
  • Mathematics for Teaching

The Mathematical Sciences Department also hosts an interdisciplinary major in Data Science. The Data Science major includes courses from the mathematical sciences, computer science, business information systems and geographic information systems.

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Eastern’s bachelor’s degree in mathematics ranked in top 25 nationwide Top Ranked School, 2021Eastern Connecticut State University’s Mathematical Sciences department offers the 24th best bachelor’s degree in the nation, according to 2021 rankings by Four New England schools made the top 25; Eastern is the only ranked institution in Connecticut.

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Department Chair
Dr. Marsha Davis
Science Building Rm. 152
(860) 465-4592
(860) 465-0479
Assistant Chair
Dr. Megan Heenehan
Science Building Rm. 166
(860) 465-5009
(860) 465-0479
Virtual Appointment
Math Foundations Coordinator
Dr. Kim Ward
Science Building Rm. 154
(860) 465-4544
(860) 465-0479
Ms. Cheryl Le Beau
Science Building Rm. 168
(860) 465-4510
(860) 465-0479
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Programs of Study

  • The Mathematics Major helps students learn concepts and techniques in mathematics, statistics, data science, mathematics for teaching, and/or actuarial science. Students receive a solid foundation for different careers requiring advanced analytical thinking and skills or for advanced education in the mathematical sciences. The diverse disciplinary backgrounds of faculty members ensure that a strong traditional program is enriched with courses in applied fields of study.

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  • Students in Eastern’s interdisciplinary Data Science program receive training in statistics, computer science, business analytics and geospatial information systems. They learn fundamental Python, R and SQL programming skills. Data-based team projects provide opportunities for students to apply data science tools and techniques as well as develop collaboration and communication skills. Students also complete a portfolio of their work by graduation. Students may choose between a B.A. and a B.S.; Bachelor of Sciences students must take one of four concentrations in Mathematics, Business Analytics, Geographic Information Systems or Computer Science. In addition to this interdisciplinary major, there is a Data Science Concentration in the Mathematics Major.

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  • Recognized by Colleges of Distinction and ranked number one in New England by the National Council on Teacher Quality, The Elementary Education major at Eastern prepares entry-level professionals to teach in elementary school classrooms. Teacher candidates gain competence in pedagogy; academic content areas; educational technology; and knowledge integration, while demonstrating how to create learning environments to support student diversity. Eastern’s program includes liberal art core electives, a dual major in a subject area, and hands-on student teaching experiences. Graduates can earn their advanced master’s degree in Education at Eastern with one additional year of study.

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  • Candidates preparing for teaching careers in grades 7-12 take a major in five subject areas, in addition to the Secondary Education Certification concentration. Applicable subjects include English, Mathematics, Environmental Earth Science, History/Social Studies and Biology. Teacher candidates gain skills in content pedagogy, cultural competence, data literacy, educational technology and in differentiating for diverse learners.

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