Mathematics is best described as the study of patterns. In that sense, everybody is a mathematician. Mathematics as an academic discipline simply carries the study of patterns to a greater depth. Geometry concerns patterns of shape. Arithmetic concerns patterns of number. Calculus concerns patterns of continuous change. Statistics concerns patterns of chance. The department offers courses serving majors, minors, the Central Curriculum and other disciplines.
Mathematics – Secondary Education combines a regular mathematics major with the Education Department's program for certification for secondary school teaching.