The mission of the Department of Mathematical Sciences is to provide students with an understanding and an appreciation of mathematics and the related areas of computer science and engineering.
To this end, the Department:
- provides students throughout the University with training in thinking analytically through problem-solving activities and in communicating effectively using graphical and numeric symbols;
- provides instruction for the first two years of the USC engineering program;
- provides the mathematical background for pre-service and continuing elementary school teachers and secondary school mathematics teachers;
- provides Mathematics/Computer Science and Industrial Mathematics majors with background for graduate studies or preparation for careers in the mathematical sciences.
In addition, the Department seeks to foster the study, learning and appreciation of the mathematical sciences among pre-college students through outreach activities.