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### Build a foundation in mathematics. Understand the innovations of our world.

##### From artificial intelligence to architecture, Worcester State University’s Math program provides you with the critical framework needed to identify and develop the systems in place all around us.

At Worcester State, you will delve into the principles of mathematics and develop crucial analytic and problem-solving skills. Beyond the classroom, there are numerous opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research, as well as community partnerships with local schools and businesses–experiences that will inform your career path in this exciting field.

## Mathematics Programs

## Why study at Worcester State?

### Program Requirements

### Curricular Highlights

- Calculus I, II, III
- Theory of Proof
- Linear Algebra
- Probability & Statistics
- Mathematical Modeling
- Data Analysis
- Topics in Mathematics for Middle and Secondary Teachers
- Ordinary Differential Equations
- Combinatorics and Graph Theory
- Modern Geometry
- Number Theory
- Probability
- Actuarial Preparation Workshop
- Abstract Algebra
- Real Analysis
- Mathematical Statistics
- Capstone Experience

##### Math Center

Utilize Worcester State’s specialized Math services–designed to enhance your learning and success, the Math Center provides tutoring for all math courses up through Calculus II and some other courses that contain mathematical components.

##### PAL

For many courses, the Worcester State STEM Center provides peer tutoring, which can be both a study resource and an employment opportunity.

##### Math Club

Hone your math skills with your peers. Math Club hosts parties, game sessions, and field trips for those interested in connecting with other students.

##### Chess Club

Cultivate your analytic skills in a recreational environment.

**Presented at MAA Sectional Meetings**

- Machine Learning
- Mathematics of Tree Growth
- Optimizing Interplanetary Travel
- Modeling the Optimal Vaccine Strategy during a Pandemic*

**Independent Study*

- Optimizing Vaccination Strategies
- Modeling the Interaction Between Population Genetics and Population Dynamics in Gene Drive Systems
- Distributed Data Storage and Fusion for Collective Perception in Resource-Limited Mobile Robot Swarms

## Meet Your Faculty

### Mary Fowler

I joined Worcester State University Mathematics Department in 2004. I earned my Ph.D. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. While I have enjoyed working as an applied statistician in many fields nothing brings me more joy than [...]

### Hy Ginsberg

Most of my research has been in finite group theory, but I have recently become fascinated by "totally symmetric quasigroups," and in particular the problem of counting how many such objects exist for a set of a given size (recently published results [...]

### Jason Hardin

My primary mathematical research interests lie in commutative algebra, homological algebra, and algebraic geometry. Specifically, I study algebraic properties of the cohomology modules Ext*R(M,N) over complete intersections. I'm also interested in [...]

### Caitlin Krul

I earned my Bachelor's degree from Salem State College and my Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island. As an undergraduate I studied both mathematics and education, and my Ph.D. dissertation was a blend of the two disciplines. At [...]

### Eileen Perez

Developmental Mathematics Program Director with over 10 years in the field. Interested in Math Pathways and Co-requisite courses. Active participant and instructor in summer bridge programs focusing on college readiness, including AID, Alternatives [...]

### Math Placement Exam

**Important Changes to Math Placement Testing**

The Math Department is excited to announce important changes to the Math Placement Test. Beginning on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 we will no longer be using the ALEKs placement test; instead, we will return to the WSU Math Placement Exam. This change will undoubtedly result in students being better placed into their first math class at WSU.

Here’s how it will work. We will hold several “testing windows” during the course of the school year. These will be held at the following times:

- The week before classes begin and until the end of the add period in the fall
- The week before advising in the fall
- The week after advising in the fall
- The week before classes begin and until the end of the add period in the spring
- The week before advising in the spring
- The week after advising in the spring

**First, please check with your advisor to verify if your major or minor has a course that requires the math placement exam. **In general, students in the following majors DO NOT need to take the placement exam: Art, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education Studies, English, History, Liberal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Urban Studies, Visual Performing Arts. Students in these majors can register themselves for MA105 (Survey of Math) if they have a high school GPA of at least 2.7 within the last three years. Students in these majors who do not meet this high school GPA requirement can email the Math Department Chair to register for MA105PI instead of MA105.

For students who need to take the test, the process for scheduling a time to take it is as follows:

**Signing up for the Test**

- You will receive several emails from the Math Department Chair during the semester before each testing block with a link to sign up for the test. Please sign up using your WSU ID number and WSU email address.
- Please only sign up for one testing block and please make sure to cancel through SignUpGenius if you need to cancel or change your appointment.

**Taking the Test**

- After the exam has been scheduled, you will receive an e-mail confirming the date, time and location of your test.
- Math department faculty will be there to guide you through the test taking process.
- After the test, you will receive one-on-one advising about your math placement code and which courses you are eligible to take, and which course you should take depending on your major.

Note that if you don’t get the code you need on your first attempt, you are allowed to retake the test (students are allowed two chances to take the test within a year, and your code is good for two years). There is a pathway for every student in every major. Your placement code will determine which course you start with in the pathway for your major. Click here to view the pathways. For students who need or want to retest, the Math Department will provide practice materials, which can be found in the Math Center (our free, drop-in tutoring center located in Sullivan 140) and on the Math Center website, and tutors are available in the Math Center to help students prepare for the test.

If you have any questions about this process at all, please send them via e-mail to mathplacement@worcester.edu, or come visit us in person in Sullivan 145!

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