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.
Why study at Worcester State?
- 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
- Actuarial Preparation Workshop
- Abstract Algebra
- Real Analysis
- Mathematical Statistics
- Capstone Experience
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.
Hone your math skills with your peers. Math Club hosts parties, game sessions, and field trips for those interested in connecting with other students.
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*
- 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
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 in the fall
- The week before advising in the fall
- The week after advising in the fall
- The week before classes begin 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. 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
- First, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org using your WSU e-mail to coordinate the scheduling of your exam. Please include your student ID number in your e-mail.
- You will then receive a link to schedule your exam. Please allow 24-48 business hours to receive the link.
Taking the Test
- After the exam has been scheduled, you will receive an e-mail confirming the date, time and location of your test. You will also be e-mailed a password protected link to the exam that you will use to access the exam on the day of your test. The password for the link will be given to you when you arrive to take the exam. If this sounds complicated don’t worry! Math department faculty will be there to help you through the 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). 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 email@example.com, or come visit us in person in Sullivan 145!
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