# Departmental Reports

## Vision Statement

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University will be the premier program of its type, providing a learning environment that enhances innovation and discovery in a Rocky Mountain setting.

## Mission Statement

To provide outstanding education for our students, to further knowledge and scholarship through research and creative activity, and to serve others by sharing our expertise.

## Role and Scope Statement

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is recognized as a leading department in mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics in the northern Rocky Mountain region. Bachelors, masters, and doctoral graduates in all areas are following successful careers in industry, government, and academia.

The Department has a multifaceted role on campus and in Montana. The Department has the largest instructional component on campus, providing about 10% of the total student credit hours. It provides core courses and numerous service courses. Students from a wide variety of disciplines take mathematics or statistics to satisfy requirements in their respective areas. The Department offers a B.S. in Mathematics with options in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics teaching, and statistics; an M.S. in Mathematics with options in mathematics and mathematics education; an M.S. in Statistics; an M.S. in Ecological and Environmental Statistics; a Ph.D. in Mathematics; and a Ph.D. in Statistics. The mathematics education option for the M.S. in Mathematics is an online program.

Mathematical research at MSU is focused primarily on related topics in pure and applied mathematics. Research programs complement each other and are often applied to problems in science and engineering. Research in statistics encompasses a broad range of theoretical and applied topics. Because the statisticians are actively engaged in interdisciplinary work, much of the statistical research is directed toward practical problems. Mathematics education faculty are active in both qualitative and quantitative experimental research areas. These include paradigm shifts in mathematics education and the use of multiple embodiments utilizing modeling and technology. Departmental faculty are active in publishing research results in appropriate refereed journals. Also, the Department is active in pursuing and obtaining extramural funding to enhance research efforts.

Hand-in-hand with the research function is a service or consulting role. The Department provides mathematical and statistical assistance to research scientists in other University departments and to schools, off-campus firms, and government agencies. The Department is a leader in implementing statewide and national projects for mathematics teachers and has a large distance-delivered masters degree program for secondary teachers.