Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences at UNC offers undergraduate and graduate programs with a particular emphasis on the teaching and learning of mathematics.  Our dedicated faculty members are passionate about teaching while maintaining active research programs in mathematics, statistics, computer science and mathematics education.   They work closely with undergraduate students, in-service teachers pursuing a Master’s Degree in mathematics, and graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Mathematics. Graduates from our programs are schoolteachers, district administrators, college instructors, university professors, and professionals in business, industry, and government.

Small classes and approachable professors create a supportive environment for student learning.   Undergraduate students can study secondary mathematics education, leading to a career as a middle or high school teacher in mathematics, or specialize in pure or applied math with the option to concentrate on statistics or computer science.  Students in our Teaching Emphasis Master’s Degree program take classes in mathematics and mathematics education designed specifically for in-service secondary teachers and those who wish to teach at the community college level.  Students in our innovative Ph.D. program in Educational Mathematics study traditional graduate level mathematics in addition to coursework and original research in mathematics education.

News and Announcements


Dr. Katie Morrison, in collaboration with Dr. Carina Curto of Pennsylvania State University, received a $1.1 million NIH Brain Initiative grant to support research on mathematical models of neural activity with an aim toward understanding how neural connectivity shapes the patterns of activity observed in different brain regions.

 Dr. Katie Morrison

Professors awarded NSF grant

Dr. Jodie Novak and Dr. Frieda Parker, received at $300,000 EAGER NSF STEM Teacher Leader Initiative grant which funds a pilot project to implement and evaluate a systematic, two-tier mathematics teacher leader development model for improving mathematics education.

Dr. Jodie Novak

Professor Receives Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Hortensia Soto-Johnson, the twenty-fifth recipient of the Burton W. Jones Distinguished Teaching Award from the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

Dr. Hortensia Soto-Johnson

Professor receives Mentorship Award

Dr. Gulden Karakok received the 2015-16 College of Natural and Health Sciences Faculty Mentor of the Year for Graduate Research award.

 Dr. Gulden Karakok

Math Circles

Northern Colorado Math Circles hosts dinner sessions for middle school teachers and students during the year and a summer workshop in June and July 2017. 

 Math Teacher Circle art

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