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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

Professors awarded  grant

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute awarded the University of Northern Colorado a five-year, $1 million grant to develop a classroom model and establish a new center to engage more students, from all backgrounds, in the sciences. Dr. Jodie Novak serves as Co-Project Director.

Dr. Jodie Novak


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

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

After being awarded the MAA Dolciani Mathematics Enrichment Grants for the Northern Colorado Math Circles for Students' Circle activities for the second time in 2017, Dr. Karakok and Lorraine Franco (one of the undergraduate mentors) presented the program poster at the JMM 2018 conference in San Diego, CA. The Northern Colorado Math Circles are accepting applications for summer camps for students! 

 Math Teacher Circle art

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