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Credits: M101 and Typhoon Rammasun [NASA, via astronet], Mandelbrot zoom [W. Beyer, via wikimedia].

You are in the right place for a great career!

The top 10 best jobs in the recent rankings include mathematician, operations research analyst, actuary, statistician and one of the best paid but still most in demand: data scientist.

Recently Applied Mathematics was ranked among the top valuable majors. Mathematician has often been rated the No. 1 career choice. Find out in person at some of our frequent career talks.

New Funding: Master's Degrees and Honors College

The Department of Mathematics offers a variety of interdisciplinary accelerated 5-year BS/MS programs! This program meshes well with an Honors College thesis. Transition to the graduate program happens during the 4th year. Your Akron Scholarship or Honors College Scholarship can be used in the first 4 years to cover both undergraduate and graduate expenses, and the Department has graduate assistantships available for the 5th year. Planning early is the key to success for these programs; for more information, visit 5-year Master's or contact Dr. Pat Wilber, Graduate Coordinator of the Math Department, at

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(330) 972-7400

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(330) 374-8630

Mailing Address
Department of Mathematics
Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4002

Department Office
College of Arts and Sciences Building
Room 220

Department Chair
Dr. Kevin Kreider
(330) 972-6121

Assistant to the Chair
Ms. Pamela Hoover
(330) 972-7401


Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Pat Wilber
(330) 972-6994

Undergraduate Coordinator
Dr. J. P. Cossey
(330) 972-8127

webmaster: Dr Stefan Forcey

The building that houses the math department at The University of Akron

The math department is housed in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, pictured above.

Why Math?

Math is everywhere—it is used to describe the natural and also the human-made world around us!

Doing mathematics is interesting, exciting, and fulfilling. Solving a challenging problem and knowing you have the right answer is a truly rewarding experience. The study of Applied Mathematics teaches you how to analyze complex problems so you can obtain meaningful solutions.

But what can you do with a degree in Math?

The strong analytical skills you develop by studying Mathematics are an invaluable asset no matter what career path you ultimately pursue. Mathematics is the foundation of all the natural sciences. Mathematics is central to many of today’s most exciting fields, like data analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, computational science, and more. Mathematicians are in high demand in nearly every sector of the workforce.

Mathematics reaches realistic solutions using abstract tools. We can create mathematical models at any scale — electrons, ecosystems, or economies. We can design new molecules for medicines and materials. We can optimize for efficient communication and secure networking. We can decode a genome and decipher its history. We can discover the best environmental and financial options.

Applied mathematicians use mathematics to solve problems in science and engineering. We set up systems of differential and functional equations, solve them directly or approximately via programming, and then apply the practical results. Theoretical mathematicians explore beyond the physical models. We create new mathematics by uncovering logical structures, geometries, patterns and symmetries.

With a degree in mathematics or applied mathematics you can work in virtually any field— in the public, academic and industrial sectors. Math majors have all the skills employers want!

Announcements for Spring 2021


Fall 2019

  • Nov. 14, 2019, 4:15 in CAS 139. Buckling Problems Motivated by Bilayer Graphene and other Layered Materials, a talk from Dr. Pat Wilber.
  • Oct. 21, 2019, 4:15 in CAS 139. Using five dimensions to identify a first cousin once removed: Phylogenetic Polytopes, a talk from Dr. Stefan Forcey.
  • Sept. 19, 2019, 4:15pm in CAS 139. From Nerve Net to Vortex Ring: A Computational Modeling Approach to Medusan Biomechanics, a talk from Dr. Alex Hoover.
  • The fall picnic was held Friday, October 11, 2019, 5:30 pm: The annual fall picnic at Sand Run Park Mingo Lodge (map) was hosted by the math student groups: PME, WIM and SIAM.
  • Tutoring Hours TBA in the CAS second floor atrium (turn left after exiting the elevator).  For students of Algebra for Calculus, Precalculus, Calculus with Business Applications, Calculus I, II and III

Spring 2019

  • April 5 and 6, 2019. We hosted the Spring Meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Starting 1:15pm Friday April 5. For schedule and locations of talks and events, see the conference page.
  • Representatives from Search Discovery, a data analytics consulting agency, will be on campus this Friday 4/5/2019 to give a presentation entitled
    "Intro to Data Analytics & Marketing Consulting: Academia to Industry."
    Learn about applying your education to analytics and marketing in the real world.
    The presentation will be given by
    Andrew Ash, Data Engineer Rachel Starvaggi, Digital Marketing Analyst Alex Fitzpatrick, Digital Marketing Analyst Julie Shallman, Analytics Analyst
    The presentation will be held in CAS142 on Friday April 5th 2019 from 11-12.
  • Thanks for a great 2019 Mathematics Banquet, hosted by the student organizations WIM, SIAM and PME, at 6:00 pm on the evening of Friday, April 26th, 2019 in room A of the Quaker Plaza. All are invited!
  • Colloquium: Scott Schueller will speak on "Careers as a Quantitative Analyst: Math + Stats + Coding + Finance = Quant."
    Friday, March 8, 2019
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    CAS room 134
  • Engineering Talk: Thursday 3/7/2019 3pm-4 ASEC 122
    Carianne Martinez
    "Machine Learning Applications at Sandia National Laboratories"
  • Research Talk: Thursday 3/7/2019 3:45pm-4:45 CAS 135
    Hung Nguyen
    "From Symmetry to Group Theory and Representation Theory"

Math Headlines

What makes a great college professor?
Kevin Kreider and Susan Young teach math with humor and clarity — and that ranks them among the top 25 college professors in the nation – in a survey.
Mathematicians from around the world gathering at UA Oct. 20-21
The schedule will include 21 special sessions about mathematics and math education.
Math Department Poster Session

The Math Department's Eleventh Annual Poster Session will be held on Wednesday 30 November.  It will feature over 40 student research projects in a variety of mathematical areas.

Professor serves on U.S. energy committee
Dr. Joseph Wilder has been reappointed to another two-year term on a U.S. Department of Energy advisory committee, where he provides expertise in methane hydrate computer simulation.