Department of Mathematics
In Drexel University’s Department of Mathematics, students work alongside renowned faculty experts while gaining hands-on career and research experiences.
The Department of Mathematics at Drexel University is a close-knit, energetic and diverse group. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics provide a healthy foundation of abstract reasoning, applications and computing. The department is focused on developing the next generation of mathematicians through both the Doctorate and Master of Science in Mathematics. Comprised of internationally recognized researchers, the faculty specializes in several areas of mathematics, including mathematical biology, combinatorics, matrix and operator theory, geometry, optics, probability, numerical analysis and partial differential equations.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics provides a healthy mix of abstract reasoning, applications and computing in a program that is data driven and at the cutting-edge of industry standards. The program is flexible, allowing students to take courses that best match their interests and modern industry preferences. Our freshmen sequences are rich with non-traditional resources. For example, we have a database of Drexel-created calculus problems and are working on a database of video solutions.
Our Dragons Teach program allows students to earn teacher certification and provides a career alternative for math majors.
The Drexel Co-Op
Through Drexel’s renowned cooperative education program, math students embark on six-month, full-time periods of paid employment. Opportunities exist for both industry and research co-op positions.
Industry co-ops. Our majors have had successful co-ops in several different areas including finance, health care and insurance. Past employers include Susquehanna International Group, the Bryn Mawr Trust Company, Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia Department of Commerce, and Johnson & Johnson.
Research co-ops. These positions with internationally recognized math professors provide math majors with a uniquely deep undergraduate research experience and often result in peer-reviewed publications. Research co-ops are excellent preparation for graduate work.
The Mathematics Resource Center (MRC)
The MRC is a valuable asset to our majors — many of whom hold paid tutoring positions in the Center, where they have the chance to interact with peers, faculty and graduate students.
In both our Doctorate and Master of Science in Mathematics programs, we are focused on developing the next generation of mathematicians. Our faculty is comprised of internationally recognized researchers with interests including mathematical biology, combinatorics, matrix and operator theory, geometry, optics, probability, numerical analysis and partial differential equations.
Ongoing colloquium, seminars and distinguished speaker series events keep our graduate students in touch with the international mathematics community. The second year oral PhD candidacy exam keeps students on track and engages them in research early in the program. Recent PhD recipients have obtained positions in both academia and industry.
“The first lesson that I took away from my co-op is that no matter what I do, I should always try to think outside the box... trying to find different ways to solve a problem is definitely a skill needed in real life.”Weichen ZhouBS mathematics ‘17
Math Professor Receives Midcareer Award for Research in Nonlinear Waves
David Ambrose, PhD, associate department head and professor of mathematics at Drexel University, is the recipient of the second biennial T. Brooke Benjamin Prize in Nonlinear Waves. The SIAM Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures awards the prize every two years to an outstanding midcareer researcher in the area of nonlinear waves.
College of Arts and Sciences Tenure, Promotion and Awards
The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University could not be accomplished without the dedication and support of our faculty members. It is their pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship that reinforces our position as a modern liberal arts college, and enhances our University’s reputation as a world-class research institution.
Mathematics Major Forges Future in Actuarial Science at Independence Blue Cross
In the spring of 2017, Stephen Costa and his coworkers at Independence Blue Cross were closely following the debate raging over health care reform. The junior mathematics and finance major knew that a new health care policy could affect his work on the company’s Medicare Advantage plans — but how?
From National Defense to Health Care Startup, Physics Major Finds Future Anywhere She Wants
The thrill of solving complex problems — and the countless applications of her degree — have drawn Drexel University physics junior Riley Stanford to bridge the disciplines of engineering, biophysics, chemistry, math and more, and to tackle challenges as wide ranging as threats to national defense and a mutant strain of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mathematics Major Finds Passion for Business at Exelon
A few weeks into her co-op at Exelon Corporation, Hannah Knarr made her way to the office of a vice president. Armed with a whiteboard and a few dry erase markers, the senior Drexel mathematics major was tasked with explaining, in plain language, complex mathematical concepts relevant to the business.