Program Overview

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Department Chair Name
Thomas Lewis
Mickey Fray

What is a mathematics degree?

A Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics is an undergraduate degree awarded after studying at the college level. Students who are interested in mathematics are motivated by finding, exploring and explaining phenomena about abstract objects, such as numbers (number theory and algebra), shape (geometry and topology), change (calculus and analysis) and chance (probability and statistics).

Why study mathematics at Furman?

Furman University is a private liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to developing identity and purpose, agency and integrity, intellectual curiosity, and civic and global engagement in its students. Furman students work closely with faculty, gaining the opportunity to find uncommon connections between academic disciplines and their passions. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

As a mathematics student, you will have the opportunity to study on campus, within the community and abroad. While on campus, your studies will take you from the classroom to the Mathematics Resource Center, the Sanders Science Library and a host of other onsite resources. Your work will include foundational courses in calculus, linear algebra and the art of reading and writing mathematics. You will experience capstone courses in advanced algebra and analysis. Along the way, you can take elective courses in number theory, graph theory and combinatorics, probability theory and geometry. Our small class sizes ensure that you will receive attention from our faculty throughout your journey. Beyond the classroom, our mathematics majors are encouraged to participate in high-impact experiences, such as summer research and internships. Your studies will also lead you from the campus to the community and beyond. For example, our department offers two study-away experiences: Math and the Mouse (Disney World, Orlando, Florida) and Breaking Codes and Winning Wars (Washington, D.C., and England).

Featured mathematics courses

  • 89%
    participated in a high-impact experience
  • 33%
    completed an internship
  • 61%
    were double majors
  • 50%
    studied away

What our students say

“The mathematics major at Furman provided me with a broad mathematical foundation that proved to be invaluable during my math graduate program, while still allowing me to customize the major to my interests. In my current job, I analyze real-world data in order to extract meaningful insights and patterns, a passion that was realized through experiences like summer research and my May Experience where I had opportunities to explore and pursue a variety of mathematical fields.”
– Mary Lib Saine ’18

Our faculty

Lori Alvin

Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Associate Professor, Mathematics

Jordan Bounds

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Liz Bouzarth

Professor, Mathematics

Roy Bower

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Sarah Frick

Professor, Mathematics

John Harris

Professor, Mathematics; Faculty Director, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

Casey Hawthorne

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Kevin Hutson

Professor, Mathematics

Thomas Lewis

Professor, Chair of Mathematics

Christian Millichap

Associate Professor, Mathematics

Grace Stadnyk

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Mark Woodard

Professor, Mathematics
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Mathematics Major F.A.Q.