### Why Mathematics and Statistics?

**Our students and our faculty** understand the unique challenges and satisfactions that the careful study of mathematics and statistics offers. Mathematical ideas and results not only represent some of the highest accomplishments of mankind, but also are an indispensable tool in an ever-increasing array of disciplines.

#### Welcome from the Chair

Mathematics is often described as the "queen of the sciences" and is certainly the basis for the technological explosion of recent years. Mathematics is also an art, with beautiful structures, theorems, and concepts.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a long and proud tradition of excellence in teaching undergraduate students as well as an international reputation for world-class research and mentoring graduate students to a Master's degree or a PhD degree, or in the case of K-12 teachers a Master of Science in Teaching (MST) degree through the Vermont Mathematics Initiative (VMI). Our Bachelor of Science degree program is perhaps the most flexible and marketable undergraduate degree at UVM.