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Faculty members enjoy teaching and mentoring

We believe that students learn best when they have the opportunity to ask questions and get acquainted with their professors, and with their fellow students. We are proud to have full-time faculty members who enjoy teaching and mentoring at all levels of study.

Faculty are available to meet with students regularly, and our academic advising system is well organized and easily accessible. Each major is advised personally by the undergraduate director on both academic choices and career options. To assist students in succeeding in our courses, we have established a special tutorial center for Mathematics Help. Our undergraduate studies office maintains close contact with our majors throughout their UB careers.

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Friendly and informal

We strive to create a friendly and informal atmosphere conducive to the formation of study groups, peer-to-peer engagement, and relaxed faculty-student contact. Students, professors, mentors, content-specialists, and lecturers regularly interact in our luxurious lounge.

On blackboards surrounding the lounge, you will see complex equations and mathematical puzzles unfold to spark discussion and discovery.

Get to know us! Our 30 tenure-track faculty teach a variety of courses each semester, including more than a dozen electives for our 300+ majors and thousands of credit hours of calculus. They advise reading projects, undergraduate honors theses and doctoral theses. Please feel free to visit faculty during their office hours. We also invite you to meet our 80 graduate students, many of whom serve as teaching assistants in your calculus recitations. Our recitations are capped at 30 students.

A tradition of academic excellence

Educational training enables math majors to identify and analyze intricate relationships among various aspects of complex problems.

Mathematical analysis is essential in a wide range of design, from planes and cars, to heart valves, golf balls, and beyond.

Consider—

  • Inverse theory and integral geometry are essential in advancing diagnostic technology, such as computer tomography (MIR).
  • Game theory helps to analyze things like the interplay of the major-league sports industries, and, how the US Federal Communications Commission auctions the licensing of terrestrial wireless broadband rights. For example, in 2015 the FCC’s "historic" AWS-3 auction netted 1,611 licenses to current and prospective wireless providers to expand wireless broadband services, and grossed revenues totaling $44.9 billion (net revenues are estimated at $41.3 billion).
  • Mathematical wavelet and spline theories are behind the computer-generated, 3D special effects used by the film and video-gaming industries.
  • Mathematics is the best way to build the skills needed for critical thinking and technical problem solving, which is why math students excel in law school, MBA programs, and medical schools.
  • Mathematical and statistical methods are used in actuarial science to assess risk in insurance, finance, and other industries. Professional actuaries earn qualifications only through a combination of education and experience.
  • It is true that a math degree opens many doors, not only the doors of academic institutions offering graduate study in advanced and emerging fields of scientific research, engineering, design, communication, philosophy, bioinformatics, medicine, and more; but also the doors of major corporations offering rewarding careers in the professional world.

The strength of our faculty derives from a long tradition of excellence in teaching, mentoring, and developing research programs. As a result, several faculty members have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty specialize in areas of cryptography, differential equations, fluid mechanics mechanics, representation theory, number theory, population dynamics, and other applications.

We invite you to join UB's Department of Mathematics.

UB Mathematics is an academic department in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).  Founded in 1915, the CAS is the largest and most comprehensive academic unit at UB with 25 academic departments, 12 academic programs, and 21 centers and institutes across the humanities, arts, and sciences.