University of Louisville Mathematics Graduate Study
The University of Louisville Department
of Mathematics is a research-oriented department that prides itself on
delivering first-rate graduate instruction. There are a broad range of
courses and ample opportunities to interact with faculty. The Department
also maintains an active colloquium series with talks given by visiting mathematicians,
statisticians and scientists.
Starting in Fall 2002, the Department
of Mathematics began offering a Ph.D. degree in applied and industrial
mathematics. This program offers a blend of advanced mathematical and statistical
knowledge with the experience to apply that knowledge. Students completing
the program have a unique perspective from which they can see the whole
of mathematics integrated with applied and industrial needs. A broad and
rigorous mathematical core combined with customized application electives
and an industrial internship prepares students with life-long career skills
in teaching, research and industry. Many of our graduates have followed
industrial careers working at companies like Aegon, Fifth-Third Bank, Humana,
Mercer and WellPoint; others have pursued academic careers as faculty for
regional colleges and universities such as Bellarmine University, Centre
College, Manchester University, Marion College, University of Louisville
Department of Biostatistics, and the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The Master of Arts degree at the University
of Louisville offers intensive training in mathematics, statistics, and
actuarial mathematics. The program emphasizes applications in research
and industry, with flexibility to focus on a wide range of topics. Up to
twelve of the thirty hours of course work required for the degree may be
taken in an approved minor, such as computer science, physics or secondary
education. An industrial internship is a unique option available to integrate
into a student's program. Graduates have pursued careers in industry, government,
and academia as teachers, mathematicians, actuaries, statisticians, systems
analysts, and faculty at the secondary or junior college level.
Both the Ph.D. and M.A. degrees allow
a student to design a program of study containing subjects from outside
the Department of Mathematics. In this way, classes from areas such as biostatistics,
physics and engineering can be part of the program. Arrangements can also
be made for interdisciplinary M.S. degrees.
The Department offers courses and review
sessions on the material required for most of the examinations leading
to an Associateship of the Society of Actuaries. These courses can be taken
as part of a degree program or on a post-baccalaureate basis. Internships
with a local insurance company are also available.
The Department offers Graduate Teaching
Assistantships that include healthcare coverage (for more details of the
health coverage visit http://louisville.edu/graduatecatalog/toc#Special_Facilities_and_Services). Teaching Assistants receive tuition remission and
are required to enroll in at least nine credit hours of graduate course work
each regular semester. From time to time Research Assistantships supported
by research grants to faculty are also available.
First year Teaching Assistants
are responsible for meeting six hours weekly with recitations of a combined-section
course for which a professor has primary instructional responsibility.
The Teaching Assistant serves as a discussion leader and administers and
grades quizzes from the recitation meetings as well as helping to proctor
and grade the major exams.
Second year students receive an
enhanced stipend and normally teach two sections of a three-credit-hour course
in which they have primary responsibility for lecturing, testing and assigning
grades. Second year assistantships are ordinarily available to any first
year Teaching Assistants who have made satisfactory progress toward their
Assistantships are normally awarded
in April, but late applications will be considered, if positions are still
The University of Louisville library
system has holdings of about 1.2 million volumes and has subscriptions
to over 200 mathematics journals.
The University of Louisville Computer
Center is equipped with a variety of computers ranging from microcomputer
labs and UNIX-based RISC workstations to a large IBM mainframe. Students
use these computer facilities as an aid in learning such mathematics as
statistics and numerical analysis. The Department has two microcomputer
labs and many scattered workstations connected to the University TCP/IP
network and the Internet.
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schools, colleges, and divisions on three park-like campuses. U of L offers
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certificates, in over 170 fields of study through 11 schools and colleges.
A member of the state system of
higher education since 1970, the University of Louisville traces its history
to 1798, when the state legislature endowed public land for the Jefferson
Seminary, a small liberal arts school. The University of Louisville is the
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