The Department of Mathematics and Statistics provides all undergraduate students with an education in mathematics and statistics that will serve as part of a foundation for life-long learning and preparation for graduate study, K-12 teaching, or employment in industry.

**Talk #3: Monday, April 8, Chapman E-104**

**Speaker:** Jeffrey Wand, Assistant Prof. of Math.

**Title:** Counting is hard: Turning Lie Theory into Combinatorics

**Abstract:** Mathematical research is all about solving hard problems. One way to solve a hard problem is to relate it to an easier problem or to change its structure so that it becomes more manageable (think about u-substitution in calculus and how we use it to change complex integrals into simpler ones). My colleagues and I have been working on a challenging Lie theory problem. When we first started tackling our problem we converted our Lie theory problem into a "path counting" problem in graph theory. This did not trivialize the problem because counting is very hard. However this graph visualization gave us a lot of intuition and helped us solve our Lie theory problem in a small case. This talk will be gentle introduction into Lie theory and representation theory. Prepare for fun!!!

**Talk #4: Monday, May 6. 12:00-1:00, Location TBA. **

Speaker: Peri Shereen, Assistant Prof. of Math. Topic TBA.

CSUMB Math & Stats in the news## Our degree programs & courses

Our mathematics and statistics programs prepare students to analyze complex discipline-based issues, synthesize information from multiple sources and perspectives, communicate skillfully in oral and written forms, and use appropriate technologies.

The flexibility of our programs give students the opportunity to mold their degree to their particular interests. Many of our students pursue careers in industry (e.g. engineering, finance, business), teaching to government service immediately upon graduation. Others continue on to graduate school, then pursue careers in research or university teaching.

Course Descriptions Early Start Workshops (98 and 99)