Colloquium 11/13: Dr. Jeremy Becnel on A Million Dollar Math Problem: P vs NP

As part of the R. W. Yeagy Colloquium Series, on Monday, November 13  at 3:30 PM in Math Building 357, Dr. Jeremy Becnel will be talking about A Million Dollar Math Problem: P vs. NP. This talk will be interested to anyone who has an interest in mathematics: students, faculty, and fans of math.

Abstract: In 2000, the Clay Institute offered a $1 million prize for a solution to one of seven Millennium Problems. The P vs. NP problem was chosen as one of the Millennium Problems and is considered an important unsolved problem in both mathematics and computer science. The basic question is if a problem’s solution can be efficiently checked by a computer, then can the problem’s general solution be found efficiently by a computer. We will discuss the statement and importance of the P vs. NP problem. This talk will be interesting to anyone who has an interest in mathematics: students, faculty, and fans of math. (flyer in PDF form)

Why Study Math at SFA?

Math&Stats Graduate Student Chance Bradford on "Why I Study Math at SFA"

About Us

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a friendly and supportive place for our students. Our faculty are committed to excellence and continual improvement in teaching and advising students through our challenging curriculum:

Our math clubs are very active in hosting math talks and participating in conferences, fundraisers, and social activities.

We offer one of the leading certification programs in the state in mathematics teaching. The department proudly produces qualified teachers at all levels.

We offer dual-credit courses to local and rural schools and make visits to speak about mathematics and statistics.

Why study mathematics?

Mathematics is perhaps the most intellectually challenging and practical major you can choose. Some major in math for the enjoyment and beauty of the subject. Others major in math for its practicality and applicability to the sciences, engineering, finance, and even the social sciences. Mathematics develops rigorous analytical thinking skills that are prized in all fields of human endeavor.

Programs offered at SFA
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Secondary Teacher Certification
  • Minor in Mathematics
  • Minor in Applied Statistics
  • Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences with focus in
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
  • Master of Science in School Mathematics Teaching with focus in
    • Middle-Level Teaching
    • Secondary Teaching
Mission Statement

The purpose of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is to attract and retain the best available scholars who actively pursue knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and/or mathematics education and who skillfully communicate their knowledge of the subject to their students, colleagues, and the community as a whole.

Specific roles of the Department are:

  1. To provide a sound curriculum for students who wish to pursue a career in mathematics or statistics in business and industry;
  2. To provide service courses for students who are majoring in some other department, but who need mathematics or statistics as a tool or to satisfy general degree requirements;
  3. To offer preparation to those who are planning to pursue a graduate degree;
  4. To prepare teachers for positions in colleges, universities, and public or private schools.