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Mathematics

Open the door to a range of possibilities

The mathematics curriculum at UAS teaches not only mathematics, it also incorporates elements of the liberal arts to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, research, and communication. This unique approach increases our graduates’ likelihood of success, whether opening doors to a wide range of jobs in finance, industry, government, and education or continuing on with their academic education.

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Mathematics Degrees

Student Experience

Inside the Degree

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Inside the Degree

Inside the Degree

Capstone Projects

Upper division math majors work closely with faculty to explore their interests in mathematics and other disciplines and design a capstone research project. Broad areas include mathematics education, the history of mathematics, applied or pure mathematics, statistics, interdisciplinary applications of mathematics in the sciences, or advanced topics to prepare for graduate school. Students have numerous opportunities to share their knowledge on the local and national level through conferences, presentations, and publications.

Mathematics opens doors to a wide range of promising careers. In addition to mathematical research and teaching, the analytical and general problem solving skills that mathematics students aquire are invaluable for careers in actuarial science and accounting, business management, computing, engineering, investment analysis, law, medicine and the life sciences, military and public services, the physical sciences, and sales and marketing.

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Learning Environments

The Learning Center

Math students have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on training and experience in tutoring while working toward a degree. The Learning Center at the Juneau campus hires students each semester to tutor and grade lower-level mathematics and statistics courses. Cohorts of past students have found such high-impact learning activities very rewarding and helpful in consolidating skills in practicing and communicating fundamental concepts and methods in mathematics; developing interpersonal skills; and gaining valuable insights from their peers, Learning Center staff, and mathematics faculty. Tutoring opportunities are also available through other departments and programs.

Student working with a tutor at the learning center

"The people of UAS have changed me and shown me what it means to be part of a community… the learning center is a safe haven for philosophical and mathematical discussion."

Program Faculty

Brian Blitz

Brian Blitz

Professor of Mathematics & Program Coordinator

He enjoys teaching all levels of mathematics courses. His areas of interest include geometry, graph theory and algebra.

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Jill Dumesnil, Ph.D.

Jill Dumesnil, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

She particularly enjoys the opportunity to interact with students both in and out of the classroom. Her areas of interest include algebra and number theory.

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Chris Hay-Jahans

Chris Hay-Jahans

Professor of Mathematics

He enjoys teaching any mathematics or statistics course. His areas of interest include applications of differential equations to geophysical fluid dynamics and other areas within the natural sciences.

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Andrzej Piotrowski

Andrzej Piotrowski

Professor of Mathematics, Natural Sciences Department Chair

Andrzej has been at UAS since 2008. He enjoys teaching all levels of mathematics courses. His areas of interest include real and complex analysis, theory of equations, and distribution of zeros of entire functions.

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Megan Buzby, Ph.D.

Megan Buzby, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

She enjoys teaching a wide range of mathematics, probability, and statistics courses.  Her areas of interest include probability modeling, error analysis, and interdisciplinary applications.

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Colleen Ianuzzi

Colleen Ianuzzi

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Colleen has been teaching mathematics and statistics courses for the UAS Ketchikan Campus since 2006. She enjoys helping students succeed and gain confidence in math, and teaches a variety of courses up through first semester Calculus and elementary statistics.

Outside of academics, Colleen enjoys hiking, beachcombing, reading and trying new recipes.

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Joe Liddle

Joe Liddle

Professor of Mathematics

He covers the majority of the UAS distance mathematics and statistics courses.

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