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Welcome to The Department of Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy is located in Thayer Hall.  It offers majors in Mathematics and Operations Research, as well as a minor in Applied Statistics. In the 1830s, a French educator, Theodore Olivier (1793-1853) developed approximately 50 string models to facilitate drawing 3D objects in two dimensions.  Twenty-four of the original Olivier models currently reside in the Math Department. The "Thayer Method," created by Sylvanus Thayer, is a teaching technique still in use today - it emphasizes self study and daily homework as well as a small class size. In May 2013, the Math Department congratulated the Class of 2013 Operations Research and Mathematical Science majors, at the annual Firstie Recognition Ceremony. The Math Department, in collaboration with Professor Kit Parker of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, is currently performing research toward better understanding the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  In June of 2013, the Department of Mathematical Sciences farewelled Colonels Alex Heidenberg and Rod Sturdivant, recognizing their years of dedicated service to the Academy and the Army.

Our Mission
The mission of the Department of Mathematical Sciences is to educate cadets in mathematics, operations research, and applied statistics; to inspire cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country; and to support the development of cadets and faculty for careers of professional excellence and service to the Nation as officers in the United States Army or leaders in their profession.

Our Purpose
Our purpose is to provide each cadet the opportunity to gain the mathematical education essential to progressive and continuing development throughout a career as a Regular Army officer. Emphasis is placed on achieving intellectual discipline, mastery of reasoning, understanding of mathematical concepts, skill in practical applications of mathematics and appreciation for the role of mathematics in the military.