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College of Arts & Sciences



Dr. William Duncan

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics

Boyd Science Center 329

What is mathematics?


A man buys a horse for $60. He sells the horse for $70. He then buys the horse back for $80. He sells the horse again for $90. In the end, how much money did the man make or lose? Or did he break even? Can you solve this viral word problem that has stumped the Internet? If so, then being a math major might be for you.

Mathematics is an essential science that helps you draw conclusions about the world. Math is the study of quality, structure, space, and change in simple terms.

Mathematicians expand this knowledge by developing new principles and understanding relationships between existing principles to solve real-world problems. It’s more than a numbers game because math builds comprehension and logic skills that play a crucial role in daily life.

What can you do with a math degree? The sky is the limit. You can pick your path from an aerospace engineer to a math teacher.

Why study mathematics at Baker University?

Baker University offers you the best of both worlds. As a math major, you will experience one-on-one attention, small class sizes, and the opportunity to participate in research studies at larger universities during the summer. Baker University prepares you for graduate school or success in just about any field you choose after graduation.

Career Opportunities in Mathematics

Here are ten careers for math majors:

  • Financial manager
  • Physicist
  • Research scientist
  • Actuary
  • Economist
  • Mathematician
  • Math teacher
  • Budget analyst
  • Accountant
  • Insurance underwriter

Mathematics Course Descriptions


Mathematics Majors

The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Noyce Scholarship & ASTRA Program
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics
  • Dr. Calvin Foreman Memorial Scholarship
  • Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship
  • Jennifer Burton Memorial Scholarship
  • Grace Barnhill Champlin Memorial Scholarship
  • Platt-Butler Endowed Scholarship

Do you want to teach math?

Baker University’s undergraduate education programs license teachers in mathematics (6-12) and Middle-Level Mathematics (5-8). Students pursuing a degree in education and teacher licensure work closely with faculty advisors from the School of Education to fulfill the requirements for a degree from Baker University and teacher licensure in Kansas. Candidates are required to complete education course work and the required course work in at least one content area.

Teacher Licensure

Noyce Scholarship & ASTRA Program

The Noyce Scholarship and ASTRA Program trains excellent STEM teachers. Through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant from the National Science Foundation, Noyce scholars will be awarded a scholarship of $11,000 during their junior and senior years as they tackle a demanding course load that culminates in a double major in education and either biology, chemistry, or mathematics.

Noyce Scholarship & ASTRA Program


Meet the Faculty


Eric Hays

Instructor of Mathematics

B.S., M.S. University of Kansas

Office: Boyd Science Center 323


Dr. Mircea Martin

Professor of Mathematics

B.S., M.S. University of Bucharest; Ph.D. University of Iasi in Romania

Office: Boyd Science Center 330


Dr. Will Duncan

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

B.S. & B.A. Baker University, MSc University of Oxford, M.A. & Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: statistics, probability, data science

Office: Boyd Science Center 329

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Dr. Jean Johnson

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. William Randy Miller

Research Assistant Professor

B.S., M.A. University of Montana; Ph.D. University of New England

Office: Office: Boyd Science Center 225


Dr. Dylan C. Beck

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

B.S. Missouri State University, M.A. University of Kansas, Ph.D University of Kansas

Expertise: commutative algebra, graph theory, additive number theory

Office: Boyd Science Center 328