The Department of Mathematics, which was established in 1910, is in the forefront of the development of the Mathematical Sciences in the country. At present, the Department is one of the biggest academic departments in the entire University. While the Department offers courses in both pure and applied mathematics, there is no division of the faculty into the traditional pure and applied departments. This stems from the common philosophy shared by the faculty that good mathematics in all areas require imagination coupled with discipline and rigorous thinking.
Hence the goal of the programs offered by the Department is to instill this philosophy in the student and to provide a strong, broad background in the basic areas of mathematics.
The Department administers the B.S. Math Program at the undergraduate level and the Ph.D. Math, M.S. Math, M.S. Applied Math, M.A. Math and Certificate in College Math Programs at the graduate level. It assists the College of Education in its M.A.T. (Math) and Ph.D. Sc.Ed. (Math) Programs. Apart from its offerings for the mathematics majors and the science and engineering students, the Department of Mathematics has been providing service courses to satisfy the mathematics requirements of the students of the other colleges in the Diliman campus.
Service is not limited to the University constituents. A number of faculty members hold consultancies in top corporations and government agencies. The Department also has an Extension Program which enables it to reach out to other colleges and universities all over the country through training and continuing education programs.
Shortly after the College of Liberal Arts was founded on June 3, 1910, one of the independent units created for instruction was the Department of Mathematics. The first Chief of the Department, a title changed to Chairman in the mid-sixties was a Mr. William Joseph Colbert, BA 1900 Darmouth College, Associate Professor of Mathematics, who organized the original Mathematics Department consisting of an assistant professor, a Mr. Alexander S. Galajikian from Cornell University and two instructors, a Mr. Shirley E, Roberts, BA 1900, Harvard, and Ms. Pilar Hidalgo, BA 1913, U.P. The Department was charged with contributing towards the goals of the College of Liberal Arts, namely:
- Contribute towards a liberal arts orientation to all degree programs of the University
- Provide specialized instruction in Mathematics by way of the major's program on the undergraduate and the graduate levels in the view of the authorization by the Board of Regents to grant Bachelor of Arts or BA on June 6, 1911, and the M aster of Arts or MA on June 30, 1911
- Serve other colleges, like Engineering, Education, Pharmacy, ....by way of mathematics offerings supportive of their respective degree programs.
These three main objectives have persisted through the year to this day and have aligned the functions of the Department into three main categories:
- General education mathematics
- Mathematics as an academic discipline to be developed
- Service mathematics courses
Accordingly the faculty has been considered as performing or delivering three main services:
- Extension service