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Department of Mathematics

Imagine: Chasing down massive storm systems as a TV meteorologist!
Imagine: Chasing down million dollar corporate criminals as an IRS agent!
Imagine: Chasing down earth-threatening asteroids as a NASA astronomer!
Imagine: Chasing down your favorite sports team as the official statistician!

You can imagine all this and more with the help of Chowan University's Department of Mathematics and Physical Science!

CUís Department of Mathematics and Physical Science assures that students will be well-prepared to solve any number of problems they may encounter. From introductory classes to the extremely complex, students will have the chance to cover a broad spectrum of chemistry, math and physics courses throughout their college career.

Chowan University offers both:

  • Bachelor of Arts degrees for students with teaching on their minds
  • Bachelor of Science degrees for students with more scientific applications in mind

Tackling issues, big and small, from the infinite to the miniscule, will be no problem for graduates of Chowan University's Department of Mathematics and Physical Science.

With our help, you can chase down anything- just IMAGINE!

Dept. of Mathematics - Faculty

Thomas H. Whitaker Thomas H. Whitaker
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Chairman of the Department of
Mathematics and Physical Science

Director of the Chowan University Honors College

"I really enjoy how the small class sizes at Chowan allow me to get to know my students and work with them one-on-one."

He came to work at Chowan University in 2002.


  • Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University
  • M.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Western Carolina University
  • B.S. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from
    Garner-Webb University  

Courses Taught:

  • Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Foundations of Mathematics

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James P. Truesdell James P. Truesdell
Instructor of Mathematics

"The crudest of carbon always yields the best of diamond."

He came to work with Chowan in 2005.


  • Masterís degree in Mathematics Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.A. degree in Mathematics  

Courses Taught:

  • Basic Applied Mathematics
  • College Algebra
  • Mathematical Probability and Statistics
  • Basic Concepts of Mathematics

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Mukta Bhandari Mukta B. Bhandari
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics and Physical Science

"My passion of teaching drove me to come to work at Chowan University in August 2010. I enjoy the great teaching environment, friendly faculty members and staff, and small class sizes of this university."


  • Master’s Degree in Mathematics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
  • ICTP Diploma in Mathematics, International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy.
  • M.S. in Mathematics (in 2005) and Ph.D. in Mathematics (in 2010), Kansas State University, USA.  

Courses Taught:

  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Karl Stromberg Outstanding GTA Teaching Award 2009, Department of Mathematics, Kansas State University.
  • University Chancellor Medal, Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

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