The
famous Platonic inscription *"***μηδείς
αγεωμέτρητος
εισίτω"**
("let no one ignorant of geometry enter")
has been adopted, directly or indirectly, by all
universities in the world and, very correctly,
the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at
the university of Cyprus was one of the departments
with which the University of Cyprus commenced
its operation. The primary goal of the Department
is the promotion, through scientific research
and teaching, of the Mathematical Sciences.

The achievement of this goal is inextricably linked
with the need to produce well-trained scientists
who will contribute to the continuation of the
cultural and economic progress of Cyprus. Because
of the pivotal role of Mathematics and Statistics
for Science, it is necessary to create a department
of high caliber.

Following
modern trends, the University of Cyprus encourages
joint degree programs between the Department of
Mathematics and Statistics and other Departments
(e.g., Computer Science, Economics) that offer
various career possibilities. The ambition of
the Department is to become a recognized research
and teaching center.

Important
steps in achieving this ambition are the development
of links with corresponding institutions abroad
and the creation of high-level programs of studies.
The undergraduate program which started in September
1992 had been designed in such a way so as to
be naturally extended into a graduate one, which
was designed at a later stage and started in September
1997.

During
its first years of operation, the Department has
prepared the program of studies, has established
a seminar series in Mathematics and Statistics,
has placed emphasis on the development of a modern
and fully equipped library and has collaborated
with other sectors of the University to develop
the necessary institutional and technical (especially
in electronic equipment) infrastructure.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

The program of studies contains the list of courses,
the description of most courses, and the regulations
for obtaining the degrees in Mathematics and Mathematics
and Statistics.

The
Department's objective is to offer an up-to-date
and realistic program leading to degrees whose
standards are equivalent to those of well-established
universities. The program has been designed so
that it can be easily adapted to future needs.

COURSES

The curriculum courses are divided into three
levels and six groups. The 101-199 level includes
basic courses, compulsory for all students in
the Department. The 201-299 level includes the
main body of the degree requirements and the 601-699
level is for graduate courses. Groups I, II, III,
IV, V and VI correspond to the following areas
of Mathematics: Analysis, Algebra, Geometry, Probability/Statistics,
Numerical Analysis, and Applied Mathematics. Courses
numbered from 001 to 099 are service courses (see
table A).

Classes
meet for four hours per week, one of which may
be a recitation class. Each course carries four
credits.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Department offers sufficient 100- and 200-
level courses to allow the completion of the requirements
for obtaining the degree in Mathematics or in
Mathematics and Statistics in 8 semesters with
regular attendance. Regular attendance is considered
to be the successful completion of an average
of three courses in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics and one course offered by other
departments, per semester. It should be noted
that the students of the Department, after the
completion of their studies, receive only one
of the degrees offered by the Department.