The Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Yobe State University Damaturu, was established in 2006 and initially known as “Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics” with four (4) academic staff. These pioneer staff are; Augustine Adjei Yaw (Ag. HoD), Jibrin Mbaya, Yusuf Gambo and Bashir Mustapha. In addition, the Department had two NYSC members as supporting staff.
The nomenclature of the Department was changed to Mathematical Sciences with the aim of running B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Mathematics, and B.Sc. Statistics programmes. These programmes were started in 2006/2007 academic session and at the end of 2007/2008 Academic Session, the Degree Program was suspended and the initial intake of five (5) students of Mathematics and twenty two (22) of Computer Science were transferred to other sister institutions (i.e Kano State University of Science and Technology Wudil, Bayero University Kano and FCE Kano).
In 2008/2009 academic session, Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) program was introduced. In September 2009, the program was phased out and Degree Program re-introduced with the intake of twelve (12) and fourteen (14) students for Mathematics and Computer Science respectively.
The Department of Mathematical Sciences operated until August, 2011 when Department of Computer Science was established, hence the nomenclature “Department of Mathematics and Statistics” came into existence.
Prof. V. V. Singh took over from the then Ag. Head of Department in 2013 until December, 2015 when Dr. Sani Isa took over as the Head of Department to date. Presently, the Department offers B.Sc. Mathematics.
To produce graduate with talent to tackle challenges in computational and abstract problems of Nigerian Society and the World community at large, through the acquisition of the solid foundational knowledge of the mathematical sciences. The knowledge nurtures confidence, zeal and capacity for analytical problem solving and potentials for Research in both traditional and modern mathematics.
The applications of Mathematics in both traditional areas are flourishing and involving more central areas of mathematics. Mathematics is the driving force behind new areas of computational science, in turn, is profoundly influence by high-speed computing.
This curriculum is reviewed in order to generate an increased activity in mathematical sciences. It will further provide students a broad and balance foundation in mathematics knowledge in order to compete with the current global challenges.
The mission of the program is impacting the training of computer science to produce graduate suitable for job market, post-graduate work and capable of applying their knowledge and skill to solve complex social and technological problems across the globe.
i. To instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for mathematics, an appreciation of its application in different areas and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
ii. To provide students a broad and balanced foundation in mathematics knowledge and practical skills in statistics and computer science.
iii. To develop in students the ability to apply their mathematics knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in mathematics.
iv. To develop in students, through an education in mathematics, a range of transferable skills of value in mathematical related and non-mathematical related employment.
v. To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of mathematics or multi-disciplinary areas involving mathematics.
vi. To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of mathematics in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context.