As an undergraduate, Liz Bouzarth attended a small liberal arts college, Dickinson College, where she majored in Mathematics and Physics. She is happy to return to this type of academic setting at Furman. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing in Applied Mathematics. Before coming to Furman in 2011, she was an Assistant Research Professor at Duke University. While at Furman, she has been recognized as a Furman Standard honoree. This honor is given by alumni in recognition of excellence in teaching and mentoring.


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Introduction to Statistics

Non-calculus based course in elementary probability and statistics. Counting problems, probability, various distributions, random variables, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation, analysis of variance, and nonparametric methods. A student cannot receive credit for this course and ECN-225 or MTH-341.


Integrated Precalc/Calc I

Introduction to the theory and methods of differential calculus. Topics include functions, graphs, limits, continuity and derivatives. May not be enrolled on a pass-fail basis.


Integrated Precalc/Calc II

Introduction to applications of the derivative and the theory and applications of the definite integral. Topics include: trigonometric functions and their derivatives, applications of derivatives, antiderivatives, the definite integral and applications of the integral.


Calc for Life & Social Science

Introduction to the methods of differential and integral calculus with an emphasis on applications in the management, life, and social sciences. Topics include limits and continuity, differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, exponential and logarithmic functions, and applications.


Analytic Geometry/Calculus I

First course in the standard calculus sequence. Introduction to the theory, methods, and applications of differential calculus and an introduction to the definite integral. Topics include: algebraic and trigonometric functions, limits and continuity, rules for differentiation, applications of the derivative, antiderivatives, and the definition and basic properties of the definite integral.


Analytic Geometry/Calculus II

The second course in the standard calculus sequence. An introduction to the logarithmic and exponential functions, the applications of the definite integral, techniques of integration, indeterminate forms, improper integrals, numerical methods, and infinite series.


Vectors and Matrices

Introduction to the theory of vectors and matrices. Among the topics included are: vectors, vector operations, the geometry of Euclidean space, systems of equations, matrices, matrix operations, special transformations, eigenvalues, and applications of matrix theory.


Vector Calculus

Introduction to multivariate and vector calculus. Topics include vector functions and the differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables including Green?s Theorem and Stokes? Theorem.


Differential Equations

Introduction to the theory, methods, and applications of ordinary differential equations, including first- and higher-order differential equations, series solutions, systems, approximate methods, Laplace transforms, and phase plane analysis.


Transition to Higher Mathmtics

Introduction to the main ideas and proof techniques of mathematics with an emphasis on reading, writing and understanding mathematical reasoning. Among the topics covered are logic, proof techniques, sets, cardinality, combinatorial enumeration, mathematical induction, relations, functions, and others selected by the instructor.


Mathematical Models & Applictn

A selection of mathematical models using various continuous and discrete methods and having applications in business and the social and biological sciences. Included are ecological models, epidemic models, Richardson146s arms race model, and population growth models. Other topics discussed are linear programming, voting problems, and Markov chains.


Scientific Computation

This course provides a practical introduction to computational problem solving. Topics covered include floating point arithmetic, sources of error, conditioning and numerical stability, root finding, numerical linear algebra, systems of ordinary differential equations, and scientific programming.


Math & the Mouse

Exploring the mathematics and science behind Walt Disney World (WDW). Students will immerse themselves in different aspects of the operations of WDW to explore various real-world applications of mathematical sciences.

Liz Bouzarth is an applied mathematician whose early research focused on computational fluid dynamics. This numerical field has a wide variety of applications, but Dr. Bouzarth focuses on Stokes flow and its applications to biology. She has expanded her research interests while at Furman to include applications of mathematics to sports, health, theme park touring, and various community engagement projects, both within the Furman and Greenville communities. Dr. Bouzarth often collaborates with students on research and engaged learning projects, blending teaching, scholarship, and mentorship.

Along with John Harris and Kevin Hutson​, she developed Math and the Mouse, a study away May Experience course that immerses students in learning about the breadth and applications of mathematics and related topics in Walt Disney World.  She has worked with students on interdisciplinary research with colleagues in the Health Sciences Department and at the Greenville Health System as well as projects in sports analytics and touring optimization. She started Math in the City at Furman, a collaborative research effort with the city of Greenville that connects Furman students with quantitative projects in the community. 

Dr. Bouzarth enjoys collaborating with colleagues and students in all aspects of research and is an active participant in the Mathematics Department’s summer research program. She travels with students to professional conferences, giving them an opportunity to present their work to the research community. Dr. Bouzarth has published in respected peer-reviewed journals and professional society magazines, and has also contributed to public interest pieces in ESPN The Magazine and the Huffington Post Science Blog.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dickinson College

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