The Department of Mathematics and Descriptive Geometry is is organizationally managed by the Faculty of Wood Sciences and Technology, but it develops pedagogical and scientific research activities within the whole Technical University. The Department provides teaching of mathematical subjects at all faculties and almost all study programs. Teaching is focused on the differential and integral calculus of functions of one and more variables, linear algebra, differential equations, probability and mathematical statistics, descriptive geometry and technical drawing.
The scientific research of the staff of the Department is realized in the field of theory of real functions, differential geometry, dynamic systems, graph theory, computer graphics, mathematical statistics and art geometry. Within the application of mathematics, the Department cooperates on the research tasks of several faculties of the Technical University, which develops cooperation with profile departments. The Department cooperates with both home and abroad institutions in the field of basic mathematical research as well as applications of mathematics in other disciplines. As part of teaching mathematics, new information technologies and mathematical software supporting basic mathematical skills and the application of mathematics to practical tasks are introduced into the teaching process.
The Department was founded in 1952 under the name of the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Geodesy by delimiting the University of Agriculture and Forest Engineering in Košice and formed an important workplace of the newly established University of Forestry and Wood Technology in Zvolen. From its framework, in 1956 the Department of Mathematics and Physics was appointed. Between 1952 and 1960 there was completed a material and pedagogical basis of mathematics and descriptive geometry. In 1960 was established a separate Department of Mathematics and Descriptive Geometry. The leading personality of the scientific, mathematical and organizational life between 1952 and 1980 was prof. Cyril Palaj, thanks to which the Department became not only a significant educational workplace, but since r. 1956 also the seat of a branch of the Union of Slovak Mathematicians and Physicists with a multifaceted scientific, professional, popularization and educational activity for a wide mathematical community in Slovakia.
An unthinkable part of the work of the Department has become regular seminars and conferences of national importance. We mention at least the organization of the 9th and 16th Conferences on Mathematics at the Technical, Economic and Agricultural Universities in 1973, 1980 and in 1976 and 1991 international conferences on differential geometry. The other founding members had a significant share in the creating and development of the Department - doc. F. Husárik from r. 1952, doc. T. Klein from r. 1956, doc. C. Lenárt from r. 1957 and subsequently RNDr. A. Bezáková, RNDr. E. Senko, RNDr. I. Krsek, RNDr. A. Štekláč, RNDr. H. Palajová.
The gradual supplementation of the teaching staff created good preconditions for further differentiation of the Department's scientific-pedagogical profile, which in 1973 resulted in the establishment of the Department of Applied Mathematics under the leadership of prof. A. Dekrét. Prof. Dekrét significantly shifted the role of basic and applied research within the whole Faculty of Wood Sciences and Technology. From 1980 he is the leading personality of the seminar "Interaction of Wood with Various Forms of Energy", which gradually became an indispensable part of the scientific life of the Faculty of Wood Sciences and Technology with multilateral international contacts. Prof. Dekrét together with prof. Trebula summarized his scientific knowledge from the field of wood drying into three monographs published within the "Scientific and Pedagogical News" edition.
At present, the Department of Mathematics and Descriptive Geometry provides teaching of mathematical subjects, statistics and descriptive geometry at all faculties of the Technical University according to their needs and focus. The basic priority of the Department in pedagogical field is the systematization of mathematics teaching at the level of university education with applications in the profile areas of individual departments and faculties of the Technical University.