Major

Mathematics provides tools for explanation and analysis in the physical, engineering, business and social sciences. These tools can help in areas as diverse as planning and evaluating market research, modeling problems in business and finance, developing new educational practices, comparing treatment groups in the biological and social sciences, providing fundamental organizing structure for the physical world and giving satisfaction to those who love mathematics for its own sake.

Because mathematics is the language of scientists and engineers, and because the study of mathematics sharpens your analytical skills, a degree in mathematics is good preparation for many different careers. An actuary uses probability and statistics to estimate risks and to determine premiums for insurance policies.  Most actuaries work for insurance companies.  More and more mathematicians are entering the world of business and finance.  For many years mathematicians have solved problems arising in science and engineering. Companies that hire scientists and engineers also hire applied mathematicians.  Operations research deals with problems related to efficient allocation of resources, such as where to locate warehouses in order to minimize delivery time to stores, or how to schedule airline flights in order to maximize profit. With the ever-increasing amount of data available to us today, the field of statistics is playing a more and more vital role.  Pharmaceutical companies use statistics to determine the effectiveness of new drugs; manufacturing companies use statistics in their quality control process; pollsters use statistics to gauge public opinion; and the Bureau of the Census uses statistics to gather and interpret information about the population.  Many math majors have found rewarding careers in teaching, particularly at the high school level.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers two undergraduate degree programs, one leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and the other to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The mathematical content is the same in both programs. The BS program requires more science courses than the BA program. The BA program is therefore more suitable for students with interests outside the sciences, such as business, economics, or philosophy.

Students enrolled in the BS program may, if they wish, choose a concentration in one of the following areas: 

  • Applied & Computational Mathematics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Business Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Teaching.

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Students interested in a career in teaching may elect to do the STEM Teaching Minor. This minor leads to math teaching certification as part of the BS degree.

Qualified students may enroll in an accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program, making it possible to complete both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree in five years.

For more information contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences.