Mathematics is the science of numbers, shapes, probabilities, and measurements. It is a universal language in which information is stated in the simplest possible form. Mathematics has a dual nature—it is an independent discipline valued for its precision and elegance, and it is an essential source of ideas and techniques for many, if not most, other scientific endeavors.
The undergraduate program is structured to provide both a broad liberal arts education in mathematics, as well as a concentration in one of seven focused areas. The liberal arts component requires students to acquire a broad background in communication skills, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The major core focuses on developing students’ understanding and appreciation of the mathematical sciences, problem solving skills, and their ability to combine knowledge and skills in productive ways. Core mathematics subjects include calculus, matrices and linear equations, advanced calculus of a single variable, abstract algebra, linear algebra, computer programming, and statistics.
Six concentrations are available in the program: Actuarial Science, Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematics Education, and Mathematics of Information.
- Obtain a solid background in theoretical mathematics and will be able to participate in mathematical work in a variety of fields or continue on to graduate school.
- Be able to apply a range of mathematical and statistical tools to a diverse set of problems as presented to them in either employment or the pursuit of further education.
- Be capable of describing their mathematical assumptions and results to colleagues.
The Mathematics major prepares students for a wide variety of occupations in business, industry, government, and education. Although a national shortage of mathematics teachers no longer exists, our mathematics education graduates have been successful in finding positions. Actuarial science graduates who have passed the first two professional actuary exams can expect to find positions in large metropolitan areas with good entry-level salaries. Applied mathematics graduates continue to find employment opportunities in government and private industry. Many pursue advanced degrees in mathematics, computational science, or engineering. About one-third of general mathematics graduates continue on to graduate school in mathematics or other disciplines, with the rest finding employment in a large variety of capacities. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who continue to pursue advanced degrees can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.
Career opportunities include, but are not limited to: applied mathematician, actuary, engineer, statistician, financial analyst/advisor, computer programmer, computer systems analyst, mortgage officer, market analyst, risk analyst, tax auditor, accountant, math educator.