Mathematics

What Is It?:

Mathematics is a tool essential to many other scientific disciplines and careers. Applications are necessary in engineering, the biological and social sciences, economics, and computer science in addition to the more traditional physical sciences. Mathematics is a broad discipline that contains a range of areas of specialization.

What is the difference between Mathematics and Mathematics & Computer Science?

Mathematics is designed to enable students to conduct research in fundamental mathematics or to apply mathematical techniques to solve problems within various fields. 

Mathematics and Computer Science is sponsored jointly by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science. The major is designed for students who desire a strong foundation in computer science, coupled with significant advanced coursework in mathematics.   The major prepares students for professional or graduate work in mathematics and computer science.

For more information, please visit the Department of Mathematics

Concentrations:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Graduate Preparatory
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Teaching of Math

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • MATH 220 (or 221), 231, 241—Calculus Sequence
  • MATH 347—Fundamental Mathematics

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Government and industry need skilled mathematicians for work in operations research, numerical analysis, computer systems market research and commercial surveys. Jobs related to statistics, computer science, actuarial work, economics and engineering hold possibilities, especially if the student has a minor in one of these areas. The employment opportunities are best for graduates with advanced degrees in applied mathematics.  Some possible employers include:

  • banks and investment firms
  • business and industry
  • colleges/universities
  • engineering firms
  • insurance agencies
  • research and development firms     
  • schools
  • state/federal government
  • technical journals
  • utility companies

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Actuary Estimator
  • Bank Examiner
  • Budget Analyst
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commodities Trader
  • Computer Programmer
  • Cryptologist
  • Engineering Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Information Scientist
  • Insurance Agent or Broker
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Researcher
  • IRS Investigator
  • Market Research Analyst Trust Analyst
  • Mathematical Technician
  • Mathematician
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Purchasing Agent or Buyer
  • Psychometrist
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Securities Broker
  • Statistician
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Mathematical Advancement Through Research and Idea eXchange (MATRIX): fosters student-faculty relationships within the Math Department and educates students on research possibilities in the field of math.
    • Pi Mu Epsilon: recognizes and promotes scholarly achievement in mathematics.                    
    • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics: aims to advance the application of mathematics and computational science to engineering, industry, science, and society. Locally, the chapter seeks to build a community of members interested in the intersection of mathematics, computing, engineering, and science.                                                                                               

Related Skills:

  • Ability to analyze & interpret data
  • Advanced quantitative skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Efficient
  • Logical thinking
  • Numerical computation
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Systemizing skills
  • Team skills
  • Testing skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Mathematics, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Mathematics.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Mathematics.  These organizations include American Mathematical Society, American Statistical Association, and Association for Women in Mathematics.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Mathematics, visit Undergraduate Programs.