Math Majors

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Mathematics ranks in the top ten of highest starting salaries for someone with a bachelor’s degree, and mathematician was ranked recently as one of the best jobs in America. Mathematics is used in biology, chemistry, physics, economics, engineering, medicine, space exploration and many more fields. Click here to read the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) report on Mathematics in Industry. People who have studied mathematics know how to construct logical arguments, spot fallacies in widely accepted arguments, make useful models of real-world situations, learn new things quickly, and find a common structure in seemingly disparate phenomena. This skill set is very attractive to admissions committees of professional schools such as law, business and medicine. A major in mathematics can lead to many satisfying careers including teaching and research.

Five concentrations are offered within the B.S. degree in mathematics. The concentration in actuarial science prepares a student to work as an actuary. The concentration in computer information systems prepares students for work in the field of management information systems. The concentration in computer science provides education in more scientific aspects of computing. The concentration in managerial sciences provides training in management modeling, problem solving, and computer-assisted decision support/expert systems technologies. Finally, the concentration in statistics prepares students for work as applied statisticians.

Majors are asked to consider carefully the career objectives they wish to pursue after graduation. A particular career objective may suggest a special choice for the minor or concentration that would prepare one for that career. It also might suggest that a co-op experience would be useful. Faculty who serve as academic advisers for majors can discuss choices and concentrations that are available to majors.