The
department offers courses leading to degrees of Bachelor of Science,
Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. If you are interested in
mathematics as a major, you should know that a concentration in
actuarial science prepares you for the foundations of actuarial
practice, which involves statistically calculating risks, premiums,
etc. for insurance. A concentration in mathematics education prepares
you for teaching mathematics at the elementary and secondary level.
A concentration in pure and applied mathematics, the more traditional
course of study, ordinarily attracts students who expect to pursue
higher degrees in mathematics, as well as those preparing for careers
as mathematicians in industry and government. For a sample of
prospective mathematical careers please see the Careers
and Employment page of the American Mathematical Society.
The specific mission for
the minor in mathematics is to provide him/her with a foundation in real and multidimensional calculus so that he/she may
understand applications using calculus, differential equations, linear
algebra, or statistics in business, economics, and the sciences. To
obtain a
minor in mathematics, a student must take the calculus sequence
(MATH156, MATH157, MATH158); Proof & Problem Solving I and
II
(MATH101, MATH102); and either differential equations
(MATH159), linear algebra (MATH180) or
one other higher level course.
