The Importance of Mathematics

An in-depth understanding of mathematics is of great importance in many careers in our technologically complex society. Moreover, the study of mathematics promotes analytical and critical-thinking skills, and therefore is a valuable part of any program of study. The major and minor programs in mathematics are designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue graduate study or to support career goals in a range of professions. Recent graduates who have majored in mathematics have found rewarding careers in business, teaching, computing, government, law, engineering, and medicine. A major or minor in mathematics is a natural adjunct to the study of physics, chemistry, biology, earth science, business, economics, computer science or the social sciences.

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The department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Arts (MA) degree in Mathematics. In addition, we offer a combined BS/MA program. The traditional BS degree in mathematics allows students to tailor their learning to a specific track in either Statistics and Actuarial Science. We also offer a minor in mathematics.

To complete a major in mathematics, students take nine required courses that provide a thorough foundation in several central areas of mathematics, a course in structured programming, and a minimum of three advanced courses chosen to give special depth in at least one area. The two minor programs require students to take six mathematics courses that coherently complement their particular major. Due to the sequential nature of the study of mathematics, students should meet with the department’s advisement coordinator as soon as possible to declare a major or minor, be assigned a departmental advisor, and begin planning a sound academic program.