If you enjoy numbers, problem-solving and analyzing data, mathematics is a major for you. You can become a financial analyst evaluating economic conditions to help a corporation make smart business decisions, or an actuary using data to predict health trends for an insurance company. Mathematicians work with chemical engineers to develop mathematical models that further research and development of products, and applied mathematicians collaborate with industrial designers to create the best aerodynamic conditions when designing airplanes, structures or cars.
In the program, you learn about the newest technological innovations used in mathematics and learn how to communicate your research effectively. You gain knowledge and skills you can use in fields such as science, government, business and education. You choose courses in your area of interest—such as teaching, statistics or actuarial studies—and graduate prepared to pursue an advanced degree.
The job outlook is good for mathematicians. Employment in math-related occupations is expected to grow 28 percent through 2024, which is much higher than for other occupations.
Curriculum and Requirements
BA in Mathematics Curriculum
|Complete the University Curriculum||46|
|Select Option A or Option B:||12|
|Calculus of a Single Variable I|
|Calculus of a Single Variable II|
|Vector Functions and Geometry of Space,Calculus of Several Variables|
|Additional Mathematics Core Courses|
|MA 229||Linear Algebra||3|
|MA 301||Foundations of Advanced Mathematics||3|
|MA 321||Abstract Algebra||3|
|MA 341||Advanced Calculus||3|
|MA 490||Mathematics Senior Seminar||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Theory of Computation (CSC 315)|
|Cryptography (CSC 318)|
|Numerical Analysis (CSC 361)|
|Ordinary Differential Equations|
|Mathematical Statistics and Probability I|
|Mathematical Statistics and Probability II|
|Special Topics in Math|
|Elements of Point-Set Topology|
While students must consult with their major adviser in planning a course of study, the department provides the following recommendations.
- Students interested in teaching should consider MA 285.
- Students interested in statistics should consider:
Code Title Credits MA 371 Mathematical Statistics and Probability I 3 MA 372 Mathematical Statistics and Probability II 3 MA 378 Mathematical Modeling 3
- Students interested in actuarial studies should consider:
Code Title Credits MA 285 Applied Statistics 3 MA 361 Numerical Analysis (CSC 361) 3 MA 371 Mathematical Statistics and Probability I 3 MA 372 Mathematical Statistics and Probability II 3 EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3 AC 211 Financial Accounting 3 CSC 110 Programming and Problem Solving 3 Also possibly consider: EC 112 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 FIN 201 Fundamentals of Financial Management 3 FIN 310 Investment Analysis 3