Undergraduate Programs
Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics
Why Study Mathematics?
Do you like math? Do you find it interesting, and are you good at it? That's probably reason enough to study math, but if you're still unsure, there are other reasons to study math, as well.
 Math is useful:

 Mathematical problems abound in daily life
 Mathematical proficiency is required for many jobs
 Mathematics is essential for science, engineering, and research
 Math majors are in demand for employers
 Math is important:

 A mathematically informed citizenry will make better economic and political decisions about risk, policy, and resource allocation
 The landmark accomplishments of mathematics stand alongside the masterworks of art and music as cultural triumphs that all educated persons should be able to appreciate
 Doing mathematics teaches patterns of problemsolving and insight that transfer to other knowledge domains
 Mathematical proof teaches skills in rigor, argumentation and persuasion that transfer to other knowledge domains
What can I do with my mathematics degree?
Mathematics opens the doors to many promising career paths. CareerCast ranked mathematician as best job for 2014 based on four factors:
 Environment
 Income
 Outlook
 Stress
Statistician was ranked third and actuary was ranked fourth. A study by PayScale shows that the top 15 highestearning college degrees have a common element: mathematics. Not only do many professions and majors (engineering, doctors, physics, nurses, computer science, actuarial science, etc.) require courses in mathematics, but the analytical and problemsolving skills students learn in mathematics can apply to all disciplines and careers.
Concentrations  Degree Offered 

No Concentration Option  BA, BS 
Computational Mathematics  BA, BS 
Data Science  BA, BS 
Education  BA, BS 
Operations Research  BA, BS 
PreActuarial Math  BA, BS 
Research Experience  BA, BS 
Statistics  BA, BS 
Computational Mathematics
This concentration is recommended for students interested in Computational Science, particularly those students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the graduate level.
A Concentration in Computational Mathematics may be useful in a wide range of areas including Science, Engineering, Government, Health Care, Business, and Information Technology. The specialization in Computational Mathematics is designed for students with a strong interest in Mathematics and in mathematical applications to areas of Science and Engineering. By choosing elective courses carefully, students completing this specialization will be prepared for a career in a variety of Computing and/or Engineering areas. Students will also be prepared to continue on to a graduate program in Applied Mathematics.
Computational Mathematics involves the use of math and computers to solve problems and predict outcomes. The concentration in Computational Mathematics is intended for any student who is interested in applications to solving practical and physical problems in Engineering, Science, and Business. This concentration is also recommended for students who wish to work in the research and development area of industry. The concentration is especially intended for students seeking a career as Quantitative Analysts, Computational Scientists, and Applied Mathematicians, and for those thinking of continuing the study of Applied and Computational Mathematics at the graduate level.
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Data Science
Data Science is the art and science of transforming raw data into deliverable data products in order to help businesses or government agencies make more informed decisions. The Concentration in Data Science consists of eight major components:
 Data Visualization
 Scientific Methods
 Statistical Modeling
 Statistical Computing
 Realworld Data Applications
 Data Consulting
 Data Research
 Data Technology
The Concentration in Data Science prepares students for a job as a Data Scientist, as well as providing a strong background for many other careers.
Because Data Science is a rapidly expanding field, creating a high demand for Data Scientists, the Department of Mathematics is committed to developing partnerships with the local business community, not only to assist with their data analysis needs, but to demonstrate the value of our math majors.
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Education
This concentration is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in Secondary Education.
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Operations Research
This concentration is recommended for students interested in a career as an Operations Research Analyst or in pursuing a graduate degree in Operations Research or a related field.
The broad realworld applicability of Operations Research makes it an attractive choice for Math majors. In Operations Research courses students get a solid background in mathematical modeling of decisionmaking problems, algorithms for solving different types of these problems, as well as experience using appropriate software tools.
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PreActuarial Math
An actuary evaluates the financial impact of risk by evaluating the likelihood of future events, designing creative ways to reduce the likelihood of undesirable events, and decreasing the impact of undesirable events that do occur.
Actuaries work for insurance companies, government, and consulting firms, and in the actuarial profession, you can earn while you learn. Many students receive onthejob training while enrolled in the examination process. Employers are generally supportive and may give students study time during working hours, pay exam fees, and award raises for each exam passed. However, most employers prefer to hire people who have started the series of examinations on their own and have already passed at least two or three.
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Research Experience
This concentration is recommended for students interested in independent work and for students planning to pursue graduate work in mathematics.
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Statistics
This concentration is recommended for students interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of statistics, particularly those students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in statistics or biostatistics.
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You might be an Math Major if...

You name your dog after a mathematician.

The only reason that you don’t have a math tattoo is because you are still looking for the one that really captures who you are as a person.

The highlight of your week is the new concept that you learned in math class.

You would wait for your car's odometer to hit a landmark figure, have a camera ready in anticipation, then pull over on the highway to take a picture of it.

Doing the calculation in your head of a bill you are expected to pay has saved you from being ripped off.

You believe that every time displayed on a clock is mathematically special, you just need to find the function for how.

You feel you have an obligation to the rest of society to warn your friends and dates not to talk to about math, because you know that once you’ve started you can not shut up.

You get mad at quiz game shows (Jeopardy, for example) for not having any good math questions.

You notice which of the buttons lit up in the elevator are prime numbers.

You have sloppy handwriting when it comes to letters, but your numbers look more beautiful than works by Da Vinci.
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