Mathematics and Statistics
Undergraduate: Major, Minor
Mathematics and statistics provide the essential foundation for an array of different career fields, including science/engineering, finance, medicine, education. If problem solving engages you and if you are interested in further developing your analytical skills, consider the Mathematics and Statistics program.
Choose from three different tracks in a program designed to build a strong mathematical foundation no matter what career path you take. The mathematics track prepares you for the real world or advanced degree work requiring rigorous mathematical competence. You may choose to dual major with another major such as economics, computer science or education. The statistics track prepares you for advanced work in any career that requires statistical competency, such as statistician, actuary, or data scientist.
The program also offers courses to satisfy the educational requirements of the Society of Actuaries, as well as courses that prepare you to take first two actuarial exams. In addition, you can participate in individual research projects and student-run seminars and secure internships with area financial institutions and businesses.
- MAT 111/112/211: Calculus I, II, III
- MAT 150: Mathematics and Politics
- MAT 230: Logic, Set Theory, and Proofs
- MAT 345: Climate and Sustainability
- MAT 353: Regression Analysis
- MAT 361/362: Probability for Actuaries and Financial Mathematics for Actuaries
The world-class program is taught in the college’s newest facility, Science Hall, designed with the state-of-the-art technology utilized by today’s professionals in mathematics and statistics. Program graduates have a consistently high acceptance rate into math and statistics graduate programs and work as actuaries, analysts, computer specialists, researchers, statisticians, or hold positions in the banking and health insurance industries.
Forbes recently published their "Top 15 Most Valuable Majors" list, with rankings based primarily on salary and projected job growth over the next several years. Their results include #10 Applied Mathematics, #11 Mathematics, and #15 Statistics.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Mathematics # 5 in their list of "College Majors With the Best Starting Salaries".
All 9 of our faculty members hold PhDs and are active researchers in the field
related positions (actuary, mathematician, statistician) rank in the top 5 of CareerCast Jobs Rated Report
Extended Learning Opportunities
Learning experience is enhanced through various opportunities available outside the classroom. These include: Student research (see a separate page on faculty-student collaboration), Internships, Math Club, and Tutoring/Grading.
All 9 of our faculty members have earned PhD degrees from prestigious universities. In addition to their dedication to teaching, they are all active researchers in their fields.
Small class sizes enable a lot of opportunities for strong student-faculty interaction and individual attention. Students conduct individual research under faculty guidance, and give presentations in Student Seminars, and often, at regional or national conferences.