The mathematics department offers two undergraduate degrees in mathematics. The BS in Mathematics provides students with a solid background in mathematics and the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of mathematics. The BS in Mathematics with Applied Numerical Analysis Option is designed for students who are particularly interested in numerical analysis and scientific computing.
There are a number of career opportunities in mathematics for students at the bachelor's level. Students in mathematics can prepare for actuarial careers, careers in education, and careers in a number of industries, including telecommunications, aerospace, and computer. Preparation for an actuarial career should include course work in probability and statistics (Math 382, Math 483, Math 486) Preparation for a career in industry should include a broad background in mathematics, modeling skills, computer skills, expertise in an area outside mathematics, and communication skills.
Mathematics can also be studied in preparation for more advanced work in a variety of fields including pure mathematics, applied mathematics, operations research, statistics, scientific computing, and business administration. Many students choose to combine a major in mathematics with a major in a second field such as business administration, computer science, engineering, or physics. A strong background in mathematics can be very helpful preparation for graduate work in these fields.
Students majoring in mathematics have a number of opportunities to interact with faculty and participate in a variety of mathematical activities. There are opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research projects with faculty. Many undergrad students are employed by the department as graders and lab facilitators. Students also participate in the William Lowell Putnam mathematics competition and the COMAP contest in mathematical modeling.
A listing of some recent graduates and places where our graduates have found employment is available.