## The Undergraduate Program

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.