# Majoring in Mathematics

Mathematics is of central importance to our society in many ways. One, math is a powerful tool for building problem-solving skills and developing critical-thinking skills. This means you, as a math major, will have a ton of opportunities to make a better world by utilizing your mathematical insights and problem-solving skills. Two, math is simply beautiful. To borrow the words of Olga Taussky-Todd, “the yearning for and the satisfaction gained from mathematical insight bring the subject near to art.” In the classes you will take as a mathematics major, you will experience the enchantment of discovery and exploration! Lastly, mathematics is one of the greatest products of human culture. Francis Su in his book, Mathematics for Human Flourishing, said “to miss out on mathematics is to live without experiencing some of humanity's most beautiful ideas.” These three aspects of mathematics (i.e., utilitarian, aesthetic, cultural) make majoring in mathematics something that you can love and, furthermore, that will lead to a rewarding career!

The Mathematics Department offers various undergraduate and graduate programs with curriculum containing mathematical applications to engineering, the physical and life sciences, environmental science, social science, and business. Within the Mathematics Department is a computer lab with sophisticated mathematical and statistical software packages such as MATLAB, Python, R and Sage. Students have access to the High-Performance Computing Cluster that consists of 8 nodes with 192 cores and 512GB of ram on campus. The faculty at the Math Department are engaged in active research areas including Topology, Graph Theory, Commutative Algebra, Partial Differential Equations, Analysis, Coding, Cryptography, Mathematics Education, and Statistics. The faculty are always available for advising students and engaging students in research. The Math Department is also a local GeoGebra Institute.

## Career Opportunities

Academia and Teaching

- Professor at universities or community colleges (which require Master or Ph.D. degrees)
- Secondary school math teacher (See B.S. Math 7-12 , Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification, and M.A.T. in Math 7-12.)
- Elementary math specialist

Applied Mathematics (See B.S. Applied Math)

- SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Careers Brochure lists various career titles related to applied mathematics.
- Actuary (Finance, Health, Investment, Life Insurance, Retirement, and Pension)
- Accounting analyst
- Project analyst
- Finance associate
- Product quality engineer
- Operations research analyst
- Quality and customer satisfaction consultant
- Risk management manager
- Product marketing manager
- Credit analyst
- Logistics analyst
- Cryptographer

Data Science (See B.S. Data Science)

- Data scientist
- Machine learning scientist
- Machine learning engineer
- Business intelligence (BI) developer
- Data engineer
- Data architect
- Data analyst
- Database developer

Statistics (See Applied Statistics Graduate Certification)

- Statistician
- Biostatistician
- Epidemiologist
- Director of public health sciences
- Economic analyst
- Statistical programmer
- Financial analyst
- Management analyst
- Research scientist
- Investment analyst
- Financial trader

Other Career Paths (possible with double-majors and/or minor in related areas)

- Meteorologist
- Accountant
- Cryptographer
- Computer programmer/scientist
- Director of information technology
- Software engineer/programmer

## Career Research Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

American Mathematical Society

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Mathematical Association of America

American Statistical Association

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Teach Math

Data Science Association

Society of Actuaries