Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Degree Programs Overview

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers undergraduate programs leading to the B.A. and B.S. degrees in Mathematics with concentrations in mathematics and statistics as well as a minor in mathematics and a minor in statistics. The B.A. program is more flexible than the B.S. program. It allows one to specialize in mathematics and at the same time either to follow a broad liberal arts program or to specialize in a second area (possibly even taking a second major). The B.S. program is more technically oriented; it provides solid preparation for work or study in mathematics or a related field.

Mathematics is an excellent major for the student whose immediate objective is to acquire a strong liberal arts education. The goal of all of the Department’s programs is to produce students who are both technically competent and sufficiently well grounded in theory that they can contribute to fundamental research in their chosen specialty. To give a professional direction to the student’s liberal arts education, the mathematics major may elect any of the above concentrations or seek secondary teacher licensure. Students seeking secondary teacher licensure should see Teaching Licensure.

There are many opportunities for the undergraduate majors in the mathematical sciences in industry, government, business, and secondary school teaching. An undergraduate major in the mathematical sciences also provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in many areas, including actuarial sciences, computer science, economics, engineering, law, mathematics, operations research, and statistics. The majors can be specialized to allow preparation for any of these goals.