Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Career Tracks for Math

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers undergraduate programs leading to the BA, BA-HS, BS with concentrations in mathematics and statistics, and an Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) to earn a BS and MA in 5 years. The BA program is more flexible than the BS program, allowing one to follow a broad liberal arts program or to specialize in a second area. The BS program is more technically oriented; it provides solid preparation for work or study in mathematics or a related field.

There are many opportunities for the undergraduate majors in the mathematics in industry, government, business, and secondary school teaching. Graduates may go on to work as an actuary with insurance companies; as a data analyst with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or health care companies; as a quality assurance specialist with engineering companies; or in government agencies such as FDA, EPA or USDA where their main responsibility is to check compliance for quality specifications. The majors can be specialized to allow preparation for any of these goals. Click below to list some suggested coursework for some of these specialized tracks.

Actuarial

  • Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
  • Statistical Methods (STA 291)
  • Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
  • Introduction to Probability (STA 551)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECO 201)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (ECO 202)
  • Business Finance I (FIN 315)
  • Principles of Risk Management and Insurance (FIN 315)

Graduate School

  • BS or ADP including 12 hours from the following.
    • Advanced Abstract Algebra (MAT 591, MAT 592)
    • Mathematical Analysis (MAT 595, MAT 596)
    • Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory (MAT 727, MAT 728)

High School Teacher

  • BA with High School Teaching Licensure concentration

Industry or Financial Consulting

  • Introduction to Computer Science (CSC 130) and possible more CSC couses
  • Calculus I-IV (MAT 191, 292, 293, 394)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference (STA 290)
  • Elementary Linear Algebra (MAT 310)
  • Ordinary Differential Equations (MAT 390)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Analysis (MAT 395)