BS in Mathematics

Mathematics degrees allow for a wide variety of employment options. The following careers are very mathematics centered, though in many cases additional training beyond a mathematics degree (or at least beyond a B.S. Mathematics degree) is needed to qualify for employment in these fields: actuarial work, education, research analysis, cryptology, systems analysis, robotics engineering, design modeling (creating cost efficient models), geomatics engineering, photogrammatism, stock trading, biomathematics, accounting or auditing, population ecology, aspects of forensic analysis and some types of computer programming design. There are also jobs for mathematics graduates in the federal government, mainly in the department of defense. The degree required depends on the type of job in the areas mentioned, and the salary level.

Following are the key knowledge, skill and ability goals of the B.S. Mathematics program:

  • Knowledge of calculus, real and complex analysis, differential equations, linear and abstract algebra, basic probability, and a broad knowledge base of other elective topics including topology, geometry, number theory, numerical analysis and statistics.
  • An awareness of how to apply and model real situations with mathematics, and the ability to formulate and understand logical arguments.
  • The ability to communicate mathematics effectively, both verbally and in writing, expressing clear logical proofs of mathematical hypotheses and constructing well defined counterexamples to false statements.