Mathematics is the science of numbers and the abstract formulation of their operations. Quantitative skills acquired through this study are useful in career fields which include computer science, business, actuarial science, engineering, life and physical sciences, medicine, and research. Actuaries concentrate on the study of actuarial science and usually work for the government, an insurance agency, or a consulting firm. They interpret statistics to determine the likelihood of injury, sickness, death, or loss of property among various population groups and develop insurance rates and plans for these groups.
The university is an official testing site for the Society of Actuaries. A departmental microcomputer lab provides mathematics students with hands-on computer experience. The department is a part of the 3/2 Engineering Program with University of Pittsburgh and Case-Western Reserve University.
Allied activities include a Mathematics Club open to all students, a weekly problem contest (at the end of the semester a prize is awarded to the student who solves the most problems), and Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honorary.
Entry-level jobs available to graduates in this field include: actuary, computer programmer, engineer, internal revenue agent, military intelligence officer, pension administrator, rate analyst, research mathematician, statistician, systems analyst, cryptanalyst, and teacher. Among the employers who hire graduates: banks, computer services, consulting firms, corporations, educational institutions, engineering firms, government agencies, insurance companies, manufacturing firms, pharmaceutical companies, and research and development laboratories. Most mathematics graduates go directly into the field where they can earn good salaries, even at entry level. A few go immediately into graduate schools for further study.
High school students who are interested in a mathematics career should take at least five years of mathematics: geometry, trigonometry, two years of algebra, and a third year of algebra or precalculus. It is not necessary to study calculus in high school.
Placement in mathematics courses is based on the student's mathematical placement score. Results are made available before students register. Students must register for the appropriate level mathematics course as determined by the placement score. For more details, contact the chair of the Mathematics Department.
MATHEMATICS, B.S. IN MATHEMATICS – 57 credits
Required: MATH 270, 271, 272, 300, 390, seminar, and 30 credits in mathematics electives from 300-level courses and above, at least 12 credits of which must be at the 400 level. Additional required courses include: CPSC 201, 301, and PH 258. A minimum of C grade in MATH 270, 271, 272 and ENG 111 is required.
MATHEMATICS (COOPERATIVE ENGINEERING PROGRAM) – 66 credits
Required: MATH 270, 271, 272, 300, 350, 370, and 18 credits in mathematics or approved engineering electives. In addition to these 39 credits, the following courses are required: PH 258, 268, 259, 269, 351, 352; CHEM 151, 161, 152, 162; CIS 163. See also Cooperative Engineering Program.
SECONDARY EDUCATION, B.S.ED.
Certification for grades K-12, Mathematics (see Secondary Education Mathematics).
MATHEMATICS (MINOR WITH CONCENTRATION IN STATISTICS ) – 20 credits
Required: MATH 221 or 222, 225, 260, 321, 322, and three credits of MATH 271 or higher-level courses.