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Mathematics ranks in the top 10 of the highest starting salaries for someone with a bachelor’s degree. Mathematics is used in biology, chemistry, physics, economics, engineering, medicine, space exploration and many more fields. Read the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics report on Mathematics in Industry.
People who study mathematics know how to construct logical arguments, spot fallacies in widely accepted arguments, make useful models of practical situations, learn new things quickly and find a common structure in seemingly disparate phenomena. These skills are attractive to admissions committees of professional schools such as law, business and medicine. A major in mathematics can lead to many satisfying careers, including teaching and research.
The B.S. degree program in mathematics prepares a student for positions in business, industry and government, a career in the teaching of mathematics at the secondary level or further study in mathematics or statistics leading to graduate degrees.
Five concentrations are offered within the B.S. degree in mathematics. The concentration in actuarial science prepares a student to work as an actuary. The concentration in computer information systems prepares students for work in the field of management information systems. The concentration in computer science provides education in more scientific aspects of computing. The concentration in managerial sciences provides training in management modeling, problem-solving, and computer-assisted decision support or expert systems technologies. The concentration in statistics prepares students for work as applied statisticians.
In addition to immediate employment, there are opportunities for good students to pursue further study at the graduate level in mathematics, statistics and other fields.
In 1978, the department initiated a cooperative education program with International Business Machines, Inc. Over the years, the program has expanded to include many other firms. Hundreds of majors have benefited from a co-op experience. Majors have an opportunity for paid work experience related to their area of study. They may also make important contacts that may lead to full-time employment after graduation. The Office of Cooperative Education has been established to coordinate the university’s cooperative education programs.
Majors are asked to consider carefully the career objectives they wish to pursue after graduation. A particular career objective may suggest a special choice for the minor or concentration that would prepare one for that career. It also might suggest that a co-op experience would be useful. Faculty who serve as academic advisers for majors can discuss choices and concentrations that are available to majors.