The Department of Mathematics offers programs leading to the
Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics
and the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics.
The Bachelor of Science
(no option) is primarily intended for students wishing
to pursue graduate work in mathematics.
However, it is becoming more and more apparent that the need for mathematicians in our
economy is shifting away from the academically oriented
(i.e. trained to do basic research in mathematically related fields)
to those equipped to aid in solving applied problems in business and the emerging
The Bachelor of Science degree may also be acquired with the explicit addition
of one of these options:
mathematical biology, industrial and applied mathematics,
actuarial science, statistics, and management science/operations research.
The options downplay some of the more theoretical courses
in favor of a broad selection of applied courses.
These provide operational skills in the fundamental areas of simulation, modeling,
statistics, computation and optimization, as well as internships working in industry.
The mathematical biology, and industrial and applied mathematics
options are aimed at preparing undergraduate math majors for careers in such applied fields.
Students who are strong in mathematics, and who wish to train in skills increasingly
relevant (and employable) in high-tech industries such as genetic
engineering, bioinformatics, system optimization, high-tech electronics devices, etc.,
should apply for one of these two options.
The actuarial science, statistics, and management science/operations research options
are intended for students with an interest in a career involving various
applications of mathematics to the world of business.
The Bachelor of Arts is intended for those students desiring to teach mathematics at the elementary and secondary school level and for those seeking a traditional liberal arts education with an emphasis on mathematics.