Mathematics is essentially the general study of number and pattern. As a separate and self-contained discipline it has a rich history, worthy purpose, and noble esthetic. Linked to the sciences and related disciplines, it unlocks their potential to improve the human condition by providing a universal language to express conjecture, fact, and ultimately understanding. A mathematical education is unique in its focus on rigorous logic, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skill, all habits of mind which are prized in the practical world.
The B.A. in Mathematics program provides opportunities for students to develop general analytical and problem solving skills and gain specific knowledge. The world is rapidly becoming more quantitative, and mathematicians and statisticians are in increasing demand in a wide range of fields, including business, agriculture, computer science, communications, engineering, environmental studies, government, and the natural and social sciences. Students study up-to-date discoveries in mathematics that are being used in modern theory and applications, making use of the latest technological tools for investigating mathematical and statistical concepts and problems. Students practice solving real-world problems.
The program is also suited for students who wish to teach mathematics at the high school level after graduation but who prefer to study mathematics more in-depth than a traditional education major. Graduates would be qualified to teach mathematics, although additional certification requirements may be necessary. Information on teaching certification requirements can be obtained in the College of Education.
The mathematics major allows students to participate in undergraduate research in mathematics and other related fields. Some mathematics majors receive a stipend as tutors and lab assistants.