# Mathematics

A major in mathematics can lead to many different professional opportunities. In general, students can be found in any career that requires problem solving ability, critical thinking, comfort working with data, sound logical and quantitative reasoning skills, ability to think abstractly, and a willingness to engage in analyzing problems and evaluating potential solutions.

BVU's mathematics program is top notch, with consistently high scores on the nationally normed ETS Major Field Test for mathematics. Not to mention 100 percent graduate school acceptance and 100 percent employment of job-seeking graduates.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

- Teaching
- Statistician
- Actuary
- Data science and analytics
- Intelligence (cryptography, information assurance)
- Finance (financial analyst, insurance)
- Information technology (software development, software support)

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## Be in Demand

**Math professions ranked at the top**

- Many career ranking sources consistently put mathematics professions at or near the top. For the past several years, CareerCast, a leading North American employment search and information portal, has listed mathematics and math-related careers as among the most desirable and highest in demand.
- Near 100% employment of job-seeking majors.
- 100% graduate school acceptance and placement.
- Consistently high scores on the nationally normed ETS Major Field Test for Mathematics.

## Get Creative

**Hone skills and help others**

- Many mathematics majors work as academic assistants and serve as math tutors to assist students and hone individual mathematics knowledge and communication skills.
- Math majors have also been strongly represented in campus leadership roles, including student senator and student senate president.
- The Mathematics Laboratory includes three walls of white board space designed explicitly and intentionally for the teaching and learning of mathematics.

## Internships

- Microsoft Corporation
- REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), University of Nebraska - Lincoln
- United States Department of Defense
- Monticello Nuclear Power Station
- Northwestern Mutual Life

## Careers

- Central Lyon High School, Math teacher
- EMC Insurance, Actuary
- Department of Defense (National Security Agency), Analysis Team Lead
- University of Dubuque, Mathematics professor
- Xcel Energy, Engineer

## Graduate School

- Baylor University
- University of Iowa
- University of Nebraska – Lincoln
- University of Leeds – England
- Vanderbilt University

## 3 courses from:

- MATH 320 History of Mathematics
- MATH 330 Applied Regression Analysis
- MATH 341 Modern Algebra
- MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
- MATH 371 Numerical Analysis
- MATH 432 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
- MATH 460 Complex Variables
- MATH 470 Intermediate Analysis

- For students pursuing secondary teaching licensure, the three courses must be MATH 320, MATH 352 and MATH 432.
- Students interested in actuarial science should choose MATH 330, MATH 371 and MATH 432.
- Students with a double major in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry may reduce the requirements to one elective form the indicated group.

## Recommended support work

- CMSC 181 Computer Science I
- PHYS 211 General Physics I

Credit in these courses may not replace credit in the indicated math courses

Mathematics majors pursuing secondary teaching licensure are required to complete CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science as an additional requirement for licensure in mathematics.

- MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
- MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
- MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
- MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
- MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
- MATH 361 Differential Equations

## (33 credit hours)

- CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming or CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science
- MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
- MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
- MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
- MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
- MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
- MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
- MATH 320 History of Mathematics
- MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
- MATH 480 Senior Capstone
- Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

- CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming or CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science
- MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
- MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
- MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
- MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
- MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
- MATH 361 Differential Equations
- MATH 320 History of Mathematics
- MATH 322 Linear Algebra
- MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
- MATH 432 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
- MATH 433 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II or MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
- MATH 480 Senior Capstone
- Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

- CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming or CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science
- MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
- MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
- MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
- MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
- MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
- MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
- MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
- Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

- MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
- MATH 160 Calculus I: Elementary Applied Calculus
- MATH 161 Calculus II: Theory and Applications
- MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
- MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
- MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
- MATH 322 Linear Algebra
- MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
- MATH 361 Differential Equations
- Plus requirements for secondary education and education core