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Mathematics Degree

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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

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Why should I earn a mathematics degree?

Growing Job Market

Employment of math majors is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 50,400 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

High Earning Potential

Math occupations had a median annual wage of $86,700 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Plenty of Options

A degree in mathematics can land you a job in a corporate office, a classroom, a local business, a government agency, or more.

What Can I Do With a Math Degree

  • Teacher (with certification)
  • Statistician
  • Actuary
  • Data analyst

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    Why study mathematics at BVU?

    High Scores

    BVU mathematic students consistently earn high scores on the nationally normed ETS Major Field Test for Mathematics.

    In Demand

    100 percent of Mathematics majors from BVU’s Class of 2018 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

    Hands-On Experience

    Put your skills to work as an academic assistant and serve as a math tutor to hone your skills.

    Past Internships of BVU Math Majors

    • Microsoft Corporation
    • REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), University of Nebraska - Lincoln
    • United States Department of Defense
    • Monticello Nuclear Power Station
    • Northwestern Mutual Life
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    Sarah double majored in mathematics and computer science. During her time at BVU, Sarah had the opportunity to serve as a panelist with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as part of BVU’s American Heritage Lecture Series. On top of these experiences, Sarah landed prestigious internships with the United States Department of Defense Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program as well as Microsoft Corporation. She also studied abroad as part of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program. Today, Sarah is a successful software engineer at PayPal in San Jose, California. 

    Mathematics Degree Types

    General Math

    Choose courses that prepare you for actuarial science or double major in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry. Both a major and minor are available.

    Math Education

    Take courses that prepare you to teach math in the classroom, in either elementary and middle schools (K-8) or middle and high schools (5-12). Both majors and minors are available.

    Mathematics Courses

    • Major in Mathematics (38-39 Credit Hours)

       

        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.

      • Minor in Mathematics (20 Credit Hours)

        • 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
      • Major in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure K-8 (33 Credit Hours)

         

          (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
        • Major in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure 5-12 (41-42 Credit Hours)

          • 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
        • Minor in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure K-8 (29 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 352 Elements of Geometry
          • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core
        • Minor in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (29 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 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

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        Transfer Your Credits

        Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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        Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

        With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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