In Bethany’s mathematics major, you will find that mathematics is not as much about numbers as it is the study of patterns and structure. Beyond solving equations, you will use mathematical skills to reason through and analyze information in a field that is constantly growing and changing. Additionally, you will develop the creativity necessary to find connections amid the logical framework. Through this analysis and application you will practice critical thinking and gain a better understanding of the world. Furthermore, our mathematics major allows you to develop a firm spiritual and moral foundation.
Our program allows students to study either theoretical or applied mathematics. Graduate work is recommended for those who wish to pursue mathematical research. Applied mathematics involves work in business, physics, chemistry, engineering, economics, operations research, computer programming, or numerous other fields. In both areas, our majors develop transferable skills including critical thinking, problem diagnosis and solving, computer skills, and quantitative skills.
Students completing the mathematics major may begin their careers or enroll in graduate programs. The greatest occupational demand is for applied mathematicians with skills in computer science, electronics design and theory, and statistics and probability. An advanced degree in math, business, or a related field will present further opportunities for advanced positions or consulting jobs. Students may also pursue advanced professional degrees in areas such as law or business. The required completion of either an independent research project or a mathematics-related internship will distinguish you from other mathematics majors seeking graduate school or job placement.
The mathematics major can be combined with other majors to allow students the opportunity to graduate with a second degree. When planned early in your college career, a double major can be achieved within four years. Students interested in double majoring will need to start the calculus sequence their first semester. Unique workforce opportunities exist when students double major with fields such as biology, business, or chemistry.