Mathematics Major

Approved StemJobs College 2015Why study Mathematics?

The program in mathematics includes taking courses in calculus and upper divisional courses. Courses to choose from include Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Statistics, Financial Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Geometry, Numerical Analysis, and Abstract Algebra. Majors also complete and present a project on a topic of their choice during their senior year.

This is the traditional degree program which offers training suitable for students planning to work in mathematics and computation for industry or government, or to continue their studies in graduate school.           

Majors normally spend the first two years obtaining a grounding in calculus and differential equations. At the junior and senior levels the department offers more than 25 undergraduate courses, including an introduction to combinatorics, abstract algebra, partial differential equations, complex variables, and mathematics of fractals. In addition, there are other courses at the graduate level which are open to qualified undergraduates

Offerings in mathematics are designed to provide an understanding of the discipline at various levels, ranging from the general to those leading to graduate study. This variety of courses enables students to prepare themselves for careers in teaching grades 5-12 and/or industry. After completing the calculus sequence, students can take courses in linear algebra, differential equations, statistics, discrete mathematics, geometry, numerical analysis, abstract algebra, and financial mathematics.

Take it one step further

Actuarial Science emphasis

The Actuarial Science emphasis is designed to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to take on appropriate professional positions in Actuarial Science. An actuary is a business professional who analyzes the financial consequence of risk. Actuaries use mathematics, statistics and financial theory to study uncertain future events, especially those of concern to insurance and pension programs. They evaluate the likelihood of those events, design creative ways to reduce the likelihood and decrease the impact of adverse events that actually do occur.

Job outlook (2012-22)

  • Actuaries*
    • Job outlook: 26% increase
    • Wages: The median annual salary for actuaries was $93,680 in 2012, or $45.04 per hour.
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*Taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Mathematics is offered at the following Upper Iowa University location:

  • Residential Fayette campus