major in mathematics
Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics
B.S. in Mathematics Program Overview
Department chair name:
B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Learning at FHU
Why major in Mathematics at FHU?
- Dynamic Curriculum
- Highly Skilled Faculty
- Critical Skills
- Versatile Career Paths
- Small Class Sizes
- Path to Teaching Licensure
- Holistic Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Four-Year Plans
2023-2024 4-Year Plan(s)
2022-2023 4-Year Plan(s)
2021-2022 4-Year Plan(s)
Careers for Mathematics Majors
Graduates with a degree in Mathematics have a wide range of career options due to the versatility and applicability of their skills. Some of the careers available to students who graduate with a degree in Math include:
- Data Scientist
- Secondary Education Teacher
- Engineering Analyst
- Math Curriculum Developer
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree Requirements
I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements
Limit II. C. Quantitative Reasoning to MAT 122 Analytics and Calculus I
Limit III. B. Natural Sciences to PHS 211 Physics for Science and Engineering I
II. Core Requirements (42 hours)
|CIS 171||Computer Programming I||3|
|CIS 172||Computer Programming II||3|
|MAT 223||Analytics and Calculus II||4|
|MAT 224||Analytics and Calculus III||4|
|MAT 240||Discrete Mathematics||3|
|MAT 306||Foundations of Geometry (W)||3|
|MAT 330||Linear Algebra||3|
|MAT 345||Differential Equations||3|
|MAT 353||Statistical Inference||3|
|MAT 424||Complex Analysis OR||3|
|MAT 426||Advanced Calculus (W)||(3)|
|MAT 430||Abstract Algebra (W)||3|
|MAT 441||Number Theory (W)||3|
|MAT 495||Mathematics Seminar||1|
III. Electives (including additional Bible) - 48 hours
|PHS 212||Physics for Science and Engineering II (W)||4|
Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Mathematics
- Completion of the B.S. major in mathematics as outlined above
- Required professional secondary education courses (see Department of Education entry)
Frequently Asked Questions About Our Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Program
What makes a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at FHU unique?
- Comprehensive Curriculum: The program offers a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum covering a wide range of mathematical disciplines, providing students with a strong foundation in various mathematical concepts and techniques.
- Skilled Faculty: Students benefit from the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable faculty members who are dedicated to fostering academic growth and success.
- Holistic Approach: The program integrates theoretical knowledge with practical applications, preparing students for real-world problem-solving and critical thinking.
- Small Class Sizes: With small class sizes, students receive personalized attention and ample opportunities for interaction and collaboration with professors and peers.
- Versatile Career Paths: The degree opens doors to diverse career opportunities, ranging from data science and finance to education and research.
- Supportive Community: FHU offers a supportive and inclusive learning environment where students can thrive and grow both academically and personally.
- Preparation for Teaching Licensure: For those interested in teaching, the program provides the necessary coursework to pursue a career as a licensed mathematics teacher.
In summary, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at FHU offers a comprehensive, practical, and supportive learning experience, preparing students for success in various fields and laying the foundation for a rewarding and fulfilling career journey.
What is the job outlook for mathematic degree graduates?
Some specific factors contributing to the favorable job outlook for mathematics degree graduates include:
- Data Analytics and Big Data: The rise of big data has created a significant demand for professionals who can analyze and interpret large datasets, making mathematicians valuable assets in data-driven decision-making.
- Technology and Finance Sectors: The finance and technology sectors often seek mathematicians for roles in quantitative analysis, risk assessment, algorithm development, and financial modeling.
- Science and Engineering: Mathematics plays a crucial role in scientific research, engineering, and technological advancements, leading to opportunities in fields like physics, biology, computer science, and more.
- Actuarial Science: Actuaries, who assess and manage financial risks, are in high demand in the insurance and finance industries.
- Education: There is a need for qualified mathematics teachers at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.
- Government and Research: Mathematicians are sought after by government agencies, research institutions, and think tanks for their analytical and problem-solving expertise.
- Consulting and Business: Consulting firms often recruit mathematicians for their problem-solving abilities, strategic thinking, and data analysis skills.
As the job market continues to evolve, mathematics degree graduates are likely to find themselves in demand across various sectors and industries. It is important for graduates to stay updated with the latest trends and technologies in their respective fields to remain competitive in the job market.
What are the skills needed for a successful mathematics career?
- Strong Mathematical Foundation: A deep understanding of mathematical concepts, theories, and techniques is fundamental to excel in a mathematics career.
- Problem-Solving Skills: Mathematicians must be adept at approaching complex problems, formulating logical solutions, and analyzing the results.
- Analytical Thinking: The ability to critically analyze data, identify patterns, and draw meaningful conclusions is crucial for mathematical research and problem-solving.
- Quantitative Reasoning: Proficiency in quantitative reasoning allows mathematicians to make sound judgments based on numerical information.
- Abstract Thinking: Mathematicians often deal with abstract concepts, so the ability to think abstractly and visualize mathematical relationships is important.
- Attention to Detail: Precision and accuracy are critical in mathematical work to avoid errors and ensure reliable results.
- Communication Skills: The capacity to communicate complex mathematical ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences is vital for collaboration, teaching, and presenting research findings.
- Creativity: Innovative thinking allows mathematicians to approach problems from unique angles and devise novel solutions.
- Resilience: Mathematics can be challenging, so resilience in the face of setbacks and the ability to persist in problem-solving are valuable traits.
Having these skills not only makes mathematicians successful in their careers but also opens up diverse opportunities in various industries, research institutions, academia, and beyond.
What are the benefits of studying mathematics in a Christian Education setting?
- Integration of Faith and Learning: A Christian Education setting allows for the integration of faith and mathematics, fostering a deeper understanding of the relationship between God’s creation and the principles that govern the universe.
- Ethical Perspective: In a Christian context, the study of mathematics goes beyond technical skills and theoretical concepts. It includes discussions about ethical considerations and the responsible use of mathematical knowledge in various fields, promoting a sense of purpose and responsibility in mathematical endeavors.
- Nurturing Environment: Christian Education settings often prioritize creating a nurturing and supportive environment for students. This supportive community can enhance learning, encourage exploration, and provide a sense of belonging.
- Faculty Mentoring: Professors in Christian Education settings may take a personal interest in their students’ growth, both academically and spiritually. This mentoring relationship can provide valuable guidance and support throughout one’s academic journey.
- Preparation for a Meaningful Career: Studying mathematics in a Christian Education setting equips students with technical skills, critical thinking abilities, and ethical values, providing a strong foundation for a successful and purposeful career in various fields.
Overall, studying mathematics in a Christian Education setting offers a unique and well-rounded experience that nurtures both academic and spiritual growth. It provides an opportunity to see mathematics as a reflection of God’s order in the world and to develop character traits that positively impact one’s personal and professional life.
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