Associate Professor Silberger, Chairperson
Professors Akbik, Bhargava, Costenoble, Grassi, Greenwell, Ostling, Wu
Associate Professors Cole, Elston, Eswarathasan, Franklin, Ismailescu, Mammo, Orr, Seabold, Warner
The mathematics major or minor can be an entry to many fields. Recent graduates with majors in mathematics have gone on to careers in industry, medicine and law as well as in school and university teaching and actuarial science. The department offers a wide range of courses in order that students be adequately prepared for the career or future study of their choice. Students should develop a plan of studies in consultation with an adviser in the mathematics department as early as possible in their undergraduate program. Although guidelines cannot replace professional advice, here are a few guidelines.
The department offers the following undergraduate programs:
Mathematics: for students with a strong interest in mathematics, an option for those interested in careers requiring graduate education in mathematics.
Actuarial Science: for students interested in actuarial science and related careers. Prepares the student for the first examinations administered by the Society of Actuaries, and thus begins the path toward Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries.
Applied Mathematics: for students with a strong interest in applied mathematics, an excellent option for those interested in careers requiring graduate education in applied mathematics or the sciences.
Four options for students with a strong interest in the following sciences: chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics
Students interested in actuarial science should take the statistics sequence, MATH 137 and 138 , in their junior year. With appropriate study and advice, they may be able to complete several actuarial examinations before graduation. Summer internships in actuarial science are widely available for students with good records through the junior year. Professor Franklin advises actuarial students.
Students seeking careers in elementary and secondary education should consult the Department of Teacher Education Programs in the School of Education to be advised on the education sequence that culminates with student teaching. Students seeking a double major in mathematics and either elementary or secondary education should also consult the mathematics department chairperson as early as possible. Professor Whitton of the Department of Teacher Education Programs acts as adviser with Department of Mathematics advisers for these students.
Careers such as college teaching and advanced industrial research often require the PhD degree. Our best students frequently qualify for fellowships for PhD study. Students seeking these careers are encouraged to obtain research and science experience early in their careers. Many internships are available for well qualified students after their junior year. Interested students should see the chairperson of the Mathematics Department during their junior year.
Students seeking careers in medicine or law should consult University advisers in these areas. Premedical students should take a one-year sequence in each of the following: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.