The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics combines mathematics and computing fundamentals with mathematics applications. Graduates are critical thinkers equipped to investigate and communicate matematical theories, as well as to build mathematical models of real-world problems, and to solve, analyze, and communicate the results. They become valuable members of quantitative analysis teams in business, or they continue their education in graduate programs in mathematics or other analytical fields.
There are three options within the Mathematics program:
- Learn more about Actuarial and Business Applications
- Learn more about Elementary Education
- Learn more about Secondary Education
The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics provides foundational background and applications of calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, abstract algebra, graph theory, advanced calculus, and mathematical modeling. In addition, students take two computer programming courses and one course in physics.
Since the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics does not require the student to complete a minor, the resulting free electives allow students the flexibility to build strength and knowledge in one or more complementary areas. We strongly suggest students pursue computer science beyond the two courses required in the mathematics program, because many graduates find job opportunities working closely with software development teams. Business, engineering, earth science, biology, chemistry, and social science all use mathematics in their research and development activities. Thus, a mathematics graduate with documented knowledge in one or more of these areas is an attractive addition to their team.
Career opportunities for mathematics often begin with a position title including the word “analyst,” working either for the government or in industry. Providing experience with these or similar tools, our program prepares professionals who hit the ground running within teams that use Excel, Matlab, Mathematica, C, or C++. They are also prepared use special-purpose tools such as statistical packages like R, SPSS, or SAS, optimization packages like AMPL or CPLEX, and simulation packages like Simio or Arena.
Why Students Choose LSSU
All of mathematics courses required for this degree boast small class sizes. The typical course for freshmen and sophomore students has 30 or fewer students and the typical course for upper level course has 15 or fewer. Because of this, you have many opportunities to get to know your instructors who will serve as your mentors while at LSSU.
Because mathematics is such an in-demand need in many growing fields, our program graduates have gone on to work or further study in many different areas including mathematics, education, banking, operations research, meteorological sciences, statistics and computer programming.
In order to complete your degree at LSSU, you must complete a senior project.
Brad Pretzer graduated from LSSU in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In April 2014, Brad graduated from Oakland University with a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Applied Mathematics. His focus was on Operations Research and Computational Complexity Theory. Brad is currently an Adjunct Mathematics Instructor at Delta College.
Walter Bennette (BS Math 2009) completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at Iowa State University in June, 2014. His dissertation title is Instance Selection for Model Based Classifiers. Much of Walter's graduate education was supported by a SMART Scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense. Now that he has completed his Ph.D., Walter is working for the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, fulfilling the 3-year commitment required by the SMART Scholarship. His job title is Research Engineer, and at work Walter investigates large-scale simulations and data mining methods that have the potential to positively affect the Air Force. In his spare time, Walter enjoys running, hiking, fishing, and getting to know his new home of Rome, NY. Walter is the son of Dean and Julie Bennette. Dean worked many years at LSSU and has recently retired.
Career Options for Mathematicians
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Spring 2015 Salary Survey, the average starting salary of bachelors-prepared mathematicians and statisticians was $52,821.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage in May of 2012 for all mathematicians, who typically hold masters degrees, was $101,360.
Mathematicians use advanced mathematics to develop and understand mathematical principles, analyze data, and solve real-world problems. Mathematicians work in the federal government and in private science and engineering research companies. They may work on teams with engineers, scientists, and other professionals.
If you are one of the fortunate minority for whom mathematics has always been a favorite subject or one of the subjects in which you excel, then this should seriously consider exploiting this advantage by pursuing a mathematics major. Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Businesses will need mathematicians to analyze the increasing volume of digital and electronic data.
Laura Gamble is the 2015 Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics. Laura was accepted to graduate school in statistics at Oregon State University. She was offered a graduate teaching fellowship that will fully fund tuition and includes a monthly stipend for living expenses.