Mathematics permeates virtually every intellectual discipline. Carl Friedrich Gauss called mathematics the “queen of the sciences” and indeed, it forms an integral part of scientific thought and is a necessary component of contemporary advances in all scientific fields. Mathematics majors are analytical, detail-oriented and methodical.

It’s a great time to be a mathematician! The career outlook for mathematicians is favorable and healthy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for mathematicians and statisticians as $84,760 with a projected 33 percent increase in employment by 2026.

The mathematics program at the University of St. exposes students to the various topics in undergraduate mathematics along with analytical skills to continue lifelong learning and application of mathematics. Dedicated faculty members get excited about innovations in technology and education and bring both to their classrooms. They also work closely with their students to cultivate a student’s personal interest.

Concentrations

Mathematical Sciences
COMP 140 Computer Science I 4
MATH 351 College Geometry 3
MATH 371 Introduction to Analysis 3
MATH 375 Abstract Algebra I 3
MATH XXX Two Upper Level Mathematics Electives from the following 6

Mathematics Electives:
MATH 310 Theory of Interest 3
MATH 320 History of Mathematics I 3
MATH 321 History of Mathematics II 3
MATH 332 Mathematical Statistics II 3
MATH 365 Operations Research 3
MATH 370 Applied Regression Analysis 3
MATH 380 Numerical Analysis 3
MATH 494 Topics in Mathematics 3

Actuarial Science Concentration
MATH 310 Theory of Interest 3
MATH 332 Mathematical Statistics II 3
MATH 365 Operations Research 3
MATH 370 Applied Regression Analysis 3
MATH 380 Numerical Analysis 3

Required Actuarial Science Support Courses
ACCT 125 Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 126 Managerial Accounting 3
COMP 140 Computer Science I 4
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics 3
FINC 242 Principles of Finance 3
FINC 340 Insurance & Risk Management 3
FINC 345 Investments 3
FINC 430 Advanced Corporate Finance 3

Students majoring in Mathematics may earn a Professional Educator License in Mathematics Secondary Education. The major is jointly administered by the College of Education and the Mathematics department. Students must fulfill the Secondary. 

Learn more about the Mathematics Secondary Ed. (9-12) concentration here.

Accreditations

The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Testimonial

“My undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Education have helped to shape me as a mathematics teacher. I am grateful for the challenges, support and opportunities I received to explore and learn more about the field of mathematics. I had already fallen in love with mathematics, but discovered more at USF and that made it even more important to me. I hope to inspire and challenge my own students just like the professors at St. Francis have inspired and challenged me!”

– Irma Sandoval

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Mathematics finds wide application in diverse fields such as economics, business, science, social science, art and education. There are a variety of careers you can
pursue, including actuarial science, biomathematics, computer science, cryptography, data science, education, finance, operations research, statistics and more. Having a math degree will also help you get into many types of graduate schools, including medical, law and business. According to the Law School Admissions Council, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Profile of GMAT Candidates, math majors score the highest on LSAT, MCAT and GMAT entrance exams.

Grow Through Real-World Experience

Through summer research grants and the “Aftermath” math club, University of St. Francis mathematics students have the opportunity to attend conferences and
participate by giving presentations of their research. Extracurricular activities for mathematics students have included trips to Fermilab (Batavia, Ill.) and the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago). Students also participate in the Intercollegiate Biomathematics Alliance, which is a consortium that was created to promote research and education in biomathematics.

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