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.
- Mathematical Science
- Actuarial Science
- Mathematics Secondary Ed. (9-12)
The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ibhe.org).
USF has given me an unforgettable experience. Faculty members have allowed me to grow both intellectually and as a person. Each professor has supported me and my goals, and was more than willing to help me achieve anything I set my mind to. I was pushed and motivated to learn, grow, and become a better person. This incredible support system has surrounded me with an incredible group of colleagues, mentors, and friends.
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Mathematics finds wide application in diverse fields such as economics, business, social studies, art, and education. Although it is far beyond the capability of any one individual to master the whole of mathematics, the program at the University of St. Francis is designed to give the student a full exposure to topics in undergraduate mathematics. Courses in the curriculum can prepare a student for graduate study, a career in business, or any of several professions, including teaching.
Grow Through Real-World Experience
Students in the Mathematics program are required to complete a major portfolio. Broadly, the portfolio consists of samples of a student’s mathematical work; evidence of participation in activities of the mathematical community – both within and outside of the university – and reflection of mathematical growth. Portfolio creation generally commences with successful completion of MATH 182 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II and culminates as a graded element of MATH 490 Senior Seminar.