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A Career Guide for the Mathematics Major


Mathematics is the study of numbers, space, and patterns. It is the highest achievement of human thought. Mathematics is at the foundation of all scientific and technical disciplines.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree and to the Bachelor of Science degree. Either of these two programs, when combined with suitably chosen electives, constitutes an excellent background for a career as a mathematics teacher, or a wide range of careers, and advanced or professional degree programs. Furthermore, the Bachelor of Science degree program is designed to prepare students for graduate work in mathematics.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Problem solving
  • Computers
  • Science
  • Game playing
Aptitudes
  • Curiosity
  • Spatial perception
  • Ability to think abstractly, precisely, and logically
  • Quantitative abilities

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematical Sciences require a minimum of 120 credit-hours. The grade point average requirements are at least a 2.20 for Bachelor of Arts candidates and at least 2.50 for Bachelor of Science candidates. To earn the baccalaureate degree in mathematics, students complete the Mathematics core requirements (18 credit-hours); following completion of MAC2311, 2312, and 2313 (Calculus 1, 2, and 3; 12 credits).

MAD 2104 Discrete Mathematics
MAS 2103 Matrix Theory (or Linear Algebra)
MAP 2502 Introduction to Computational Math
MAS 4301 Modern Algebra
MAA 4200 Modern Analysis
STA 4442  Probability and Statistics
Students may not take any major course pass/fail.

In addition to the mathematics core, the Bachelor of Arts degree program requires completion of 18 credit-hours of approved mathematics electives and the Bachelor of Science program requires completion of 21 credit-hours of approved mathematics electives. Consult with the chair of the Mathematical Sciences department for appropriate electives and other departmental requirements.
A minor is available in Mathematics or Statistics. Certificates are available in Statistics and Actuarial Science.Qualified students may pursue the honors program in mathematics.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Mathematics graduates:

Accountant
Actuary
Cryptographer
Intelligence Agent
Investment Banker
Operations Research Analyst
Programmer
Statistician
Stockbroker
Systems Analyst
Teacher
Technical Writer

FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
SE 223
561-297-3340


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Freshman Academic Advising, and in cooperation with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Department of Mathematical Sciences
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