Mathematics (B.A.) (B.S.)
Launch your career path from a foundation of theoretical and real-world applications of mathematics. Here, we take instructional strategies that encourage you to think critically and solve problems through the articulation of mathematical ideas. Let's begin!
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Chair and Professor of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Digital Forensics
The importance of mathematics can be seen in hidden ways, and in everyday usage, all around us: computers, airplanes, body scanners, software, coding, and much more. Have you ever heard about the Golden Ratio? In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.
Why does this matter?
Well, once mathematicians discovered the Golden Ratio, we have been able to use it to our advantage: architects use it to design buildings, scientists apply it to nature’s recurring spiral arrangement, and even artists use the proportions in their artistic designs. A mathematics student will learn all about this and much more if he or she chooses to pursue this field of study. Here are five more reasons to study mathematics.
Courses and Curriculum
The curriculum and instructional strategies are designed to encourage and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and the articulation of mathematical ideas. Students can also pursue minors in mathematics and statistics.
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Graduates from an ABET-accredited program are capable of leading the way in innovation, emerging technologies, and in anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.
Job Growth Expected
Businesses will need mathematicians and statisticians to analyze the volumes of digital and electronic data generated in today's environment.
Median annual wage for a mathematician with a master's degree
Top employers of BU grads are: The Vanguard Group, Geisinger Health System, Comcast, and more.
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As a student of mathematics, you'll develop better systems for problem-solving, learning how applied mathematics solves real-world issues. Knowledge of mathematics, and its complexities, can help in almost every career.
Potential Job Opportunities
- actuarial science
- statistical analysis
- operations research analysis
- software engineering
- systems analysis
- industrial engineering
- decision analysis
- numerical analysis
I can’t say enough good things about our math department. The classes are rigorous and have taught me all of the math-based skills I need to succeed. I’m very happy I’m a pure math and stats major (rather than) someplace else where I could be an actuarial science major.
Eric Zalewski '20
A lot of models use price of a policy as the main input. For a model to be 100% verified in its reporting methods, one would have to know every single price change that occurred in the last five to ten years, depending on how far back the model is being extended.”
Eric Zalewski '20
Math and stat programs require a lot more in advanced mathematics and computer coding, while actuarial science programs substitute some of these classes with insurance and business classes. I was actually put on projects this summer due to my experience in SAS and SQL. I noticed it’s much easier in both the work environment and on the actuarial exams to teach yourself the business and insurance definitions than it is teach yourself the math theory.
Eric Zalewski '20
Collaborative research gets published in widely read math journal
James Sharpe, a senior mathematics major at Bloomsburg University, and Chris Lynd, an associate professor of mathematics, recently had their research published in the latest edition of The American Mathematical Monthly. This is the most widely read math journal in the world, according to Lynd.
Math major a finalist in national math competition
Drawing from more than 400 colleges and universities, the Mathematics Association of America national Problem Solving Competition features some of the best math students in the country. And Luke Vuksta, a junior Bloomsburg University mathematics major, was among them. Vuksta advanced to the finals and earned a sixth place medal this past summer.
MATH MAJOR WEIGHS GRAD OPTIONS, JOB OPPORTUNITY
Chase Sakitis’s childhood passion has led to — not one but three — post-graduation options. The graduating math major will have a choice between a master’s program in statistics at Binghamton University, a doctorate program in statistics at North Carolina State University, as well as a full-time job opportunity back home in Bethlehem.
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