Mathematics: BS, BA
USU’s undergraduate degree in mathematics is a versatile program where students have a large variety of options as they study different areas in mathematics. The department is a close-knit unit where students receive individual attention from faculty mentors and the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research.
Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
Students can complete the mathematics degree without an emphasis where they will gain a solid education in mathematics areas, including algebraic structures, analysis/advanced calculus, complex variables, partial differential equations, and more. This degree path is a broad choice where students have many elective options, and it also serves as solid preparation for graduate school, both in mathematics and statistics, but also in engineering and medical school.
Students can also do an applied mathematics option, which is not an official emphasis, where students take courses in computer science and physics to learn how to use mathematics in applied settings solving real problems. This option makes students more marketable for careers once they graduate.
- Computational Mathematics: This emphasis deals with solving mathematical problems with computers and covers a wide range of coursework in computational mathematics and computer science. Students in this emphasis typically pursue careers as mathematicians for various companies that use computers.
- Actuarial Science: An actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical skills to define, analyze, and solve financial and social problems. USU is one of the only universities where students can complete the full undergraduate program in actuarial science required for job placement as an actuary. USU graduates in actuarial science require no further education in graduate school and receive 100% job placement in a career that is consistently rated as one of the top two careers in terms of job satisfaction, opportunities for advancement, and pay. This emphasis is also available through the statistics degree, but it is essentially the same.
- Applied Mathematics: The emphasis in applied mathematics prepares students for careers in industry as well as graduate school in pure/applied mathematics, statistics, computer science and engineering. Internship and paid undergraduate research opportunities are available in quantitative biology and ecology, mathematical engineering, computational and data science, business, finance and economics. Our alumni are employed in data- and technology-oriented private industry as well as federal and state research institutions. Students receive foundational grounding in theoretical mathematical sciences and application-oriented training in model development and analysis, dynamic and stochastic systems, asymptotic analysis, differential equations, computational techniques, complex variables, statistics, data science and interdisciplinary problem-solving. The program provides excellent preparation for advanced study in applied topics, and students are consistently accepted into top-tier graduate schools.
With a degree in mathematics, students can work as mathematicians or analysts in the following areas:
- Aerospace and transportation equipment manufacturers
- Chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers
- Communications service providers
- Computer service and software firms
- Electronics and computer manufacturers
- Energy systems firms
- Engineering research organizations
- Financial service and investment management firms
- Pharmaceutical research and development
Computational Mathematics Emphasis
Students who graduate with an emphasis in computational mathematics can work in all of the areas listed above, but more commonly have careers with a focus on computers and computer science.
Actuarial Science Emphasis
Students who graduate in actuarial science work as actuaries in the following areas:
- Insurance companies
- Finance industry
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the mathematics program has additional requirements:
- Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
- Transfer students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.2 total GPA to be accepted into the program.
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
American Mathematical Society: AMS is the largest organization of research mathematicians. The society's programs and services for its members and the global mathematical community include professional programs, publications, meetings and conferences, support for young scholars programs, tools for researchers and authors, and a public awareness office that provides resources to members, students, teachers, the media, and the general public.
Mathematical Association of America: MAA is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level. Its members include university, college, and high school teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, pure and applied mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, and many others in academia, government, business, and industry. MAA is focused on teaching, particularly at the high school and college levels.
Math Club: This club enables students interested in mathematics to network and be educated in a fun, non-classroom environment. Members have the opportunity to listen to unique guest speakers who are experts in the field of mathematics and statists.
Labs, Centers, Research
With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.