About This Degree
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 by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
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.
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.
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.
Career And Outcomes
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
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