Frequently asked Questions
We have answers to your questions about programs in Mathematics.
I am interested in economics and finance. Can I prepare for a career in these fields with a major in mathematics?
Yes. A BS in mathematics, along with classes in economics and finance is a good preparation for for either graduate study in economics and finance or a career in these fields. The Department of Mathematics also collaborates with the Department of Economics and Finance to offer a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematical economics.
I took an AP examination in calculus. For which courses can I receive credit?
- Students who earned a 4 or 5 on an AP calculus AB examination will receive credit for MTH 168. Those who are taking the calculus sequence designed for the physical sciences and mathematics majors can then take MTH 169. Those who are taking the calculus sequence designed for life sciences majors can take MTH 149.
- Students who earned a 4 or 5 on an AP calculus BC examination will receive credit for MTH 168 and MTH 169. Those who are taking the calculus sequence designed for the physical sciences and mathematics majors can then take MTH 218. Those who are taking the calculus sequence designed for life sciences majors will have completed their calculus requirement.
- Students who earned a 3 on either the AP calculus AB examination or the AP calculus BC examination may take a test administered by the Department of Mathematics during New Student Orientation to determine whether they can receive credit for MTH 168. Students who qualify for this test will be notified by the Department of Mathematics.
What can I do with a degree in mathematics?
Graduate study is always a possibility, of course, but there is also a wide variety of careers available. A good source of information on both of these options is the career web page of the American Mathematical Society. Explore the links under the section on Careers in Mathematics.
What is the difference between the BS and BA programs? How do I know which I should take?
- The Bachelor of Science degree is intended to serve students who plan to pursue careers related to engineering and science, or who plan to enter graduate study in any area of the mathematical sciences (which includes actuarial science and statistics).
- The Bachelor of Arts degree gives a liberal arts option to students who want to develop concentrations in areas leading to careers in business, education or the social sciences.