Mathematics

A major in mathematics can lead to many different professional opportunities. In general, students can be found in any career that requires problem solving ability, critical thinking, comfort working with data, sound logical and quantitative reasoning skills, ability to think abstractly, and a willingness to engage in analyzing problems and evaluating potential solutions.

Problem solvers

BVU's mathematics program is top notch, with consistently high scores on the nationally normed ETS Major Field Test for mathematics. Not to mention 100 percent graduate school acceptance and 100 percent employment of job-seeking graduates.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Statistician
  • Actuary
  • Data science and analytics
  • Intelligence (cryptography, information assurance)
  • Finance (financial analyst, insurance)
  • Information technology (software development, software support)

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Hone Skills and Help Others

  • Many mathematics majors work as academic assistants and serve as math tutors to assist students and hone individual mathematics knowledge and communication skills.
  • Math majors have also been strongly represented in campus leadership roles, including student senator and student senate president.
  • The Mathematics Laboratory includes three walls of white board space designed explicitly and intentionally for the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Internships

  • Microsoft Corporation
  • REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates), University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • United States Department of Defense
  • Monticello Nuclear Power Station
  • Northwestern Mutual Life

Careers

  • Central Lyon High School, Math teacher
  • EMC Insurance, Actuary
  • Department of Defense (National Security Agency), Analysis Team Lead
  • University of Dubuque, Mathematics professor
  • Xcel Energy, Engineer

Graduate School

  • Baylor University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • University of Leeds – England
  • Vanderbilt University

Major in Mathematics (38-39 credit hours)

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 322 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 361 Differential Equations
  • MATH 433 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II or MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics (students interested in actuarial science must elect MATH 433)
  • MATH 480 Senior Capstone

**Students interested in actuarial science must elect MATH 433

3 courses from:

  • MATH 320 History of Mathematics
  • MATH 330 Applied Regression Analysis
  • MATH 341 Modern Algebra
  • MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
  • MATH 371 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 432 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
  • MATH 460 Complex Variables
  • MATH 470 Intermediate Analysis
  • For students pursuing secondary teaching licensure, the three courses must be MATH 320, MATH 352 and MATH 432.
  • Students interested in actuarial science should choose MATH 330, MATH 371 and MATH 432.
  • Students with a double major in biochemistry, biology, or chemistry may reduce the requirements to one elective form the indicated group.

Recommended support work

  • CMSC 181 Computer Science I
  • PHYS 211 General Physics I

Credit in these courses may not replace credit in the indicated math courses

Mathematics majors pursuing secondary teaching licensure are required to complete CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science as an additional requirement for licensure in mathematics.

Minor in Mathematics (20 credit hours)

  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 361 Differential Equations

Major in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure (K-8) (33 credit hours)

  • CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming or CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science
  • MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 320 History of Mathematics
  • MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
  • MATH 480 Senior Capstone
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Major in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (41-42 credit hours)

  • CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming or CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science
  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 361 Differential Equations
  • MATH 320 History of Mathematics
  • MATH 322 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
  • MATH 432 Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
  • MATH 433 Probability and Mathematical Statistics II or MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MATH 480 Senior Capstone
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure (K-8) (27 credit hours)

  • CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming or CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science
  • MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in Mathematics with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (29 credit hours)

  • CMSC 160 Introduction to Computer Programming or CMSC 181 Computer Science I: Introduction to Computer Science
  • MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts
  • MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
  • MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 240 Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
  • MATH 260 Calculus III: Intermediate Calculus
  • MATH 261 Calculus IV: Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 322 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 352 Elements of Geometry
  • MATH 361 Differential Equations
  • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Faculty

Dr.   Nasser  Dastrange

Nasser Dastrange

Professor of Mathematics

Mr.   Benjamin  Donath

Benjamin Donath

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr.   Gail  Hartsock

Gail Hartsock

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Mr.   Timothy  McDaniel

Timothy McDaniel

Assistant Professor of Mathematics