This department was established in 1867, and today offers courses leading to
degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. If you are
interested in mathematics as a major, you should know that a concentration in actuarial
science prepares you for the foundations of actuarial practice, which involves statistically
calculating risks, premiums, etc. for insurance. A concentration in mathematics education
prepares you for teaching mathematics at the elementary and secondary level. A concentration
in pure and applied mathematics, the more traditional course of study, ordinarily attracts
students who expect to pursue higher degrees in mathematics, as well as those preparing for
careers as mathematicians in industry and government. For a sample of prospective mathematical
careers please see the Careers and
Employment page of the American Mathematical Society.
