Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mathematics
Do you like to use mathematical formulas, theories, techniques, and the latest algorithms to solve real-world problems, like collecting and analyzing data to use for making business decisions?
As a student in the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mathematics at Marian University, you’ll learn how to use computational and modeling methods in math to improve processes and generate solutions.
You will also complete liberal arts courses and have the opportunity to study topics outside math, like the natural and physical sciences or languages and world cultures.
Why study mathematics at Marian?
Earning a B.A. degree in math will prepare you for entry-level careers in business, education, engineering, technology, and other fields.
It will also prepare you for success in top graduate programs if your educational goals include earning a master’s or doctoral degree in a field like economics or engineering.
When you complete our program, you’ll learn to solve quantifiable problems. You will study
a problem, think about each of its parts, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts and tools to develop a solution.
You’ll also be prepared to utilize your math knowledge, skill, and expertise in collaboration with others. Examples include:
- Analyzing the most efficient routes and logistics for transporting manufactured goods by road, rail, air, or water.
- Quantifying the efficacy and safety of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and treatment protocols.
- Determining money and fuel saved through more economical automobile designs or improved roadway systems.
- Developing, deciphering, and analyzing data encryption systems and codes designed to communicate sensitive information for law-enforcement, military, or financial purposes.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for mathematicians is projected to grow by 21 percent through 2024, much faster than average for all occupations.
The average median annual wage for mathematicians was nearly $106,000 in 2016.
What will you study?
To earn a B.A. in mathematics at Marian University, you’ll complete a variety of prerequisite, core, general education, and required courses, such as:
- Calculus and analytic geometry
- Fundamentals and special applications of calculus
- Differential equations
- Statistical inference and data analysis
- Problem-solving and introduction to proofs
- Probability theory
- Applied linear models
Sample four-year plan and checklist
What career paths are available?
To increase your competitiveness in the employment market, you will add an academic minor, concentration area, or double-major outside your major to your plan of study.
- If you want to teach math in a K-12 setting, for example, consider a double-major in elementary or secondary education, applied educational studies, or special education.
- To pursue a career in the business or corporate world, a double-major in accounting, business analytics, finance, or marketing might be right for you. Alternatively, you could minor in business or earn a concentration in statistics.
- Employment with technology companies is another popular career path. In this case, you might choose a concentration in applied computer science, applied mathematics, bioinformatics, or management information systems.
As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to work in public or private settings, such as:
- Corporate and business: Banking and investment firms, health/life/property insurance industries, and logistics and transportation-related businesses
- Education: K-12 school and post-secondary institutions, including community colleges
- Public: Municipal, state, and federal government agencies, including those responsible for administering social service, public health, and other programs.
Examples of job titles include:
- Accountant, auditor, forensic accountant, or actuary
- Data analyst and database administrator
- Information systems, operations, or computer analyst
- Market research analyst