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What is the role of Mathematics in a world where lengthy computations are initiated by the push of a button?
  • Modeling - A computation is useful only to a person who understands what it means.  The answer to a problem is rarely a single number.  Instead, one must connect a network of hard-to-find values.
  • Creation - New problems emerge every day.  The challenge for a mathematicians is synthesize new methods from existing knowledge and to innovate as needed.
A major in Mathematics grounds a student in both aspects. An undergraduate degree surveys common models in detail and develops methods of reasoning for future questions. A specialization in Statistics flags employers that the holder is ready for the opportunities and challenges of Data Analysis.
A Masters in Mathematics explores more complex models and sophisticated ways to attack problems.

What can I do with a mathematics degree?

The occupation associated with a BS in Mathematics is teaching. But that is not because it is the only option; instead, a Minor, Bachelors or Masters degree in Mathematics is a gateway to many possibilities rather than a tunnel to one.
A degree signals to employers that the recipient can navigate detailed projects with precision. It is accepted as a stepping stone to more specific fields, such as Law or Business. Obvious opportunities are in number-crunching industries, such as banking or fiscal analysis. Generally, the skills of the degree are a boon in any sort of clerical occupation.
A Minor in Mathematics supplements a Major. If a graduate finds employment related to his/her primary degree, the minor indicates that he/she is able to take on quantitative challenges related to that discipline.

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