The mathematics major at University of the Cumberlands offers a wide range of courses that can be tailored to address students’ individual needs and interests. Its purpose is to develop a broad understanding of mathematics and an appreciation of its beauty and usefulness in God’s world. Small class sizes allow you to interact closely with your professors, who will take an interest in your progress. Our Mathematics and Physics Resource Center will provide you with access to state-of-the-art technology.
As a mathematics major, you’ll develop your problem-solving skills, which many employers prize. You can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mathematics, which will prepare you for your career or for advanced studies in the field. Mathematicians can become researchers, insurance actuaries, computer designers and operators, statisticians, or analysts.
What Can I Do With This Math Degree?
As you consider different mathematics majors or approach graduation, you need to explore your options. Although everyone is aware that teaching is an option, do you know of other options with a mathematics or physics major?
As you explore, one problem is that few job titles will actually say “mathematician.” In fact, most careers for math majors with those titles require a Ph.D. But that doesn't mean that you are left out in the cold with just a bachelor's degree. Many employers prize people with a strong math background, not because they need people to evaluate integrals or work kinetic energy problems, but because they need people to be problem-solvers.
You may discover some options by considering what some of Cumberlands’ graduates who chose to major in mathematics and physics are doing now. Besides educators, you will find many mathematics majors who are working in the computer industry. Of these, you will find some who double majored with computer information systems (CIS), but you will also find some who took few, if any, computer classes while a student. The latter group was hired because the employer knew that they had developed their logic and problem-solving skills. The employer could then teach them the programming, web design or other computer skills that they would use.
You will also find some who are using their problem-solving skills that they developed as undergraduates and applying those skills in business, government or the military. They may work as a director of manufacturing operation, network manager or as a financial analyst for such companies as American Express, Bell South, IBM and Marriott.
Either immediately after graduating with a B.A. or B.S. in mathematics or later in their careers, many people eventually decide to further their education. Their master’s or doctorate may be in statistics, engineering, mathematics, physics, medical physics, computer science, education or even medicine. Especially in the areas of mathematics and physics, the bonus is that many universities will pay you to attend graduate school. If you can show them that you are a promising student by having high grades in college and a good score on the GRE, they will pay you a stipend, which is sufficient to live on, and often waive tuition as well. You may be responsible for running a weekly help session or for teaching a class, such as college algebra.