Mathematics (BA or BS)

Mathematics (BA or BS)

Do you enjoy logical puzzles? Do you crave the satisfaction of solving a challenging problem? Is math your favorite or strongest subject from high school? Apply your number sense and natural problem-solving ability with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from The University of Scranton.

About

Our Bachelor of Science in Mathematics program arms students with a well-rounded skillset in both pure and applied mathematics. Students take a range of core and advanced courses to build strong foundations in both mathematics and science.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, The University of Scranton offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. Both degrees provide strong foundations in advanced mathematics. The difference? B.A. students choose not only quality math electives based on their professional goals and interests, but also supporting courses from one or two other departments to shape a second major or two minors. The additional major or minors complement and enhance the student’s goals and interests. 

Mathematics is deeply embedded in human history and culture and has an intrinsic beauty akin to the arts.

Jason Graham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Why Mathematics is in Demand:

  • Mathematics is one of the ten highest paying majors according to the National Bureau for Economic Research.
  • Certified math teachers are in high demand. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics reports that 30 percent of U.S. teachers lack math knowledge, creating an increased need for instructors with bachelor's degrees.
  • Applying mathematics leads to new ideas and discovery. In some way, shape or form, math is everywhere.
  • Logic, creativity, curiosity and critical thinking are necessary in any career. 

Is it for me?

  • Do you perform well on math tests?
  • Enjoy satisfaction in solving challenging problems?
  • Are you a numbers person?
  • Love a good math joke?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Mathematics (BA or BS)

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Strong community.   Discover a close-knit group of people from diverse backgrounds with one important common denominator: a passion for mathematics.
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High-tech facilities.   Self-proclaimed math geeks unite in The University of Scranton Math Lab. With 20 state-of-the-art computers and applications designed specifically for math majors, you'll have access to all of the tools you need to succeed on campus.
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Experiential learning.   Math majors gain hands-on, real-world experience through our Faculty-Student Research Program (FSRP) and internship opportunities.
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Dedicated faculty.   Faculty and staff members make a point to ask simple but all-important questions, like “How are you?” and “How can I help?” They offer individual help, flexible office hours and friendly open-door policies to ensure successful outcomes for each and every student.
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Small class sizes.   You're more than a face or number at The University of Scranton. We keep our class sizes small, averaging between 10-20 students, for a personalized learning experience.
  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    • Analyze and solve complex problems
    • Strengthen critical thinking skills
    • Develop confidence in your abilities
    • Apply mathematics in a variety of settings
    • Work in teams and communicate ideas

    Internships

    Students are encouraged to check out the American Mathematical Society website for a list of internships and co-ops.

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    As a math major at The University of Scranton, you’ll build strong foundations with core classes in calculus, linear algebra and mathematical proofs. Students continue with advanced studies in pure mathematics (e.g., Real Analysis, Modern Algebra, Complex Variables) and applied mathematics (e.g., Numerical Analysis, Statistics, Differential Equations). 

    Click for the BS in Mathematics curriculum or the BA in Mathematics curriculum.

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Following the principles of Jesuit education, Scranton graduates develop confidence in their ability to make a difference wherever they go. As a math major, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to get involved on campus. 

    Get to know your fellow students by joining clubs and participating in campus activities. Exceptional students are invited to join our National Honor Society - Pi Mu Epsilon. Many math majors compete in events such as our Integration Bee, the Putnam Competition and the Garden State Undergraduate Mathematics Competition for fun!

Careers

Where will mathematics take me?

A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics will open the door to a bright future. You’ll take courses in preparation for advanced study and develop practical skills to apply in a variety of career settings. Whether you choose to continue your education in graduate school or enter the workforce immediately following graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and experience to succeed, wherever your journey takes you.

Top Graduate Schools

Forty percent of math majors pursue graduate school and advanced study in fields ranging from pure mathematics and engineering to economics and statistics. Graduates of our department have continued their education at top schools across the country, including:

  • Boston University
  • Colorado State University
  • Drexel University
  • Georgetown University
  • Lehigh University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of California
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Virginia
  • Wharton School of Business
  • Yale University

Employment Opportunities:

Think that a mathematics major has only one career choice? While many graduates choose to work in academia, there are many career options in both the private and non-profit sectors. From military service to financial services, our graduates have a broad scope of successful career outcomes. Here are just a few examples:

  • Biostatistician, Cardiovascular Research Foundation
  • Navy Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Associate Research Specialist, Princeton University
  • Senior Investment Analyst, The Vanguard Group
  • Economic Analyst, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Technical Associate, Metropolitan Life
  • Technical Analyst, GUARD Insurance
  • Actuary, AXA Equitable
  • Software Engineer, Northrop Grumman
  • Actuarial Associate, Voya Financial

I work at Voya Financial as an Actuarial Associate in their Annuity and Life Risk department, and I could not have done it without the outstanding faculty members in the math department.

- Daniel Clark
Class of 2016

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

From our top-of-the-line mathematics facilities and distinguished faculty members to our small class sizes and unique course offerings, mathematics majors are set for success at Scranton. You’ll become part of a close-knit, welcoming community where ideas are not only heard, but also encouraged. You will thrive as a mathematics major at The University of Scranton. 

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Department of Mathematics
Thomas Shimkus, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics
(570) 941- 4493
thomas.shimkus@scranton.edu