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# Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Thiel College

## Introduction

Mathematics is behind almost everything from computer science to finance to music. The knowledge and skills that a trained mathematician possesses are in demand throughout today’s technology-oriented society. As a Thiel College mathematics major, you'll not only hone your skills in algebra, trigonometry, and calculus, you’ll hone your skills in logic and critical thinking to solve difficult problems.

**Major Features**

- Demonstrate a broad base of fundamental mathematical skills, including calculus and linear algebra. Students will use these skills to evaluate, analyze and model in order to make solve real-world problems.
- Demonstrate abstract logic and reasoning skills developed through the study of theorems and proofs. Students will also be expected to develop their own proofs as solutions to problems.
- Use computers in the solution of mathematically important problems and understand the limitations and advantages of computational approaches to mathematics.
- Understand how mathematics can be used to formulate models of real-world phenomena and how to make decisions and predictions based on these models.
- Be able to communicate mathematics effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Understand the historical significance of the mathematical discoveries of the past several centuries.

## Program Outcome

A student who graduates from Thiel College with a degree in Mathematics will be able to:

- Use abstract logic and reasoning skills to understand mathematical theorems and their proofs, and also construct proofs to mathematical statements;
- Use mathematics to model real-world phenomena and use these models to make predictions;
- Communicate mathematical concepts effectively, both orally and in writing.

## Curriculum

**Major Requirements**

To complete the major in mathematics, a student must fulfill these requirements successfully:

1. Complete the required courses:

- MATH 181 Calculus I
- MATH 182 Calculus II
- MATH 281 Calculus III
- MATH 291 Linear Algebra
- MATH 302 Real Analysis
- MATH 371 Differential Equations

2. Complete one of the following sequences:

- MATH 311 Non-Euclidean Geometry
- MATH 331 Abstract Algebra or MATH 451 Probability
- MATH 461 Statistics or MATH 432 Numerical Methods
- MATH 433 Mathematical Modeling

3. Complete one additional three or four-credit mathematics course numbered 220 or above. PHYS 363 (Mathematical Physics) may be counted as a mathematics class for the purpose of this requirement. The Capstone Seminar, MATH 341, and MATH 342 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

4. Complete a capstone project. The project can take the form of a supervised research experience (such as REU), an approved internship, or student teaching (for Education majors). Research projects should be reported on at an appropriate venue, such as a Thiel Forum, Thiel Research Symposium, or professional conference.

5. Complete one of

- PHYS 174 Introductory Physics I
- PHYS 184 Introductory Physics II

and one of

- CSCI 159 Intro to Programming (4 credits)
- CSCI 189 Java Programming (4 credits)

Students planning on attending graduate school in mathematics should include PHYS 184, as well as:

- Abstract Algebra (for pure math)
- Numerical Analysis, Mathematical Modeling, and Mathematical Physics (for applied math) in their course of study.

## Career Opportunities

Today, in our highly technological world, there’s hardly a career path that doesn’t have room for someone who loves math. What careers do Mathematicians pursue? In addition to teaching, you could become an actuary, certified public accountant, data analyst, financial manager, investment analyst, meteorologist, research scientist, or systems developer to name a few. Here’s what you could do with your mathematics degree from Thiel:

- Math Teacher – earn an average of $46,675 to help students discover how interesting math can be*.
- Actuary - earn an average of $87,451 helping insurance companies figuring the potential for future risk*.
- Investment analyst – earn a median salary of $80,310 providing stockbrokers, fund managers, and stock market traders with financial information derived from global investment data.**
- Research mathematician – earn a median salary of $111,110 using mathematical techniques to solve real-world problems in industry academia and government.***
- Data analyst – earn an average salary of $60,000 collecting business data and using it to help companies make better business decisions.****

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### Admissions

### Scholarships and Funding

**Scholarship Opportunities**

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership, and more! The scholarships available to mathematics majors are:

- The Dr. Judith A Crissman '64 Endowed Scholarship Fund
- Nathan Warren Harter and Besse Roseberry Harter Scholarship
- The Leland E. Householder ’33 Scholarship Fund
- Elizabeth McElhaney Scholarship
- The George and Magdalene Skegas Scholarship for Mathematics
- Arthur E. Smith Scholarship Fund
- TWC Amelia Earhart Scholarship
- Irene Wintersteen Memorial Science Scholarship
- The Nelson P. Yeardley Mathematics Scholarship