Why major in mathematics at Belmont University?
A knowledge of math is a powerful tool for developing your career
Every college graduate is expected to possess analytical and problem solving skills. Employers in a broad spectrum of fields value the abilities developed as a result of studying mathematics.
Professional schools, including medical, law and business schools, look for candidates who have developed excellent analytical and quantitative problem solving skills. Research companies hire graduates who have had previous research experience such as the kind offered in Belmont's undergraduate research program.
A chance to develop strong research skills
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Belmont offers various opportunities for our majors to explore mathematics beyond the classroom through undergraduate research. Our students work closely with our faculty in independent studies, research seminars and Scholar Communities (our summer research program). Students share their work through poster sessions and oral presentations at events such as Belmont's two undergraduate research symposiums and regional meetings of the Mathematical Association of America. Students are also encouraged to apply for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation during the summer at various research universities. Undergraduate research offers our students a fresh perspective into the world of mathematics.
A top-notch teaching faculty
Two of the current faculty members of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science have received Belmont's distinguished professor award for outstanding teaching. We have a great student-to-professor ratio. Professors mentor our majors by tutoring, holding independent studies courses, and assisting in job searches. The Department combines the relationships of a small community with the academic rigor of a true scholastic environment
A wide variety of career options
After graduation, our students typically begin careers in areas such as actuarial science, business, statistics, pharmaceuticals, and programming. Many also begin graduate school or academic careers as teachers.
If you find that you love math and enjoy helping others learn mathematics then teaching may be the route that you need to take. We offer degrees where you can be licensed at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to teach. There is currently a serious nationwide shortage of math teachers at all levels including the college level. Because of this, the demand for math teachers is high. If you want rewarding, people-centered work in mathematics and are interested in education, you can choose a teaching career in grades K-12 or at the college level.
Our academic advisors assist students in choosing appropriate courses and a minor of study. Integrating mathematics with computer science or statistics broadens the scope of opportunities students have upon graduation.
APPLIED DISCRETE MATHEMATICS MAJORWithin our department we offer a major in Applied Discrete Mathematics. The discrete mathematics courses (in particular Graph Theory and Combinatorics) offer important ties to computer science while our Math Modeling course offers students the opportunity to put their math into practice. The Applied Discrete Mathematics major pairs wonderfully with a major or minor in computer science, business, or one of the natural or physical sciences.
STATISTICS MINORThe minor in statistics is designed to encourage students to apply statistical concepts that go beyond the content of an introductory course in statistical methods. The program is designed to equip students with quantitative skills that they can apply to their disciplines. Topics are adapted to areas of study such as biology, psychology, business, and behavioral and social sciences. It is not designed to train professional statisticians.
Emphasis is placed on experimental design, exploratory data analysis, statistical modeling, and communicating ideas using real data. Students use statistical software to spark the synthesis of theory, methods and applications.
According to the American Statistical Association, employers of business, psychology, biology, sociology and political science majors have expressed a preference for applicants with a strong background in data analysis. An educational background that includes knowledge of statistics can help you to get a better job.
The Statistics Minor program goals are to:
- Provide a comprehensive statistics curriculum to students who desire further study in statistics.
- Encourage creativity in research through experimental design and data collection.
- Develop the decision making, communication, and presentation skills necessary to provide relevant analyses of a statistical study.
- Utilize the different kinds of thinking involved in the practice of statistics: logical/deductive, computational/algorithmic, graphical/dynamic, and verbal/interpretative.