What do Mathematics Majors Study?
Roger Bacon, a philosopher and inventor, once said, "For all things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics."
Bacon's quote rings true as mathematics, one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences, is required for understanding and interpreting a variety of things from simple to complex. One who studies mathematics, especially at Chestnut Hill College, will graduate with the ability to reason logically, to analyze and solve problems, to think abstractly, and to express thoughts clearly and precisely, all skills that are used beyond just a mathematics degree. Students receive a solid background in both theoretical and applied mathematics, while also developing depth and preciseness, are required for this course of study. But make no mistake, as a Math major at CHC you will learn more than just theorems and algorithms.You will be exposed to the world of mathematics through a student-centered approach of small classes, an interactive learning environment and individual attention from the faculty. Along with classroom instruction from highly qualified and experienced professors, students receive a well-rounded liberal arts education that helps one think for his or herself and overlay career decisions with an ethical perspective. Additionally and perhaps most importantly, students graduate with a better appreciation for the power and beauty of mathematics as is revealed through its methods, patterns and structure.
- Students who qualify with a major and career GPA of 3.0/4.0 and who have completed 25 semester hours including 15 semester hours in mathematics, may be invited to join Sigma Zeta, the National Science and Mathematics Honor Society.
- Departmental Honors are offered within this major. Outstanding students with a high scholastic standing may be invited in their sophomore year to stand for honors in their junior and senior years. The program provides the opportunity for independent study and research, culminating in an honors thesis submitted in the spring of senior year. All students who successfully complete this program will be recognized with honors as well as have the title of their thesis printed on their academic transcripts. For more information, contact department chair Merilyn Ryan, SSJ at firstname.lastname@example.org or consult the course catalog (page 213).
What are the degree requirements?
In order to graduate with a BS in Mathematics, students must complete 16 courses for a total of 49-50 credits. These requirements include:
Introduction to Computer Programming and Programming in Java OR Programming in Java and Data Structures
Calculus and Modern Analysis I, II and III
|Calculus and Linear Algebra
|Discrete Methods in Mathematics
|Probability and Statistics
|Abstract Algebra I and II
|Modern Mathematical Theory I and II (Senior Seminar)
For more information on the specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan, and information regarding mathematics as a content area of specialization for education majors, please see the 2014-15 SUS Undergraduate Course Catalog (pages 215-218).
What internships are available?
Chestnut Hill College is located in Philadelphia, near many insurance companies, financial institutions, hospitals, schools, private industries and businesses. This increases the opportunities for mathematics majors to gain real-world, valuable experience through special internships. While not mandatory for mathematics majors, internships are always encouraged. For more information on how to obtain an internship, what internships are available to you and if you have any questions, please contact the Office of Career Services.
What are the career opportunities?
"Do math and you can do anything," is the message from the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics (NCTM). The range of career paths available to mathematically trained individuals is broad because mathematics majors acquire superior logical, analytical and technical skills that are greatly valued by employers. The CHC curriculum also provides a strong foundation for those who are interested in graduate studies in mathematics or other professional degree programs such as law, medicine, and business.
Some of these career options include:
- Actuary and Actuarial Sciences
- Computational Scientist
- Operations Research Analyst
- Statistician and General Statistics
- Research Mathematician
- Software Engineer and Engineering
- Teacher/College Professor
If you are interested in becoming a mathematics major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Merilyn Ryan, SSJ, Chairperson of the Mathematical Sciences Dept (email@example.com).
To apply to Chestnut Hill College, please visit Admissions.