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Mathematics (B.A.)

Student works diligently on math equations.

Major: Mathematics

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Total credit hours: N/A

Internship/Practicum opportunities: Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

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.

Visit our Academic Catalog (2018-2019) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use computers in the solution of mathematically important problems and understand the limitations and advantages of computational approaches to mathematics.
  4. Understand how mathematics can be used to formulate models of real world phenomena and how to make decisions and predictions based on these models.
  5. Be able to communicate mathematics effectively, both orally and in writing.
  6. Understand the historical significance of the mathematical discoveries of the past several centuries.

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

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. A mathematics major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • Kappa Mu Epsilon (National Mathematics Honorary)

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

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 use it to help companies make better business decisions.****