Math majors are versatile, a big plus if you value the freedom to explore a variety of career paths in your lifetime. As a math major you can apply your quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills in an almost unlimited number of fields and positions. SNHU's mathematics BA lets you take your passion for numbers, proofs and problem solving to the next level and prepare for careers that are not only command high salaries, but also have a high degree of job satisfaction.
When you earn your undergraduate degree in mathematics at SNHU, you'll develop an advanced ability in mathematical methods, reasoning and problem solving in three main areas of math: analysis, algebra and statistics. In addition to a broad base of mathematical knowledge, you'll become proficient in communicating about math, both orally and in writing.
Whether you want to land a position in a quantitative field such as finance, economics, computer programming or statistics, or further your studies so you can ultimately pursue a career as a mathematician, the BA Mathematics degree program provides a strong foundation for building your future in some of the fastest growing careers.
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As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor’s degree in mathematics at SNHU include:
Employers in a range of industries seek college graduates with quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills. Whether you earn a math degree online or on campus at Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have the quantitative and critical-thinking skills that are valued in the workplace. With a college degree in math, you'll be prepared for a career in variety of fields:
Mathematics majors enjoy a high degree of job satisfaction. A recent survey by CareerCast determined that actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians rank near the top of the nation’s 200 best jobs list, when considering environment, income, outlook, physical demands and stress. People in these jobs often begin their studies with an undergraduate degree in math.
Mathematicians often find job opportunities in scientific research, as well as in scientific management and technical consulting services. Many mathematicians work for the federal government, primarily in the Department of Defense, which employs 81 percent of mathematicians working at the federal level, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau also estimates that job opportunities for statisticians will increase 23 percent through 2022. Actuaries are also in demand, particularly in the insurance industry, which employs about 55 percent of all actuaries. They also work for insurance agents and brokers, as well as managing companies.
Math majors command high salaries. A recent National Association of Colleges and Employers survey that tracked job offers found that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees all have math skills in common.
From calculus to abstract algebra to statistics, the courses included in the mathematics major will help you develop advanced abilities in math. The skills you gain in this program are transferable across many industries and positions, allowing you to pursue a variety of career paths. If you decide to continue your studies with a graduate degree, your BA in math is good preparation. Advanced studies in math have been correlated to higher scores on graduate entrance exams, including the GMAT, GRE and LSAT.
SNHU faculty who teach in the mathematics program have years of experience as mathematicians and educators. They are well skilled in applying theories, principles and concepts of mathematics to real-world situations across a broad range of fields, such as business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences. Classes are highly engaging and use a variety of teaching strategies to keep classes stimulating, among them participatory lectures, group work and fun, math-themed events featuring guest lectures and panel discussions.
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This course examines the implications of global location and topography for the people of planet Earth. Students will explore how geography shapes the dynamics of human societies, with an emphasis on the geoenvironmental, geopolitical, and geosocial phenomena that help to define the modern world. Global marker.
This course is a study of the fundamental principles of correct and incorrect argument, historical forms of deductive logic, and the significance of language and clear verbalization. Offered as needed.
Calculus is the mathematical study of change that has widespread applications in science, engineering, economics and business. This course provides a rigorous introduction to single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differentiation and integration of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, applications of derivatives, and integration, including the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. This course will encourage students to think beyond memorizing formulas and to work towards understanding concepts. Students may not take both MAT 210 and MAT 225 for credit.
This course is a continuation of MAT 225 that deepens a student's understanding of single-variable calculus. Students will learn new techniques of integration, including substitution, integration by parts, partial fractions, and integration tables. This course will also extend a student's knowledge of addition. That is, students already know how to add two, three, or n numbers together but, in this course they will learn how to add an infinitely many numbers together. This will enable students to represent differentiable functions-including exponential, trigonometric and logarithmic functions-as functions that look like polynomials with infinitely many terms. In doing so, students will enhance their abilities to evaluate and estimate integrals. Finally, students will also learn about parametric curves and polar coordinates-both useful tools for describing the motion of moving objects such as projectiles, planets, or satellites-in order to apply single-variable calculus skills in additional settings. Students may not take both MAT 211 and MAT 275 for credit.
This course introduces students to the language and methods used to create and write mathematical proofs and solve problems. Methods of proof will include: direct, contrapositive, contradiction, and induction. Methods of problem solving will be based on Polya's four steps for problem solving. Students will learn about and utilize the many functions of proof including: verification, explanation, communication, discovery, justification, and inquiry. The course will also explore the relationship between problem solving and the process of proving. Students will explore fundamental abstract concepts in mathematics including: functions and relations, set theory, number theory, and logic.
Many real-world applications of calculus in science, engineering, economics, and business employ functions with many variables. This course extends the basic concepts of single-variable calculus developed in MAT 225 and MAT 275 to functions of several variables. Topics include vectors, the geometry of space, vector-valued functions, motion in space, partial derivatives and multiple integrals.
Differential equations are useful in modeling real-world phenomenon involving rates of change such as the spread of disease, the change in a population, the free fall of an object, and the decay of a radioactive substance. This is a first course in differential equations. Topics include solving first- and higher-order differential equations and modeling with first- and higher-order differential equations.
This is a first course in linear algebra and matrices. Topics include systems of linear equations, linear independence, matrices of linear transformations, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. After mastering the basic concepts and skills, students will use their knowledge of linear algebra to model a selection of applied mathematics problems in business, science, computer science and economics.
Algebra is concerned with sets of objects and operations on these sets. This course will take students beyond the real number and polynomials to groups and other algebraic structures. In a modern, or abstract algebra course, one assumes a small number of basic properties as axioms and then proves many other properties from the axioms. This will assist the student in becoming more proficient at proof-writing.
This course provides a theoretical foundation for single-variable calculus concepts. Topics include the structure of the real numbers, sequences, continuity, differentiation and Riemann integration. This course will be run as a seminar that emphasize problem solving, proof writing and orally defending proofs.
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This course trains students to produce documents of a technical nature commonly found in a business context. Students are required to prepare a variety of technical reports, including audits, technical manuals and feasibility studies.
This course introduces students to the basic skills and principles of writing creative nonfiction and magazine feature articles. Student-centered workshop critiques and frequent conferences with the instructor are the primary methods used in the course. The course includes significant reading assignments in nonfiction genres.
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The Heart of Mathematics considers the history, mathematical beauty, and real world applications of a wide variety of topics. This discussion-based course encourages "out-of-the-box" thinking to explore the connections between mathematics and the world around us. Topics may include: patterns in nature, infinity, topology, geometry, networking, fractals, and chaos theory, among others.
MAT-200 Level Mathematics
Excluding: MAT-206, MAT-210, MAT-211, MAT-360, MAT-362, MAT-490, MAT-495, EDU-441 and any math courses already required as part of the mathematics major.
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