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Academic Information: -  top

What is Mathematics? -  top

Mathematics as a formal area of teaching and learning was developed about 5,000 years ago by the Sumerians. They did this at the same time as they developed reading and writing. However, the roots of mathematics go back much more than 5,000 years.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has adopted the tetrahedron as a symbol representing the different facets of the mathematical sciences and the unity of the whole. Majors begin their study with a core of courses that introduce the beauty and utility of all four areas represented in the tetrahedron: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science and statistics. They routinely work in partnership with faculty and other students to develop as professionals and to acquire skills necessary to succeed in a variety of future endeavors.

Career Information -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top


  • Aerospace engineer*
  • Artificial intelligence developer*
  • Research scientist*
  • Physicist*
  • Electrical engineer*
  • Mathematical technician
  • Statistician


  • Professor*
  • Mathematician
  • Nuclear engineer*
  • Special librarian*
  • Planetary scientist
  • Teacher
  • Demographer
  • Economist*

Actuarial, Business, and Finance

  • Actuary
  • Applied Mathematician
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Communications Engineer
  • Economic Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Manager
  • Market Researcher
  • Product Developer

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Software Developer


  • Technical writer
  • Computer engineer*
  • Computer programmer
  • System support representative
  • Information specialist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Operations/systems researcher


  • Sales, technical equipment
  • Metallurgical and materials engineer*
  • Energy engineer*
  • Financial analyst
  • Marketing researcher
  • Actuary
  • Risk manager
  • Underwriter


  • Biomathematican
  • Biometrician
  • Demographer
  • Econometrician
  • Psychometrician
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Statistician

Teaching/Academic Research

  • College or University Professor or Instructor
  • Teacher (Elementary through High School)

*Denotes additional education required

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Accounting Firms/Banks
  • Business Corporations/Colleges and Schools
  • Educational Institutions/Non-profit Organizations
  • Federal/State Government
  • Banks and investment firms
  • Business corporations and industries
  • Colleges, schools, and educational institutions
  • Engineering firms
  • Government agencies
  • Computer firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Data Processing and Information
  • Systems/ Computer Industry
  • Insurance Agencies/ Real Estate
  • Securities/ Manufacturing Industries
  • Market research departments & firms
  • Professional and technical journals
  • Research & development firms
  • Test development corporations
  • Utilities companies
  • Weather bureaus

Required Skills and Abilities -  top

  • Use good reasoning ability and persistence in order to identify, analyze, and apply basic principles to technical problems
  • Communicating with others
  • Pay close attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Organizational skills
  • Numerical computation
  • Ability to analyze & interpret data
  • Critical thinking
  • Testing skills
  • Substantial knowledge of computer programming
  • Conduct research
  • Collect and organize data
  • Computer literacy
  • Logical thinking
  • Team skills
  • Efficient
  • Systemizing skills
  • Advanced quantitative skills

Alumni Resources -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Stephanie DiGenova 1999 Implementation Associate Towers Perrin
Jennifer Lambdin 2005 Planner Reynolds, Smith, and Hills
Holly Jackson 1995 Statistician National Institute of Standards & Tech.
Daragh Downing 2007 Unwriting Analyst GEICO
Julie Jellig 1989 Math Teacher Ann Arundel Public Schools

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