"Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas"
~ Albert Einstein
What is mathematics?
The pure definition of math is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. The profession of mathematics encompasses much more than the basic problem-solving foundation students are taught before college. Students majoring in college math develop strong transferable skills in critical thinking, problem diagnosis, and computer skills that make math applicable to a wide variety of professions. Professionals may work in a wide scope of areas within mathematics including the government, market research, industry, computers, insurance, securities, banking, and education.
The 40-41 credit Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics programs at William Paterson University are housed in the College of Science and Health. Both Applied Mathematics and Mathematics include 27-28 credits of required courses, 9-10 credits of electives, and special electives for those students who wish to pursue teacher certification. Required courses include Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Logic & Methods of Higher Mathematics.
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Admissions information on Mathematics is located here:
Interests and Skills
- Numerical computation skills
- Ability to analyze and interpret data
- Problem solving skills
- Ability to organize information logically
- Being able to work both in a team and independently
- Attention to detail
- Computer literacy
People working within the field of mathematics have a number of options in terms of work environment. Mathematics professionals may choose to work in public schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, manufacturing firms, corporations, computer firms, financial institutions, insurance firms, banks, research firms, and brokerage firms. Some job titles may require further education or certification beyond a bachelor's degree.
Possible Job Titles
Math Teacher (several alumni) various local districts in New Jersey
Customer Service Representative Datek Online
Underwriter State Farm Insurance
Process Engineer Howmet Corporation
Enhance Your Qualifications
Successful students tend to seek out opportunities to enhance their qualifications through a variety of means. Within mathematics, some suggestions may include learning computer programs, gaining experience through internships or part-time jobs, joining a professional organization, joining or becoming a leader in a campus organization such as the Math Club, attending networking functions, considering a minor such as economics, statistics, or computer science, and looking into the possibility of teacher certification or graduate school.
Related Web Sites
American Mathematical Society www.ams.org
Association of Women in Math www.awm-math.org
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics www.nctm.org
Mathematical Association of America www.maa.org
American Statistical Association www.amstat.org
Society for Industrial and Applied Math www.siam.org
Occupational Outlook www.bls.gov/oco/
Industry Information www.vault.com
Job Search and Salary information www.rileyguide.com
Occupation Information http://online.onetcenter.org
Other Sources of Information
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in mathematics. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the Mathematics Department on campus may also prove valuable in addressing questions.