Many students who major in math succeed in business or science and technology-related careers, yet the strong analytical and problem-solving skills you will develop in Appalachian State University’s Mathematics (BA) degree can take you into other fields as well.
In this program, you will be required to study a foreign language and a minor of your choosing, which opens up many career possibilities. As a student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, you will be taught by tenure track faculty in small classes and receive individualized attention both inside and outside of class. You will have opportunities to conduct research alongside a faculty member or participate in an internship.
If you think majoring in math is for you, it is important to begin the program of study during your freshman year or you may fall behind in course requirements.
The majority of math majors pursue graduate school in fields including mathematics, statistics, analytics, economics, operations research, mathematics education, computational chemistry, material science and public health. Others find jobs in business, most often in jobs with titles that include the work “analyst.”
Increasing numbers of high-performing students with a 3.4 GPA or higher are choosing to take graduate courses during their senior year through Appalachian’s Accelerated Admission master’s program, allowing them to complete a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in five years.
Core courses include:
- Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
- Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
- Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
- Introduction to Linear Algebra
- Introduction to Modern Algebra
- Introduction to Real Analysis I
- Mathematics Capstone or Senior Honors Thesis
- Techniques of Proof or Sophomore Honors Seminar
A minor is required.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- Math Club - an organization to encourage students to take part in competitions, classroom events and research opportunities.
- Pi Mu Epsilon - an Honor Society dedicated to the promotion of student scholarly activity in mathematics and the recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding.
- Appalachian State Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- Classes are small and taught by tenure track faculty, so students receive individualized attention.
- Undergraduate students can be involved in research projects with faculty in their first two years. Many students travel to present their research at local, national and international conferences.
- The Department of Mathematical Sciences maintains a strong network of Appalachian alumni in business and education in regards to securing math-related jobs.
- Internships are strongly encouraged.
- High-performing students can take graduate courses during their senior year through the Accelerated Admission master’s program, allowing them to complete a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in five years.
Number of Students
200+ in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
Method of Delivery
On campus only
Some of these jobs may require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- Applications Programmer
- Banking/Credit/Investment Manager
- Compensation/Benefits Admin
- Consumer Loan/Credit Officer
- Cost Estimator/Analyst
- Data Processing Manager
- Data Control Administrator
- Database Manager
- Financial Auditor
- Financial Consultant
- Inventory Control Specialist
- Investment Banker
- Network Programmer
- Numerical Analyst
- Operations Research Analyst
- Purchasing/Contract Agent
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Rate Analyst
- Robotics Programmer
- Software Engineer
- Systems Engineer
- Technical Support Representative
- Treasury Management Specialist
Dr. Eric Marland