The Department of Mathematics and Physics offers three majors and two minors. Read the descriptions below and follow the links to learn more about the programs and associated career paths.

Bachelor’s Degrees

Applied Mathematics Major
Applied mathematics majors learn to solve problems from a variety of disciplines by developing mathematical models, applying computational algorithms, and analyzing results. Students choose from four concentrations: applied mathematics, applied mathematics: actuarial science (What does an actuary do?), applied mathematics: computer science, and applied mathematics: physics.
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics: Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics: Computer Science
  • Applied Mathematics: Physics
Mathematics Major
The mathematics major is an ideal preparation for a variety of analytical careers. Mathematics majors often choose to minor in physics, computer science, finance, economics, business management, or some other discipline. Students who plan to teach at the secondary level should choose the secondary math education track, which waives the CSET exam.
  • General Mathematics
  • Secondary Math Education
Physics Major
Physics majors develop analytical skills and problem-solving abilities that prepare them for a wide variety of technical careers or further studies in physics, engineering, materials science, geophysics, biophysics, electronics, chemistry, or aerospace, or for a physics teaching career. Physics majors can earn a mathematics minor by taking just one additional math course.


Mathematics Minor
The mathematics minor provides a flexible way for any student to develop his or her quantitative and analytical thinking skills. For students with AP Calculus credit, the minor requires just 12-16 additional units.
Physics Minor
The physics minor is ideal for students majoring in mathematics, chemistry, or biology.
Statistics Minor
Students with any major or minor are eligible to earn the statistics minor. In particular, a student is permitted to earn both the statistics minor and the mathematics minor.
Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.