Become a Problem Solver with a Math Major
In a world where everything is becoming quantified, there is an increasing need for professionals who can use mathematical reasoning to make wise decisions regarding complex phenomena. APU’s math major equips students to solve problems by balancing logically rigorous thinking with creative experimentation and conceptual insight in either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics program. Both degrees provide a solid foundation in the mathematics of continuous change (calculus and analysis), pattern and symmetry (linear and abstract algebra), space (geometry and topology), chance and risk (probability), and data (statistics). While the mathematics major does treat applications of mathematics and includes courses in physics and computer science, the emphasis is on theory. Students who prefer a focus on mathematical modeling and computation are encouraged to choose the applied mathematics major.
The mathematics major provides ideal preparation for a variety of analytical careers in government, industry, and the education and nonprofit sectors. As businesses and government agencies continue to emphasize the use of big data, employment in mathematics-related occupations is expected to grow by 28 percent over the next 10 years, compared to an overall growth in the workforce of 7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There is also a strong demand for mathematics teachers. Students planning to teach at the middle or high school level should complete the secondary math education track, which waives the CSET exam for entrance into a credentialing program.
A student who majors in mathematics has the option of obtaining a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Both degrees have the same major course requirements, but the B.S. degree requires a minor in physics, chemistry, or computer science (see these subject areas for requirements and course descriptions).
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re a mathematics major if you:
- Find beauty in numbers, shapes, and patterns
- Enjoy using logic to solve problems and puzzles
- Embrace mental challenges
- Are thorough and detail oriented
- Are comfortable with ambiguity and open-ended questions
- Love to unravel mysteries
- Are eager to comprehend the hidden mathematical structures that order God’s creation
- Want to apply mathematical techniques to help shape nature and society
- Want to learn to harness the power of technology for good purposes
- Seek to belong to a vibrant, faithful, and supportive community of learners
Being a part of the mathematics program at APU has been one of the biggest blessings during my time here. The professors are kind, approachable, and I can tell they really care about me and my future.Tamara Comeau ’13
Gain In-depth Learning Experiences
APU mathematics students participate in original research projects with faculty and secure internships with organizations such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (part of NASA) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Research and internship experiences ensure that mathematics majors graduate with contacts in their chosen field, solid evidence of their skills, and substantial experience on their résumés.
Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program
Students in the Mathematics Major who are interested in teaching also have the option to earn a preliminary California teaching credential through APU’s Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program. In just four years, including one or two summers, you can complete both your bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential that pairs with your particular subject area. Service-learning projects, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities prepare you to start a career teaching in K-12 public schools. Learn more.