# Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

**About Mathematics and Applied Mathematics**

Mathematicians study quantity, distance and space with the goal of problem solving, reasoning, making connections and communicating. They advance knowledge by developing new principles and recognizing previously unknown relationships between existing principles of mathematics. Applied mathematicians use mathematical theories and techniques, including mathematical modeling and computational methods, to formulate and solve real-world problems in business, government and engineering, and in the areas of physical, life and social sciences.

**Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Valdosta State University**

Students enrolled in the mathematics and applied mathematics programs have the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of faculty members and present their findings at the annual Arts and Sciences Symposium on Undergraduate Research. Three computer labs are available for student use, including a Smart Lab with workstations connected to Linux, Solaris and Windows servers. Valdosta State provides mathematics and applied mathematics students with opportunities for cooperative education, which integrates classroom instruction with practical work experience. Outstanding students have the opportunity to participate in Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honorary Society.

**Degrees**

**Bachelor of Art in Mathematics (B.A.)****Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (B.S.)**

**Minor**

**Mathematics**

**About the Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Curriculum**

**B.A. in Mathematics**

The undergraduate curriculum in mathematics prepares students for graduate-level study, focusing on theoretical or pure mathematics. Students take required courses in areas such as calculus, linear algebra, analytic geometry, analysis, statistics and set theory, in addition to free electives within the discipline.

**B.S. in Applied Mathematics**

The Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics includes a sound curriculum based on the use of mathematics in business and industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for industrial or governmental employment or for graduate-level study. Students choose free electives within applied mathematics in addition to the required coursework in areas such as linear algebra, analytic geometry, analysis, statistics, numerical analysis and operational research.

**Minor**

The minor program in mathematics requires 16-17 hours of coursework, with required courses in the areas of calculus and set theory.

**Careers***

- Actuary
- Budget analyst
- Claims adjustor
- Computer system analyst
- Controller
- Cost estimator
- Cryptographer
- Economist
- Estimator
- Financial analyst
- Financial manager
- Financial planner
- Market research analyst
- Math teacher
- Mathematician
- Operations research analyst
- Payroll manager
- Personal financial advisor
- Purchasing agent
- Software engineer
- Statistician
- Underwriter

**Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.*