Mathematics

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Bachelor of Science
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Studying mathematics at Westminster means becoming an effective problem solver and an independent thinker. By engaging in critical thinking and creative, logical reasoning, Westminster students learn about the hidden patterns underlying many real-world problems and scenarios. You will harness your curiosity while improving the reasoning skills that will lead you to a fulfilling career.

Who It's For

Our program is for students who want to practice the art of logical reasoning in order to make a better world. Our distinctive, customizable coursework and research opportunities prepare you to attend graduate school in mathematics or related fields, teach mathematics in schools, and work in any field of applied math.

Key Benefits

  • Our small class sizes allow for one-on-one interactions with faculty members to further your understanding of math foundations.
  • Students participate in extracurricular opportunities, such as research projects, conferences, and national math competitions.
  • Our program offers free tutoring in lower level math classes. This is also an excellent job opportunity for students who have taken upper division math courses.
  • You can explore your areas of interest by customizing your major with the range of electives we offer.

About the Program

Mathematics studies topics such as logic, quantity, structure, space, and change. Inspired by real-world observations, mathematicians seek and use patterns to solve problems and make conjectures. Westminster’s math degree program combines abstract theory with real-life applications. Our program helps students build diverse skills that prepare them to be successful in a wide variety of career paths.

What You'll Learn

  • Become an effective problem solver.
  • Develop skills in reading, constructing, and effectively communicating valid mathematical proofs.
  • Use technological tools commonly used in mathematics appropriately at all levels.
  • Achieve sufficient competency in the core curriculum of mathematics for success in a graduate program.
  • Understand the historical development of mathematics and its role in the history of human civilization through research and class discussions.
  • Develop a greater appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics.
  • Participate in curricular and co-curricular opportunities for leadership and collaboration.
  • Effectively communicate mathematical ideas, both in writing and verbally.
  • Engage the community through service learning and other opportunities.
  • Explore career opportunities in mathematics and related fields.

Plan of Study

Our mathematics program has a strong core of problem-solving and proof techniques, and also provides the opportunity for students to apply what they’ve learned to better understand the world and make it a better place. The recommended course of study takes place over four years, building from the study of motion, data, and linear equations to a greater level of mathematical rigor.

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.


Sample Courses

Linear Algebra

Through this course, you will explore systems of linear equations and their representations as matrices, vector spaces, least squares, and eigenvectors. Learn the numerical techniques behind the foundational subject of pure and applied mathematics.

Social Justice by the Numbers

How can we measure justice, fairness, and equity in our society? In this interdisciplinary class, you will analyze the world around you through critical class discussions and collaboration.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates with strong mathematical backgrounds are in high demand because of their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The Westminster mathematics degree recognizes the growing importance of technology and efficiency in today’s workforce, providing students with the tools to thrive in multiple areas. Math graduates have gone on to graduate school in mathematics, education, computer science, literature, and business.

Potential Careers

  • Actuarial science
  • Architecture
  • Accountancy and finance
  • Statistician and data analyst
  • Economics
  • Computer programming
  • Operational researcher
  • Software engineering
  • Sound engineering
  • Mathematical biology
  • Meteorology
  • Medicine
  • Teaching

"Mathematics at Westminster taught me how to think, it taught me to learn, and it taught me the value and inspiration behind great mentors."

Dakota Hawkins ('15)

Other Mathematics Programs

In addition to a mathematics degree, Westminster also offers a range of academic minors. With a mathematics minor, you will pair your major area of study with a strong numerical foundation. Through the applied mathematics minor, you will explore the mathematical concepts specific to your degree. With the teaching mathematics (level II) minor, you will acquire the tools you need to share your knowledge at an elementary education level.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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Additional Scholarships

S-Cubed

Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics program students graduating by 2022 can apply for the S-Cubed scholarship sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Recipients benefit from mentoring from industry professionals, support to attend a national conference, and collaboration with a strong cohort of peers.

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