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Mathematics
College of the Sciences
Actuarial Science
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stuart Boersma
509-963-1395
stuart.boersma@cwu.edu

Introduction

Studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and arrangements. It is the building blocks of everything around us whether its money, architecture, electronics, or even sports.

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, economic forecasting, energy resources, risk management, medicine, finance, and other businesses. Careers in fields with a solid basis in mathematics are among the fastest growing and rewarding.

Why this program?

CareerCast ranked careers involving mathematics (data scientist and statistician) as the top two jobs in 2016. It also projected a 23 percent increase in job growth for mathematicians by 2022.

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Mathematics
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Stuart Boersma
509-963-1395
stuart.boersma@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/math
Introduction

Studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. It’s also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and arrangements. It is the building blocks of everything around us whether its money, architecture, electronics, or even sports.

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, economic forecasting, energy resources, risk management, medicine, finance, and other businesses. Careers in fields with a solid basis in mathematics are among the fastest growing and rewarding.

Why this program?

CareerCast ranked careers involving mathematics (data scientist and statistician) as the top two jobs in 2016. It also projected a 23 percent increase in job growth for mathematicians by 2022.

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Why math at CWU?

At Central Washington University, math students work one-on-one with professors, performing research in state-of-the-art facilities and present results at national and international conferences.

The Mathematics Honors program is an exciting new program designed to take mathematics undergraduates and introduce them to the world of mathematics beyond the classroom, providing excellent preparation for graduate school or for work in a mathematical field.

Undergraduate students partner with faculty on research that other institutions reserve for graduate students. CWU students are researching the mathematics of Mozart sonatas and learning how to build mathematical models to solve real world problems. They are interpreting the statistical data of food resources and hunger.

In fall 2018 the program will move into a new state-of-the-art Samuelson Union Building. When finished, it will also house online learning and the departments of Computer Science and Information Technology and Administrative Management.

Central’s Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESME) was created to form a professional learning community of math and science educators and to support best practice teaching, learning, and assessment.

Being an actuary is one of the top-ranked jobs in America, according to a number of job satisfaction surveys. CWU is the only institution in Washington--and one of only three in the Pacific Northwest--that offers a bachelor’s of science degree in actuarial science.

Connect with CWU Math

A big misconception about mathematics is that you can only become a teacher or an actuary with a degree. That's just not so. There's a lot you can do with a degree in math. Connect with us to find out more.

Career Opportunities

Jobs for graduates in mathematics are plentiful. For example, in many technical fields mathematics and computer science are the tools of choice. Other rewarding career paths include:

Computer modeling

Finance

Cryptography and security

Biomathematics

Engineering

Actuarial Science

Operations Research

Computer Science

Points of Pride

Stuart Boersma received the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematics Association of America’s 2016 Meritorious Service Award. The organization previously honored him with a Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics Award in 2013.

Dominic Klyve was given the national Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by the Mathematics Association of America in 2014. He also was awarded a share of a $1.5 million National Sciences Foundation grant to test whether teaching math using early math scholars like Euclid and Archimedes, will make it easier for college students to grasp math concepts.

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