Actuarial Science

Degree Type:

Bachelor of Science

Department Contact:

Kathryn Temple

509-963-1389

Kathryn.Temple@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/math/actuarial-science

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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Applied Mathematics

Degree Type:

Bachelor of Science

Department Contact:

Dr. Brandy Wiegers

509-963-2125

brandy.wiegers@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/math/bachelor-science-applied-mathematics

Introduction

The applied mathematics program is your chance to connect the theory of mathematics with real-world applications because studying mathematics isn’t just about numbers. Studying applied math is also about recognizing patterns and understanding the logic of shapes, quantities, and systems. Mathematics provides the building blocks to understand the world around us whether it is money, architecture, electronics, or sports. From the distribution of prime numbers (useful for encrypting communications and an important area of ongoing research here at CWU) to signal processing (useful for analyzing photos and sound, as well as picking out important patterns hidden in immense data sets), mathematics has applications everywhere. This degree asks you to draw connections between the theoretical and the real world.

Opportunities

Let’s face it—mathematicians are the rock stars of computer science, engineering, 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.

Here are just a few of the experiences in this major to make sure you are ready for these careers:

* Written and verbal communication: All mathematics majors learn to communicate complicated ideas clearly and precisely, an important skill in all technical fields. You will regularly present project results in a manner that you can describe for your future employer.

• Honors seminars: You can enroll in an honors seminar every quarter, with each seminar being a new mathematical topic to explore. Past topics included mathematical biology, 3-D printing, cryptology, mathematical games, and more.

* Research : Students are encouraged to continue individual research projects based on the ideas presented in the honors seminars. Past undergraduates have done work in differential equations, cryptology, mathematical modeling, analysis, and more.

• Social Opportunities: Join the Math Club, help at the Kittitas Valley Math Circle, or challenge yourself with the Putnam Exam, the Kryptos competition, or the Mathematical Competition in Modeling.

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. Graduates in this program are in graduate school, working in industry, and teaching in local schools.

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Mathematics

Degree Type:

Bachelor of Science

Department Contact:

James Bisgard

509-963-2823

James.Bisgard@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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Middle Level Mathematics Teaching

Degree Type:

Bachelor of Science

Department Contact:

Peter Klosterman

509-963-1398

Peter.Klosterman@cwu.edu

Department Website: http://www.cwu.edu/math/want-be-math-teacher

Introduction

Math teachers will tell you that few things are as satisfying as seeing a student figure out a difficult mathematical equation for the first time. CWU’s middle level mathematics and science teaching program is designed for students who want to teach math and science at the middle school level (grades 5-8).

Opportunities

Students in the middle level mathematics teaching program gain valuable instruction in linear algebra, geometry, statistics, discrete mathematics, and beginning calculus. Students will also learn pedagogy in courses that encompass student assessment, teaching in the classroom, and managing classrooms.

Why this program?

Central Washington University's Endorsement-Only Program is available to certified teachers who hold the Washington State initial, residency, continuing, or professional teaching certificate and who wish to add a teaching endorsement to their certificate.

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Secondary Math Teaching

Degree Type:

Bachelor of Arts

Department Contact:

Mark Oursland

509-963-2100

oursland@cwu.edu

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

Introduction

Mathematics secondary teaching is for a person who enjoys mathematical inquiry and social engagement—and wants to share that enthusiasm with high school students. Our program is built off the expertise and experiences of our highly esteemed professors. CWU provides an excellent environment to prepare you for a rewarding and successful career in teaching secondary mathematics.

Opportunities

Academically talented students majoring in a STEM discipline (which includes math) have an opportunity to apply for a two-year SOLVER scholarship totaling $20,000. The scholarship is funded by a National Science Foundation grant and is meant to help promising students through the last, most difficult years of their degree programs.

Why this program?

Graduates of CWU’s mathematics secondary teaching program are highly sought after. According to the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, there is a serious shortage of mathematics and science teachers in the state.

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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.

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

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.