Mathematics majors take a core collection of classes in calculus, mathematical reasoning, linear algebra, computer programming, probability, statistics, and mathematical modeling. These courses introduce students to the great ideas of mathematics and provide a foundation in content knowledge, problem solving, and logical reasoning. Austin Peay students have a choice of three tracks which provide specialization beyond the core: statistics, mathematics education, or a more traditional mathematics curriculum designed to prepare students for graduate study in pure or applied mathematics.
Many of our graduates go to graduate school in a mathematics or statistics related field. Nearly all of these students receive full scholarships in addition to generous stipends for their graduate studies. There are a lot of great mathematics and statistics-related careers like quality control, operations research, and actuarial science, to name a few. These careers routinely land at or near the top of surveys of job desirability based on working environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress level.
But that’s not the whole story. The creative problem solving that mathematic majors are trained to do is vital in a wide variety of careers. Graduate schools and employers are looking for people with these analytical and quantitative skills.
• Interested in law school? Major in math! Mathematics majors score higher (on average) on the LSAT than history majors, political science majors, English majors or economics majors.
• Interested in a graduate business degree? Major in math! Mathematics majors, on average, do very well on the GMAT.
• Interested in grad school in engineering or physics? How about medical school? A mathematics major is great preparation!
In addition, a significant percentage of our graduates choose to prepare themselves for rewarding careers in middle schools or high schools. APSU offers excellent teacher preparation programs.
Dr. Nell Rayburn, Chair
Department of Mathematics
Box 4626, APSU
Clarksville, TN 37044
For more information about studying mathematics at APSU, follow this link to the Mathematics Department website.
Follow this link for a listing of possible careers for mathematics majors.