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Why major in mathematics?

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What does it mean to major in mathematics?

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in mathematics?

What can APSU mathematics majors do after graduation?

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in mathematics? 

  


 

What does it mean to major in mathematics?

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.

 

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in mathematics?

  • Small class size and individual attention from faculty.
  • Three different options (mathematics, statistics, or mathematic education).
  • Opportunities in undergraduate research with internationally recognized scholars.
  • Active student organizations --the Galois Math Club and the Tennessee Epsilon Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, national mathematics honor society.
  • Honors courses in mathematics. Professors Fillingim, Gupton, and Jones
  • Opportunities to attend regional and national conferences.
  • Opportunities to take the Putnam Exam and to enter the Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
  • Good record of placing graduates in high-quality graduate programs.
  • Good job-placement record of mathematics education graduates.

 

What can APSU mathematics majors do after graduation?

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.   

Mathematics Competition Winners• 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.

 

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in mathematics?

Dr. Nell Rayburn, Chair
Department of Mathematics
Box 4607
Box 4626, APSU
Clarksville, TN  37044
rayburnn@apsu.edu
931-221-7834


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.