Mathematics provides elegant and effective tools for solving problems in virtually every area of human endeavor, from the sciences to business and economics to the social sciences and is especially appealing to students who like to solve problems. The purpose of the Mathematics option is to give students an understanding of the structure of mathematics, to stimulate their interest in research, and to prepare them for later work. Students can use their background in mathematics as an entry to other fields such as physics, computer science, software engineering, economics, business, finance, medicine or law. We invite you to join us in exploring the fascinating world of mathematics and its applications.
The applied mathematics option is designed for those students who wish to prepare for careers in business and industry. Students pursuing this option are strongly encouraged to double major or minor in science, business or computer science.
Statistics is the the science of gathering and analyzing data. Statisticians are employed all over the world in many capacities: to determine effectiveness and safety of new medicines for pharmaceutical companies; to control quality in manufacturing processes; to determine policy premiums and estimate probable payoffs for insurance companies; to analyze consumer demand; to plan and develop services for various segments of society by government agencies. For more information on careers in statistics, please visit the website for the American Statistical Association:http://www.amstat.org/careers
Although there are jobs for statisticians with undergraduate degrees, a number of employers require an advanced degree. The statistics concentration at Austin Peay provides excellent preparation for work at the Master's level; our graduates have gone to graduate school in statistics or taken actuary exams.
The Mathematics Education option leads to a secondary certification in mathematics. The secondary certification licensure is designed for individuals desiring to teach mathematics in grades 7-12 in both middle and high school settings. Additional coursework in education is also required.
Mathematics plays increasingly important roles in many fields including economics, biology, medicine, manufacturing, and logistics just to name a few. Many graduate programs in these areas encourage or expect applicants to be competent in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. A nineteen hour minor in mathematics can accomplish this requirement in most cases.
The following courses are required for a minor in mathematics:
Also required are six hours hours of approved upper division mathematics electives.
Statistics is vital to every modern industry including forensic science, agriculture, engineering, medicine, business, finance, healthcare administration- statisticians play in everyone’s backyard! General knowledge of even some basic statistical tools make you competitive in the job market, and using these tools can actually be fun! Job prospects are very good for those with statistical sense, and statisticians with graduate degrees command very good starting salaries. Regardless of your major, a statistics minor can be attractive on a resume and very useful on the job.
The following courses are required for a minor in applied statistics:
Select at least 2 courses from the following: