People with backgrounds in mathematics are in great demand for jobs that require the ability to think analytically. In particular, mathematics is essential to the fields of engineering and natural science, business and finance, medicine, economics and social sciences.
Mathematics majors at Austin Peay choose from four specialization areas: mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics. All four options require a major core consisting of the following coures:
In addition to the major core, each student selects an area of specialization. Each of these options requires additional coursework.
Scroll to the bottom of this page for information about a minor in mathematics.
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 following courses are required for the mathematics option:
Also required: one approved 4000 level mathematics elective and one additional approved upper division mathematics elective.
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.
The following courses are required for the applied mathematics option:
Also required: one course from the following list:
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.
The following courses are required for the mathematics education option:
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.
In addition to the mathematics core courses, the following courses are required for the concentration in statistics:
Also required: six hours of approved upper division electives, preferably including
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.
Please click on the link below for a list of Math courses from the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin.