Mathematical Sciences

Apply your analytic, logical and problem-solving skills to a rewarding career path

Majoring in Mathematics at USJ will provide you with a solid foundation in all key areas of traditional mathematics, allowing you to:

  • Develop the art of mathematical discovery
  • Achieve competence in the use of mathematical concepts and procedures
  • Explore applications of mathematics in business, finance, the life sciences, and more
  • Cultivate your powers of logical reasoning
  • Become proficient with modern mathematical technology tools
  • Develop your ability to communicate mathematical ideas with clarity and coherence

The Mathematics curriculum provides a thorough knowledge of the fundamental mathematical concepts and enables the student to develop the art of mathematical discovery as well as competence in the use of mathematical procedures. A student graduating with a Mathematics major from the University of Saint Joseph is a logical thinker who is well educated in all major areas of Mathematics (calculus, linear and abstract algebra, probability, statistics, and analysis) and has strong problem solving, communication, and technology skills.

Majors often pursue teacher certification at the secondary or elementary level; some select a minor in fields such as Economics, Accounting, Management, Information Technology, or Biology. In addition to the traditional Mathematics major, a concentration in Computer Science is available. Graduates pursue diverse career opportunities in fields like education, research and development, insurance, finance, actuarial science, programming, and software engineering.

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum


Why USJ Mathematics Stands Out

Math classes at USJ are different! We offer a welcoming and supportive environment that enables you to fulfill your true potential. In USJ’s small classes, professors know their students and address their individual needs.

  • Understand and apply the fundamental principles, concepts and techniques of all major areas of Mathematics, including algebra, calculus, analysis, geometry, discrete mathematics, probability, and statistics
  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving skills: state problems carefully, articulate assumptions, be willing to try different approaches, devise and test conjectures, reason logically to conclusions, and interpret results intelligently
  • Create and evaluate rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs; describe objects and processes using precise language
  • Read mathematical literature with understanding; interpret graphs and diagrams
  • Communicate mathematical ideas with clarity and coherence through writing and speaking
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a broad range of applications of Mathematics to other subject areas and to the real world
  • Use computer technology as a tool for solving problems and as an aid to understanding mathematical ideas

Benefits Include

  • Access to powerful mathematics software, including computer algebra systems, dynamic geometry software, and statistical applications
  • Opportunities to develop marketable applied skills in the Computer Science concentration
  • A curriculum that addresses the needs of students interested in Education and Teacher Certification, both in terms of content and pedagogy

Majors

Minors

  • Computer Science
    This minor is designed to provide students with strong analytical skills and technical abilities and enables students to pursue career goals in the computer science field.
  • Information Technology
    This minor emphasizes the use of computers in business and provides students with a practical knowledge of computer applications essential in an era of rapidly changing technology.

Certificates

Career Opportunities in the Mathematical Sciences

General

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Appraiser
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Financial Planner
  • Insurance Agent
  • Investment Analyst

Business/Industry

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Bank Officer
  • Bookkeeper
  • Communications Engineer
  • Credit Manager
  • Engineering Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Programmer
  • Control Systems Engineer
  • Data Base Manager
  • Data Processor
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Radar Technician

Education

  • Computer Coordinator
  • Mathematics Coordinator
  • Teacher

Government

  • Cartographer
  • Demographer
  • Economist
  • Internal Revenue Agent
  • Mathematician
  • Navigator

Health

  • Biomathematician
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Pharmacologist

Science

  • Astronomer
  • Meteorologist
  • Nuclear Scientist/Engineer
  • Physicist

Statistics

  • Analytical Statistician
  • Demographer
  • Econometrician
  • Psychometrician
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Theoretical Statistician

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