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Our department offers a strong and flexible program in both applied and theoretical mathematics. You may choose to concentrate in traditional pure mathematics, in applied mathematics, or in training for a career in actuarial mathematics. Our newest concentration offers the option of obtaining a bachelor's degree along with Virginia licensure to teach in grades 9-12. You will gain a solid grounding in mathematics and use computational tools where appropriate.
The primary difference between a BA and a BS is their general education and non-major requirements. The BA grants students a broader liberal arts education, whereas the BS is more science focused. Students are encouraged to consider their academic and future career interests when deciding which to pursue, and should consult an advisor with any questions.
- The BA's traditional concentration offers classical training in analytic reasoning and mathematics with exposure to the humanities and social sciences
- The BA's education concentration gives the student licensure to teach mathematics in high schools in the commonwealth of Virginia.
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A mathematics degree can take you in many directions. Recent Mason mathematics graduates have found jobs as an Actuary, Operations Research Analyst, Data Analytics Expert, Software Developer, Math Teacher, Accountant, Financial Analyst, Web Developer, Statistician, Market Researcher, to name a few examples.
Organizations that typically hire mathematics graduates include the U.S. Census Bureau, SAIC, MITRE, Google, NSA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NIST, TRW, EDS, CIGNA, ANSER, and many others. Many of our students move on to graduate school in mathematics, statistics, engineering and related fields.
There have been several research opportunities for undergraduate mathematics majors in recent years, through the GMU Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program, NSF-supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs, and NSF-supported CSUMS and EXTREEMS programs for research in computational and data-enabled mathematics. Additionally, students can intern at the Mason Experimental Geometry Lab working on experimental pure mathematics and visualization projects. Qualified students also have the option of writing an honors thesis in a variety of topics in pure and applied mathematics under the supervision of a mathematics faculty.