Mathematics (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics is one of four mathematics programs offered by Southwestern Adventist University’s Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. This program requires that the student select a minor in any area of their choosing. The great mathematician, Carl Friedrich Gauss called mathematics “the Queen of the Sciences.” The Mathematics program at Southwestern Adventist University aims to give each student an understanding of basic mathematics and its applications to solving problems expressible by algebraic equations and inequalities. The department also seeks to provide the foundation necessary for teaching the subject at the elementary or secondary level, or for the pursuance of graduate-level studies in mathematics.

Students trained in Mathematics will find many opportunities that are either purely Mathematics or Mathematics related. Currently there is a shortage of graduates with this kind of academic preparation. National interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas have highlighted the need for graduates trained in these areas, at all academic levels and as a matter of highest national significance. Graduates will find openings in Applied Mathematics, Scientific Research, Statistics, Actuarial Work, or other related fields. 

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.” Jobs purely in Mathematics will be hard to come by, however openings will be found in related fields.

Earnings

Earning potential is also affected by geographic location and by whether one pursues a career in industry, academia or in a government-related organization. Other factors such as experience and relevant skills also play a part in determining a graduate’s earnings. Salaries for holders of bachelor’s degrees in mathematics start around $30,000 and can reach up to $120,000.

Educational Qualifications

Bachelor-degree candidates are generally qualified for entry-level positions in most career fields. Getting a graduate or professional degree will significantly increase the earning potential of the holder of a first degree.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit http://catalog.swau.edu/undergraduate/2016-2017. 

MATH 181 Calculus I .................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

MATH 201 Research Methods in Mathematics ......................................................................................................................................... 1

MATH 282 Calculus II................................................................................................................................................................................... 4

MATH 283 Calculus III ................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

MATH 321 Differential Equations ............................................................................................................................................................... 3

MATH 341 Geometry .................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

MATH 361 Introduction to Linear Algebra................................................................................................................................................ 3

MATH 431 Modern Algebra......................................................................................................................................................................... 3

MATH 471 Advanced Calculus .................................................................................................................................................................... 3

MATH 485 Portfolio ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

MATH        Electives Upper Division ........................................................................................................................................................... 6

TOTAL: 35

REQUIRED COGNATES:

CSIS 110 Principles of Computer Programming or equivalent ........................................................................................................... 3 

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning ..................1

Minor Elective...........................................................3

KINA —Physical Activity Elective ..............................1

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition.........................3

RLGN—Religion Elective ..........................................3

MATH 121—PreCalculus .........................................3

TOTAL:​ 14

Second Semester

KINT 111—Health and Wellness.................................3

CSIS 110—Principles of Computer Programming I ....3

COMM 111—Speech ................................................3

Social/Behav. Sci. Elective ........................................3

MATH 181—Calculus I ..............................................4

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

ENGL 220—Research Writing ...................................3

Social/Behav. Sci. Elective ........................................3

RLGN—Religion Elective ..........................................3

Minor Elective...........................................................3

MATH 282—Calculus II ...........................................4

TOTAL:​ 16

Elective ...................................................................3

Minor Elective...........................................................3

MATH 201—Research Methods in Mathematics.....1

MATH 341 —Geometry ..........................................3

MATH 283—Calculus III ..........................................4

TOTAL:​ 14

Third Year

Lab Science Elective..................................................4

Intermediate Foreign Language.................................3

RLGN—Religion Elective ............................................3

Minor Elective..............................................................3

MATH 321—Differential Equations.............................3

TOTAL:​ 16

Lab Science Elective..............................................4

Intermediate Foreign Language...............................3

Social/Behav. Sci.Elective..........................................3

MATH 471—Advanced Calculus .............................3

MATH 361—Introduction to Linear Algebra............3

TOTAL:​ 16

Fourth Year

Minor Elective...........................................................3

ENGL—English Literature Elective.............................3

Minor Elective Upper Division ...................................3

MATH—Upper Division Elective .................................3

MATH 431—Modern Algebra .................................3

TOTAL:​ 15

Elective .....................................................................4

Social/Behav. Sci. Elective ........................................3

RLGN—Religion Upper Division Elective .................3

Minor Elective Upper Division .................................3

MATH—Upper Division Elective ................................3

MATH 485—Portfolio.................................................1

TOTAL:​ 17