Unlock the mysteries of the universe!  Outstanding teacher/student ratios give you lots of interaction with highly-qualified professors who always make time for their students and provide work opportunities within the department.  Develop critical and creative thinking skills that will enhance success in graduate school as well as in your own medical or dental office, research laboratory, or classroom.  Become a part of the critical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields as their global significance continues to expand.


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, Salaries for holders of Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics start around $30,000 and can reach up to $120,000.

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.

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. According to the website payscale.com salaries for holders of Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics start around $38,949 and can reach up to $96,135.

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.

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.


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Most of Southwestern’s Mathematics and Physical Science graduates go on to graduate school or employment directly related to their chosen field, which can be unusual.  Students are prepared to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, clinical lab science, industry, or academia.


  • Mathematician
  • Cryptographer
  • Economist
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Educator
  • Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Researcher

Average starting salary of a math degree graduate.

Required Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
MATH 181Calculus 14
MATH 182Calculus 24
MATH 283Calculus 34
MATH 311Logic and Set Theory3
MATH 321Differential Equations3
MATH 361Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH 371History of Mathematics3
MATH 431Abstract Algebra3
MATH 441Calculus-Based Probability Theory4
MATH 471Real Analysis3
MATH 484Mathematics Seminar1
MATH 485Portfolio 1
 Mathematics 6 Hours Upper Division Electives6
 Sub-Total Credits 42


Required Cognate: Take Two  
Item #TitleCredits
CSIS 110Principles of Computer Programing 13
CSIS 111Principles of Computer Programing 23
PHYS 121General Physics 14
PHYS 122General Physics 24
 Sub-Total Credits6-8



Faculty Profiles

Jonathan Duarte, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Associate Professor

Ryan Loga, PhD

Mathematics & Physical Science
Assistant Professor

Nicholas Madhiri, PhD

Professor and Department Chair

Gerald Springer, PhD