The Mathematics major at Alderson Broaddus University prepares students to put their mathematical ability to work on real-world problems. Unlike the theoretical mathematics emphasized in many colleges, applied math skills will have immediate employment advantages. Studying the intimate relationship between mathematics and computers is also a significant component of this major.
Careers in Mathematics
Career options are almost unlimited for the mathematician. Because new opportunities for mathematicians are developing in almost all business and professional areas, mathematical skills will be in demand. Mathematician employment opportunities include consultant to industry, government analysts, operations, research analyst, computer programmer, computer analyst, teacher, statistician, actuary, quality control and the space industry.
Personal and Individual Attention from Experience and Caring Faculty
Among the excellent faculty and students of the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics, students will have many opportunities for distinction. Students will have relatively small classes, focused attention and guidance from their professors and opportunities for advanced research responsibilities, which are important features not standard at larger universities.
Opportunities for Involvement
Students have advantages and opportunities within AB's campus community to develop interpersonal communication and organizational skills, and to become more confident about meeting and directing people. Experiences in social and service groups, in student government, student publications, or in musical and theatrical presentations can contribute to a student’s personal and professional growth. The College of Science, Technology and Mathematics has opportunities for involvement through the Outdoor Club, ZAG (Zetta Alpha Gamma) Science Club, as well as luncheons and picnics.
Program of Study
In addition to exposure to the underlying nature of mathematics, the course of study focuses on the concepts and techniques necessary for solution to real-world problems. Given a physical problem, students learn to break it down to its basic components, write a mathematical model of the situation, solve the model, and translate that solution back into the physical world. Courses include discrete mathematics, modeling, physics and statistics.
Because of the close relationship between Mathematics and Computer Science we have a highly integrated program. It is possible to obtain a Bachelor's degree in both Mathematics and Computer Science in four years.