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Bachelor of Science Degree

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Thinking of mathematics may conjure mental images of someone solving long complicated equations, but mathematics is so much more. It is a varied and exciting field waiting to be discovered. Mathematics is the science of numbers and patterns. Mathematicians deal with the absolute, using rigorous logical arguments to determine truth. Individuals with mathematics degrees are highly valued in the workforce and a bachelor's degree in mathematics will prepare you for a plethora of careers.

The B.S. degree in Mathematics program in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Central Missouri is designed to help you develop a strong mathematical foundation. The skills you acquire will become instrumental as you establish a career or seek further study in a graduate program in mathematics or a related field.

About the Faculty

All courses in the mathematics major are taught by experienced and caring faculty members who believe in individualized attention for students. All courses beyond the calculus sequence are taught by faculty members who have doctorates in their fields and have years of teaching experience. In addition, some faculty members have also worked as mathematicians in government and industry positions.

In addition to their teaching duties, members of the mathematics faculty at UCM are active researchers in their field, regularly presenting their original work at regional, national, and international conferences and publishing in internationally recognized professional journals.

The UCM Math faculty have research expertise in the areas of: Algebra, Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Geometry, Graph Theory, Number Theory, Topology, and Statistics.

The student-faculty ratio at UCM is about 17 to 1, which allows for personalized attention for each student. Our faculty spend a large amount of time outside of class working one-to-one with students, making sure that everyone is able to learn and to work to their full potential.

Student Involvement

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science sponsors several student organizations that add another dimension to your education. Mathematics majors benefit from several organizations that povide an opportunity to interact with your peers as well as your professors in out-ofthe- classroom activities.

The Student Chapter of the Mathematical Association of America participates in several state and national mathematics competitions. The Missouri Beta Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a mathematics honor society, meets regularly to hear new mathematics presentations by students and faculty, and to attend regional and national mathematical meetings. Joining either of these groups will further develop your appreciation for the vast and varied discipline of mathematics.

UCM Math students also have the opportunity to work with faculty members on joint research projects that often result in published papers in professional journals and presentations at regional and national conferences.

Career Opportunities

Demand for mathematicians in the workforce is high and growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, "Employment of mathematicians is expected to increase by 22 percent during the 2008 - 18 decade, much faster than average for all occupations. Advancements in technology usually lead to expanding applications of mathematics, and more workers with knowledge of mathematics will be required in the future."

In addition to being in demand, mathematicians are consistently ranked as having the best occupation. According to articles in the Wall Street Journal, Mathematician and mathematically related jobs have taken the three top spots for best occupation in the U.S. for 2009 - 2011, with Mathematician ranked at or near the top each year. In fact, over the past decade, mathematicians consistently rank in the top 10 best jobs in terms of salary, stress, and work conditions.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the 15 highestearning college degrees are all mathematically related and payscale. com ranks Applied Mathematician 6th out of all careers in the U.S. in terms of salary. Mathematics and Statistics are also found in the top 20.

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science