Mathematics

School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Computing

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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

(440) 826-2117, bstrunk@bw.edu

OVERVIEW

The analytical rigor and career versatility of mathematics make it an outstanding major for engineering, research and development, technology, finance, medicine and law.

Mathematics is vital to problem-solving skills and develops quantitative and statistical reasoning. It teaches you to address topics and questions in a systematic way. You'll be challenged to use logic, theory and creativity to solve complex problems.

It offers outstanding preparation for graduate and professional school, teacher education and workplace opportunities. Its real-world focus fosters innovative and conceptual thinking across diverse disciplines.

Strong academics, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the forefront of BW's program.

You'll supplement classroom studies with experiential learning opportunities that include independent study projects, internships, research and co-curricular activities.

BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to impressive networking, internship and career connections at corporations, government and nonprofit agencies, technology firms and more.

Mathematics professor instructing student

Mathematics Offers Career Versatility

Mathematics is the underlying structure of knowledge and logic. It is a framework for describing and predicting observable phenomena. It provides techniques for understanding and solving problems.

Mathematics can be applied to science, research, engineering, business and technology, among other areas.

For example, mathematical analysis and computational modeling are important for solving global challenges like energy sources, climate change and epidemiology.

It also is applicable to statistical analysis, computer simulation, software design and testing, as well as other areas of operations research.

In finance, mathematics is used for actuarial fields and economic forecasting.

Government and private laboratories employ mathematicians to assist with the development of new technology. Numerical simulation, such as weather and climate forecasting, depends heavily on the use of supercomputers.

Mathematician is Top Profession

With a projected job growth of 26 percent, mathematician was the #3 profession in 2015, as cited by CareerCast.com. The site credits the high ranking to the career versatility of mathematics, its growing popularity and high average salaries.

Career Opportunities

  • Actuary
  • Attorney
  • Biostatistician
  • Financial analyst
  • Management science specialist
  • Professor
  • Statistician
  • Teacher

Careers in Mathematics

Mathematics not only makes a great major, it is also one of the best second majors around. For example, a business student who also majors in mathematics can grasp the quantitative side of business and finance in a way that other students may not be able to. Mathematics also combines powerfully with such majors as computer science and the traditional sciences. (It's also served as a good route to law school, not to mention being quite valuable to the lawyer after law school.) Even if you don't complete a full mathematics major, the quantitative strength you gain from studying mathematics will enhance whatever career you choose.

Specific Mathematical Career Areas

The ways in which mathematics is used in the workplace are too numerous to list. However, there are a number of special areas of interest where mathematicians are especially concentrated:

Actuarial Science

Actuaries are experts in the mathematics and finance of risk, and they are in demand throughout the private and public sector. Actuary was the #1 profession in 2015 according to CareerCast.comQualified actuaries are well paid and always in demand. If you like mathematics, statistics and finance, then you should strongly consider this very rewarding career.

Applied Mathematics

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is the leading professional organization devoted to the advancement of applied mathematics. Their Careers & Jobs page not only lists openings in this vast field, but also gives an excellent summary of what applied mathematics is.

Mathematical Finance

Mathematical finance is the branch of applied mathematics that deals with the financial markets. As these markets become increasingly complicated, the mathematical tools used to analyze them become correspondingly more complex. Experts in mathematical finance are employed by financial institutions, investment banks and commodities firms. An internet search on "mathematical finance" will bring up technical information, graduate programs and more.

Operations Research and Management Science

According to thescienceofbetter.org, operations research is "the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions." This is another very rewarding field for someone who enjoys applying mathematics to real-world situations. See the Institute for Operations Research and the Mathematical Sciences.

Statistics

According to the American Statistical Association, statistics is "the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis and presentation of numerical data." An excellent resource for careers in statistics is the ASA's Career Center. Statisticians are in constant demand, with plentiful career opportunities in a wide variety of fields.

Mathematics

Top Professions

Mathematics majors are prepared for two of the top three professions according to CareerCast.com.

Actuary - #1

Experts in the mathematics and finance of risk, actuaries are in demand throughout the private and public sector. Actuary was the #1 profession in 2015 according to CareerCast.com. Job satisfaction, a projected job growth of 25 percent and high average salaries earned actuary the top spot.

Mathematician - #3

With a projected job growth of 26 percent, mathematician was the #3 profession in 2015, as cited by CareerCast.com. The site credits the high ranking to the career versatility of mathematics, its growing popularity and high average salaries.

Become a Teacher

Interested in Becoming a Math Teacher?

If you would like to become a mathematics teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.

Preparing for Grad School

Because it builds strong analytical and problem-solving skills, mathematics offers excellent preparation for the entrance exams required for law, medicine, business, computer science and engineering schools as well as other disciplines. Students interested in these career areas can benefit from majoring or minoring in mathematics.

Outstanding Graduate School Success

Nearly all BW mathematics majors who have applied have been accepted into graduate programs. The majority of students have received assistantships that cover tuition as well as a stipend for living expenses. Some of the most common areas of study are mathematics, statistics, management science, business and computer science.

CURRICULUM

Mathematics is comprehensive and rigorous. It is offered as a major and minor.

An outstanding companion field of study, mathematics supports and enhances the disciplines of education, business, computer science, economics and the sciences. The quantitative strength you gain from studying mathematics will enhance any program of study.

BW related programs include:

  • Physics-based engineering
  • Mathematical economics major, which provides students with a firm understanding of the application of mathematical principles to economics
  • Multi-disciplinary statistics minor, which gives students valuable background in a rapidly growing field
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Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's mathematics program.

Classroom study comes alive through experiential learning initiatives like research, independent study, internships and co-curricular activities.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Student Clubs & Organizations

Math Club
The Math Club's purpose is to stimulate interest in mathematics, serve the community and foster a community among students interested in mathematics.

Kappa Mu Epsilon
This organization is the National Mathematics Honor Society. Its members have achieved standards of scholarship, professional merit and academic distinction.

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Recent mathematics majors are finding their success in a variety of careers and in graduate, law and professional schools across the country, including Johns Hopkins University; Miami University of Ohio; The Ohio State University; The University of Chicago; Clemson University; Bowling Green State University; Case Western Reserve University; University of California, Berkeley; Georgia Institute of Technology; New York University; University of Connecticut; and University of Virginia School of Law.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS

Nicole BatesNicole Bates ’11 is planning analyst for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Orlando, Fla. She is pursuing a master’s in mathematics at University of West Florida. BW professors opened her eyes to the variety of careers available to mathematics majors and taught her to think critically. Nicole is from Elyria, Ohio.

Amy NowackiAmy Nowacki ’02 is associate professor of medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University and associate staff biostatistician in the quantitative health sciences department at the Lerner Research Institute. From Saegertown, Pa., she holds an M.S. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in biostatistics. 

Duke HutchingsDuke Hutchings ’00 is associate professor at Elon University in N.C. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Georgia Institute of Technology. At BW, faculty mentors connected him to a variety of research and experiential learning opportunities that prepared him for graduate studies. He is from Victor, N.Y.

FACULTY

Full-Time Faculty

David T. Calvis
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Melissa Dennison
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Teresa Graham
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Kent State University

Chungsim Han
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Brandeis University

Maria Mathews
Instructor
Math Placement Administrator
M.A., The Ohio State University

Aaron Montgomery
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., University of Oregon

Susan D. Penko
Professor of Mathematics
M.A., University of Michigan

Timothy A. Riggle
Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Peggy Slavik
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Core Mathematics Coordinator
Ph.D., Kent State University

Brent Strunk
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., Purdue University

Adjunct Faculty

Barbara T. Aylward
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.A. Mathematics, John Carroll University

John Domanski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S.E.E., Cleveland State University

Don Fedorchak
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S., University of Alaska

Sally A. Sikorski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.S., The Ohio State University

Sandra J. Sikorski
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.Ed. John Carroll University

Fred Dillon
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.A., The Ohio State University