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Math Students

The mathematics program at University of the Cumberlands offers a wide range of courses that can be tailored to address students’ individual needs and interests. Its purpose is to develop a broad understanding of mathematics and an appreciation of its beauty and usefulness in God’s world. Small class sizes allow you to interact closely with your professors who will take an interest in your progress. Our Mathematics and Physics Resource Center will provide you with access to state-of-the-art technology.

As a mathematics major, you’ll develop your problem-solving skills, which many employers prize. You can pursue a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, which will prepare you for your career or for advanced studies in the field. Mathematicians can become researchers, insurance actuaries, computer designers and operators, statisticians or analysts.

 

What Can I Do With This Degree?

As you consider different majors or approach graduation, you need to explore your options. Although everyone is aware of teaching as an option, do you know of other options with a mathematics or physics major?

As you explore, one problem is that few job titles will actually say “mathematician.”  In fact, most occupations with those titles require a Ph.D. But that doesn't mean that you are left out in the cold with just a bachelor's degree. Many employers prize people with a strong math  background, not because they need people to evaluate integrals or work kinetic energy problems, but because they need people to be problem solvers.

You may discover some options by considering what some of Cumberland's graduates in mathematics and physics are doing now. Besides educators, you will find many math majors who are working in the computer industry. Of these, you will find some who double majored with Computer Information Systems (CIS), but you will also find some who took few, if any, computer classes while a student. The latter group was hired because the employer knew that they had developed their logic and problem solving skills. The employer could then teach them the programming, web design, or other computer skills that they would use.

You will also find some who are using their problem solving skills that they developed as undergraduates and applying those skills in business, government, or in the military. They may work as a director of manufacturing operation, network manager, or as a financial analyst for such companies as the American Express, Bell South, IBM, and Marriott.

Either immediately after graduating with a bachelors or later, many people eventually decide to further their education. Their masters or doctorate may be in statistics, engineering, mathematics, physics, medical physics, computer science, education, or even medicine. Especially in the areas of mathematics and physics, the bonus is that many universities will pay you to attend graduate school. If you can show them that you are a promising student by having high grades in college and a good score on the GRE, they will pay you a stipend which is sufficient to live on and often waive tuition as well. You may be responsible for running a weekly help session or for teaching a class, such as College Algebra.


Top Ten Reasons to Choose UC

one You will experience a relaxed learning environment in the brand new Correll Science Center with plenty of Internet-connected, multimedia classrooms.
two You will have relatively small class sizes.
three You can go to student/faculty picnics, which include Dr. Hymo's famous potato salad.
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You will have professors who care about your academics as well as your overall well-being.

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You can graduate and continue your education in mathematics, statistics, or another discipline at places such as University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, Kansas State University, Harvard, or MIT.

six You can have an exam in a class that day and then be playing games and eating pizza with your professors that evening.
seven You can graduate and find a fulfilling career as a high school mathematics teacher or a military officer or an insurance actuary or an industry researcher or ....
eight You can work hard to earn good grades and qualify to join Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society.
nine You will be a part of a department that thinks seriously about how mathematics reflects the glory of God and how students might serve Him through their studies.
ten You will have professors whose main focus is teaching and who are supportive of you, both inside and outside of the classroom.