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Mathematics - B.A. and B.S.

COLLEGE:    College of Arts and Sciences

DEPARTMENT:    Department of Mathematical Sciences
Mathematics and Computer Science Building
Tel: 300-672-2430
E-mail: math@math.kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/math

DESCRIPTION:    Mathematics provides an excellent means for developing strong analytical and critical-thinking skills which are applicable in a wide range of highly rewarding careers from education to industry.

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics comprises core areas in algebra (number systems, equations, discrete structures), analysis (functions, limits, continuous processes), geometry (space, shape, form) and associated generalizations and abstractions. The major is recommended for students interested in a flexible option of careers or graduate study in mathematics. Coupled with the Education minor, it can lead to Ohio teacher certification.

The Mathematics - Actuarial Mathematics concentration resides within the Bachelor of Science program in Mathematics. It prepares students for the actuarial profession, the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in the insurance and finance industries.

The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics requires fewer analytical and advanced courses than the Bachelor of Science. It can be used as a stand-alone program, although the Bachelor of Science is more recommended and most popular as such, but it is also recommended as a supplement to other programs. For example, as a supplement to the Integrated Mathematics major within Education, it can lead to faster advancement within the secondary education profession.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
A degree in mathematics opens the door to a very wide range of satisfying and lucrative career opportunities. Many of them are consistently top-ranked in annual job satisfaction surveys which take into account key components including salary, work environment, job stability, and benefits. For example, a 2009 survey by the Wall Street Journal found that the top three jobs among the 200 they surveyed were; Mathematician, Actuary, Statistician. Each of these careers begins with a mathematics degree (and several others in the top ten also pair well with a math minor or double major).

Indeed, in our technology and information-driven society, the ability to analyze and solve quantitative problems is naturally a key factor which distinguishes the most valuable employees and highest earners. Contrary to a popular misconception (which is not shared worldwide), mathematicians develop problem-solving skills far beyond the domain of textbook problems in arithmetic and algebra—their analytical skills have always been highly valued in the business world. For this reason, mathematics-related careers tend to be less stressful and offer greater work-life balance than most other careers with comparable salaries.

The good news is that earning a degree in mathematics is not as difficult as others would have you believe. It is challenging, yes, but not more so than most science programs; and the long-term rewards speak for themselves!

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 121 total credit hours  and  42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 GPA in major required for graduation.   
LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
    Yes

STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
PROGRAM FEE:
None   
GRADUATE
PROGRAMS:
Applied Mathematics (M.A. and M.S.), Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (M.A.)

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