Program Description

To the uninformed it is surprising to learn of the variety of careers that can, and have been, pursued by those whose undergraduate major is mathematics. We all know that most mathematics teachers have studied mathematics for their bachelor's degree. However, few realize that a significant proportion of those whose careers are in other areas of science and engineering also majored in mathematics. The Mathematics Department awards both a Bachelor of Science Degree and the Bachelor of Arts Degree. Both make excellent independent courses of study and can be taken simultaneously and conviently with a major in most other subjects.

The BS degree in Mathematics is particularly appropriate for students who wish to proceed toward careers in industry concentrating on analytical problem solving or proceed toward graduate schools in any mathematical science area. The BS degree is attractive as a second major for students whose primary interest is in computer science, economics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, management science, physics, and chemistry.

The BA degree in Mathematics is designed for students who need a traditional mathematics degree leading to careers in teaching, industry, business, and government. It is attractive as a second major for students whose primary interest is in the social sciences, business, humanities or fine arts.

The Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics has an excellent brochure describing jobs and careers for those with degrees in mathematics.

Within the mathematics major, there are a variety of specializations. The courses in these specializations are taken mainly in the junior and senior years. Each is intended to give students a deeper view of a particular area of mathematics based on the broad introductory courses of the first two years. In all cases, the student is required to take two courses at the senior/graduate level.

Specializations are available in applied and/or numerical mathematics, pure mathematics, computer science, engineering, operations research, and statistics. In the last four cases the specialization includes the study of some courses offered by other departments at SMU.

To get more information about majoring in mathematics, please contact Professor Scott Norris (Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics) in Room 239 Clements Hall or at snorris@smu.edu.