Why major in mathematics at Belmont University?
A knowledge of math is a powerful tool for developing your career
Every college graduate is expected to possess analytical and problem solving skills. Employers in a broad spectrum of fields value the abilities developed as a result of studying mathematics.
Professional schools, including medical, law and business schools, look for candidates who have developed excellent analytical and quantitative problem solving skills. Research companies hire graduates who have had previous research experience such as the kind offered in Belmont's undergraduate research program.
If you find that you love math and enjoy helping others learn mathematics then teaching may be the route that you need to take. We offer degrees where you can be licensed at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to teach. There is currently a serious nationwide shortage of math teachers at all levels including the college level. Because of this, the demand for math teachers is high. If you want rewarding, people-centered work in mathematics and are interested in education, you can choose a teaching career in grades K-12 or at the college level.
A career in actuarial science has consistently been rated as one of the "top jobs" by U.S. News and World Report as well as other organizations. Actuaries work to manage risk. Actuaries study the likelihood of future events, design creative ways to reduce the likelihood of undesirable future events, and work to decrease the impact should undesirable events actually occur. A career as an actuary requires analytical and reasoning skills in addition to a knowledge of business practices and human behavior. We offer a track in actuarial science that includes a mathematics major and a business minor that will prepare you for a job in this exciting field.
A chance to develop strong research skills
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Belmont offers various opportunities for our majors to explore mathematics beyond the classroom through undergraduate research. Our students work closely with our faculty in independent studies, research seminars and Scholar Communities (our summer research program). Students share their work through poster sessions and oral presentations at events such as Belmont's two undergraduate research symposiums and regional meetings of the Mathematical Association of America. Students are also encouraged to apply for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by the National Science Foundation during the summer at various research universities. Undergraduate research offers our students a fresh perspective into the world of mathematics.
A wide variety of career options
After graduation, our students typically begin careers in areas such as actuarial science, business, statistics, pharmaceuticals, and programming. Many also begin graduate school or academic careers as teachers.
Our academic advisors assist students in choosing appropriate courses and a minor of study. Integrating mathematics with computer science or statistics broadens the scope of opportunities students have upon graduation.
A top-notch teaching faculty
Two of the current faculty members of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science have received Belmont's distinguished professor award for outstanding teaching. We have a great student-to-professor ratio. Professors mentor our majors by tutoring, holding independent studies courses, and assisting in job searches. The Department combines the relationships of a small community with the academic rigor of a true scholastic environment.