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Recent Mathematics alumni are enrolled in the Engineering program at Purdue and the Actuarial Science and Math PhD programs at University of Texas–Austin.

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Mathematics

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at St. Edward’s prepares you for a wealth of careers ranging from finance to research to computer technology — or for graduate study in mathematics or related disciplines. We emphasize experiential learning through discovery and research. You will enroll in four semesters of research courses guided by faculty with the goal of producing and presenting original scholarly work.

Faculty and students benefit from the university’s state-of-the-art computer infrastructure, software and data storage for innovative and collaborative research. All mathematics majors acquire presentation, programming and computational skills using relevant programming languages, mathematics presentation software and computer algebra systems.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Overview:

As a BS in Mathematics major, you’ll explore calculus, modern algebra and other high-level math in their purest form — combining creativity and imagination with logic and precision. Building on your passion for mathematics and problem solving, this program leads you through the dialogue between the “pure” and the “applied” sciences. It requires exact yet innovative thinking and sober yet speculative investigation.

Jobs in the private and public sectors abound for mathematics majors. Graduates may be hired by the CIA and NSA to work on cryptography, by marketing firms to conduct research, or by Wall Street to provide financial analyses. Mathematics majors may delve into biological research, such as DNA mapping, or develop and test software. Or they can design and interpret prediction models for diverse industries, such as aeronautics, urban development and green energy. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and college-level teaching positions.

The BS in Mathematics provides coursework and labs in biology or chemistry, which is ideal for students pursuing graduate study and careers in the sciences or health professions.

Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BS in Mathematics majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in the BS in Mathematics complete core courses, which include Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Probability and Theory of Statistics, and Research Methods. You will also choose from courses such as Advanced Calculus, Abstract Algebra, Topology and Complex Analysis.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BS in Mathematics majors complete supporting courses, which include Mechanics and Waves; Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics; Computing Sciences Concepts; and General Biology, Lab or General Chemistry, Lab.

SENIOR SEMINAR
In your junior year, you’ll begin working on a mathematics research project in collaboration with a faculty member. In your senior year, you’ll present your findings at the annual Senior Seminar Symposium on campus.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Overview:

As a BA in Mathematics major, you’ll explore calculus, modern algebra and other high-level math in their purest form — combining creativity and imagination with logic and precision. Building on your passion for mathematics and problem solving, this program leads you through the dialogue between the “pure” and “applied” sciences. It requires exact yet innovative thinking and sober yet speculative investigation.

Jobs in the private and public sectors abound for mathematics majors. Graduates may be hired by the CIA and NSA to work on cryptography, by marketing firms to conduct research, or by Wall Street to provide financial analyses. Mathematics majors may delve into biological research, such as DNA mapping, or develop and test software. Or they can design and interpret prediction models for diverse industries, such as aeronautics, urban development and green energy. Advanced degrees are required for greater research opportunities and college-level teaching positions.

The BA in Mathematics offers more options than the BS to take non-math courses. This is especially helpful for students who seek a double major or minor. This program is also ideal for students interested in teaching at the secondary school level.

Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Mathematics majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in the BA in Mathematics complete core courses, which include Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Probability and Theory of Statistics, and Research Methods. You will also choose from courses such as Advanced Calculus, Abstract Algebra, Topology and Complex Analysis.

SUPPORTING COURSES
BS in Mathematics majors complete supporting courses, which include Mechanics and Waves; Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics; and Computing Sciences Concepts.

SENIOR SEMINAR
Mathematics majors work on a research project or on mathematical applications under the supervision of faculty. This process takes four semesters. It starts with a Research Methods course, leads into two semesters of Undergraduate Research courses, and culminates with the Senior Seminar Symposium, where students write a report and deliver a presentation on campus. Examples of past presentations include “Planar Grid Presentations and Legendrian Fronts,” “Experimental Analysis of Brownian-Motion-Variant Equity Performance Models Using Multiday Return Variance Ratios,” and “Mutually Orthogonal Sudoku Latin Squares.”

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics.

Research

At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Students work alongside professors on a variety of subjects within mathematics. Engaging in professional-level research will sharpen your résumé, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies and your career.

Our students present their work — and win awards — at local, regional and national conferences, including these:

  • Mathematical Association of America, Texas Section
  • Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) at St. Edward’s University
  • Texas Academy of Science
  • Texas Oklahoma Research Undergraduate Symposium

REU Programs
Mathematics majors at St. Edward's participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Funded by the National Science Foundation, REU summer programs immerse university students and teachers from across the United States in hands-on research and presentations of their work. Our students have attended REU programs at:

  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • SUNY Potsdam-Clarkson
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Notre Dame
     

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