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Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics

Majors and programs

Mathematics

The number of applications of mathematics has grown exponentially in the natural, physical and social sciences over the last century. In addition, the computer has transformed problem-solving in both pure and applied mathematics. The mathematics major and minor and the probability and statistics minor are designed to prepare students for a variety of careers or graduate and professional schools. Learn more at the mathematics page.

Computer Science

The computer science major or minor in at Spring Arbor University approaches the fundamental concepts of the discipline from the perspectives of theory, abstraction, design and social context. These concepts are applied in the laboratory setting, giving students practical experience. Learn more at the computer science page.

Physics

There will always be a need for people trained in physics as long as we have a technological society. The physics-mathematics major and physics minor can help meet that demand with graduates who can represent Christ as they apply physics in the schools and industries of our nation. Learn more at the physics page.

Pre-Engineering

Engineering is about understanding how things work, planning and designing to see that they do, and fixing them when they don’t. When you complete the pre-engineering program, you will begin a life that’s never boring and very rewarding. Visit the pre-engineering page to learn more.

Actuarial Science

The actuarial science major is an interdisciplinary program and combines mathematics, business and computer science to prepare students for careers in risk management. This program makes good use of analytical skills and problem solving. Learn more at the actuarial science page.

Probability and Statistics (minor)

The probability and statistics minor is intended for students who are not necessarily math majors or minors, and who want to strengthen their degree with a quantitatively-based minor. Learn more at the probability and statistics minor page.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Careers in mathematics

Students who major or minor in mathematics can pursue a variety of careers. Many certify to teach mathematics in elementary and secondary schools. Both the mathematics major and minor presently meet certification requirements for elementary and secondary education. A good proportion of our students prepare for graduate school in mathematics or related fields. Still others combine their mathematics major or minor with other majors or minors (such as computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, business, accounting and health and exercise science) to prepare for entry-level positions in business and industry.

For more information about the world of mathematics, click on one of the links below to learn about these various mathematical organizations:

Careers in actuarial science

Demand for actuarial scientists will remain strong for many years to come.

SAU’s Actuarial Science program requires students to complete an internship and faculty members teaching the actuarial science courses help students locate a suitable internship. In addition, some of the Web sites referred to below have suggestions about how to locate an internship.

In addition, SAU helps students prepare to take the first actuarial science exam (Exam P) and once students pass that exam, their chances of finding employment greatly increase. In fact, it has been our experience that once students pass Exam P, jobs find them.

As noted above, the demand for actuaries is projected to continue to increase rapidly through the next several years.

Several Web sites give information about the field of actuarial science, including career profiles of those working in the field, suggestions about what courses to take in college and how to prepare for the professional actuarial exams, and much more helpful and interesting information about how to become an actuary and what actuaries do:

Careers in computer science

The careers in computer science spread across all sectors of the economy. Computer scientists are in demand in by business, industry, government agencies, and faith-based organizations. Some of the many careers include: System Analysis and Design, Application Development, Database Administration, Systems Integration, Web Development, Network Administration and Support, Information Security, Customer Training and Service, and Sales.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, computer scientists and database administrators are projected to be one of the fastest growing occupations with a projected growth of 37 percent from 2006–2016. Excellent employment prospects for computer science majors are a result of corporations adopting and integrating technology solutions and a limited supply of qualified workers.

The following two websites give are helpful in describing computer science related careers and the demand for these careers:

Careers in physics

The physics-mathematics major is a possible preparation for careers in business, industry, or graduate school in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, law and engineering. (Additional chemistry and biology courses will be needed where appropriate.) The American Institute of Physics posts information on careers in physics at www.aip.org.

The physics minor provides preparation for secondary school teaching, and broadens the majors in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biology and business administration.

The following link provides information on careers in physics:

 

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