Department Chair: Robert Page
Through the study of mathematics, one gains analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills as well as understanding of logic and reasoning which are valuable in most careers. For those interested in applying mathematical and statistical methods to finance and insurance, there is actuarial science. Those interested in applying problem solving skills to make optimal decisions, maximizing or minimizing quantities such as profit or cost, respectively, may find operations research an area for further study and an interesting career. Knowledge of probability, linear algebra, number theory, and abstract algebra are the basis for mathematical cryptography, the construction and security analysis of cryptosystems (or, if you prefer, the art of writing and solving of codes) used in, among other things, the security of credit cards and computer passwords. Knowledge of mathematics and statistics can enable one to work as a biostatistican helping doctors with medical research through the design of medical studies and the analysis of research data as well as for companies developing new medications. More generally, the study of mathematics can lead to careers in accountancy, finance, banking, engineering, meterology, industry, academia and research, and teaching.