Students in this major learn a wide range of abstract mathematical concepts and their many applications. These topics are essential tools in science, business, statistics, and engineering, and form the foundation for mathematics research. Mathematics graduates are well prepared for jobs which require analytical thinking and quantitative skills.
Internships and Careers
Part-time employment is available for undergraduates as tutors in the Learning Commons and the Math Emporium, a computer learning center within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers undergraduate research opportunities through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The BGSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship offers the possibility of summer research funding. There are also a number of scholarships available specifically for students who declare a mathematics major.
Mathematician is often one of the top rated jobs. Mathematics majors can go on to graduate school in diverse fields such as statistics, engineering and economics.
Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate
$59,681* — Mathematics graduates average starting salary according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers
97% of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation
(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)
Go Far in your career
- Computer Science
- Financial Planning
- Market Research
College of Arts and Sciences Admissions
Students interested in a mathematics major should have four years of college preparatory mathematics in high school. While it is not necessary to take calculus in high school, the department offers an advanced placement program to receive credit for one or two calculus courses by taking the Advanced Placement Exam while in high school.
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in mathematics will be able to:
- Understand what mathematics and statistics are, how they are done, and how they relate to other disciplines;
- Use the language of mathematics and statistics to communicate basic ideas, techniques, and results;
- Objectively and critically evaluate information and assess performance using mathematical principles;
- Demonstrate appreciation for the beauty, utility and impact of mathematics and statistics;
- Apply mathematical problem-solving techniques in novel situations;
- Use appropriate technology to attack a wide variety of mathematical tasks successfully.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012-2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
The Mathematics program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The mathematics program does not lead to professional licensure.
* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.