The Mathematics program is part of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

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Mathematics

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.


Quality classroom experiences

All mathematics courses introduce new ways of thinking and develop discipline in carefully expressing these thoughts through problem solutions or carefully written arguments. Beginning with calculus, all mathematics courses are taught in small sections to ensure an appropriate level of personal attention.  

Stand Out in courses like

  • Calculus & Analytic Geometry
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Real Analysis

Curriculum

Mathematics majors begin with a core of three semesters of calculus and a course in linear algebra. A variety of honors courses and seminars are offered with the possibility of writing an honors research thesis in order to graduate with departmental or university honors. It is possible for advanced students to earn a limited number of graduate credits during their senior year and complete a master’s degree in mathematics in one year beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Together with the College of Education, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics runs the largest secondary mathematics education program in Ohio.

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

Go Far in your career

  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Financial Planning
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Market Research

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The Mathematics program is part of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

More information on accreditation

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.

More information on professional licensure

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Actuarial Science
  • Data Science


* 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 assessment@bgsu.edu.