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Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (Online)    | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (Online)

You will develop strong skills in logic and critical thinking through this program. Gain a mastery of calculus, algebra, geometry, statistics, and computer programming. Learn how mathematics is a critical tool for technological advancement and practical problem-solving in a complex natural and social world.

Career Opportunities Include

  • Teaching
  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Actuarial science
  • Business
  • Investments
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Statistics
  • Government
  • Cryptography
  • Research

Education and Qualifications

Mathematicians need to have good reasoning skills to identify, analyze, and apply basic principles to technical problems. Communication skills also are important, as mathematicians must be able to interact and discuss proposed solutions with people who may not have extensive knowledge of mathematics. Most mathematics-related careers require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with a graduate degree or other specialized training highly preferred.

The graduates of our math program often further their education. Those who are interested in finance and economics often pursue a Master in Arts in Accounting. Some may wish to learn how to problem solve and lead organizations with a Master in Business Administration. Others often earn a Master of Arts in Elementary Ed Unified and gain certification to teach. Your academic advisor can help you decide which graduate program is right for you.

Careers in Mathematics 

Mathematics consistently ranks near the top in job satisfaction surveys and can lead to a variety of careers, including teaching, computer science, business, investments, and research. Other occupations that require extensive mathematical and statistical knowledge or, in some cases, a degree in mathematics include statisticians, computer programmers, and computer software engineers. A strong background in mathematics also facilitates employment as teachers, economists, physicists, and astronomers.

Careers in math may include:

  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Computer Programmer
  • Data or Research Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Medical Scientist
  • Math Professor
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Statisticians

Mathematics Career Outlook

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in math occupations is projected to grow 27% from 2019 to 2029. This is much faster than the average for all occupations, and will add about 56,100 jobs. Growth is anticipated as businesses and government agencies continue to emphasize the use of big data, which math occupations analyze. Math occupations had a median annual wage of $93,170 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

 

Mathematics Courses

Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 (3 credits)
Discrete Mathematics is an introductory course into mathematical structures that are primarily discrete as opposed to continuous. Such topics to be covered include logic, relations, basic set theory, graph theory, languages, and finite state machines.

Calculus I | MAT 21044 (4 credits)
Studies basic notions of a derivative and integral with basic techniques and applications to elementary functions. Emphasis on intuitive understanding and theorem application. Includes computer laboratory component.

Calculus II MAT 21144 (4 credits)
Study of integration techniques of infinite series and applications of derivatives and integrals to a wide variety of geometric, physical and behavioral problems. Includes computer laboratory component.

Linear Algebra | MAT 22043 (4 credits)
Introduces algebra and geometry of vectors, matrices and linear transformations. Designed for all students using simultaneous equations and matrices. Also introduces reading and writing rigorous mathematical proofs.

Transition to Higher Mathematics | MAT 30243 (3 credits)
Emphasizes the enhancement of the student’s ability to write and comprehend mathematical proof. The course takes a rigorous look at standard methods of proof and their validity.

Calculus III | MAT 31044 (4 credits)
Extension of study of differentiation and integration to vector function and functions of several variables.
Emphasis on intuitive understanding of concepts and on applications. Includes computer laboratory
component.

Probability | MAT 31143 (4 credits)
Axioms and theorems of elementary probability, random variables, probability distributions, expectation, mean, variance, moment generating functions of probability distributions, multivariate distributions, and the central limit theorem. Designed to prepare student to take actuarial exam in probability and statistics. Intended for mathematics majors.

Inferential Statistics | MAT 32044 (4 credits)
Mathematical Statistics II is the second half of a solid undergraduate treatment of statistical theory. Emphasis is placed on inferential statistics. Topics to be covered include survey sampling, descriptive statistics, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing, two-sample issues, analysis of variance, and analysis of categorical data.

Differential Equations | MAT 33043 (3 credits)
Topics include various techniques for finding solutions of differential equations in one variable, general characteristics of solutions of first and second-order equations, boundary value problems, series solution techniques, and systems of linear equations. Studies historical development of the subject and applications to problems in sciences.

Abstract Algebra | MAT 42143 (4 credits)
Study of elementary number theory, groups, rings, and fields. Includes induction, fundamental theorem of arithmetic, congruence relations, isomorphism theorems, and quotient structures. Culminates with survey of Galois Theory. 

Introduction to Real Analysis | MAT 45143 (3 credits)
Study of real number system and its application to limit concept. Includes proofs of basic theorems on derivatives, integrals and continuity. Emphasis on rigor.

Integrative Seminar in Mathematics | MAT 49201 (4 credits)

Capstone course that guides student in development of an integrative project that demonstrates achievement of learning outcomes in the mathematics major.

Numerical Methods | MAT 43443 (3 credits)

Introduces numerical techniques and algorithms fundamental to scientific computer work including discussion of error, roots of equations, interpolation, systems of equations, numerical integration and methods of solution of ordinary differential equations.  Prerequisite: MAT 21144 Calculus II.

Advanced Undergraduate Topic | MAT 44143 (3 credits)

Introduces the student of mathematics to university instruction of an advanced undergraduate mathematics course. The course offered will be chosen from the following and determined by mutual consent of instructor and students with interest at point of offering. Students in the online program take Complex Analysis.  Prerequisite: A "C" or better in MAT 30243 Transition to Higher Mathematics.

Topic Choices:

  • Complex Analysis
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Topology
  • Algebraic Number Theory
  • Differential Geometry

Download a program overview for complete curriculum and course descriptions.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

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