Master the methods of mathematics and its impact on society.
About the Major
The Department of Mathematics offers both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. In addition to mathematics, the Bachelor of Science degree integrates classes in physics and computer science. The Bachelor of Arts degree also integrates computer science and offers courses tracked for graduate and doctoral study.
The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics requires 30 hours in mathematics and four hours in computer science.
Teacher certification in mathematics (for grades 6-12) is available to Mathematics majors.
About the Minor
A minor in Mathematics consists of a minimum of 15 hours.
Majors may attain Departmental Honors in Mathematics by meeting the following requirements:
- Apply for honors during the second semester of the junior year;
- Attain a grade point average of 3.50 in the mathematics courses applied toward the major;
- Enroll in Directed Independent Research (Mathematics 402) and complete a research paper under the direction of a faculty member in the department;
- Present the results of the research in colloquium;
- Receive departmental approval for the entire project.
Outreach and Engaged Learning
Students are encouraged to participate in mathematics organizations such as:
- American Mathematical Society (AMS)
- Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
- Council On Undergraduate Research (CUR)
- Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Directed Independent Research course is an opportunity for upper level majors to do supervised research in an area of interest. Students have completed REUs, attended conferences and assist professors in their areas of research interests.
Although a few mathematics majors will eventually have a job title of "mathematician," most of us have job titles that do not immediately reveal our mathematical background. Here is a short list of jobs that mathematical acquaintances of the Mercer mathematics faculty have done over the years. Some of these jobs require a graduate degree in mathematics or a specialized field and some do not.
- Advertising consultant
- Bioinformatics specialist
- Business analyst / consultant
- Business manager
- Computer programmer
- Cryptanalyst or Cryptographer at the National Security Agency
- Financial advisor
- Financial mathematics analyst / Financial engineer
- High school teacher
- Officer in the U.S. Military
- Operations research consultant
- Software developer