Affordable Mathematics Degrees

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1

Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College offers students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics an option of two tracks. One is a traditional track, and the other one, in financial mathematics, concentrates on mathematics as they relate to financial markets and pricing financial instruments. Students in the financial math program take related business and economics courses while those in the traditional track have more flexibility in choosing electives. All math majors must take a capstone seminar course where they work in teams on a research project they will present to faculty. Students can also do research through the Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences. Available scholarships include the Dr. Frank C. Pellegrini Memorial Scholarship ($1,000).

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,394 Students

2

New Jersey City University

New Jersey City University's Mathematics Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, an undergraduate mathematics minor and a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education. The B.A. in Mathematics can be completed with or without teaching certification. Teacher certification qualifies students to teach mathematics in elementary, middle and high schools. B.A. students complete coursework in linear algebra, calculus, math statistics, abstract algebra and analytical geometry. The M.A. in Mathematics Education can be completed in two ways: by completing 32 credits of coursework, including a thesis, or by completing 35 credits of coursework and passing a comprehensive exam. Mathematics students are eligible for several scholarship awards, such as the Foster E. Grossnickle Scholarship and the John Raines Memorial Scholarship.

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,136 Students

3

University of California-Irvine

The Department of Mathematics at UC Irvine's School of Physical Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree with concentrations in mathematical finance, applied and computational mathematics, and mathematical biology. There is also a concentration in education/secondary teaching certification that allows students to complete the required coursework for a California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential as well as a BS degree. The department also offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mathematics. Students accepted to the doctoral program can choose from the following specialization areas: algebra, analysis, applied and computation mathematics, geometry and topology, logic, and probability. Upper division students pursuing a mathematics teaching credential can apply for the Schools First Federal Credit Union Scholarship ($1,500).

CAG Score 97.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,051 Students

4

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina's Mathematics Department allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, including an option for a degree in Applied Mathematics for those seeking a BS. Math majors can also earn their teaching credentials as part of their undergraduate studies. Another option for undergraduates is to earn a degree in Mathematical Decisions Sciences, which offers tracks in Statistics, Operations Research, and Actuarial Sciences. UNC also offers master's and Ph.D. programs in Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research, and Interdisciplinary Statistics and Operations Research. UNC encourages students at all levels to become involved in research, and the university's Office for Undergraduate Research maintains a searchable database to help students find projects.

CAG Score 97.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

29,135 Students

5

CUNY Queens College

The Mathematics Department at Queens College offers undergraduate degrees in math education, pure mathematics, and applied mathematics and also offers a Master of Arts in Pure or Applied Mathematics. The math faculty is involved in research on topics such as combinatorics, dynamics, number theory, and geometry and topology. The department's colloquium, open to students and the public, brings in guest speakers to discuss current research. The department is home to TIME 2000, a program designed to prepare secondary school math teachers. TIME 2000 participants receive a partial tuition scholarship and proceed through the required classes as a group. Departmental scholarships and awards include the Joseph Hershenov Memorial Award, given to the most effective math lab tutor.

CAG Score 97.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

19,310 Students

6

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

Baruch College offers a Bachelor in Mathematics and a Bachelor in Actuarial Science, which requires students to complete several business courses along with their math classes. The college also offers a Master of Science in Financial Engineering, a degree that can lead to a career in the financial services industry doing modeling and problem solving. The financial engineering program combines a strong emphasis on mathematics with training in computational techniques and how to apply them in a financial setting. The faculty for the financial engineering program includes managing directors, traders, and others with professional experience in the financial world, along with professors whose research areas include probability, modeling and market microstructure.

CAG Score 97.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,090 Students

7

University of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of Minnesota-Duluth offers a week of math preparation for students from under-represented groups entering the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The program not only builds essential math skills, but also helps connect incoming freshmen with student mentors and faculty as they prepare for their college education. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Statistics and Actuarial Science and Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Students are encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities and take part in student organizations. The department also offers weekly colloquia and seminars. The department offers scholarships that range from $500 to $3,000, such as the Nelson Scholarship, Lounsberry Scholarship, and Faculty Excellence Scholarships.

CAG Score 96.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,093 Students

8

Amherst College

Through its Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Amherst College offers undergraduate majors in mathematics and statistics. Students can also choose a double major in mathematics and statistics. The mathematics major requires the completion of six core courses and five electives, three of which must be mathematics electives. Statistics majors are required to complete a total of 11 courses, including five core statistics courses and two additional elective courses in statistics. Students in both majors are required to complete a comprehensive evaluation their senior year. Additionally, students in either major have the option of doing a senior honors thesis in mathematics or statistics, are required to attend a departmental colloquium and can study abroad if they so choose.

CAG Score 96.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,792 Students

9

Texas A & M University-College Station

The Mathematics Department and the Statistics Department at Texas A & M are deeply involved in research, with math research funded for about $8 million and statistics research funded for more than $4 million. Students benefit from the research through opportunities to preform research independently or alongside faculty, research-oriented classes, and presentations about research. Available degrees include Bachelor of Mathematics; Bachelor of Applied Mathematics; Bachelor of Statistics; Master of Mathematics with options of a traditional, teaching, or applied track; Master of Analytics; Ph.D. in Mathematics or Ph.D. in Statistics. Scholarships available for math or statistics majors include the Elizabeth Wade Lepley Endowed Scholarship ($1,250), the Koss/Klipple Scholarship ($1,500), and the Emanuel Parzen Graduate Research Fellowship Award (amount varies).

CAG Score 96.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

61,642 Students

10

CUNY York College

Math majors at York College can earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Both the B.S. and B.A. programs require students to earn 36 credits in the discipline plus five credits in prerequisites. To fulfil the electives portion of the math program, students select and take classes in an area of specialty: Actuarial Mathematics and Operations Research; Applied Mathematics; Computing; General Mathematics; or Mathematics Education. To achieve a minor in math, students must complete at least 16 credits, including analytic geometry/calculus II and linear algebra. The York College Math and Computer Science Club sponsors weekly talks and activities that cover a wide range of topics and are accessible to all students.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,493 Students

11

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

A variety of course options and student organizations are offered by the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities School of Mathematics to help prepare students for careers and meet their academic interests. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Science with emphasis in Mathematics or Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. degree. The School of Statistics offers a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Statistics. Interdisciplinary centers offer research opportunities in mathematical biology, financial and actuarial math, and applied, computational and industrial math. Internships are available, and faculty members often sponsor research projects. Scholarships include the Dalaker Fund, Segal Scholarship and Lando Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

51,147 Students

12

St Mary's College of Maryland

Through its Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, St. Mary College of Maryland offers a major and minor in mathematics. The mathematics major requires ten core courses in subjects like calculus, algebra, linear algebra and analysis. Math majors are also required to complete a capstone experience, a requirement that can be met through an eight-credit Mary's Project in mathematics, one senior-level mathematics course and a senior project in mathematics, or two senior-level mathematics courses. The mathematics minor requires the completion of five courses covering subjects like calculus, vector calculus, linear algebra and mathematics foundations. Mathematics students also have the opportunity to complete internships, participate in the Math Club and compete in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,721 Students

13

Texas Woman's University

The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics 4-8 Certification, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics 7-12 Certification, a Master of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Mathematics with a Statistical Emphasis, and a Master of Science in Mathematics Teaching. These programs prepare students to pursue careers in computational math, math education, statistics, etc. Students may qualify for scholarships like the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and the Rose Marie Smith Endowed Scholarship for Student Teachers in Mathematics &/or Computer Science, the Maurine Faulker Endowed Scholarship, the Dr. Ben Goldbeck Endowed Scholarship, and more.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,071 Students

14

Rutgers University

Rutgers University's Mathematics Department offers an undergraduate mathematics major and minor, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The mathematics major can be completed in a standard track or an honors track. Students who choose the standard track will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and students who choose the honors track will earn a Bachelor of Science degree. Interdisciplinary majors are also available in statistics/mathematics and biomathematics, as is a five-year B.A.-M.A. program with concentrations in statistics, operations research, industrial and systems engineering, mathematics education (K-12) and mathematical finance. The M.S. in Mathematics is available in a mathematics finance or traditional track of study. The Ph.D. in Mathematics requires the completion of 48 credits of coursework, a teacher training seminar and a dissertation, among other requirements.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,321 Students

15

University of Florida

Undergraduates seeking a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Math from the University of Florida can work closely with faculty mentors on research through the University Scholars Program. The program not only offers a chance to work on a capstone project for one's undergraduate career, but also includes a stipend. The Department of Mathematics also offers summer research activities and a number of prizes that recognize academic achievement. Master of Science and Ph.D. programs are also offered. The Department of Statistics offers a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Statistics, with a double major in math available. Scholarships include the Sigmon Scholarship ($100), Robert Long Essay Scholarship ($100-$200) and Chat Ho Scholarship ($500-$1,000).

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

49,459 Students

16

California State University-Long Beach

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree offered at CSU Long Beach has three options: applied mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics. Students who select the applied mathematics option can further choose from two areas of application - science and engineering or economics and management. The department offers two Teacher Credential programs: Single Subject Credential in Mathematics (7-12th grade teaching) and the Credential Option for Teaching Mathematics in Middle School. The Master of Science in Mathematics program offers an option in applied mathematics and in mathematics education for secondary school teachers. A number of scholarships are available to math majors each year, and students are automatically considered for all departmental scholarships for which they are eligible based on their application.

CAG Score 96.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,809 Students

17

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington has a large and distinguished mathematics program, with degrees offered by the Department of Mathematics, Department of Statistics, and Department of Applied Mathematics. All three departments offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Undergrad options include a Bachelor of Statistics, interdisciplinary Bachelor of Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences, or a Bachelor of Mathematics with an option of study tracks, including the Philosophy option, where students study math and philosophy; and Teacher Preparation. Those seeking a Masters in Mathematics may choose to concentrate in Numerical Analysis or Optimization. Ph.D. track in Statistics include Machine Learning and Big Data; Statistical Genetics, and Statistics in the Social Sciences. Math scholarships include the Rita Lowe Scholarship ($1,000).

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

44,784 Students

18

Buffalo State SUNY

Undergraduate math majors at Buffalo State can earn a degree in math, applied mathematics, or in math education. At the graduate level, the college offers programs in professional applied computational math and in math education. The Bachelor of Arts in Math requires students to complete at least 50 credits in math classes. The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is a good choice for students planning to attend graduate school or who are interested in a computer- or math-related career. The 30-credit Master of Science in Professional Applied and Computational Math (PCAM) arms students with skills in data analysis, mathematical modeling, business management, and research. The Mathematics Department reports job placement rates of nearly 100 percent for PCAM graduates.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,083 Students

19

CUNY Hunter College

Undergraduates interested in math have several options at Hunter College. In addition to a standard math major, the college offers a concentration in Quantitative Biology and concentrations for students who plan to teach elementary or adolescent students. A Bachelor of Arts in Statistics is another option. At the graduate level, Hunter offers a Master of Arts in Pure Mathematics, M.A. in Statistics and Applied Mathematics, and teacher education program in grade 7-12 math. The college also has accelerated master's programs that allow students to earn a B.A. and M.A. in math or adolescent education. Outstanding students may be nominated for membership in Pi Mu Epsilon, the national math honor society. The department also frequently sponsors guest lecturers and speakers.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,112 Students

20

CUNY Brooklyn College

The Mathematics Department at Brooklyn College offers Bachelor of Arts programs leading to a B.A. in Mathematics or in teaching math. Bachelor of Science programs are offered in Mathematics, Actuarial Math, Computational or Theoretical Math, or Financial Math. Graduate students can earn a Master of Arts in Mathematics or an M.A. in teaching math to secondary school students. (Licensed teachers can earn professional certification; new teachers can earn initial and professional certification.) The department also participates in the master's program for teachers who are math specialists in grades 5-9. Math-related activities on campus include the Math Club, which sponsors guest speakers. Departmental scholarships include the George Booth Memorial Award, given to an undergraduate math major.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

17,390 Students

21

Berea College

Berea College offers a B.A. in Mathematics that is designed for students with various academic and professional goals, including those who want to study mathematics at the graduate level, those seeking employment in mathematics-centric fields and those who want to teach mathematics at the secondary level. Mathematics majors are required to complete five core courses in subjects such as calculus, linear algebra and fundamental math concepts. Students are also required to complete a capstone course in the form of a math literature course or an approved research experience. Mathematics students have the opportunity to obtain departmental employment as teaching assistants, tutors, research assistants or other roles. Students can also participate in the Math and Computer Science Club and are eligible for several scholarships, including the Ballard-McConnell-Willis Mathematics Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,621 Students

22

University of California-Los Angeles

The Department of Mathematics at UCLA offers Bachelor of Science degrees in the following: applied mathematics, financial actuarial mathematics, mathematics, mathematics/applied science, mathematics for teaching, and mathematics of computation. There is also a BS in Mathematics/Economics degree, which is an interdepartmental program jointly administered with the UCLA Economics Department. Students who qualify for the Mathematics Department Scholar program can earn their BA and MA degrees in four years. Master of Arts in Teaching and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics degrees are also available. Incoming freshmen with excellent academic credentials are considered for the Math Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, and room and board. Students admitted to the PhD program are guaranteed at least four years of full financial support.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

41,845 Students

23

University of Houston-Downtown

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics in the College of Sciences & Technology at the University of Houston-Downtown offers several degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Secondary Mathematics Teacher Certification, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics with a concentration in Biostatistics. Students who graduate with these degrees become industrial mathematicians, actuaries, computer analysts, cryptographers, biomedical researchers, secondary math teachers, statisticians, market research specialists, data analysts, and more. Scholarships available to mathematics and statistics students include the Edwin and Justine Hodgess Memorial Scholarship, the UHD Noyce Mathematics Teacher Scholarship, and the UGI-CSTEM Scholarship Program.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,439 Students

24

SUNY College at Old Westbury

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at SUNY Old Westbury can create a specialization in pure math or computational math by selecting relevant electives. To earn the math degree, students must take 14 courses in the major. Eleven courses are required, 10 in math and one in computer science. Math majors also have three electives within the degree. Old Westbury students also have the option of minoring in math. Additionally, the Department of Mathematics and Computer and Information Science cooperates with the School of Education to provide undergraduate and graduate-level teacher training for math teachers. Extracurricular activities geared towards math majors include the Mathematics and Computer Science Club and a student chapter of the Mathematical Association of America.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,504 Students

25

CUNY City College

Undergraduates majoring in math at City College of New York may pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics or Secondary School Math Education, or a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. Depending upon the degree sought, students must complete eight or nine math courses. All math majors must make a 10-minute oral presentation on a math topic to faculty evaluators as a requirement for the degree. CCNY's Master of Science in Math is a 30-credit program designed to provide flexibility for students with a range of interests. Master's level classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate the work schedule of graduate students. Grad students may apply for adjunct teaching positions.

CAG Score 96.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

15,579 Students

26

Appalachian State University

At Appalachian State, undergrad math majors can choose from a variety of concentrations when working on a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, including Statistics, Business, Computation, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Secondary Education, or students can design their own concentration. Students can also earn a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences. The Master of Arts in Mathematics program allows students to concentrate in college teaching, secondary teaching, or both. The master's program includes hands-on training for teachers but is also appropriate for students who want to earn a doctorate in math or in teaching math. Departmental scholarships include the Inez Harris Mathematics Education Scholarship, the Edith A. Goodman Memorial Scholarship, the G.T. Buckland Scholarship, and the Taylor Memorial Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,026 Students

27

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics that prepares students for graduate school or for a job in a field such as finance, actuarial science or computing. To earn the degree, students must complete nine core math classes and three math electives. Applied math majors are also encouraged to work an internship, which results in academic credit and allows studies to use their skills in a real-world setting. SUNY Poly is one of only three SUNY branches to offer a degree in applied math. Undergrads interested in a math minor must complete 20 credits, including eight credits in calculus with the other 12 credits selected from a list of acceptable math electives.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,740 Students

28

Iowa State University

At Iowa State University, options for undergraduate math majors include Applied Mathematics, Actuarial Science, teacher certification, and an interdisciplinary program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. For graduate students, the Mathematics Department offers a Master or Ph.D. of Mathematics, a Master or Ph.D. of Applied Mathematics, a Master of Information Assurance, and a Master of School Mathematics. A separate Department of Statistics State offers a Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. of Statistics. A number of scholarships are available through the Statistics Department, including the George W. Snedecor Undergraduate Statistics Award ($1,000), the Charlie and Barb Hunt Scholarship in Statistics ($1,000) and the J.A.K. Scholarship in Statistics ($1,000). Math scholarships include the Marian Daniells Mathematical Scholarship and the Alan J. Heckenbach Award.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

34,435 Students

29

Dominican University

Dominican University allows math majors who are interested in the insurance or risk management industry to take an Actuarial Studies concentration that helps prepare them to begin the actuary certification process. The Department of Mathematics grants a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science. Math majors can also earn their teaching certification through Dominican. The college offers a five-year BS or BA/MBA program for math majors who plan to earn a Master of Business Administration, shortening the time required to earn the advanced degree. Dominican also offers a five-year joint engineering program in which a student earns a math or math/computer science degree from Dominican and an engineering degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,498 Students

30

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Math majors at Brigham Young University in Idaho can earn a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics or a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. Students who are pursuing the University Studies Degree, which allows BUYI students to create their own program, can develop a concentration in one of three math disciplines: Actuarial, Applied Math or Statistics. The Math Department also offers a minor in mathematics and two statistics minors, one for math and science majors and one for students who are not majoring in math or science. Math students may join the campus Math Society.

CAG Score 96.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,624 Students

31

The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (with a possible concentration in statistics, actuarial sciences, applied mathematics, or secondary education certification), a Master of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Statistics, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics. Graduates of the mathematics program go on to become teachers, actuaries, cryptologists, epidemiological analysts, forensic analysts, weather and climate analysts, and investment analysts. There are several scholarships available specifically for math students such as the Michael J. Shea Memorial Scholarship, the Lawrence "Larry" and Katsuko "Kitty" Huntley Endowed Scholarship, the Dr. Gavin G. Gregory Endowed Scholarship, the C.H. Gladman Scholarship, and the Patrick David Kirkland Endowed Memorial Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

23,079 Students

32

Texas A & M University-Commerce

The Math Department at Texas A&M University Commerce offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Mathematics, and a Master of Arts in Mathematics. Students may also complete teacher certifications to become high school or middle school mathematics teachers. Graduate work in mathematics is offered with a focus on analysis, probability-statistics, or algebra. Texas A&M University Commerce produces as many or more mathematics teachers in public schools as any university in the state of Texas. Other graduates have gone on to successful careers in government, business, industry, scientific and technological fields, actuarial work, computing and information science, and education.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,111 Students

33

Presbyterian College

The math department at Presbyterian College offers three different majors for students who wish to pursue degrees in math: traditional math, applied math, and mathematics education. The department also offers a math minor for students who want to major in another area of study. Graduates of this program go on to graduate school or successful careers in business, government, public schools, or industry, including environmental research and accounting. Students will take courses such as Mathematics for the Liberal Arts, Applied Calculus, Computing Methods for Math and Science, and Linear Algebra.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,460 Students

34

SUNY College at Oswego

Math majors at SUNY Oswego can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, or an interdisciplinary degree in Applied Mathematical Economics. The B.A. program focuses on theory and gives students the option of independent study or entering an honors program in math. Students seeking the B.A. must earn at least 43 credits in math, with 31 to 34 of those credits laid out as core requirements. The applied math program gives students a background in the practical applications of mathematics in science and research. Students seeking the B.S. degree take at least 52 credits in math classes. Three of their electives will be from a track: applications, statistics, or foundations.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,034 Students

35

Saint Cloud State University

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at St. Cloud University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Teaching, and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics. Statistics majors can choose to concentrate in Actuarial Science, Applied Statistics or Mathematical Statistics. The department hosts a colloquium series where guest speakers discuss research. The university has a Statistical Consulting and Research Center, and statistics students have gained real-world experience by working with faculty to analyze data. Scholarships available to math majors include David and Kathryn Campbell Endowed Scholarship ($1,250), the Xcel Energy Foundation Endowed Scholarship (amount varies) and the Darlene M. Carlson Science Encouragement Scholarship for Freshmen ($1,000).

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,076 Students

36

Michigan Technological University

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Technological University offers Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and statistics, as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mathematical sciences. The B.S. in Mathematics is available in five concentrations: actuarial science, applied and computational mathematics, discrete mathematics, general mathematics, and mathematics secondary education. All five concentrations require the same core courses in subjects like statistics, mathematical reasoning and computer-related discrete math. The M.S. in Mathematical Sciences is available in four concentrations: discrete mathematics, pure mathematics, statistics and applied mathematics. The M.S. degree is also available in three tracks of study: a thesis track, a report track and a coursework track. The Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences is available in the concentrations of applied mathematics, discrete mathematics and statistics.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,099 Students

37

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Undergraduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst can demonstrate their knowledge and research abilities through the paid summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program or the Math Competition. The department offers a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Mathematics intended for those who will continue to the Ph.D. degree program, and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. The MS of Applied Mathematics is a two-year program designed for those seeking careers in industry. The school offers access to study materials, computer labs and tutoring services. Scholarships include the Flosum Scholarship ($750) and the Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship (full cost of attendance).

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

28,635 Students

38

University of California-San Diego

The Department of Mathematics at UC San Diego offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the following: mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics-applied science, and mathematics-computer science. BS degrees are offered in mathematics-scientific computation and in mathematics-probability and statistics. The BA in Mathematics-Secondary Education program prepares students for teaching Mathematics in secondary schools. On the graduate level, Master of Arts degrees are available in mathematics and in applied mathematics. Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available in general mathematics, as well as in the following areas of specialization: bioinformatics, computational science, and statistics. Full-time math majors can apply for the BAE Systems Scholarships (up to $5,000) and the Klara D. Eckart Scholarship ($1,000). Both programs are for one year only.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,709 Students

39

University of North Texas

The Department of Mathematics at the University of North Texas offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Mathematics, a Master of Science in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Students who graduate with degrees in mathematics often find employment in business, teaching, government, and industry. Mathematics majors may be eligible for the John Ed Allen Scholarships, the David F. Dawson Scholarships, the E.H. Hanson Scholarships, the Mildred Masters McCarty Scholarships, the Roger L. Perry Scholarships, and the Ram Lal Seekri Scholarships. Mathematics students will take classes such as Mathematical Theory of Computation, Topics in Logics and Foundations, and Probability and Fractals.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

36,486 Students

40

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

All math courses at the State University of New York-Plattsburgh are taught by members of the faculty, from introductory courses to advanced seminars and independent study. That helps to foster professional mentorship by the faculty, who often work with students in the Math Commons. Students choose from a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Adolescence Education. The BA degree is flexible and allows students to choose a minor course of study or pair a math degree with a second major. The BS degree requires additional upper-level mathematics courses. Mathematics students compete with all Science students for the Hudson Scholarship, while the department recognizes academic achievement with annual awards.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

5,968 Students

41

CUNY Lehman College

Lehman College grants a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics that requires students to earn 43 to 47 credits in classes offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including 12 required courses and four electives. Undergrads can earn a minor in math by earning 12 credits beyond basic math classes. At the graduate level, the college grants a Master of Arts in Mathematics as well as an M.A. in Mathematics and Instruction that is designed for teachers with initial certification in New York and leads to professional certification. The M.A. in Mathematics requires students to earn 30 credits and pass a comprehensive exam; the teaching master's requires 21 to 24 math credits and nine education credits.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,398 Students

42

Barnard College

Students who major in math at Barnard College have several options. A degree in Mathematical Sciences - combining elements of math, computer science, and statistics - is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce after graduation or to study social science in graduate school. A bachelor's in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics will prepare students to continue the study of math in graduate school. Students earning the bachelor's in Mathematics may specialize in statistics or computer science or pursue a general degree. Students specializing in math-computer science must take at least 15 courses in those fields while all the other math degrees require a minimum of 14 math classes. The Columbia/Barnard Mathematics Society sponsors a weekly speakers series.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,573 Students

43

Alfred University

The Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at Alfred University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science and an undergraduate mathematics minor. The B.A. in Mathematics requires 37 credits of major coursework, while the B.S. in Mathematics requires 58 credits of major coursework. Since B.A. students have many more free electives, they usually choose a concentration in one of three areas: business, science or secondary education. The B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science prepares students to become actuaries through 65 credits of major coursework that qualifies them to take the first two exams required to enter the actuarial profession.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,310 Students

44

University of Minnesota-Morris

The University of Minnesota-Morris takes a practical approach to the study of mathematics, with research opportunities and courses that build on fundamental mathematical principles. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs requires core courses in calculus and linear algebra. From there, students choose 12 more courses that meet their interests, such as abstract algebra or partial differential equations. The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Statistics programs allow students to specialize in areas of biostatistics, theory of statistics or applied statistics. The Department is small, with most faculty serving as academic advisors and mentors. Research, internship and study abroad programs offer enriching experiences. Scholarships include the Hoppie Scholarship, McCree/Kaufman Scholarship and Peterson Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,899 Students

45

Michigan State University

Michigan State University awards a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Computational Math, Actuarial Science, and Statistics, and math majors can also minor in education to receive teaching credentials. Graduate students can earn a master's degree in Industrial Mathematics, Statistics, Applied Statistics, or Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Mathematics. Ph.D. degrees include Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, and Statistics. The Mathematics Department holds the annual Herzog Competition, which offers cash prizes to students who solve challenging math problems and helps determine who will be on the university team for a national math competition. Scholarships available to math majors include the Actuarial Science Scholarship Fund, the James P. Conlon Endowed Mathematics Scholarship, the Kindle Mathematics Teacher Scholarship and the Harold and Helen Tolles Scholarship.

CAG Score 96.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,081 Students

46

Marshall University

The Department of Mathematics at Marshall University offers a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics, a Bachelor of Science in Statistics, and a Master of Arts in Mathematics. These programs prepare students for careers in university research and teaching, statistics, computer science, data science, finance, teaching at the K-12 or community college level, or actuarial science. Students studying math may take courses such as Discrete Structures, Applied Calculus, Applied Math Reasoning, Elementary Linear Algebra, and Experimental Designs.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

13,381 Students

47

Holy Family University

The School of Arts and Sciences at Holy Family University offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree that provides students with hands-on experience in the field through several co-op and internship opportunities. The curriculum includes upper division coursework in areas such as modern geometry, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, and advanced algebra. There is also a secondary teacher education program in mathematics that prepares students to teach at the middle or secondary level. Students who complete this program are eligible to take the Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate. Holy Family provides secondary education students with field experience opportunities so they can acquire classroom and teaching expertise. The program also includes instruction in educational psychology, computer education, classroom management, and instruction and technology.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,658 Students

48

SUNY at Binghamton

On the undergraduate level, Binghamton University offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and students in either program can choose the general track or the actuarial track. Students who want to teach high school math can consider the combined five-year BA/Master of Teaching program at Binghamton. The department also grants a Master and a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics, and most of the emphasis is on mathematical statistics. Faculty research is concentrated in the areas of statistics, geometry/topology, combinatorics, algebra and analysis, and many guest speakers visit campus to lecture on these topics. Available scholarships include the Barbara and Alan Pollack Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Bruce M. Steinberg '88 Scholarship in Mathematics and Science.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

16,695 Students

49

California State University-Fullerton

The Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics offered at Cal State Fullerton has four areas of concentration: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, probability and statistics, and teaching mathematics. The department offers a Single Subject Credential in Mathematics program that is required for teaching high school mathematics in California. This is a one-year post-baccalaureate program that is typically taken after completing a BA in Mathematics degree. The Master of Arts in Mathematics program has options in applied mathematics and in teaching mathematics. There is also a new Master of Science degree in statistics that is available online. Upper division students who plan to pursue careers teaching secondary mathematics can apply for the MSTI Prospective Math Candidate Scholarship for Mathematics Majors ($1,000).

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

38,128 Students

50

California State University-Stanislaus

The Department of Mathematics at Stanislaus State University offers the following degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and Bachelor of Arts with Single Subject Matter Preparation in Mathematics. The BA program is designed for students who plan to pursue further studies, such as an MS and/or a PhD in Mathematics. Students who want to study the varied applications of mathematics are advised to pursue the BS degree. The BA with Single Subject Matter Preparation is for students who plan to teach mathematics after graduation. Mathematics is also available as an area of concentration for the BA degree in liberal studies. A minor in mathematics is available as well for non-math majors enrolled in the university.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

9,045 Students

Math is one of the most versatile degrees available. With lucrative opportunities in everything from finance to IT, there are many paths for a focused student. Mathematics graduates work as actuaries, data scientists, cryptographers, biomathematicians, quantitative analysts, economists, statisticians and more.

While math is a flexible degree with great opportunities, it can be a difficult subject to master. Math is generally considered one of the hardest majors – not because students aren’t qualified, but because of the rigorous coursework.

To help you climb this proverbial Mt. Everest, we’ve put together a guide to affordable mathematics programs. In it, you’ll find information on everything from sample coursework and career options to details about becoming an actuary.

Math Disciplines

Pure Mathematics

Pure mathematics tackles the abstract science of number, quantity and space, as well as fundamental frameworks such as analysis and logic. Pure mathematicians tend to study and develop mathematical proofs and methods for their own sake, not for a specific real-world application. Many choose to pursue master’s and PhD degrees in order to have time for research.

Applied Mathematics

Applied mathematics is concerned with using existing mathematical concepts and methods to solve real-world problems in fields such as engineering, manufacturing, computer science and operations research. After earning a bachelor’s degree in applied math, some students choose to attend graduate school in a specific area of science or engineering.

Statistics

Statistics is usually considered a subset of applied mathematics. To find answers to pressing questions, statisticians collect and analyze samples of data from surveys, experiments and databases. They present these findings in reports and advise their colleagues and clients on appropriate steps to take. Statisticians work in all areas of the economy – from healthcare to government to sport – and are increasingly involved with data science.

Actuarial Science

Actuarial science deals with the mathematics of insurance. Actuaries are expert statisticians – they conduct financial risk analyses, calculate insurance premiums and advise their clients on investments and business strategies.

Be aware that you will have to take a number of certification steps (including exams) before you can practice as an actuary. To make sure you’re attending a high-level program, check to see if your school is accredited as a Center of Actuarial Excellence with the Society of Actuaries.

Financial Mathematics

Financial mathematics is concerned with areas such as trading, portfolio management and quantitative finance. Graduates seek work as risk analysts, financial consultants and quantitative analysts (a.k.a. “quants”).

Mathematics Education

Some graduates choose to teach math in K-12 schools or universities. Most mathematics education programs combine courses in pure and applied mathematics with courses in teaching, learning, and pedagogy.

You can learn more about becoming a teacher in our article on Affordable K-12 Education Degrees.

Computer Science

Thanks to the explosion of big data and the increasing power of technology, computer science/math graduates are finding work in areas such as cyber security, data science and cryptography.

Types of Mathematics Degrees

Associate’s Degree in Mathematics

An associate’s degree in mathematics is a 2 year undergraduate program that provides a grounding in important mathematics principles. These programs are offered by community colleges, universities and a variety of learning institutions. A high school diploma or GED is required to apply.

Many students use the associate’s degree in order to earn credits for a bachelor’s degree further down the track. If you’re considering this option, make sure your credits will be transferable to your preferred school.

Degree Options

  • Associate of Arts (AA) in Mathematics: Includes more liberal arts courses (e.g. foreign language) than an AS.
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Mathematics: Requires more math and science courses than an AA.

Sample Coursework

Most associate’s degrees are designed to give students a fundamental understanding of calculus, statistics, linear algebra and principles of physics. You may also be able to elect to take courses in related areas such as computer science, finance and engineering.

Career Opportunities

A bachelor’s degree is the preferred minimum for many mathematics-based jobs. However, math + specific work experience will give you a decided advantage in certain jobs.

For example, in the field of finance, you could consider working as an accounts payable clerk, a bank teller, a loan processor or an assistant to a certified public accountant. Other job titles worth exploring include insurance sales agent, auto claims adjuster, health information technician and operations assistant.

Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics

A bachelor’s degree in mathematics is a 4 year undergraduate degree that gives students a thorough understanding of mathematical theory and practice. Unlike the associate’s degree, the bachelor’s degree allows math majors to concentrate on specific areas of interest. A high school diploma or GED is required to apply.

Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics: Includes more liberal arts courses (e.g. foreign language) and free electives (e.g. economics) than a BS.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics: Requires more math and advanced science courses than a BA.

To increase their employment options after graduation, many students choose to pursue a double major in a related field (e.g. computer science, engineering, finance, etc.) or enroll in programs that combine applied mathematics with courses from other disciplines.

Sample Courses

In the first two years, most BA and BS programs typically cover major mathematical areas – calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, geometry and the like.

After that, the curriculum becomes more interesting. Depending on their choice of discipline, students can focus on pure math, applied math, statistics and more. Students enrolled in a double major will split their time between two departments.

Career Opportunities

Unless you’re focused on becoming a math teacher or an actuary, it can be tricky to find a job with a bachelor’s degree in pure math. Some graduates choose to minor in math or double major in an area such as physics, computer science, finance or computer engineering. Others use their degree as a step towards graduate work (e.g. law, medicine, business, research, etc.).

We don’t want to put you off – a BS in math is going to be a lot more marketable than a BA in history. However, you will need to do some career preparation during college. If you’re interested in becoming a cyber security expert, a statistician or any other job title related to applied mathematics, be sure you incorporate job training, internships and networking into your 4-year plan.

Master’s Degree in Mathematics

A master’s degree in mathematics is a 1-3 year graduate program that focuses on an advanced area of mathematics. Master’s programs require approximately 30 credit hours and are offered in practically every discipline. A bachelor’s degree in math or a related field is generally required in order to apply. Accelerated 1-year degrees are available to qualified candidates.

Degree Options

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Mathematics: Includes more liberal arts courses and free electives than an MS.
  • Master of Science (MS) in Mathematics: Requires more math and advanced science courses than an MA.

Sample Courses

Along with advanced courses in your chosen discipline, your master’s program in math may include independent research and opportunities to create new mathematics. A thesis, final exam or practical capstone project is often required for graduation. Students interested in becoming math teachers should ask if their master’s program also offers state teaching certification/licensure.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a master’s degree find work in a variety of job concentrations. Some enter the world of computer science, working as hardcore statisticians and data scientists; others find employment as high-paid quantitative analysts at hedge funds and investment banks. Those with a love of analysis and cryptography apply for jobs with national intelligence agencies and global firms. Others become researchers with big companies such as IBM and Google. In order to continue their research, pure mathematicians often pursue a PhD.

Doctoral Degree in Mathematics

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in mathematics is a 4-7 year terminal degree and the highest education qualification in math that students can achieve.

Sample Coursework

The first years of a PhD generally consist of graduate-level courses and exams in advanced mathematics. After that, students are permitted to conduct independent research, searching for breakthrough theories and concepts. This in-depth work is typically written up in an research dissertation and defended in an oral exam.

Career Opportunities

Most candidates choose to earn a PhD in order to:

  • Qualify to teach at the university level
  • Conduct high-level research into seeming insoluble math problems
  • Be eligible for top research jobs in the government and private sector

PhD graduates have gone on to work for Google, Wall Street and the Department of Defense. Many of these industries will also want to see proof of computer science expertise.

Certificate in Mathematics

A certificate in mathematics is a non-degree program that takes ~6 months to 1 year to complete. Certificate programs fall into two broad categories:

  • Undergraduate Certificate in Mathematics: Allows undergraduates to add to their existing skill-set and/or increase their job opportunities post-graduation.
  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics: Allows baccalaureate holders to earn credits towards a master’s degree, improve their career options and/or advance their skills in a specific area of mathematics.

Important Accreditations

Regional Accreditation

Whether you’re thinking of state or private, we recommend you attend a U.S. college or university with regional accreditation. This is a “seal of approval” granted to institutions (e.g. non-profit and public colleges and universities) by one of six regional accrediting bodies (e.g. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).

You can learn more about the difference between regional accreditation and national accreditation in Accreditation: Understanding the Difference Between Real Schools and Diploma Mills.

Benefits of Regional Accreditation

Attending a regionally accredited school will make it easier for you to:

  • Transfer credits (many regionally accredited colleges and universities will not accept credits from nationally accredited schools)
  • Apply for student loans, tuition reimbursement, scholarships and federal financial aid
  • Get into graduate school
  • Attract the attention of headhunters and recruiters