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Mathematics (B.S.)

The bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science degrees in mathematics are designed to convey both appreciation for and ability to use techniques and strategies of mathematical reasoning. In required courses, the mathematical structures that have led to more efficient organization and synthesis of mathematical knowledge are covered. Applications of mathematics are discussed in these courses and in elective courses.

The Mathematics Department supports its students in many ways. A team of undergraduates is always sponsored to participate in the Putnam Examination, a national intercollegiate mathematics competition. Many students gain experience by serving as tutors or graders for lower-level courses.

Departmental scholarship funds support upper-division majors who have done the most outstanding work. Between two and five students each year are given these prestigious awards.

Through the Institute for Math Learning, the Mathematics Department assists students in beginning mathematics courses, free of charge. Graduate students and undergraduate assistants give individual attention to those needing help in a well-staffed study hall.

Career Profile

Most non-faculty mathematicians work in government and in service and manufacturing industries. The Department of Defense is the primary federal employer of mathematicians; more than three-fourths of the mathematicians employed by the federal government work for the U.S. Navy, Army or Air Force.

In the private sector, major employers within service industries include research and testing services, educational services, and computer and data processing services. Within manufacturing, the aircraft, chemicals, and computer and office equipment industries are key employers. Some mathematicians also work for banks, insurance companies and public utilities.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

WVUE 191 First Year Seminar MATH 155 Calculus 1 SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference HIST 102 Western Civilization: 1600 to Present

Senior Year

MATH 451 Introduction to Real Analysis 1 MATH 495 Independent Study MATH 218 History of Mathematics PHIL 130 Current Moral Problems

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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