Mathematics

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Bachelor of Science
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Studying mathematics at Westminster means becoming an effective problem solver and an independent thinker. By engaging in critical thinking and creative, logical reasoning, Westminster mathematics majors and minors learn about the hidden patterns underlying many real-world problems and scenarios. You will harness your curiosity while improving the reasoning skills that will lead you to a fulfilling career.

Who It's For

Our program is for students who want to practice the art of logical reasoning in order to make a better world. Our distinctive, customizable coursework and research opportunities prepare you to attend graduate school in mathematics or related fields, teach mathematics in schools, and work in any field of applied math.

Key Benefits

  • Our small class sizes allow for one-on-one interactions with faculty members to further your understanding of math foundations.
  • Students participate in extracurricular opportunities, such as research projects, conferences, and national math competitions.
  • Our program offers free tutoring in lower level math classes. This is also an excellent job opportunity for students who have taken upper division math courses.
  • You can explore your areas of interest by customizing your major with the range of electives we offer.

“Mathematics at Westminster taught me how to think, it taught me to learn, and it taught me the value and inspiration behind great mentors.”

Dakota (’15)

About the Program

Mathematics studies topics such as logic, quantity, structure, space, and change. Inspired by real-world observations, mathematicians seek and use patterns to solve problems and make conjectures. Westminster’s math degree program combines abstract theory with real-life applications. Our program helps students build diverse skills that prepare them to be successful in a wide variety of career paths.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the historical development of mathematics through research and class discussions.
  • Read and construct valid mathematical proofs and effectively communicate them in written and oral form.
  • Engage with your community through service learning.
  • Learn the appropriate use of technological tools commonly used in mathematics.

Plan of Study

Our mathematics program has a strong core of problem-solving and proof techniques, and also provides the opportunity for students to apply what they’ve learned to better understand the world and make it a better place. The recommended course of study takes place over four years, building from the study of motion, data, and linear equations to a greater level of mathematical rigor.


Sample Courses

Linear Algebra

Through this course, you will explore systems of linear equations and their representations as matrices, vector spaces, least squares, and eigenvectors. Learn the numerical techniques behind the foundational subject of pure and applied mathematics.

Social Justice by the Numbers

How can we measure justice, fairness, and equity in our society? In this interdisciplinary class, you will analyze the world around you through critical class discussions and collaboration.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates with strong mathematical backgrounds are in high demand because of their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The Westminster mathematics degree recognizes the growing importance of technology and efficiency in today’s workforce, providing students with the tools to thrive in multiple areas. Math graduates have gone on to graduate school in mathematics, education, computer science, literature, and business.

Potential Careers

  • Actuarial science
  • Architecture
  • Accountancy and finance
  • Statistician and data analyst
  • Economics
  • Computer programming
  • Operational researcher
  • Software engineering
  • Sound engineering
  • Mathematical biology
  • Meteorology
  • Medicine
  • Teaching

Student Success

“Mathematics at Westminster taught me how to think, it taught me to learn, and it taught me the value and inspiration behind great mentors.”

Dakota Hawkins (’15)

Other Mathematics Programs

In addition to a mathematics degree, Westminster also offers a range of academic minors. With a mathematics minor, you will pair your major area of study with a strong numerical foundation. Through the applied mathematics minor, you will explore the mathematical concepts specific to your degree. With the teaching mathematics (level II) minor, you will acquire the tools you need to share your knowledge at an elementary education level.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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S-Cubed

Computer science, math, and physics students can apply to S-Cubed for a four-year scholarship sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Participants also benefit from early exploration of topics in their field, mentoring from industry professionals, and collaboration with a strong cohort of peers.

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Aspirations Scholarship

Westminster provides a scholarship for the winner or runner-up of the NWIT National Award for Aspirations in Computing.

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