EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE
At ONU, you’ll tackle advanced math problems and theories while honing skills like communication, leadership and teamwork that will set you apart in graduate school or the workplace.
As a mathematics major, you can choose between one of three concentrations. The advanced mathematics studies concentration is geared toward students interested in teaching at the university level or in careers that require advanced math skills, such as research, computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography or finance requiring advanced math skills. The teacher licensure concentration is for students who want to become licensed to teach math to seventh- through twelfth-graders in the state of Ohio. With this concentration, you’ll take a combination of math and education courses and spend time observing and teaching in local classrooms. We are proud of their near perfect passing rate in the standardized exams for secondary teachers. Typically a second major, the applied mathematics concentration could strengthen your primary engineering, physics or chemistry major, thus enhancing your chances of success through graduate school or research and development careers (although you can still sign up for a stand-alone applied mathematics concentration).
Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll be one of a handful of elite math students and you’ll feel like a valued member of our family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your fellow mathematics majors. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, REUs, internships, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond.
Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Throughout your four years, you’ll assist professors with advanced research, work on independent projects, participate in competitions, and present research at regional and national conferences. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to make important contributions, no matter where your career path leads you.
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
Imagine traveling to cities like San Diego, New Orleans and Atlanta – all expenses paid – with your math professors and fellow students to present research at a national conference. Or spending the summer at a large university assisting with a grant-funded research project. Maybe you can picture yourself competing with an ONU team at a national math competition or studying abroad for an entire semester. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.
LET’S SOLVE IT
Match wits with talented mathematicians from around the world – and come out on top! ONU-SOLVE Problem is an intense (but fun) group of ONU students and professors that tackles the math challenges proposed by mainstream mathematics journals. The group has been recognized 14 times in recent years for submitting correct solutions and the most well-written solutions. Three of the solutions provided by ONU-SOLVE students have been published, being considered the most well-written solutions.
JOHN HOLODNAK BA WITH A MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS ’10
Math is an extremely flexible major with opportunities in industry, government, finance and education. My education at ONU provided a knowledge base that allowed me to be successful in graduate school. My ONU professors taught me not only mathematical content, but also how to think, write and learn on my own.
John Holodnak works in cyber analytics at the renowned Lincoln Laboratory at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). He is one of the intellectual powerhouses working on technology in support of national security. As an ONU student, he presented posters at national math conferences in San Diego; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco, and he participated in summer research programs at Texas A&M and North Carolina State University. After graduation, he received his Ph.D. in applied math from North Carolina State.
- Over the past five years, an average of 83 percent of our mathematics majors were employed full-time in their field or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
- Our graduates get accepted into top-notch graduate schools, including Ohio State University, the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Northwestern University.
- Four mathematics majors have won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and two received Honorable Goldwater Mentions in recent years.
- Our mathematics students consistently obtain impressive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) for the summer, including Experimental Mathematics at Michigan State University, Particle Physics at Texas A&M Cyclotron and Graph Theory at Illinois State University.
Here are some classes you’ll take as a mathematics major:
- Foundations of Analysis
- Differential Equations
- Mathematical Programming
- Real Analysis
- Linear Algebra
- Culture and Schooling
- Math for Secondary Teachers
- Foundations of Geometry
- History of Mathematics
- Probability and Graphs
- Nonlinear Programming
- Numerical Analysis
- Number Theory and Cryptography
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
WHERE COULD YOU END UP?
Mathematicians enjoy a high level of job satisfaction. After graduation, you could pursue a career in:
- Education (university, high school/middle school)
- Mathematical modeling
- Algorithm design
- Machine learning
- Artificial intelligence
Check out where some of our recent mathematics graduates have ended up: Ph.D. students in mathematics, physics and engineering; software developers; high school and middle school math teachers at school districts in Ohio, Texas, South Carolina, Illinois, West Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, Cameroon (Africa) and Peru.
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