Majors, minors & more
Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences
 Offered as:
 Major
 Minor
 Graduate program
Overview
Mathematics is the foundation of physical and social sciences and an essential tool for scientific research. Modern industries and technology rely on advanced mathematical theory. Mathematics itself has also been a special art throughout the development of human civilization.
Degree Options:
Bachelor of science in mathematics
 Actuarial Sciences
 Applied Mathematics
 Mathematics Teaching
 Statistics
 Theoretical Mathematics
 Mathematics
 Statistics
Specialization tracks available
 Strengths of the program

 WSU’s internship program places students at Boeing Corporation, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, and other national labs and companies.
 Work with department faculty on research projects.
 Join a math, science, and engineering community residence hall—share classes with your neighbors, study together, get free tutoring, and use the hall’s computer lab.
 The Owen Science and Engineering Library subscribes to more than 200 math journals and there are 15,000 volumes in the math section of the library.
 The department maintains strong computing facilities that are readily available for students.
 Several math department scholarships are available.
 Study options

You can focus your degree by choosing one of these option areas:
 Actuarial sciences  Prepares actuaries to do research, planning, forecasting, and decisionmaking as regards risk and contingency in financial and insurance programs.
 Applied Mathematics  Prepares you to use theories and techniques, such as mathematical modeling and computational methods, to formulate and solve practical problems in business, government, engineering, and physical, biological, and social sciences.
 Theoretical Mathematics  Prepares you for graduate studies in the mathematical sciences or related fields such as economics, law, and business, where a strong analytical background is a great asset.
 Mathematics Teaching  Includes Washington state secondary teaching certification. Leads to positions in secondary education; as math consultants for districts or states; textbook or media authors; or continuing education teachers. Demand is high both regionally and nationally for math teachers. The teaching option is also available without certification. The curriculum is nearly identical, except that certification will need to be obtained separately if you want to teach at the secondary school level. If you plan to pursue a graduate degree in education, the teaching option without certification may be ideal.
Students usually choose study options in the junior year.
If you're interested in math but don't want a degree in it, consider a minor in mathematics. A math minor can be added to nearly any major. And math study is a perfect complement to science, engineering, business, and economics majors.
For complete information about the math major, please visit the Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Studies page. You will find detailed information and course requirements for each available option in the Mathematics Guide for the Undergraduate.
 Requirements and core courses

Certification requirements
 Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
 Must complete Math 171, 171, and 220 before applying for certification.
 Math core GPA of 2.5 or higher. Those with a GPA under 2.5 will be determined on a casebycase basis.
Suggested classes for freshmen
All math majors take the same set of core courses as a foundation for the degree. You may sign up for the courses when you have met the proper prerequisites, which include either the appropriate ALEKS placement score, transfer credit, or AP credit. A quick overview of the courses:
Math 171, 172: Calculus I and II
Math 220: Linear Algebra
Math 273: Calculus IIISuggested classes for transfer students
Math 300: Mathematical Computing
Math 301: Mathematical Reasoning
Math 315: Differential Equations
Math 360: Probability and Statistics
Math 401: Introduction to Math AnalysisCore courses
Math 171 & 172: Calculus I & II
Math 220: Introductory Linear Algebra
Math 273: Calculus III
Math 300: Mathematical Computing
Math 301: Mathematical Reasoning
Math 315: Differential Equations
Math 360: Probability and Statistics
Math 398: Mathematical Snapshots
Math 401: Introduction to Math Analysis
 Campus organizations and activities

Math Club: You don’t have to be a math major to join. The club gives both graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to use and improve their mathematics skills and to learn more about advancements and opportunities in the fields of mathematics. The group invites guest speakers to talk about interesting aspects of mathematics, or provide career advice.
PreToM Club: The Preservice Teachers of Mathematics Club gives WSU students studying math education an opportunity to use and improve their teaching and mathematical skills, learn about the profession, and attend teachers' conferences.
WSU National Math Modeling Team: Prepare and compete as part of interdisciplinary teams in regional and international math modeling competitions.
Putnam Team: Students work with faculty to prepare for the annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition — an annual competional for undergraduate students in North America.
Actuarial Science Club: Students work together to prepare for the actuarial exams, edit their resumes, practice job interviews, and network. Students travel to visit insurance companies and financial institutions.
 Scholarships and financial aid

A variety of state, federal, and universitysponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
 Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration.
 Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need.
More about scholarships and financial aid
For math majors
Endowed scholarship funds are available to math majors through the Department of Mathematics and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please visit the Department of Mathematics scholarship page.
 Suggested strengths, interests, and preparation

Students planning to major in mathematics at WSU should take four years of mathematics in high school through at least precalculus.
Most mathematics majors begin with first or second semester calculus at WSU (Math 171 or 172/182).
Other reasons to study mathematics
 Mathematics is excellent preparation for law school. In fact, mathematics majors are the highest scorers on the LSAT.
 Mathematics majors have high acceptance rates to medical school.
 Mathematics is excellent preparation for business school: mathematics majors are the highest scorers on the GMAT.
 Mathematician, Actuary, Data Scientist, and Statistician are often ranked among the top ten jobs.
 In many surveys, Mathematician is ranked first as the career with the greatest job satisfaction.
 Careers in mathematics

What you can do with a degree in mathematics
 Actuary
 Business management
 Finance
 Mathematics research and education
 Engineering
 Government
 Law enforcement
 Operations research
 Statistician
 Computer scientist
 Consultant
Skills you can market with a degree in mathematics
 Ability to formulate, model, and solve problems from physical and social sciences
 Flexibility to apply knowledge across many applications
 Computational skills and ability to work well with colleagues
 Ability to research, collect, and interpret data
 Ability to predict various probable outcomes