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Albert Einstein said mathematics is the poetry of logical ideas. Our program develops students' abilities to think precisely and creatively about a variety of problems, to write and speak clearly and persuasively about these ideas, and to be aware of the intellectual power and significance of mathematical thought and computing in today's high-tech society.

Our mathematics majors, in coordination with advisors, can construct tracks of study that lead to a variety of careers and graduate school opportunities, whether in pure mathematics, applied mathematics or education. Our program offers formal concentrations in actuarial and financial mathematics, mathematics applied to physics, and statistics. You may also pursue other interdisciplinary applications.

Why Mathematics at Stetson University?

Students earning a mathematics degree from Stetson emerge as lifelong learners who are able to apply their knowledge and skills to better the world around them.

The program is small, and Stetson's math community is close and supportive, which paves the way for strong group collaboration. Our faculty are also readily available and eager to help and give students individual attention.

The year-long senior research project allows students to work one-on-one with a professor to accomplish significant mathematical results. These projects typically enhance a student's candidacy for employment or graduate school.

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Heyley Gatewood ’20 Mathematics and Computer Science

"I strongly believe that (math and) can only benefit you...because it's everywhere. We carry technology in our backpacks and pockets and on our wrists."

Heyley Gatewood '20 Mathematics and Computer Science

Matthew Sweeney '19 Mathematics and Finance, currently Finance Manager at Radeas Labs

"The opportunity to get involved in a lot of different things is always there and it's on students to figure out what they want to do. It's not hard to meet people here and to get close to them. I found that the Stetson community is really strong."

Matthew Sweeney '19 Mathematics and Finance, currently Finance Manager at Radeas Labs

Career Outcomes

Fueled by careers in big data, mathematics students are in high demand in government and industrial positions, and nearly all students who attend graduate school in mathematics are funded throughout their studies. Careers for mathematics majors include data mining and data analytics, statistics, actuarial science, operations research, consulting and cryptology.

Employment in math occupations is projected to grow 28% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding approximately 67,200 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Growth is anticipated as businesses and government agencies continue to emphasize the use of big data, which math occupations analyze.

Math occupations had a median annual wage of $98,680 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760. Our recent graduates are either pursuing their career or doing master's or PhD work at these institutions and companies.

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Math majors may study such courses as Finite Mathematics, Mathematical Game Theory, Chaos and Fractals in Nature, Great Ideas in Mathematics, Introduction to Cryptology (the science of making and breaking secret codes), Calculus for Business Decisions, Number Theory, Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation, and many more.

Several courses focus on Stetson's core values, including Five Equations That Changed the World (focusing on the value of human diversity) and The Nature of Space Time (focusing on the value of ethical or spiritual inquiry).

For their senior research project, students select a mathematical topic and work on it in collaboration with a faculty member, before writing a final paper and presenting the results to the department.


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