Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Our degree in math helps you maximize your career opportunities in a numbers-driven economy.

There’s a lot more to Oakland University’s math degree than numbers. Our Bachelor of Science in Mathematics trains you to think logically, analyze rigorously and solve problems creatively. Along with these universally valued skills, our math major equips you with advanced numerical expertise that’s in high demand throughout our data-driven society. You’ll have the freedom to explore a variety of math career pathways, keeping many options open. You’ll graduate with a marketable degree in math that qualifies you to attend graduate school, earn a math teaching license or start your career in business, engineering, computing, government or another job sector.

There’s a lot more to Oakland University’s math degree than numbers. Our Bachelor of Science in Mathematics trains you to think logically, analyze rigorously and solve problems creatively. Along with these universally valued skills, our math major equips you with advanced numerical expertise that’s in high demand throughout our data-driven society. You’ll have the freedom to explore a variety of math career pathways, keeping many options open. You’ll graduate with a marketable degree in math that qualifies you to attend graduate school, earn a math teaching license or start your career in business, engineering, computing, government or another job sector.

Bachelor’s Degree in Math: The Oakland University Advantage

Our math major pairs a comprehensive foundation in abstract numerical theory with focused, practical professional training. Whether you’re interested in graduate school or headed straight into the workforce, Oakland’s degree in mathematics provides you with a solid foundation for your future.

Choose Oakland’s math degree if you’d like to:

  • Do undergraduate research. Our math majors enjoy graduate-caliber opportunities to collaborate with senior faculty on relevant, advanced mathematical studies. Recent undergraduates in Oakland’s math program have participated in research related to disease modeling, weather forecasting, computer networking, business logistics and environmental impacts, among other subjects. Research experience confers significant advantages in the competition for jobs and graduate school placements.
  • Maximize your career options. You’ll cultivate versatile, adaptable skills as a math major, with job opportunities in a broad range of industries. Our math degree can qualify you to enter fields as diverse as data science, teaching, financial modeling, computer programming, business forecasting, manufacturing, engineering and more.
  • Connect with faculty mentors. With small classes and engaged professors, our degree in math encourages extensive one-on-one interaction between students and faculty. You’ll take courses from research faculty, learning from experienced scholars with active research programs and broad professional networks. 
  • Get superior teacher training. School districts throughout Michigan recognize Oakland University as an exceptional source of high-performing math teachers. Our Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) enables you to pair a math bachelor’s degree with one year of teacher training, leading to professional certification as a middle- or high-school math teacher.
  • Personalize your math degree. Flexible course requirements enable you to align the math major with your academic and career goals. Math faculty and advisers will help you explore your options and choose courses and professional development activities that support your objectives.

What Can You Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Math?

Numerical expertise ranks among the most highly sought skills in the U.S. job market, so there’s almost no limit to what you can do with a math degree

Chrysler, Ford, Ameritech, GM, IBM, and other prominent Southeast Michigan employers actively recruit Oakland graduates for various jobs in mathematics. Some of the most common careers with a degree in mathematics fall within professions such as:

  • Economics
  • Statistical modeling
  • Banking
  • Market research
  • Actuarial
  • Data science
  • Government forecasting
  • Industrial and engineering analysis
  • Demography
  • Computer programming
  • IT systems analysis

Bachelor of Science Degree in Math: What You’ll Learn

All mathematics majors complete a nine-course academic core. This sequence includes four calculus courses, two algebra courses, one course each in probability/statistics and advanced mathematical thinking, and one additional course in either advanced calculus or abstract algebra. There is also one required course in object-oriented computing.

The remainder of the math degree consists of electives, chosen from a broad set of options to fit your career goals and academic interests. You can satisfy math degree requirements with electives in the following disciplines:

  • Mathematics
  • Applicable Analysis and Mathematical Modeling
  • Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Actuarial Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Physics

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Programs Related to the Bachelor’s Degree in Math

Not sure if the mathematics major is right for you ? Check out these other undergraduate degree programs at Oakland, and contact our admissions team to discuss your options.

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics
  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics

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