Mathematics is the language of nature. We can use it to understand the inner structure and form of our universe. It is also the language of computers and the key to the Information Age. By majoring or minoring in Mathematics, you will learn how math is a vital tool for understanding the world. The Mathematics major is both rigorous and flexible. You will receive a foundation of knowledge that you can build on with graduate studies in mathematics or professional training in areas such as law or engineering, and you will also have the flexibility to pursue minors in other liberal arts disciplines.
The mathematics major is unique in how well it complements other disciplines. Carl Friedrich Gauss referred to mathematics as the “queen of the sciences” for this very reason. Lyon mathematics majors often double-major in Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, or Economics. Lyon graduates have gone on to be very successful in a wide variety of careers, some of which are not directly tied to mathematics. Having a major in mathematics demonstrates the ability to think critically and be self-reliant.
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The mathematics professors at Lyon enjoy involving undergraduate students in their research. In fact, three students co-authored a peer-reviewed publication in the recent past. Students who take the opportunity to do undergraduate research must be self-motivated as the research is in addition to the regular coursework. Further, students interested in helping others with mathematics and gaining real-life experience may apply to Lyon Upward Bound Math Science, APPLE Upward Bound, and the Morrow Academic Center. A variety of positions are available including summer positions.
“It’s a challenge but in a good way. All of the professors push you to be your best and are always there to help you because they actually care about our success,” said junior Alexis Moore, a Mathematics major from Hardy. “This college and program are like a family away from home, we all help each other out.”
“Though several of the classes are difficult, the professors are always willing to spend extra time with you to make sure you understand the material,” said junior Madison Sansom, a Mathematics major from Pittsburg, Texas. “It is definitely the best department on campus.”
Recent math majors from Lyon have attended graduate programs at Florida State University, University of Kansas, University of Nebraska, Michigan State University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Belmont University.
Some have gone on to careers in the Naval Nuclear Engineering Program, ABC Financial, and Aerotek at Gilead Sciences.
For more information on the required courses for a Math major or minor, view our courses page.
Mathematics majors and minors can pursue careers as an actuary, a mathematician, a statistician, a cryptographer, an engineer, an operations research analyst, a math instructor, a college professor, a secondary math teacher, a financial analyst, an economist, a retail buyer, a sales representative, or a purchasing agent.
The starting median salary in the U.S. for a college graduate with a Math degree is $45,400.
Data Analyst- $60,000
Mathematics Teacher- $52,000
Financial Analyst- $59,000
Software Developer- $76,000
Data Scientist- $92,000
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