Mathematics

  • GU Possibilities
    • Students have presented or published original work mentored by a faculty member.
    • Past students have been selected for summer research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
    • Graduates are working as actuaries, data analysts, risk architects, research scientists, programmers, text editors and instructors in colleges and high schools.
    • Graduates have studied graduate-level mathematics or sciences at Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin, Marquette University, Penn State University, Western Michigan University and West Virginia University.
    • The department organizes an annual faculty and student trip to a regional Mathematical Association of America conference where students have the opportunity to present original work.
    • Students learn from faculty members who are actively engaged in ongoing research and scholarly activities.

    You Will Learn

    The mathematics major immerses a student in the theory and application of mathematics. Students learn to think logically and solve problems, which are foundational skills for every career and for life. A mathematics degree can prepare one for a vast array of postgraduate options as mathematics and logic provide the framework for mastering many fields.

     

    The mathematics major can be earned via three tracks: pure major, actuarial science or secondary-education. The pure major contains the core mathematics curriculum and has many electives. The actuarial track includes financial mathematics courses aimed at the actuarial exams P/1, FM/2 and MFE/3F. It also includes economics, finance and risk management courses that satisfy requirements for professional actuaries. The secondary-education track adds courses aimed toward certification to teach mathematics in grades 7-12.

    You Will Experience

    Mathematics majors choose between an internship, mentored research or student teaching. Students electing mentored research either work directly with a Gannon University professor or can apply to spend the summer at a National Science Foundation-sponsored research program. Secondary education students complete a sequence of placements and a semester of student teaching at various public and private schools. Internship and research opportunities include:

    • mathematics textbook publishers
    • financial planning companies
    • insurance companies
    • engineering firms

    You Will Achieve

    Mathematics is a fundamental part of many different disciplines. The flexibility of a mathematics degree allows one to pursue a great range of careers or graduate school paths. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • actuary  
    • data analyst  
    • economist  
    • engineer/programmer  
    • financial analyst  
    • lawyer  
    • mathematician  
    • statistician  
    • teacher  
    • technical writer/editor  

    You will Study

    Core mathematics courses will prepare students in all three tracks for graduate school or a variety of careers. All mathematics majors take courses in single and multi-variable calculus, statistics, discrete math, linear algebra, differential equations, probability, real analysis, abstract algebra and mathematical modeling. Students are also required to take various electives of their choice, including: 

    MATH 308: Applied Complex Variables

    A study of complex algebra, analytic functions, integration in the complex plane, Taylor and Laurent expansions, singularities, calculus of residues and meromorphic functions. 

    MATH 320: Mathematical Modeling

    Students will learn the construction and analysis of mathematical models for the solution of real-world problems. Topics discussed may include genetics, predator-prey problems, population growth, spread of disease and finance, among others. 

    MATH 331: Financial Mathematics 1

    This course introduces the theory of interest and basic concepts of financial mathematics. Topics include the growth of money, equations of value and yield rate, annuities, amortization, bonds, stocks and interest rate sensitivity. The course covers many of the topics found on the actuarial exam FM/2. 

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $54,000
    • Mid-career salary: $95,700

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).