• Several students have been selected for summer research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
    • Recent graduates are working as actuaries, data analysts, risk architects, research scientists, programmers, text editors and instructors in colleges and high schools.
    • Recent 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 the regional Mathematical Association of America (MAA) conference.

    You Will Learn

    The mathematics major immerses a student in the theory and application of mathematics. Our 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 post-graduate 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 concentration or secondary- education. The "pure" major contains the core mathematics curriculum and has many electives. The actuarial concentration adds 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. Secondary- education students add 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 professor or 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:

    • engineering firms
    • financial planning
    • Gannon University Math Center
    • insurance companies
    • publishing 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 career 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 industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $49,400
    • Mid-career salary: $88,800

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (