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  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Recent Gannon mathematics students have passed the actuarial exams P and FM before graduation. Our graduates are working as actuaries, data analysts, risk architects, research scientists, programmers, text editors and instructors in colleges and high schools.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Our graduates are working as actuaries, data analysts, risk architects, research scientists, programmers, text editors, and instructors in colleges and high schools.
    • Our majors have studied graduate-level mathematics or sciences at Notre Dame University, Purdue University, Marquette University, Penn State University, Western Michigan University, and West Virginia University.
    • Some of our students have co-authored original, published research with a Gannon faculty member.
    • Recent mathematics students at Gannon have passed the actuarial exams P and FM before graduation.
    • 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.

    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 consists of a core mathematics curriculum covering many branches of mathematics but also has lots of space for electives or to add an actuarial science concentration or certification in secondary education. The actuarial concentration requires financial mathematics courses aimed at the actuarial exams P, FM and IFM. It also includes accounting, economics, and finance 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 University professor or can apply to spend the summer
    at an external 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 the following:

    • financial planning companies
    • insurance companies
    • mathematics textbook publishers
    • 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:• mathematician

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

    You Will Earn

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

    • Starting salary: $54,200
    • Mid-career salary: $99,000

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

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Core mathematics courses will prepare majors 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. 

    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.