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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in math is designed for those interested in continuing on to graduate school or for entering careers in applied mathematics (such as actuary or operations research). Math majors are taught not just math, but how to think about math, preparing them to be versatile and marketable.The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in mathematics is designed for students interested in entering careers in mathematics or continuing on to graduate school. You’ll study foundational subjects such as calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability and statistics, and discrete math. As you progress in the program, you’ll learn new ways of thinking mathematically; learn proof techniques; and hone your problem-solving skills.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics ranks “Computer and Mathematical Occupations” among the best professions when projecting income and job availability over the next decade. Math graduates continue to have a wide range of options open to them and excellent placement rate in both graduate school and industry.

Bethel's math majors are among the best in the country. Each year we give the nationally normed Major Field Test to our graduating math majors. The institutional mean score for Bethel’s math majors places it in the 96th percentile relative to graduating seniors in other university math programs in the U.S. Also, each year we compete against thousands of other teams in the international COMAP mathematical modeling competition. Bethel has consistently ranked very high, and we recently received our 4th "Outstanding" ranking as one of the top 10 teams.

In 2013, we also received first prize from the Mathematical Association of America from among 5,000 other teams for our team's solution to a problem modeling the optimal design for a brownie baking pan. A 2015 team also received the Outstanding rank, along with two additional awards, against more than 7,000 teams for their model for an airline to use to plan a search for a missing flight. 

What can I do with this degree?

CareerCast currently ranks the professions of statistician, mathematician, and actuary among the top 10 professions, with actuary as the number 1 position.

  • Actuary
  • Financial forecaster
  • Operations research
  • Statistician
  • Mathematician
  • Compensation analyst
  • Associate optimization analyst
  • Compliance engineer

Our graduates work in places like:

  • Securian
  • Citibank
  • Target (operations research)
  • Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Some of our graduates have gone on to study:

  • Computer science
  • Biostatistics
  • Applied statistics and research methods

Visit our alumni page to see what our recent graduates have been doing.

What skills will I develop?

  • Problem solving
  • How to apply abstract concepts to concrete problems
  • How to break down complex problems into smaller steps

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Competitions in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the International Mathematical Modeling Competition (COMAP)
  • Membership in Bethel’s MAA chapter
  • Internships for academic credit or to earn income
  • Original research with faculty

Math Placement Information

Testing Information for Course Placement

Helpful instructions on math testing for incoming and current students planning to take Precalculus, Calculus 1, or Math for Elementary Education 1.

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