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What can a mathematics degree do for you?

Math is all around us. At its core, it is the study of patterns—in the design of a building, the shape of a bubble, the workings of your cell phone and even music.

With a degree in mathematics from Susquehanna, you can study our world and open up a world of possibilities for yourself.

In addition to advanced math skills, you'll have the problem-solving, technical writing, research skills and analytical skills to enter a rewarding career in education, computer science, actuary, law, finance and more.

Math is a powerful tool for analyzing the world and its patterns.

Climate change, new energy resources, medical breakthroughs and corporate business decisions are some of the real-world issues you could tackle with math.

Why earn a math degree from Susquehanna?

  • You'll hone your analytical skills, which are the foundation for a wide range of fields.
  • You might get the chance to present your research with math faculty at professional conferences. A valuable experience for networking and honing presentation skills.
  • Major in math here and get an engineering degree from Columbia Univeristy through our joint engineering program.
  • With our well-rounded liberal arts curriculum, you'll learn to write with clarity and precision, an essential skill in graduate school or at your first job.
  • Take an in-depth look at a subject not covered in regular classes—like Google's PageRank algorithm, the mathematics of juggling or how new roads can actually increase traffic—with your senior colloquium.


Learning goals:

  • The student attains a firm foundation of fundamental mathematical concepts, methods and language sufficient to support further academic work or a career in areas requiring mathematical understanding.
  • The student attains knowledge and skills to undertake independent learning beyond formal study.
  • The student applies mathematical skills and knowledge to solve problems and analyze new situations in mathematics and related areas.
  • The student communicates mathematical ideas, both orally and in writing, with clarity and precision.

Requirements for the Major in Mathematics. Students complete the equivalent of 55 semester hours as described.

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4 MATH-112 Calculus II
4 MATH-180 Statistical Methods
4 MATH-201 Linear Algebra
4 MATH-211 Multivariate Calculus
4 MATH-221 Discrete Structures
2 MATH-231 Foundations of Analysis
4 MATH-321 Abstract Algebra
4 MATH-353 Differential Equations

4        One 300-level or above mathematics course

8        Two 400-level mathematics courses

1-4 MATH-500 Senior Colloquium
4 CSCI-181 Principles of Computer Science

8        CSCI-281 Data Structures plus another 150-level or above computer science or information systems course, or Inductory Physics I (PHYS-202, PHYS-203 and PHYS-204) and Introductory Physics II (PHYS-205 or PHYS-206) or DATA-301 Data Mining and DATA-401 Machine Learning

Minor in Mathematics. The minor completes 24 semester hours of mathematics courses above the 108 level with grades of C- or better. Requirements include MATH-112 Calculus II, MATH-201 Linear Algebra and MATH-221 Discrete Structures, with at least four semester hours at the 300 level or above.

Secondary Teaching.  Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytical Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship.

Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-423 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Teaching Mathematics, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).

In addition, secondary education mathematics students complete all of the usual requirements for the mathematics major.  They must satisfy the "one 300-level or above mathematics course" requirement by taking MATH-331 Geometry. 

Edisanter Lo, Ph.D.

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Ken Brakke, Ph.D.

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Professor of Mathematical Sciences

Jeffrey A. Graham, Ph.D.

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science

Toshiro Kubota, Ph.D.

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science

Alex Wilce, Ph.D.

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Associate Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science

Daniel Droz

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematical Science

Michael Perron

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematical Science

Glenn Rhoads

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematical Science

Rod Hart

Department: Mathematical Sciences
Adjunct Faculty in Mathematics & Computer Science

Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:

Brandeis University
The College of New Jersey Global Program in Johannesburg, South Africa
George Mason University
Johns Hopkins University
Kutztown University
Loyola College 
McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia
North Carolina State University
Penn State Harrisburg
Penn State University Park
Penn State York
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Southern Methodist University
Temple University
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
University of Connecticut
University of Kentucky
University of Mississippi
Villanova University
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Recent graduates have worked as:

Actuarial Assistant, Glatfelter Insurance Group
Actuary Analyst, Tower Hill Insurance
Actuarial Support, Geisinger
App Developer, Advance Central Services
Application Services Analyst, Merck & Co.
Biostatistican, Merck
Branch Manager, Susquehanna Bank
Client Support Technician, The Hershey Company
Credit Portfolio Analyst, Wells Fargo
Developer for Computer Aid Inc., E&E IT Consulting
Director of Mathematics, Achievement First
Fund Financial Analyst, Vanguard
IT Manager, VNA Health Systems, The United States Postal Service
Medical Physicist, Holy Cross Hospital, Maryland
Project Manager, The Hartford
Radar Algorithm Design, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Security, Raytheon, Verizon Communications
Senior Java Programmer, Computer Aid
Senior Knowledgebase Implementation Consultant
Senior Software Developer, Ellucian
Senior Software Engineer, Spark Post
Senior Trading Analyst, Accuen
Software Developer: Applied Systems Associates, The Federal Government
Software Engineer: Cornerstone Software Development Inc., Lockheed Martin Transportation, Morningstar
Statistics Programmer, IMS Health
Systems Administrator, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Systems Integrator, Sandia National Labs
Task Manager, Meckley's Limestone Products
Teacher: CB East High School, Charles County Board of Education, Central York Middle School, Crossroads Middle School, Devon Prep, The Dalton School, Henrico County Public Schools, Northern Lehigh School District; Princeton High School, Red Hook Middle SchoolTechnical Account Manager
Technical Consultant, Viecore Inc.
Web Developer,
Webmaster, Penn State Altoona

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Joint Engineering Program with Columbia University

Study math, computer science or physics here for three years and then study engineering for two years at Columbia University, earning a bachelor's degree from Susquehanna and an engineering degree from Columbia.

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