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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mathematics Overview

Our mathematics degree offers a comprehensive program that combines theoretical coursework with hands-on experience in mathematical applications. Our coursework is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of math concepts, problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities to prepare them for a wide variety of careers. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

Small class sizes make it easy to ask questions and form connections in an open and supportive environment. Our expert faculty are dedicated to helping students succeed and bring real-world experience and applications. You will learn topics such as calculus, linear and abstract algebra, geometry, differential equations, numerical analysis and mathematical modeling, which are essential in today’s data-driven world.


What is mathematics?
Mathematics is the abstract science of numbers, quantity, structure, space and change. Math is all around us in everything we do. Mathematicians seek out patterns, use computational techniques and mathematical theories, formulate decisions and establish truth.

Why get a degree in mathematics?
A mathematics degree from SMWC provides the knowledge and tools to lead you to a wide variety of jobs in the field and across different fields as well. Virtually all careers benefit from the analytical and problem-solving skills students learn in our math courses. Graduates of this program have gone on to successful careers in fields such as finance, engineering, education and research.

What can you do with a degree in mathematics?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of mathematicians is projected to grow by 33% between 2020 and 2030. As you graduate with a math degree from SMWC, you will have the ability to find success in a variety of math jobs. Previous graduates have found careers as:

  • Financial analysts
  • Insurance specialists
  • Statistical analysts

Mathematics is such a flexible degree program and can be paired with virtually anything, as many careers require computational analysis. Teaching is a rewarding and satisfying career. To teach at a middle school, junior high or high school level, a math degree is required with some classes from the education department. Or you could pair a math minor with an elementary education degree. The possibilities are endless with a math degree from SMWC.

Check out our blog 5 careers you can have with a mathematics degree

What is the average annual salary of someone with a mathematics degree?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of mathematicians is projected to grow by 33% between 2020 and 2030. As you look at starting salaries, keep in mind that the cost of living and opportunities to move with a career or industry sector should also factor into your decision. According to, the average salary for someone with a math degree is $63,749.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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