A major in mathematics can lead to a variety of careers including mathematical and scientific research in areas as different as national security and petroleum exploration; in several business fields such as insurance, banking, and finance; and in professions such as law, teaching, and medicine. The study of mathematics builds a way of thinking that is used to solve a variety of problems that arise in different contexts. That ability to solve problems makes mathematicians a valuable commodity in many occupations. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with two tracks. While all mathematics majors complete a common core of courses that ensures the student has a broad knowledge of mathematics, students can follow their interests by choosing from one of two required tracks:
General mathematics is designed for those who want to pair mathematics with interests in other disciplines or for thos who plan to pursue graduate studies.
Secondary Education is designed for those who plan to teach high school mathematics. This track should be completed in conjunction with the coursework required for teacher certification; students should review this coursework with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Services.
Students wishing to teach mathematics at the secondary level should complete a BS in mathematics with the general mathematics track in conjunction with the coursework required for teacher certification. Students should review the coursework required for teacher certification with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Services.
A grade below a C- is not applicable to the major.
At least 9 credit hours toward the major must be completed at NKU.
A double major in mathematics and statistics consists of satisfying the degree requirements of both majors with a minimum of 58 credit hours of courses applicable to either major.
A student majoring in mathematics and seeking a focus in statistics must complete four additional 300- or 400-level STA courses not used to satisfy the mathematics major.
Any substitutions in these programs must be made in consultation with the chair of the department.