Most people think of mathematics as computation. Maybe the rules of arithmetic or algebra come to mind. While this is one part of mathematics as a subject, there is much more.
Mathematics is a powerful tool for solving real world problems. Some parts of math involve abstract constructions whose study may be entirely removed from the real word. Math can be used to study things that are smooth and continuous, like the wind flowing around a kite. It can be used to study discrete objects, like the nodes of a communication network.
What all of these different flavors of math have in common is that their study occurs within a framework of logical reasoning and rigorous deduction.
General Interest Area:
Most students who major in Mathematics enjoy problem solving, working with data, the challenge of abstract thought, or the aesthetic of creating an elegant proof. Many students are attracted by the power of the quantitative tools that can be applied to solve complex problems arising in the real world or that can facilitate data analysis.
Whatever the attraction, Mathematics may be a good choice of major for you, if you enjoy solving difficult and challenging problems of a quantitative nature.
High School Background:
A good background in mathematics including at least functions and trigonometry is needed. In addition, study English, computer science, and science. Completion of advanced placement calculus and/or statistics courses is encouraged.
Plan of Study:
If you are interested in majoring in math at UAF, we encourage you to talk with a faculty member in the department about what courses best suit your interests and career goals.
All math majors are required to complete the following courses:
Calculus I,II, and III (Math 200, 201, 202), Introduction to Mathematical Proofs (Math 215), Linear Algebra (Math 314), Abstract Algebra (Math405), Advanced Calculus (Math 401), Senior Seminar (Math 490O). An additional 21-credit elective package is required. These 21 credits, usually 7 courses, can be chosen from any math course at the 300-level or above. Students have the opportunity to tailor course work according to their particular interests. .
How to get Involved:
Contact UAF's Department of Mathematics and Statistics or come by to see us at the Chapman Building at UAF. The department office is in room 101.
Career and Graduate Possibilites:
Recent bachelor-level graduates now work as animators, statisticians, teachers, forensic analysts, technical writers, actuaries, epidemiologists, public utilities analysts, commodities traders, bankers, appraisers, computer programmers, and cryptoanalysts. Many students advance to graduate work in mathematics or in applications of mathematics. Visit the American Mathematical Society for more information on career areas.