That's a great question to ask. Before you go any further, check out the following website, which describes what math is useful for, what careers you can pursue if you study math (you'd be surprised!), and how to study math: www.whenwilliusemath.com
Here's some additional information about our department's program and opportunities available to you if you major in math:
The Bethel math program presents logic and mathematics in a way that glorifies God, analyzes his creation, and challenges you to become all that God has created you to be. The professors are very encouraging and are more than willing to give you guidance and council. — Dale Walterhouse, ’07, Math Education
I think the Math Department at Bethel is one of the top, if not the top, in the nation. Each member of the faculty makes any and every attempt to get to know their students. This creates a comfortable atmosphere, which in turn allows the students to learn the most that they can. — Joshua Schwartz, ’07, Math Education
As a math teacher, I am always disapointed by the [small] amount of time I get to spend with students individually because in those few short moments I cannot understand where my students are struggling. One of the strengths of studying mathematics at Bethel College is, that due to the small class sizes and number of math professors, each student is given significant amounts of a professor's undivided attention, not only in one class one semester, but over the entire course of the four-year program, as students will have professors three, four, or five times before he graduates. — Keith Penhorwood, ’06, Math Education/Philosophy
The Bethel College Math Department has taught me a lot about math, and has pushed me to think beyond what I thought was capable. However, what means more to me is their care and concern for their students away from the classroom. — Staci Weisser, ‘05, Mathematics/Math Education
So how do you get some experience with mathematics outside of the classroom? There are several options available.
- If you have a specific career path in mind, find out if internships are available in that area. Contact the Career and Intern Services Center.
- If you are even remotely thinking about graduate school in mathematics, consider a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). REUs are generally four to eight weeks long, housed at a university in the US, and are fully funded. (Most will also give you a stipend!) Here are several resources:
- Summer Opportunities (Dr. Belcastro) – Great resource!
- REUs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
- REUs listed with the American Mathematical Society (AMS)
- http://www.maa.org/students/reustuff/pages/REU.html (MAA)
There’s quite a wide variety of opportunities out there. You only limit yourself by not looking around for one!
So just what kind of careers can you have when you study mathematics? Perhaps it’s better for you to see for yourself. Take a look at the following links:
- Careers in Mathematics (Dr. Belcastro)
- American Mathematical Society (AMS)
- Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
- Math Jobs
- Actuarial Science
- Applying to Grad School
- Majors in Demand
- Young Mathematicians' Network
Here is just a short list of the possibilities you have in front of you if you major in a mathematical science.
- Actuarial Science
- Applied Math
- Computer Science
- Financial Mathematics
- Law or Medicine
- Operations Research
- Public Policy
- Research Mathematics
- Technical Writing