Mathematics, B.S.

Program Overview

Do you enjoy the challenge of solving puzzles and finding patterns? Do you like applying your knowledge to solve real problems in the physical world? If so, you should consider a major in mathematics. PLNU mathematics majors study theoretical and applied mathematics, so they have a deep understanding of the power of mathematics as a tool in a wide variety of circumstances.

Defined as the search for patterns in things that do not appear to be similar, mathematics gives results that are beautiful and incredibly applicable. Because of their analytical skills, mathematicians have a wide variety of careers open to them.

PLNU offers a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. The B.S. offers a more robust academic experience, providing you with the foundation you need to excel in graduate school or any number of careers that need experts in mathematics.

The Department of Mathematical, Information, and Computer Sciences (MICS) is committed to working with you to help you discover who you are called to be. As a mathematics major at PLNU, you will be immersed in a curriculum that not only allows you to gain the broad knowledge of your discipline, but also aims to help you develop the characteristics necessary to be an effective member of the communities where you work and live. As a graduate, you will be prepared to serve our complex world through your technical and professional abilities. All of this and more will be available to you in a collaborative and supportive environment of students and faculty alike.

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Career Opportunities

In our increasingly data-driven society, mathematics remains one of the most versatile and rigorous areas of study. A degree in mathematics opens the door to a variety of careers across many desirable industries, places where analytical abilities, mathematical modeling, and computation skills are valued assets. PLNU mathematics alumni have found success in the workforce through mathematical model building at SPAWAR, quality assurance at Qualcomm, project management at Leidos, and data analysis at the CIA, just to name a few. Other alumni have gone on to medical school, graduate programs in mathematics and statistics, and teaching.

"There are so many memories. From late night study sessions with fellow math majors, to bonding with roommates, to eating dinner at professors' houses - I value greatly the relationships and shared moments. I learned valuable skills of communication and perseverance, which have served me well as a teacher. The investment of the professors I had has impacted the way I invest in others."

Rachel Hudlow, Class of 2011
Mathematics, B.S.

A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics can lead to careers in:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Programming
  • Cryptography
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Mining
  • Decision Science
  • Economics
  • Financial Planning
  • High School Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Project Management
  • University Teaching

For more information about careers in mathematics, please visit:

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center
American Mathematical Society
Mathematical Association of America (career profiles)
Mathematical Association of America (mathematics careers)