The Department of Mathematical Sciences at E-town offers a wide variety of opportunities to customize your educational experience. A foundation in mathematics prepares you for a multitude of different career paths, designed according to your interests. Our department will meet your needs every step of the way, no matter where in the world your plans take you.
Long recognized locally for having a leading math degree program in Pennsylvania, we are now also listed as a National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report in its annual list of best colleges.
Large enough to support the advanced coursework you need, yet small enough to allow for lots of individual attention, we are a community of learners fully dedicated to helping students succeed. We learn in different ways: traditional lectures, interactive seminars, individual guided research, and career-oriented internships. We challenge ourselves to reach high levels of academic achievement, while maintaining a spirit of helpful cooperation among faculty members and students. Our graduates are well-prepared to tackle the problems of the modern world, whether they are in big data interpretation, actuarial science, education, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, or mathematical business.
Students in our department can choose to major in Actuarial Science, Mathematics, or Mathematical Business. Within the Mathematics major, there are three optional concentrations: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, and Secondary Education. In the first two years, there is a lot of overlap in coursework for the various majors, which adds flexibility for our students, and helps foster a sense of departmental unity amid widely varying career plans.
Actuarial Science students learn to manage corporate financial risk. Well known for low stress, high pay, and job security, actuarial science is always at or near the top of lists of “best careers” published in the popular press. Entry to, and advancement in, the actuarial field is through professional credentialing exams. Our AS program includes preparation for several such exams, and all AS majors pass at least one prior to graduation. Most take on professional summer internships as well, and it is not unusual for successful AS majors to have full-time professional employment secured well before graduation.
Mathematics is a versatile major that can lead to many different careers. The concentration in Secondary Education includes, in addition to a fully-fledged mathematics major, all coursework and fieldwork necessary to obtain certification to teach math in Pennsylvania public schools. The concentration in pure mathematics prepares students for graduate study of pure mathematics, and the applied mathematics concentration prepares students either for graduate work in applied mathematics, or immediate employment in one of the many fields that make daily use of mathematics. It’s also possible to be a Mathematics major with no concentration.
Mathematical Business is a relatively new interdisciplinary major intended for students who are interested in using their mathematical talent and training in the business world.