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Mathematics, BS , Minor

Overview

Mathematics lies at the foundation of a multitude of fields, including science, business, and technology.

The mathematics major at DSU will teach you how to think logically, solve problems, and analyze data. It’s a degree that can take you anywhere. This major provides a solid foundation in the major areas of mathematics, while giving students the flexibility to study both applied and theoretical topics related to their career goals.

The mathematics major consists of four track options, each leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Options

  • General Track: The general mathematics track provides a solid foundation in the major areas in the field of mathematics. This track provides the most flexibility and is often chosen by students wishing to double major or minor in another discipline.
  • Actuarial Science: Actuarial science is the application of mathematics and statistics to the study of risk management. This concentration will prepare you for the first two exams offered by the Society of Actuaries/Casualty Actuarial Society.
  • Graduate School Preparation: This concentration will provide you with a broad foundation in the theoretical branches of mathematics to prepare you for graduate school.
  • Teacher Certification: In coordination with the education department, we also offer certification for those interested in teaching mathematics at the secondary level.

What makes our Mathematics major unique?

  • Small Class Sizes
    • less than 15-20 in upper level courses
    • no more than 30 in lower level courses
  • Personal Attention
    • each major receives an academic advisor within our department
    • 4-6 Mathematics majors per class
    • tight-knit, community feel 
    • accessible, experienced and highly trained faculty with 
      expertise in such areas as number theory, graph theory, and more
  • Program Flexibility
    • multiple tracks within allow you to focus on specific areas of interest
    • double majors and minors are achievable within four-year time frame
  • Research Experiences
    • opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research with full-time faculty members 

Math at DeSales

The mathematics major will prepare you in the fundamental concepts in differential and integral calculus, probability and statistics, algebra, geometry, and analysis. 

Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. We welcome applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: Test-optional for students applying for Fall 2022*
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form
  • Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

* SAT scores are highly recommended for students applying for the Nursing and Health Science programs. Please refer to the Program Specific Requirements section for any requirements specific to this program.

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

When to Apply

We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.

Curriculum

Students who graduate from DeSales with a major in mathematics will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts and techniques of calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, discrete mathematics, and probability & statistics;
  2. understand and write mathematical proofs;
  3. think critically and apply mathematical knowledge to solve a wide variety of mathematical problems;
  4. communicate mathematically in both written and oral form with precision, clarity, and organization;
  5. write basic computer programs and use technology for visualization, problem solving, and mathematical modeling.

Major specific classes will include:

  • Calculus I-IV
  • Statistical Analysis Using R
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Differential Equations
  • Probability Theory
  • Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Python

Academic Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Make it a Minor

Mathematics is available as a minor to add on to a bachelor's degree in another area. A minor consists of 6 courses and is indicated on your permanent record. 

Facilities

Computer Labs/Classrooms

  • three dedicated computer labs (one programming; one digital art; one hardware)
  • labs are equipped with modern technology including dual monitor computers, digital art drawing tablets, smart boards and flat screen televisions classrooms are equipped with smart board technology and have a maximum capacity of less than 30 students

Software

  • up-to-date software used in our classes include Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, Virtual PC, Adobe Creative Cloud, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Game Engine, Oracle, Autodesk Mudbox, Geometer’s Sketchpad and Android Studio

Careers & Internships

Recent graduates of the department have obtained employment at companies including:

  • Air Products & Chemicals, American Heritage Federal Credit Union, B. Braun Medical Inc.,
  • Cigna Health Insurance, Crayola, LLC, Department of the Navy, ETS-Educational Testing Services,
  • Harleysville Insurance, Hatch House Ventures, Lockheed Martin Corp., Lutron Electronics,
  • Merck, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., PPL Corp., Prudential, St. Luke’s University Health Network, TD Bank,
  • Trifecta Technologies, T-Mobile, Vanguard, amazon.com

Recent graduates of the department have pursued graduate studies at institutions including:

  • University of Pennsylvania (Statistics/Analytics), Temple University (Applied Mathematics),
  • Villanova University (Applied Statistics), Lehigh University (Pure Mathematics),
  • University of Delaware (Financial Engineering), Rutgers University (Computer Science),
  • University of Michigan (Data Mining; Bio-statistics), DeSales University (M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S.I.S.)

"Employment of math occupations is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 50,400 new jobs. Growth is anticipated as businesses and government agencies continue to emphasize the use of big data, which math occupations can analyze." 

- Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2021-2022

Resident Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500

Room and Board - $13,300
Mandatory Fees - $1,500
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $54,500 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Total cost for resident students: $59,674

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Total cost for commuter students: $48,312

Off-Campus*

Direct Costs
Tuition - $39,500
Mandatory Fees - $1,300
One-time Orientation Fee for Freshmen and Transfers - $200
Total = $41,000 (including freshman/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,468
Personal Expenses - $3,706
Transportation Costs - $2,138
Living Expenses - $7,870
Total cost for off-campus students: $56,182
*First year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $75

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically be considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

 

Tracks

Do you envision yourself pursuing a career in actuarial science? Or are you more of a high school math teacher?

At DeSales, you'll have the opportunity to choose an area of focus within the Mathematics major. Our program includes four track options: the general mathematics track, the actuarial science track, the teacher certification track, and the graduate school preparation track.

Each track leads to a BS in Mathematics, and includes coursework to help you specialize your math degree to match your specific career goals.

General Track

The general mathematics track provides a solid foundation in the major areas in the field of mathematics. This track provides the most flexibility and is often chosen by students wishing to double major or minor in another discipline.

The General track requires you to choose four electives from CS260 (Databases and Data Visualization), any MA course at the 300 or 400 level.

Actuarial Science Track

Actuarial science is the application of mathematics and statistics to the study of risk management. This concentration will prepare you for the first two exams offered by the Society of Actuaries/Casualty Actuarial Society.

The Actuarial Science track includes the following track-specific courses:

  • MA 311: Actuarial Mathematics - P
  • MA 312: Actuarial Mathematics - FM
  • EC 209: Macroeconomics OR EC 210: Microeconomics
  • CS 260: Database and Data Visualization

Teacher Certification Track

In coordination with the education department, we offer certification for those interested in teaching mathematics at the secondary level.

The Teacher Certification track includes the following track-specific courses:

  • MA 351: Fundamentals of Modern Geometry
  • MA 445: Advanced Calculus OR MA 471: Abstract Algebra
  • ED 412: Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools
  • Elective: any one MA course at 300 level or above

Graduate School Preparation Track

The Graduate School Preparation track will provide you with a broad foundation in the theoretical branches of mathematics to prepare you for graduate school.

The Graduate School Preparation track includes the following track-specific courses:

  • MA 351: Fundamentals of Modern Geometry
  • MA 445: Advanced Calculus OR MA 471: Abstract Algebra
  • Two electives from any MA course at 300 or 400 level
Placeholder Quote
The best part of the math major is the camaraderie and the community-feel with the faculty and the students. The connections that I’ve formed are some of the closest bonds I’ve ever had. At the end of the day, the math department is just so welcoming. It’s one of the best places to be.
Henry Wickus ’17, Math/Computer Science/Philosophy
Employers

Career Preparation from Day One

We're passionate about helping our students and alumni explore major and career options, find experiential education, and achieve post-graduation success in an evolving global world. 

Explore the Career Development Center

Study Abroad

DeSales has an international experience for every student, every major, for every student athlete — we have something for everyone, no matter what.

We have many international agreements that allow you to study abroad for a semester at the same cost as your DeSales tuition, and you can use your financial aid!

Learn about our study abroad opportunities
Study Abroad Rome
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  • Math Club
  • Computer Science Club
  • Anime Club
  • Actuary Club
  • The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
  • The Department of Homeland Security: Academic Alliance Partner

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