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  1. Undergraduate Mathematics at Penn State University

  2. First Things First… Welcome! We are truly glad you could visit our campus and our department today!

  3. About Our Department Who we are… ~60 tenure/tenure-track faculty ~25 instructors and lecturers ~80 graduate students ~190 undergraduate mathematics majors

  4. About Our Department Internationally-recognized research in… • Algebra and Number Theory • Computational and Applied Mathematics • Dynamics and Geometry • Fluid Mechanics (Pritchard Laboratory) • Geometry and Mathematical Physics • Geometric Functional Analysis • Mathematical Logic • Partial Differential Equations

  5. Undergraduate Math at PSU Penn State offers two degrees in mathematics at the undergraduate level: • Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) • Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

  6. Undergraduate Math at PSU Seven options within the B.S. degree in mathematics Every option consists of … • Major Requirements - common to all • Option Requirements - vary by option • General Education Requirements

  7. Undergraduate Math at PSU The seven options under the B.S. degree in mathematics are: • Actuarial Mathematics • Applied Analysis • Computational Mathematics • General Mathematics • Graduate Study • Systems Analysis • Teacher Certification

  8. Advanced Placement Credit • If you receive a grade of 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB exam or a grade of 3 on the Calculus BC exam, you receive credit for MATH 140. • If you receive a grade of 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam, you receive credit for MATH 140 and 141.

  9. Your Academic “Package” • Concurrent Major • Minor(s) • Cooperative Education or Internship www.science.psu.edu/coop/

  10. Your Academic “Package” • Study Abroad www.science.psu.edu/scienceabroad • Math Undergraduate Research www.math.psu.edu/ug/curm/ • MASS Program www.math.psu.edu/mass/

  11. Your Academic “Package” • Join the Math Club www.clubs.psu.edu/up/math/ • Be a math tutor, grader, or exam proctor (for pay!) • Participate in other clubs or activities

  12. Careers in Mathematics A math major is a doorway to many different careers! Some informational resources … • Dr. Sellers’ Career Website www.math.psu.edu/UG/careers.htm • MBNA Career Services www.sa.psu.edu/career

  13. Research Mathematician College Professor High School Teacher Actuary Statistician Research Scientist Software Analyst Computer Programmer Financial Planner Stockbroker Cryptoanalyst Mortgage Broker Data Analyst Technical Writer Insurance Broker Budget Analyst Operations Research Analyst Information Scientist IRS investigator Several Career Examples

  14. Contact Information If at any time you have further questions about our program … • Contact us at undergrad@math.psu.edu • Call our Undergraduate Mathematics Office at 814-865-7528 • Visit our website at www.math.psu.edu