Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Mathematics Major, B.S.
Mathematics is the science of numbers and physical space.
Mathematics majors at Metropolitan State University of Denver develop strong logical reasoning and mathematical skills with an understanding of core subject matter in calculus, proofs and computer programming that can be applied to many careers. Mathematics majors then build upon that foundation in a specialized area of their choice.
Choose from the following concentrations to specialize in an undergraduate area of study and enhance your Mathematics bachelor’s degree:
- Applied Mathematics
- Theoretical Mathematics
- Probability and Statistics
- Mathematics Education (with or without licensure)
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
MSU Denver’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Mathematics offers an affordable, top-quality education. According to an external reviewer, the Math program at MSU Denver is “a gem. It is offering the students the same quality of education that they would receive at an Ivy League School for a fraction of the price.” And with a passionate faculty of Mathematics teacher-scholars dedicated to helping you get the most from your academic experience, you’ll thrive in this diverse, urban learning environment.
Here are some examples of opportunities you will receive as an MSU Denver Math major:
Participate in Mathematics undergraduate research or guided, individual studies. In recent years, students have developed projects in specialized topics such as the following:
- Coding theory and cryptography: using Math to encrypt information and compress the encrypted data in a lossless format
- Statistical modeling of E. coli contamination of waters in the local creek system to help determine the source of contamination
- Mathematical models of morphogenesis — the biological process controlling the spatial distribution of cells during the embryonic development of an organism — and explaining, for example, how a leopard gets its spots
- Research problems in combinatorics
Complete an internship for valuable, first-hand learning experience in the field of Mathematics. With strong alumni connections, the undergraduate degree program in Mathematics has placed several B.S. in Mathematics students at MSU Denver with local and national businesses such as insurance agencies and financial institutions. For example, students interested in actuarial science — the mathematics of insurance and of risk — have interned with companies such as Great West and Mercer.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
The job market for Mathematics majors is expected to increase 23 percent by 2022, with the median salary projected to be $110,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Employers in business, science, technology and government sectors need problem-solvers who understand numbers, mathematical modeling, technologies and Big Data. These are just some examples of what you can get into with your B.S. degree in Mathematics from MSU Denver:
- Astronomy and Space Exploration
- Biotechnology Research
- Climate Study
- Computer Science and Security
- Economics and Business Analysis
- Finance and Banking
- Medical, Business or Law School
- Research and Academia
- Statistical and Mathematical Modeling
Undergraduate students who earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from MSU Denver are well-prepared for graduate or professional school, science-related careers and careers in data analysis to improve business decisions. MSU Denver alumni have earned job placements as:
- Applied mathematicians
- Data analysts
- Financial analysts
- Logistics analysts
- SAS programmers
- Systems engineers
Hear from our students:
“Earning my degree in Mathematics has helped shape my future career by creating possibilities rather than determining what I have to do.”
—Joseph May (MSU Denver '15)
With extensive teaching and industry experience, MSU Denver faculty in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Mathematics have earned a national reputation in Math-and science-related fields such as group theory, biostatistics, wavelets and Mathematics Education. As energetic as they are diverse — 40 percent are women — Math faculty make themselves available to undergraduate students and actively engage with them in and out of the classroom.
Associate Professor Diane Davis is an expert in algebraic geometry. She teaches calculus and linear algebra and is dedicated to helping students succeed. She is the recipient of the Mathematical Association of America Burton Jones Distinguished Teaching Award for the Rocky Mountain region.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Ribble is a member of the Probability and Statistics group and a popular teacher of all classes in that concentration. Her research involves statistical analysis of very large data sets for medical-related studies. She has been collaborating with a team of medical researchers in the Netherlands, and her work epitomizes the interdisciplinary nature of applied statistics.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver alumni who earn a degree in Mathematics enter the workforce well-prepared to make an immediate impact. Employers such as Lockheed Martin, DISH Network, Xcel Energy and Bank of America appreciate our graduates because of their sharp analytical and problem-solving skills. Here are just a few alumni success stories:
- Gabe Young (MSU Denver ’09) earned his Ph.D. at Colorado State University and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.
- Brenda Veik (MSU Denver ’02) is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a senior actuary for Annuity Valuation at Great West Financial.
- Rory Flynn (MSU Denver ’15) is a statistical programmer and research associate at BBC Research and Consulting, where he analyzes data for economic and social studies.
- Sarah Zeggert (MSU Denver ’14) is an actuarial analyst at Mercer.
- Randal Wright (MSU Denver ’03) is a systems engineer at Johnson Space Center.
- Kirsten Rawls (MSU Denver ’16) is a systems engineer with the Space Systems division of Lockheed Martin.
- Sophia Mahmood (MSU Denver ’15), formerly a data analyst forecasting coal supply and demand at S&P Global Platts, is now a senior energy modeler at Energy Ventures Analysis.
In addition to the standard curriculum of Math classes you need, MSU Denver’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Mathematics offers a variety of concentrations and courses to choose from. With so many options, you can pursue your passion for Mathematics along different career paths. Unique courses you may be interested in exploring include:
Facilities and Resources
MSU Denver has a variety of computing and other state-of-the-art technological tools available to all students. And as a Math major, you have access to the STEM Learning Center, where STEM majors work and study to solve problems together.