Mathematics is the study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. It is a body of related courses concerned with knowledge of measurement, properties, and relations quantities, which can include theoretical or applied studies of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus.
Description of the Field
Students will receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mathematics degree from the Division of Liberal Arts & Life Sciences with or without Secondary Teacher Certification. Students are required to complete about 120 credit hours for each degree program. Additionally, for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with teacher certification, students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, by fulfilling GPA requirements and passing the THEA test (unless they qualify for exemptions). There is an Early Field Experience and a Student Teaching experience requirement before graduation. Finally, in order to teach in the state of Texas, students must pass state certification exams, which they will be eligible to take after being admitted to the Teacher Education Program and consulting with their advisor to ensure they are adequately prepared before registering.
Possible Employers
The following lists of employers and job titles apply to people with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics without teacher certification as well as to people who are preparing to become certified teachers. For B.A. Mathematics majors with teacher certification, you may be less prepared to go into the nonteaching fields of mathematics in comparison with your counterparts who have a B.A. in mathematics without teacher certification, because about onethird of the classes you will take are educationrelated and not mathrelated (onethird are general core and onethird are mathematics major courses).


Possible Job Titles


Success Strategies
 Note that greatest demand is for applied mathematicians with skills in computer science, electronics design and theory, statistics and probability.
 Develop computer and research skills. Learn to use relevant software packages.
 Earn a master's degree in math, business, or related field for advanced positions or for consulting jobs.
 Maintain excellent G.P.A. for graduate/professional school admission.
 Gain relevant experience through internships, volunteering, summer, or parttime jobs.
 Join related professional organizations.
 Acquire a business minor.
 Volunteer to assist a professor with research.
 Gain knowledge of computer languages and programming.
 Take classes and earn relevant certifications.
 Become the financial officer or treasurer of a campus organization.
 Acquire a master's degree or Ph.D.for teaching positions at the college or university level.
 Volunteer to teach, supervise, or tutor with organizations such as Big Brother/Sister, YMCA, or churches.
 Pair a strong background in mathematics with another technical discipline such as computer science or engineering.
Online Resources
Math Jobs http://mathjobs.com/us
Jobs for Mathematics http://www.mathjobs.org/jobs
National Security Agency Careers http://www.nsa.gov/careers/
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Job link http://www.siam.org/careers/
American Mathematical Society Undergraduate Resources http://www.ams.org/employment
Cool Math: Careers in Math http://www.coolmath.com/careers.htm
Careers in Math http://www.cln.org/themes/careers_math.html
Career Resources http://www.awmmath.org/
Women in NASA http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/women/intro.html
US Department of Energy Career Intern Program http://humancapital.doe.gov/pers/cip/applicant/index_applicant.htm
Internships at NASA http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/default.htm
Science Careers Web http://www.sciencecareersweb.net/
Professional Associations
American Mathematical Society http://www.ams.org/
Association of Women in Math http://www.awmmath.org/ads.html
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) http://www.nctm.org/
Texas CTM http://tctmonline.org/
Mathematical Association of America http://www.maa.org/
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics http://www.siam.org/
Council for AfricanAmerican Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS) http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/
CAARMS/CAARMSindex.html