Mathematical Sciences (B.S./B.A.)

ABOUT

Even though the term “mathematician” may conjure visions of windowless rooms filled with number crunchers, the reality is quite different. Demand is high for the analytical and critical skills that you will develop as a mathematical sciences major. In 2015, mathematics was named the third best job by CareerCast.com, based on environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. Mathematical sciences graduates have careers in a wide range of industries, specialties and work environments in business, engineering, government (e.g., National Security Agency), industry, science and many other professions. At Clemson, an undergraduate study in traditional mathematics, applied mathematics, computational math or actuarial science/financial mathematics, as well as statistics and operations research will quickly prepare you for these career opportunities.

FAST FACTS

  • Job areas for mathematical sciences majors that may not be immediately obvious are cryptography/cryptanalysis, city planning, epidemiologist, foreign exchange trader, technical writer and air traffic controller.
  • Our department has about 231 undergraduate and 125 graduate students and 84 full-time faculty members.
  • The B.S. has a biology concentration, which is great for students interested in attending medical school.
  • Our combined bachelor’s/master’s plan could save you a year in earning both degrees.
  • In 2011, the median annual income for the profession was $94,178.
  • We offer both a B.A. and a B.S. degree in mathematical sciences.

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

From developing your iPhone® to quantifying global warming rates and climate change, mathematics is an unseen part of our everyday lives. Even though it might not be readily visible to the general public, mathematical scientists have been responsible for some of the most striking changes in science and technology today. At Clemson, you can choose to receive either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in mathematical sciences.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts option requires a few more liberal arts classes and includes a minor, but it does not require lab science course work. Typically secondary education math majors follow this degree program.

Bachelor of Science

In the Bachelor of Science program, you can choose among several focused coursework options. There are seven emphasis areas that provide an introduction to a specific area where mathematics is used, and they are:

  • abstract mathematics
  • actuarial science/financial mathematics
  • applied and computational mathematics
  • computer science
  • operations research/management science
  • statistics
  • applied statistics.

Biology Concentration (B.S.) — For students interested in going on to medical school, the mathematical sciences biology concentration is a great fit. This coursework allows students to take more biology courses to fulfill science requirements.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan: In our dual-degree program, up to 12 hours of classwork can be used for both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematical sciences. This is a great choice if you want to get a graduate degree since it saves a year over the usual sequencing of the two degrees separately.

Popular Minors

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Financial Management

EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has several research, educational and pre-professional opportunities for student involvement locally, throughout the U.S. and even abroad.

The Clemson University Actuarial Club provides a better understanding of the actuarial profession (deals with risk management), assistance in preparing for actuarial exams and interaction with actuarial students and faculty.
Students are challenged with research discoveries that originate from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge or from the pressing needs of the world around them. These team-based investigations are led by a faculty mentor.
The Research Experience for Undergraduates program is typically funded by National Science Foundation grants. Like summer jobs, students are paid to work with mathematical science researchers.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is an organization for students, professors and professionals interested and involved in mathematics and its applications to the real world.
Our undergraduates have two incredible opportunities to study math in Moscow and Budapest. Both programs offer semester-long, 12-credit opportunities, and the program in Budapest also offers a six-week summer program.

AFTER GRADUATION

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE

KEY
  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Research Statistician

    Medical University of South Carolina
  • Scientist

    Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Global Software Analyst

    Integration Point

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • Ph.D.

    Brown University
  • Ph.D.

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D.

    University of Virginia

COMMON CAREER AREAS

  • Banking, Insurance, Finance
    • Credit Lending 
    • Risk Management 
    • Investment Banking
    • Financial Analysis 
    • Actuarial Science 
    • Securities Research
  • Research and Development
    • Budget Analysis
      • Industry
        • Software Engineering 
        • Software Development 
        • Systems Analysis 
        • Information Systems 
        • Market Research
        • Operations Research Analysis 
        • Quality Control
      • Cryptanalysis and Cryptography
        • Forensic Analysis
          • Science
            • Epidemiology and Medicine
            • Genomics
            • Mathematical Biophysics 
            • Biostatistics
            • Climatology
            • Computational Biology
          • Education
            • Government
              • Military Intelligence

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            FIND OUT MORE

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            Christopher Porter

            CES Undergraduate Recruitment Director
            864-656-7870
            cporter@clemson.edu