Lebanon Valley College Mathematics professors demonstrate a problem to their students

A Flexible Degree for an Analytical World

The world needs people who can solve technical problems. LVC’s mathematics degree prepares students with foundational skills that can be used in a huge variety of careers where critical problem solving is key. Our program trains majors to be independent learners, careful problem solvers, and effective communicators.

At LVC, we measure our success by what our students become. In addition to building a foundation in the principles of mathematics, you’ll learn to understand technical content, think creatively, solve complex problems, and present your findings to a broader audience. Whether you’re in an introductory or advanced course, you can expect to be working in groups, thinking about complex problems, and standing at the front of the class presenting your work, developing the communication skills you need to succeed in your future career.

Our majors learn calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics, and computer programming. They take electives such as abstract algebra, real analysis, graph theory, or cryptography at the upper level. Students help choose topics for specialized upper-level courses, and there are also opportunities to engage in independent study.

Beyond the academic curriculum, students participate in various summer internships and research experiences with faculty experts, or on independent projects. Since 2000, more than half of our summer research students have become published co-authors in top-tier research journals, earning a distinctive advantage with future employers or graduate school careers.

Flexibility for Every Career Path

Our bachelor’s degree in mathematics is designed to be self-contained and extremely flexible. Many of our students complete double majors in other fields, such as secondary education certification, data science, computer science, or actuarial science. The math program is flexible enough that students can double major with nearly any other program on campus.

Recent LVC graduates work as security engineers, data scientists, programmers, analysts, and researchers for organizations like Elsevier, The Hartford, Mercer, Aetna, and Hershey Medical. Others have pursued advanced degrees in mathematics, physics, and actuarial science at The University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Pittsburgh, Lehigh University, and elsewhere. Many math majors teach in middle and high schools after graduation.

LVC’s strong reputation in the mathematical sciences and impressive alumni connections helped me earn a high-impact internship—and my current position as security engineer—with Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services.

Security Engineer at Elsevier

Patrick Vares ’15