Mathematics Major

Learning mathematics at LVC is unique. The combination of a friendly atmosphere, dedication to high academic standards, critical mass of students studying mathematics, successful graduates, and caring faculty set the program apart from math departments at other colleges.

The major in mathematics is the foundation of the department's curriculum. The basic program can be complemented with other courses depending on a student's interests. Common directions of study include preparation for secondary school teaching, graduate school, or for a career in statistics or operations research.

LVC math majors pursue a range of careers, often as programmers, analysts, and application consultants. Math majors preparing for work in secondary education find many opportunities. Those with additional course work in economics and business find careers in management - many in banking and finance.

The major provides excellent preparation for further study. Recent graduates have attended the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, University of Oregon, and The Pennsylvania State University for graduate study.

Mathematics, actuarial science, analytical finance, and computer and data science majors constitute seven percent of the student body at LVC, as compared to the national average of less than one percent.

Recently, LVC mathematics majors have obtained positions as a teacher, operations research analyst, bank credit analyst, marketing manager, and mutual fund accountant.

The Mathematical Physics Research Group brings mathematics, physics, and computer science students together for research projects-mostly in quantum information science.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics

Required courses:

MAS 099 Presentation Attendance
MAS 111 Analysis I
MAS 112 Analysis II
MAS 113 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking I
MAS 114 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking II
MAS 202 Foundations of Mathematics
MAS 222 Linear Algebra
MAS 261 Calculus III

Take six additional, subject to:

One of the following:
MAS 311 Real Analysis

MAS 322 Abstract Algebra

Two of the following:
CDS 142 Programming I
Any ASC, CDS, FIN or MAS course numbered above 200, excluding internships and 1-credit CDS courses.

Three additional MAS courses numbered above 300 (except MAS 400).

A 400 level ASC course may substitute for MAS 335, and ASC 385 may be substituted for MAS 266 or MAS 270 

Mathematics majors are advised to take at least one computer science course or have equivalent experience.

At the discretion of the department, the requirement of MAS 111 Analysis I

and/or 112 may be waived for students who enter the major with credit for MAS 161 Calculus I and 162. Such students will still take MAS 113 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking I and 114.