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Math majors are in demand by employers for careers in a wide spectrum of fields.

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Mathematics

Degrees offered at Minot State

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Mathematics Major (teaching)
  • Minor in Mathematics (teaching and non-teaching)
  • Minor in Applied Statistics
  • Concentrations in Mathematics and Applied Statistics

What do mathematicians do?

  • Applied mathematicians apply theories and techniques to practical questions, such as the effectiveness of a new drug or the aerodynamics of a new car.
  • Theoretical mathematicians identify and resolve unexplained issues to increase basic knowledge that leads to advancements in science and engineering.
  • Mathematics teachers provide students with the skills they need to succeed in the classroom and the workplace.

Non-teaching careers

  • A bachelor of arts in mathematics is good preparation for government employment.
  • A double major in mathematics and a related discipline - such as computer or physical science - is particularly desirable to many employers.
  • An advanced degree (master's or Ph.D.) is the norm in private industry, where mathematicians often work as computer programmers, system analysts, systems engineers, and statisticians. One growing field is cloud computing and data mining.

Requirements for math teachers
Admission to the teacher education program is selective. Criteria includes:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in major
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • References from two former teachers and from your college program
  • Passing scores on pre-professional skills tests in reading, writing and math

Student teaching
Mathematics Education students are required to complete 12 weeks of student teaching. As a student teacher you’ll be responsible, as much as is appropriate, for the cooperating teacher’s entire class load.

Job outlook for math teachers
Job prospects are strong for high school math teachers. North Dakota is having a hard time meeting the demand for qualified mathematics teachers. Other states are also in need of qualified mathematics teachers.

Coursework
All mathematics majors take courses in calculus, differential equations, and linear and abstract algebra, probability and statistics. Future mathematics teachers take required professional education coursework.

Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change. Other coursework required.

Our faculty
Faculty members in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department are highly qualified instructors eager to help students meet their academic and career goals. In addition to training future mathematicians, teachers and computer scientists, the department is responsible for all general education mathematics classes.

Our college
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to comprehensive, holistic and interdisciplinary education. By integrating excellent teaching with scholarly and creative activity, we prepare students with the knowledge, values and skills they need to succeed in a diverse world.

To learn more, visit our Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

Contact Information
Scott Kast 
Chairperson 
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Phone: 701-858-3081 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3081
scott.kast@minostateu.edu