Mathematics (BA/BS)

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Explore the universal language of numbers, geometric shapes, logic, and related areas of mathematics. Learn how math relates to real-world problems, leadership, communication, and teamwork with a mathematics degree from Indiana State.  

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics at Indiana State?

Mathematics plays a vital role in nearly every aspect of today’s world. Studying mathematics enhances problem-solving skills, teaches logical thinking, and builds analytical abilities. Our mathematics program is tailored to meet your individual career goals, whether that’s research, artificial intelligence, finance, statistics, teaching, or other fields.  

Math majors study calculus, statistics, applied mathematics, dynamical systems, linear and abstract algebra, and analysis. If your primary major is engineering, technology, physics, chemistry, or computer science, you can substantially benefit from having mathematics as a second major or minor.   

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Learn from Our Excellent Faculty 

Faculty in the Department of Mathematical Sciences participate in interdisciplinary research, often alongside students, and they regularly present findings at conferences. Our faculty’s areas of academic interest include the teaching of mathematics, dynamical systems, differential equations, probability and statistics, algebra, and logic. 

Small class sizes allow you to work one-on-one with your professors and collaborate with classmates on projects and interactive learning activities.   

What You'll Learn in the Mathematics Program 

Our mathematics degree programs introduce you to a variety of subjects in mathematics, statistics, analysis, equations, mathematical modeling, and actuarial sciences. You will study abstract algebra, analysis, analytic geometry, calculus, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, programming in mathematics, and other subjects.  

You may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. The BS in Mathematics provides excellent preparation for graduate study, which can lead to a research career in mathematics, statistics, computer science, applied mathematics, and related fields. The BA in mathematics requires fewer credits and offers a larger variety of elective courses. You can complete either of our mathematics degrees in four years of full-time study.  

Your education in the mathematics program will conclude with a senior seminar project. This involves independent study in a subject area combining material from previous classes, under the supervision of a faculty member. You will complete assignments designed to ensure you are well-prepared for your future career. 



In addition to these core mathematics classes, you will select a concentration related to your preferred study of mathematics.  


Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Mathematics Majors

Our bachelor’s degree in mathematics provides you with the analytical thinking skills needed for careers in statistics, actuarial sciences, teaching, mathematical research, or mathematical modeling. 

Major employers of mathematicians include the National Security Agency, Department of Defense, federal and state governments, and private-sector employers such as the aerospace industry, computer industry, pharmaceutical industry, research and testing services, educational services, security and commodity exchanges, public relations services, finance, insurance, and public utilities.  

Many of our alumni pursue graduate degrees in mathematics, statistics, computer science, and related fields.  

Maximize Your Experience at Indiana State

Explore our Honors College to learn how you can maximize your college experience with faculty mentors, undergraduate research, internships, and Honors housing. Students in the Honors College also enjoy opportunities to travel across the nation and abroad for conferences, service-learning trips, and immersive academic and cultural studies.

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