Mathematics

About

Ian Martines, Ph.D., lectures students on mathematics. Mathematics — from financial math to actuarial science — is about more than the theory of numbers. It discovers tools from which a quantitative understanding of our world is made possible.

Moreover, the language of mathematics is truly a universal language, transcending ethnic, societal, and national boundaries.

Finally, mathematics also is a critical filter, opening doors to exciting and high-paying careers in business, government, teaching and research.

Degree Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics — Degree Plan
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Concentration in Actuarial Science — Degree Plan
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with Teacher Certification (Secondary) — Degree Plan
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics — Degree Plan
Minor in Mathematics — Degree Plan
Minor in Applied Mathematics — Degree Plan
Minor in Financial Mathematics — Degree Plan

Careers

“I was blessed to have great professors who were willing to help me pass my first actuary exam.”
– Brittany Sullivan (B.A. ’12) — Read her story.

Studying Mathematics develops skills such as arguing logically and rigorously, thinking abstractly, formulating and solving problems, analyzing data, and creating and analyzing mathematical models. Employers value these skills, and math majors are in demand in many different fields.

Career possibilities for Mathematics majors include:

  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Statistician
  • Cryptologist
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Researcher
  • Finance
  • Actuary
  • Computer Science
  • Biotech
Student Activities

Conferences

Texas Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
American Mathematical Society Texas Section Meeting

Internships

Internships for Mathematics majors often are available in San Antonio at USAA (particularly in actuarial science) and Southwest Research Institute (in mathematics, statistics and mathematical programming). The National Security Agency in Washington, D.C., has a summer internship program in mathematical cryptologic problems for math majors.Other experiential opportunities include research programs at Louisiana State University, the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University, the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate at Rice University, and the Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates at the University of Puerto Rico.

Organizations

The Society of Mathematicians is open to anyone interested in mathematics. The Society has sponsored speakers from all areas of mathematics, such as Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Systems, Brain Mapping Using Mathematics, Mathematical Applications in the Field of Hospital Management, the Group Structure of the “Magic Globe” Puzzle, the actuarial profession, and Geometric Methods in Population Dynamics.Past guests have included professionals from Brooks Air Force Base, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USAA and Trinity University.The Society has also sponsors on-campus activities such as bake sales, Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournaments, Sudoku Tournaments and Poker Tournaments. Participants often have the opportunity to attend conferences of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America and compete in the Calculus Bowl against other Texas universities.

Outreach

In MATH Counts, St. Mary’s professors and students engage middle school students in fun, challenging extracurricular math programs that will broaden their view of academic and professional opportunities.

Lean more about MATH Counts.

Math Scholarship Competition

The Math Scholarship Competition draws the best and brightest high school seniors from San Antonio and surrounding areas to compete for $100,000 in four-year scholarships to St. Mary’s University.

For more information, contact Paul Uhlig, Ph.D..

Research

Math majors are encouraged to consider taking part in the outstanding research programs offered at the following institutions:

  • Louisiana State University
  • Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University
  • Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate at Rice University
  • Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates at the University of Puerto Rico
Learn more about the St. Mary's Mathematics Program
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