The Mathematics major at Alderson-Broaddus College prepares students to put their mathematical ability to work on real-world problems. Unlike the theoretical mathematics emphasized in many colleges, applied math skills will have immediate employment advantages. Studying the intimate relationship between mathematics and computers is also a significant component of this major.
Careers in Mathematics
Career options are unlimited for the mathematician. Because new opportunities for mathematicians are developing in almost all business and professional areas, your mathematical skills will be in demand. The following are examples of areas in which mathematicians can work: consultant to industry; government analyst; operations research analyst; research & development; computer programmer; computer analyst; teacher; statistician; actuary; quality control; space industry.
Personal and Individual Attention from Experience and Caring Faculty
In your study among the excellent faculty and high-quality students of the Natural Science Division, you will have many opportunities for distinction. You will have small classes, attention and guidance from your professors and opportunities for advanced research responsibilities, important features not standard at larger schools.
Opportunities for Involvement
You will have advantages and opportunities within A-B's campus community to develop interpersonal communication and organizational skill, and to become more confident about meeting and directing people. Experiences in social and service groups, in student government, student publications, or in musical and theatrical presentations can contribute to your personal and professional growth. The Natural Science Division has opportunities for involvement through the Outdoor Club, ZAG (Zetta Alpha Gamma) Science Club, as well as Division luncheons and picnics.
Program of Study
In addition to exposure to the underlying nature of mathematics, the course of study focuses on the concepts and techniques necessary for solution to real-world problems. Given a physical problem, students learn to break it down to its basic components, write a mathematical model of the situation, solve the model, and translate that solution back into the physical world. Courses include discrete mathematics, modeling, physics, statistics and operations research.
Because of the close relationship between mathematics and computer science we have a highly integrated program. It is possible to obtain a Bachelor's degree in both mathematics and computer science in four years. A-B continues to lead private colleges in West Virginia in the access to computer facilities. A-B's computer labs provide access for every student to a personal computer or to a mainframe. The system is constantly being expanded and upgraded with all labs internet connected.