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Mathematics Degree Options

  • Why Study Mathematics

    Mathematics is one of the most diverse majors that you can choose. Mathematics majors work in every imaginable industry and are prepared to step into fields that don't even exist today. And mathematics careers (including mathematician, actuary, and statistician) repeatedly hit the annual lists of top-paying careers. A Saint Francis mathematics degree can help you open the door to an exciting career no matter which path looks most interesting to you.

    Degree Options

    • Mathematics (Bachelor of Arts or Sciences)  
      • Our Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Mathematics are designed to offer a solid background in mathematics. This concentration gives the most freedom to pursue more intense mathematical studies or a broad background in liberal arts. Students who are planning to further their education in mathematics may want to consider this concentration.
    • Actuarial Concentration (B.S. in Mathematics)
      • The Actuarial Science concentration prepares you to become an actuary. An actuary studies future risks in insurance, finance, and business. Actuaries are required to know mathematics, economics, and finance. The Actuarial Career path consistently is ranked in the top 10 best overall jobs based on job satisfaction, salary and growth.  This concentration prepares you for the first of the Actuarial Profession Exams required to become certified.
    • Applied Mathematics Concentration (B.S. in Mathematics)  
      • The Applied Mathematics concentration provides you with training in both the theory of mathematics as well as in mathematical techniques in the area of statistics, biomathematics, cryptography, scientific computation, mathematical modeling, economics, financial mathematics, operations research and engineering.
    • Secondary Education Certification (B.S. in Mathematics)  
      • The Secondary Education concentration prepares you to become middle or high school mathematics teachers. Upon graduation you will have the mathematical education along with the educational background and classroom experience needed to begin a successful  teaching career.
    • Computer Science minor concentration (B.S. in Mathematics)  

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements.


    • Mathematics, Minor  
    • Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Minor  
    • Quantitative Methods, Minor  

    See requirements: Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Sciences to view degree requirements.

    Why Mathematics at SFU?

    Real researchers dedicated to teaching: Our small, engaging classes are taught by faculty who are conducting and publishing dynamic mathematical research in both applied and theoretical research, yet view teaching as their central focus.

    Friendly atmosphere, big opportunities:  At Saint Francis we are small enough to give you personal attention yet large enough to provide incredible opportunities as well.  Participation in professional societies and conferences, SFU’s Pie on Pi Day, the PA Statistics Poster Competition, SFU’s Science Day, the MECS club, and Honor societies are just a few of the opportunities that awaits you.

    Enhanced Degrees: Our Mathematics majors can easily double major in any number of disciplines. Popular majors that our students have regularly paired with Mathematics include Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology.  Students also add flavor to their degrees with minors such as physics, computer science and chemistry.  These enhancements to our students’ degrees really set them apart when they enter the job market.

    Careers Possibilities

    Our mathematics students go far. Our majors have found satisfying careers in:  

    • federal and state government
    • military
    • financial services
    • scientific research and development services
    • consulting services in management, science, and technology
    • software publishing
    • insurance
    • areospace, pharmaceutical, and other manufacturing companies
    • middle and high schools

    Salary and Career Data from ACS