Mathematics at Messiah College
Messiah’s math major with an option for a secondary teaching certification and/or a statistics minor is unique among Christian colleges of comparable size.
A degree in mathematics from Messiah College will challenge you to integrate your Christian faith and the field of mathematical sciences. Our classical Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in mathematics provides a broad-based program with a liberal arts emphasis, ensuring you’ll have not only the required analytical and technical skills, but you’ll also be a great communicator with a solid writing and interdisciplinary foundation.
By going beyond the realm of facts and numbers, you’ll develop the skills sought in almost every sector of the job market including engineering, science, telecommunications, computer services and software, aerospace, automotive, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, government, and more. And if teaching interests you, Messiah’s teacher education program equips you with excellent preparation to teach mathematics in public or private settings.
Mathematics major distinctives
As a mathematics major at Messiah College, you could:
- Travel with faculty on a math education cross-cultural course to West Africa.
- Present your work professionally at our annual Spring Symposium on campus or regionally and/or nationally at professional meetings attended by students and faculty.
- Learn from faculty who have research interests in areas such as nonparametric statistics, regression analysis, recreational mathematics and international mathematics education.
- Pursue a minor in statistics or double major in a variety of fields that interest you.
- Take a Financial Mathematics course, along with courses in statistics, economics and finance to prepare for a career in actuarial mathematics.
- Receive a complimentary student journal membership to the Mathematical Association of America and the American Statistical Association.
- Work alongside other students in projects related to communications technology, assistance for disabled persons, sustainable energy, transportation technologies and water resources.
- Students who choose the teaching certification program have an extremely high pass rate on required Praxis examinations for certification and regularly receive commendations for their high performance on the
Praxis II Mathematics Content exam.
Career options for mathematics majors
As a graduate of the mathematics program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Secondary teacher
- International school teacher
- Graduate student in mathematics, statistics, education
For more information on career planning for the mathematics program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship, research and teaching opportunities for mathematics majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of mathematics internships. A few examples include:
- A variety of internship opportunities in the region, including in
Harrisburg, are available in a wide range of fields.
- All majors completing the mathematics teaching certification complete sophomore and junior field experience semester in their second and third year, as well as a full-time professional semester (student-teaching) in their fourth year.
Learn more about the Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences
The Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences is housed in the School of Science, Engineering and Health. Learn more about the Department of Information and Mathematical Sciences by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- The National Science Foundation offers well-funded summer research experiences for students, and Messiah College information and mathematical science students are regularly selected for these nationally competitive programs.
- Department professors lead students on cross-cultural trips to places such as West Africa, Greece/Albania and Sweden.
- Strong students present their work professionally at our annual Spring Research Symposium
- Qualified students have competed in the International Collegiate Programming Contest where leading computing firms often recruit top students.
- 90 percent of department faculty hold Ph.D. degrees.
- Faculty regularly participates in national professional organizations and serves as readers/graders for Advanced Placement (AP) exams in calculus, computer science, statistics, and physics.