Mathematics at Messiah College
Messiah College’s Bachelor of Arts in mathematics degree 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 to become a successful mathematician, but you’ll also be a great communicator with a solid writing and interdisciplinary foundation.
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 jobs such as:
- Positions in government
- Positions in business
- 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.
About the mathematics (B.A.) program
Mathematics majors learn to appreciate the logical beauty of mathematical thought and how to use it to solve many kinds of problems. After you take the foundational courses taught by accomplished faculty, you choose from theoretical and applied mathematics courses as you pursue career objectives.
Through Messiah College’s nationally recognized internship program, research opportunities with professors and hands-on class projects, you gain the practical experience needed to prepare you for your first job or to further pursue your study in a graduate degree program.
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, you can apply to Messiah’s teacher education program in addition to your mathematics degree. You’ll take required mathematics courses and also take a sequence of education courses that prepare you to take the state-required exam to become a certified secondary (grades 7-12) mathematics teacher in public or private schools. Qualified mathematics teachers are in demand, and graduates seeking teaching positions have had a 100 percent job placement record in the last decade.