General summary: Mathematics is a challenging but an engaging discipline because it trains the mind in critical and logical thinking. It challenges the intuition and stretches the imagination. Its mastery is central to the natural sciences and figures prominently in many of the social sciences. Because it trains one to think logically, mathematics provides an excellent preparation for any career field - technical or non-technical.
Average number of majors graduating per year: 12
Percentage of students desiring graduate school accepted within 2 years of graduation: 100%. In the past five years, we have sent students to masters and Ph.D. degree graduate programs at UMass, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, Wesleyan University, and George Washington University.
Associated major/minor programs: There are 10 programs offered in our department, and all are related.
What can my child do with a degree in this field? While many departments espouse the wide variety of options that open with their majors, we genuinely feel that no door is ever shut with a math major.
Your student may not be doing calculus in their job, but they will be analyzing data, solving problems, and applying their Wittenberg education to many situations.
Employers know that a math major is smart, trainable, and dedicated. Here are just a few of the wide variety of jobs that our Wittenberg math alumni currently hold:
A math major is also excellent preparation for professional programs. Mathematics majors score higher than any other majors on the LSAT and GMAT, and are among the highest on the MCAT. Multiple studies have also shown that taking more mathematics classes will equate to more income, regardless of your major.
General summary:Statistics is the art and science of using quantitative analysis to get insight from data for solving real-life problems. As such, it’s the ideal job field for the “information age” in the 21st century, in which people are flooded with so much data that they don’t know how to make sense of it. Statisticians help people in other fields use data to solve problems in the real world.
Students interested in jobs or grad school in statistics or actuarial science can major in math and specialize on the Statistics Track. Students in other fields can pursue a Statistics Minor, so that they can apply powerful stat concepts and methods and techniques to analyze information from work in their major field.
Average number of recent stat trackers/minors graduating per year: 3
Acceptance rate of recent stat trackers/minors applying to graduate programs: 100% in...statistics, biostatistics, applied statistics, operations research,
psychology, sociology, philanthropic studies, non-profit management, economics
ISU, OSU, and NCSU above are among the top 5 stat grad programs in the country.
In the past two years, students have participated in the following service-learning internships and field experiences:
Statisticians use data to help people in other fields solve problems. In this sense, they get to play in everybody else’s back yard. Statisticians work in all phases of business, government, industry, academia, insurance and investment, research, public service, consulting, etc. Here’s what a few recent stat trackers/minors are doing:
Andy Bates ’09 is now a statistical analyst for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Brian Bennett ’08 is an actuary for Geico Insurance in Washington, DC
Jennie Williams ’06 got a graduate degree in Biostatistics from Ohio State
Jon Stewart ’06 develops statistical forecasting models at the Federal Reserve Bank in NYC Katie Westlund ’05 uses her stat minor to help non-profits write successful grant applications Bri Barclay ’04 is a statistical survey sampling analyst with the Leavey Center in Los Angeles Jessica Counts ’04 uses her M.S. in statistics at the U.S. Census Bureau
Katie Joseph ’03 uses her M.S. in statistics at the U.S. Department of Energy
Of particular note, actuaries are the stat/math brains behind the entire insurance and investment industries, so stat study is essential for actuarial science, which is a powerful hybrid of stat, math, economics, and business. Recent Witt stat trackers and minors have become actuaries at the following firms:
Beginning in school, and continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining:
• Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts
Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring
Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance
Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges
Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings
The learning outcomes stated above are part of the Association of American Colleges & Universities' (AAC&U) LEAP campaign, which includes Essential Learning Outcomes. For more information visit the AAC&U page.