An undergraduate degree in mathematics is designed to prepare the student for a variety of career paths. Rivier University mathematics majors are prepared for graduate study, for teaching, or for careers in business, industry, or other fields; for example, alumni of the program have gone on to work in meteorology, biostatistics, accounting, computer science, and network engineering. Recent department internships include work at manufacturing validation, financial planning, tax advising, and sports management sites. Students in the program develop the ability to think clearly and logically, to analyze and solve complex problems, and to acquire the tools and principles needed in the application of mathematics. The curriculum exposes students to the beauty of mathematics, the exhilaration of conquering a challenge, and the role of mathematics in the development of human knowledge. The mathematics major is not just trained for a single entry-level position, but instead possesses the skills and practices needed to contribute to and advance in any career field.
The Rivier University major in mathematics leaves the student with ample electives to complement their degree with a minor in science, computer science, business, communications, or other area of interest. Students are required to take at least one computer science course as part of the program and may choose more. With appropriate planning, mathematics majors can complete a Rivier University Master of Science in Computer Science or Master of Business Administration in just one addition year of study.
Students in all majors are encouraged to minor in mathematics. In today’s data-driven world, employers and graduate schools look favorably on students who have taken extra mathematics courses.
The Mathematics Department contributes to the coursework of several educational licensure programs in mathematics. For more information on the Masters of Arts in Teaching Middle/Secondary: Mathematics , the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Education, or the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Mathematics Concentration, refer to the Division of Education and Counseling section of this catalog.