Would you like real-world experience while an undergraduate? Certain agencies and institutions offer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) or other summer programs in which undergraduate students may get a taste of graduate school or professional life. Programs are offered for mathematics and a wide range of other disciplines.
The SBU Department of Mathematics receives advertisements for a few of the mathematics programs offered each year. We place these ads in a wall-mounted binder in the third-floor hallway of De La Roche Hall, near room 303. The NSF, AMS, MAA, NASA, and NSA links provided below offer more expansive listings of summer mathematics programs.
St. Bonaventure can guide you to a program that fits your interests and goals. For assistance with mathematics programs, see Dr. Maureen Cox or Dr. Chris Hill. For additional resources concerning experiential education, visit the Career and Professional Readiness Center.
Why is a degree in mathematics so valuable and versatile?
For these reasons, the array of careers that one can enter with a degree in mathematics is enormous and varied. Here are a few of the paths open to those with a degree in mathematics.
Most of these careers involve the frequent use of mathematics. Some, like law, have little mathematical content, but require the skills that one acquires by obtaining a degree in mathematics. These skills–logical thinking, precision of language, attention to detail, perseverance–are invaluable in any career. As one of the mottos of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics says, If you can do math, you can do anything.
For two of the careers listed above, St. Bonaventure offers additional educational preparation. Students interested in business administration may obtain an MBA at SBU by remaining for a fifth year. See the Master of Business Administration page in the SBU website for detailed information. Students desiring certification in secondary teaching may obtain a master's degree in secondary education at SBU. See the MSEd Adolescence Education page in the SBU website for detailed information.
If you know you love mathematics but are uncertain about what you would do once you have your degree in mathematics, you are not alone. With so many career paths available to you, it can be difficult to choose one. Keep in mind that most people---whatever their degree is in---do not remain in a single career during their working lives. Most people begin in one career and then, for any number of reasons, switch to another. Thus, you are not locked into the career that you enter after you complete your formal education. To help you make an informed decision, feel free to use any or all of the following resources about mathematical careers.
First, your adviser and other members of the St. Bonaventure mathematics faculty will be happy to discuss potential careers that allow to you to express your interest in mathematics and quite possibly some of your other interests as well.
Second, three excellent books on mathematical careers describe the careers listed above and others. The Department of Mathematics has copies of these gems, which you may borrow.
Copies of these books are kept on the "Job Search" shelf of the "Resources" bookcase in the Mathematics Suite (DLR 301). You may read these books in the Mathematics Suite or you may "check out" a book from the Mathematics Department for up to one semester. See any mathematics professor to check out a book.
Third, the SBU Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC) exists to help you land that perfect job. Here are two links into its website.
Fourth, the internet offers a wealth of resources to help mathematics students find jobs. Each of the following sites is provided by one or more of the major American mathematics organizations.
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