While a math major by itself can qualify you for a wide range of careers, a math major paired with another degree makes a truly potent combination. Choose a math major to provide foundational skills, and a second major to fit a professional goal or to reflect your interests:
Math-Physics: Mathematical modeling is an essential part of scientific research, and physics is possibly the most math-intensive scientific discipline. Andrews has one of the finest physics departments to be found in a small university, and as a mathematics and physics major you’ll have excellent opportunities for undergraduate research.
Math-Engineering: Training for any type of engineering (civil, structural, electrical, computer, mechanical, mechatronics) includes a substantial mathematics component. Mathematical knowledge above the minimum required will open new opportunities and enhance your engineering career.
Math-Computer Science: Some of our best mathematics majors are also computer science majors. A strong mathematical background is a tremendous asset to anyone pursuing graduate studies in computer science, and can shoot you straight to the top of the booming computer industry.
Math-Economics/Finance: In today’s increasingly complex and interconnected global economy, high-level math has become an essential tool for both economists and financiers. Many financial firms, corporations, and government organizations hire largely on the basis of math proficiency. Not only that, but graduate work in either economics or finance (including an MBA) will require a substantial mathematics component. A BA in Mathematics will place you far ahead of your fellow graduate students and job seekers.
Math-Chemistry: Chemistry is a demanding major that requires extensive math coursework, and a double major in chemistry and mathematics offers an extremely marketable degree.
Math-Biology: Andrews University has a strong tradition of biological research, and some of the most exciting undergraduate research opportunities come in the areas of mathematical biology and ecology. Under the guidance of Dr. Shandelle Henson, a highly respected scholar in the applications of dynamical systems theory to biological populations, students gain firsthand experience in mathematical modeling of biological systems.
Math-English: The actual process of doing mathematics may not be verbal, but clear communication of mathematical ideas is a persistent challenge. Mathematicians who can express concepts clearly and writers who possess the logical clarity and rigor promoted by mathematical study can “write” their own tickets, literally, to professional success. A Math-English degree can also be an ideal preparation for law school!
Math-Music: Many professional mathematicians are also accomplished classical musicians, and if you’re talented in these areas, don’t hesitate to pursue your interests in both. To learn more about the fascinating connection between mathematics and music, check out Edward Rothstein’s book, Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics.
Math-????: The sky is the limit! Go ahead and invent your own combination of majors to suit your interests.