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Explore mathematics at Columbia College
Mathematics is embedded in nearly every aspect of life. When you pursue a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Columbia College, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation of mathematical laws that shape our natural world and social and economic systems.
You’ll learn to solve real world problems using geometry, algebra and calculus. You’ll learn how to analyze a data set and make predictions. And you’ll learn how to write a rigorous mathematical proof.
The program provides a solid background for graduate study, not only in mathematics but in related areas, as well.
Opportunities to study:
- Discrete mathematics
- Multivariate calculus
- Linear algebra
- Abstract algebra
- Advanced calculus
Analyze and solve problems
Every company relies on calculations to project expenses and revenues, set organizational goals and analyze data. Employers want people who understand numbers, data and abstract processes.
Mathematics majors at Columbia College are great candidates for a variety careers. You’ll graduate prepared to assist with budgets, computations, risk assessment and research.
Many graduates continue on to earn a master’s degree and become mathematicians, actuaries and statisticians.
Jobs requiring mathematical skills are growing at a faster-than-average rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some possible paths include:
- Market research
- Operations research
- Risk assessment
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Available program formats
- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 34-35 credit hours
- Electives 41-45 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Introduction to algebraic systems, their motivation, definitions and basic properties. Primary emphasis is on group theory (permutation and cyclic groups, subgroups, homomorphism, quotient groups) and is followed by a brief survey of rings, integral domains and fields. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in both MATH 222 and MATH 225.
An introduction to cryptography and computer security. Topics include cryptographic methods, hash functions, key exchange, secure communication, message authentication, digital signatures, network security, system security, modern day security protocols and standards. Cross-listed as CISS 451. Prerequisites: MATH 225; CISS 245 or CISS 243.
This course provides a foundation in formal mathematics and theorem-proving. Topics include functions, relations, sets, simple proof techniques, propositional logic, elementary number theory, the fundamentals of counting, recursion, and an introduction to algorithms. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 201.
The goal of this course is to provide a modern treatment of the number theory. The student learns more about integers and their properties, important number-theoretical ideas and their applications. The course emphasizes reading and writing proofs. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in both MATH 222 and MATH 225.
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