Mathematics

Undergraduate Program

Mathematics

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Mathematics Bachelor's Degree or Minor Overview

Mathematics is a powerful and versatile major. You'll learn to solve problems, practice analytical thinking, and develop logical arguments. Portland State's mathematics community is tight-knit and centered around supporting students.

We offer:

  • A variety of classes with more than 50 upper-division courses per year to choose from
  • Small classes taught by faculty who bring their unique expertise into the classroom
  • Interconnected learning between mathematics, statistics and mathematics education, and their many applications
  • Personalized faculty advising to guide you in developing your very own plan of study
  • Scholarships to ensure you have the support you need to succeed
  • Opportunities to do research with our expert faculty as part of the honors track

Math majors go on to jobs ranging from education to software development. A bachelor's degree in math from Portland State University will give you skills you'll use for the rest of your life.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Any
  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Any
  • m
    Minor
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    33-36
    Start Term
    Any

Mathematics Bachelor's Degree or Minor: Why PSU?

Our program is flexible, you can pursue the areas of math that best meet your interests and career goals. Students choose a focus from five distinct areas:

  • applied mathematics
  • graduate school preparation
  • statistics
  • high school teaching
  • actuarial sciences

Our expert faculty are active in researcher in the following topics:

  • algebra and discrete mathematics
  • analysis
  • computational mathematics
  • dynamical systems
  • differential equations and control
  • mathematics education
  • mathematical physics
  • statistics and applied probability
  • topology and geometry

Our computer lab has mathematical and statistical software to use in your courses. You will get to compete for a spot in PSU's CO-OP. The CO-OP is a program that combines classroom study with six to 12 months of paid, practical work experience. Portland, Oregon-area employers participating in the program requested math and statistics majors. Participation in the CO-OP could lead to a job with the employer after graduation and give you a competitive edge in today's job market. Our diverse campus is in the center of downtown Portland, Oregon, one of the most vibrant cities on the West Coast.

Our department has strong relationships with OHSU and local companies. Portland companies visit campus eager to recruit math majors. Our graduates are sought after in a variety of fields, including:

  • education
  • computer science
  • social sciences
  • business administration
  • economics
  • biological sciences

You can pair the major or minor with pre-medicine, pre-law and pre-teacher education. Many math majors go on to graduate studies in mathematics, statistics, engineering, economics, finance, and computer science.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree or minor in Mathematics?

With a bachelor's degree in mathematics from PSU, you'll be in high demand for a variety of jobs. Employers know that success in mathematics requires strong problem-solving abilities and analytical skills.

There is high demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors. Since math and statistics are central to the STEM field, our graduates land jobs in industry and government.

Portland State graduates have earned jobs in government, education, finance, and research, including:

  • Statistics analyst
  • Estimating and pricing specialist
  • Software developer
  • Institutional research officer
  • Management analyst
  • Engineering technician
  • Risk analyst
  • Organization survey analyst
  • Insurance examiner
  • Financial representative

PSU's program will prepare you to be a strong candidate for graduate, medical or law school. Math majors competitive medical school applicants and earn high scores on the LSAT and GMAT exams.

Featured Courses

  • MTH 411 Introduction to Real Analysis
  • MTH 256 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MTH 322 Partial Differential Equations
  • MTH 451 Numerical Calculus
  • MTH 477 Control Theory
  • MTH 541 Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • MTH 561 Graph Theory
  • MTH 549 Advanced Number Theory
  • MTH 556 Topics in Combinatorics
  • MTH 434 Set Theory and Topology
  • MTH 457 Mathematical Theory of Games
  • STAT 461 Introduction to Mathematics Statistics
  • STAT 467 Applied Probability
  • STAT 464 Applied Regression Analysis
  • STAT 366 Experimental Design
  • MTH 486 Topics in the History of Mathematics
  • MTH 488 Topics in Computing for Mathematics Teachers
  • MTH 483 Topics in Geometry for Mathematics Teachers

Electives

  • MTH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
  • MTH 346 Number Theory
  • MTH 356 Discrete Mathematics
  • MTH 343 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MTH 345 Introduction to Ring and Field Theory
  • MTH 388 Modern College Geometry

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).