Frequently Asked Questions

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What can I do with a degree in Mathematics?

  • Mathematical Research
    Mathematics, like other sciences, is an ever developing body of knowledge. Mathematical research allows you to explore new frontiers in mathematics.
  • Applied Mathematics
    When a problem is beyond the scope of what an engineer in a given department works on, the person with an applied mathematics degree can step in and, with a group of specialists, work toward a solution.
  • Engineering
    A mathematical background is necessary for an engineer in any field.
  • Statistics
    Statisticians work in research design, data collection and data analysis to identify patterns in data, to understand data, and to make decisions based on the data. A statistician’s skills are applicable in many different fields: business and industry, biological, physical, psychological, and social sciences. A “hot” field right now is biostatistics.
  • Actuarial Science
    An actuary works in the insurance industry. The profession is closely regulated, and advancement through the actuarial ranks is achieved by passing a series of tests administered by the Society of Actuaries. The first five tests measure knowledge of calculus, linear algebra, statistics, numerical analysis, and operations research.
  • Operations Research (Management Science)
  • Computer Science Cryptography
  • Business
  • Economics/Finance
  • Market Research
  • Government
  • Defense, Labor, Justice, Agriculture, Health and Human Services


Why choose Mathematics at Roberts Wesleyan?

  • You will find capable faculty who are invested in you and your academic future.
  • You will get an education that prepares you for graduate studies and for the workplace or classroom.
  • Whether you are interested in education, a professional position in the business world, research or another area to put your mathematics skills to use you will find the Rochester area a great place to get experience in any and all of those.


What are Roberts Wesleyan College graduates doing now?

  • Teaching
  • Working on graduate degrees (one student is in a doctoral program in statistics at Purdue University)
  • Working for Lockheed Martin and pursuing an engineering degree
  • Working on a second Masters degree (first was in math and the second is in education)
  • Working toward a chiropractic license