# Exceptional Preparation, Diverse Opportunities

In today’s data-driven world, mathematical fluency is essential in almost every industry. Tailor your studies to match your academic and career interests with UNC’s versatile math bachelor’s degree program. A math degree with a focus on secondary teaching, applied mathematics or liberal arts can propel you toward graduate school or employment in education, business, statistics, computer science, and many other fields.

No matter which focus you choose, you’ll benefit from UNC’s small classes and highly engaged instructors. Our math bachelor’s degree program offers extraordinary access to Ph.D. faculty, providing you with unusually broad opportunities for academic guidance, professional mentoring, and research participation. You’ll graduate with exceptional preparation for the job market, and, if you’re seeking employment as a secondary math teacher, you’ll benefit from UNC’s highly regarded, innovative teacher education programs.

### FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

**Oscar Levin**

*Assistant Professor, Mathematics*

For UNC mathematics professor Oscar Levin, academics have come full circle. He was a double major in mathematics and philosophy at UNC, and earned his PhD in mathematical logic at the University of Connecticut in 2009.

In 2011 returned to UNC. “I had experienced UNC—and the math department in particular—as a student. I knew the faculty to be friendly, focused on students and passionate about teaching, and I wanted to be part of that sort of a department.”

Those qualities are what he believes makes UNC mathematics department unique from other universities. “Many of our faculty specialize in mathematics education, and everyone in the department takes teaching seriously. Our first responsibility is to our students. This gives undergraduates access to faculty that they just wouldn’t have at a larger university.”

That focus on students is also reflected in one of Levin’s recent projects. “My recent project that I’m most proud of is my discrete mathematics book, Discrete Mathematics: An Open Introduction.”

The book is used as a textbook at UNC and is used by at least four other universities so far (the first edition was released August 2015). The textbook is free and open-source. “I decided to pursue this model to help combat the ridiculously high textbook prices (for example, a fairly common choice for textbook for this class costs nearly $300),” Levin says.

He describes his current research as an “interplay between graph theory and mathematical logic. I use tools of computability theory to try to understand why some problems in mathematics are harder than others,” he says. “I’ve been lucky enough to work with talented undergraduates on some research projects, including two that resulted in peer-reviewed publications.”

And that also brings a certain symmetry to his work, giving him an opportunity to involve undergraduates in research, much as he himself enjoyed undergraduate mathematics at UNC.

## Degree Options

### B.S. in Mathematics, Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Few mathematics bachelor’s degree programs can match UNC’s dual focus on high-level mathematics content and advanced teacher training. You’ll get the rare benefit of earning your teaching certification while working with Ph.D. math faculty in a math department (rather than an education department). This concentration includes a one-semester student-teaching placement, plus coursework in teaching, curriculum, and pedagogy. Close to 100 percent of recent graduates from our Secondary Teaching concentration have found jobs as math teachers within a year of graduation.

### B.S. in Mathematics, Liberal Arts Emphasis

This focus area prepares you to enter a math graduate degree program or to seek immediate employment. Advanced math skills and quantitative expertise are in high demand in business, engineering, finance, law, scientific research and other professions. You’ll explore higher mathematical concepts such as calculus, real and complex analysis, differential equations, linear and abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, and statistics.

### B.S. in Mathematics, Applied Math Emphasis

Within the Applied Math focus area, choose one of three concentrations: computer science, statistics, or applied math. All three prepare you to pursue careers and graduate study in fields related to higher technology, engineering, business, industry, scientific research, and social and governmental policy.

The **computer science concentration** offers advanced coursework and training in skills such as programming and software
development.

Learn to design and analyze statistical models for a wide range of purposes in the
**applied statistics concentration**.

Use mathematics to address real-life challenges related to environmental, governmental,
industrial, military, and social issues in the **applied math concentration**.

## Minor Options

### Minor in Applied Statistics

Statistical expertise can add career-boosting value to many majors. This minor includes 20 to 21 credits of coursework in subjects such as probability theory, linear regression, sampling techniques, and calculus.

### Minor in Mathematics (Liberal Arts Emphasis)

The basic math minor pairs well with majors in business, science, and the social sciences, and adds skills that improve your competitiveness on the job market. You’ll enjoy broad flexibility to take courses in calculus, statistics, probability, differential equations, numerical analysis, and other advanced subjects.

### Minor in Mathematics (Secondary Teaching Emphasis)

This minor does not lead to a teacher certification, but it combines well with education-related degrees to provide you with expertise in the important science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education category. Coursework covers linear algebra, calculus, geometry, and discrete mathematics.

### Minor in Computer Science

Applied computer knowledge can boost your qualifications and skills for any industry. This 18-hour minor covers structured programming, object-oriented analysis, algorithms, and data structures.

## Your Future in Mathematics

Nearly every industry relies on higher math skills in some respect, so the math bachelor’s degree with an Applied Math emphasis or Liberal Arts emphasis opens up good career opportunities in health care, medicine, business, engineering, environmental research, manufacturing, computer technology, and many other fields. With STEM education ranking among the nation’s most talked-about priorities, our Bachelor of Science in Math, Secondary Teacher Emphasis, prepares you to step directly into a dynamic sector of the job market.

### Consider UNC’s Mathematics programs if you are:

- Passionate about math
- Enjoy collaborative problem-solving
- Seeking a variety of career options
- Focused on a career in math teaching, engineering, computers, statistics, or another math-related field
- Interested in connecting with other mathematicians

### You’ll learn:

- Higher math concepts such as differential equations, numerical analysis, and mathematical modeling
- Statistical concepts including linear regression and probability theory
- Computer science skills such as object-oriented programming and algorithm writing
- Classroom teaching and curriculum development (teacher emphasis area only)

### Sample courses:

- Computer Programming
- Abstract Algebra
- Geometry
- Mathematical Modeling

## Beyond the Classroom

UNC’s large, active math department offers many opportunities for extracurricular activity. The student-run Math Club meets weekly and sponsors lectures, movies, problem-solving contests, and more. Each fall the Math Club sponsors the Gathering for Gardner Celebration of Mind. Students also regularly attend regional and national mathematics conferences.

## Where can your degree take you?

- Secondary math teacher (Grades 7 through 12)
- Computer science

- Business and finance
- Engineering
- Graduate school in mathematics