What are recent graduates doing now?
Maria Fischer ’12, an honors graduate, is currently working on her Ph.D in mathematics at Iowa State University.
Elizabeth (Motz) Smithley ’11, an honors graduate, works as a qualitative analyst at Galliard Capital Management in Minneapolis.
Amanda Christensen ’10 completed four actuarial exams before graduation from St. Thomas, and is currently at Ameriprise. She will soon become an FSA, having completed all the fellowship exam requirements of the Society of Actuaries.
Justin Falzone ’11 completed four actuarial exams before graduation from St. Thomas, and is currently with Travelers. He is waiting to hear from the Casualty Actuarial Society to become an ACAS, having completed all the requirements.
Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:
Student research. The Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM) strongly supports, funds and encourages innovative research by undergraduate scholars. Students are given the opportunity to apply mathematics to “real-world” problems. Through industry collaboration, the university can provide its undergraduate students with the mathematical training and communication skills needed for careers as problem solvers in the mathematical sciences and business communities. Past student research projects have received awards and local and national grants.
Internships. Students in our actuarial science program have enjoyed a large number of internships with insurance and consulting companies with whom the department has ties. Mathematics majors also have found internships and summer research opportunities.
Study abroad. Studying abroad provides mathematics students an exciting opportunity to learn and appreciate another culture while experiencing a different academic system. This unique experience develops communication skills, and the ability to work in a diverse culture helps them grow academically and personally. It also prepares them for graduate school or professional careers. Mathematics is taught worldwide, so students in our department can readily find courses taught abroad that would fit with their major. In addition, we offer a 4-credit J-term study abroad course every other January on mathematics and engineering of historic cultures. The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to sophisticated mathematical and engineering ideas used by these cultures and allow them to independently analyze the mathematical properties they find in the sites we visit.
Faculty at work
Our faculty members are experts in numerical analysis, actuarial science, mathematical biology, financial math, queuing theory, statistics, and inverse problems in imaging, digital imaging, knot theory and tornado genesis modeling.
What jobs are possible with a Mathematics major?
- Computer programmer
- Data processor
- Data base manager
- Applications programmer
- Systems analyst
- Computer applications engineer
- Control systems engineer
- Numerical analyst
- Computer modeler
- Simulation designer
- Engineering analyst
- Financial analyst
- Technical writer
- Risk manager
- Fluid dynamics analyst
- Grant proposal writer
- Product developer
- Market researcher
- Financial engineer
- Applied mathematician
- Operations analyst
- Systems engineer
- Teacher/junior high/high school
- Secondary school teacher
- Community college instructor
- College or university professor
- Biomedical engineer
- Population analyst