# Mathematics

## Associate of Science

Knowledge of mathematics is essential for a successful career in nearly all fields of endeavor. The mathematics courses offered meet the needs of students in every division of the college. Students who complete an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for mathematics majors and will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution.

### Why should you major in math?

A math degree prepares you for a wide range of profitable jobs. In today's data-driven market, most employers favor the advanced analytical, problem solving and statistical evaluation skills math degree-holders have. A dual-degree or AS in mathematics especially shows future employers / four-year degree programs that you have the ability to learn, think critically and persevere.

### What can you do with a math major?

In short, anything you want! Mathematics prepares you for a variety of careers, especially as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) become more and more prevalent in today's workforce. In fact, it is estimated that every job in the top ten best jobs (as ranked by income, stress, physical demands, potential growth, job security, and work environment) requires significant mathematical reasoning and knowledge. In particular, a math degree is especially good preparation for:

Graduate schools value math majors for their ability to problem solve and think analytically. Moreover, a math major can set your application apart as admissions committees know that mathematics is a rigorous major that prepares students for the demands of their program.

There are many governmental positions that require a mathematics degree. The National Security Agency (NSA) is regularly in the top three employers of mathematicians each year in the United States. Among other things, the NSA needs mathematicians to help create and break codes, analyze intelligence data, and perform signal analysis. They hire people with a variety of technical degrees at all levels (undergraduate and graduate). Additionally, other governmental agencies, such as NASA, the National Labs and the CIA, employ people with mathematics degrees.

Math majors are essential in many industry careers including systems analysis, economics, actuarial science, meteorology and more. An important part of many mathematical careers is mathematical modeling. Whether these models are used to predict stock market trends, determine trajectories for rockets, or look at weather patterns, there are many ways in which a person with a mathematical background can contribute to the process. Throughout all of this, one might also need to collect and organize data for analysis, and to analyze large amounts of data produced by the model. Different people may be used in different ways throughout the different steps of this process, but in all parts a solid mathematical background and good reasoning skills are crucial.

Do you love mathematics enough to pass on that love to students as a high school, community college or university teacher? A four-year degree, and often some graduate level work, is required to teach mathematics at these levels.

While many other jobs employ mathematicians to apply mathematics in a variety of ways, you can also pursue a mathematics career to be a professional mathematician. This requires a graduate degree in mathematics and will often see you employed in a university setting.

### How much money can you make with a math major?

Not only can you get a job, you can get one of the best jobs with a mathematics degree. Mathematician has regularly made it to the top of the "best jobs" lists in terms of salary, growth potential and job satisfaction.

Mathematicians earned a median annual salary of $105,810 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, mathematicians earned a 25^{th} percentile salary of $72,440, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The
75^{th} percentile salary is $129,730, meaning 25 percent earn more.

*(Note that these numbers reflect those who specifically self-identified as mathematicians.
This does not include all the various careers which utilize a mathematics degree.)*

Mathematics can open so many doors, from medical school to a job in industry to working full-time as a mathematician. Mathematics is a great starting point because it teaches students how to think critically and problem solve. It has so many applications to other fields.

Math is a collaborative subject. The best way to work through tricky problems and cement your learning is to work with others. You learn to explain your reasoning as well as critique the reasoning of others.

There is still so much we don't know about the field of mathematics. Sometimes high school and undergraduate math texts give the misleading impression that all of mathematics has been figured out; all the problems are solved; there is nothing new to explore. Nothing could be further from the truth! Mathematical knowledge is exploding. The developments in science and technology, which you can see in the computer revolution, has a counterpart in mathematics.

## Cost of Attendance

For general college expense, view LCCC’s tuition and fees. There are generally no additional program-specific costs associated with the Mathematics Program.