B.S. in Mathematics
It’s no secret: The STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — are on the rise. Around the world, demand is growing for mathematicians with a strong grasp of statistics, operations research, data analysis and problem-solving skills. In Biola’s mathematics major, you’ll receive a strong foundation that prepares you for success in a variety of industries, as well as graduate school or teaching.
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- Actuarial Science
Students who wish to pursue actuarial science or related fields should choose this concentration.
- Applied Mathematics
The applied mathematics concentration focuses on the use of mathematics in real world problems, and is ideal for students who are interested in preparing for careers in business or industry.
- Computer Science
The computer science concentration allows a mathematics major the opportunity to focus on the more mathematical aspects of computer science. Math students interested in becoming computer programmers should choose this concentration.
- Pure Mathematics
The pure mathematics concentration allows the student flexibility in the selection of upper-division courses. A faculty advisor will aid the student in making these choices. The student planning to pursue mathematics in graduate school would find this particularly appropriate.
- Secondary Instruction
Biola's Mathematics Secondary Instruction program is a Commission-approved subject matter program. Completion of the subject matter program does not lead to a credential but it may be used to meet the subject matter competency requirement for a teaching credential. The Professional Teacher Preparation Program leading to a California Teaching Credential at Biola University is subject to change in response to new legislation. Please see a credential analyst in the School of Education for current information on completing the requirements for a teaching credential, including the subject matter waiver program. Students must consult with both their major advisor and a School of Education advisor.
Students who wish to prepare to teach mathematics at the secondary level should select this concentration to work toward a preliminary single-subject credential. Completion of the program requirements will prepare students with the content knowledge necessary to teach mathematics in departmentalized classes, such as those in most middle schools and high schools. Students who meet all requirements and pass the necessary classes with a grade of C or above will be granted a waiver to satisfy the California subject matter requirements to obtain a teaching credential in mathematics.
- Statistics and Data ScienceStudents who wish to pursue any of the data analysis fields such as statistics, data science, or business analytics should choose this concentration. Because of our hands-on apprentice approach in the practicum course and quantitative consulting center, you'll work closely with faculty and learn how to complete the full arc of data analysis projects.
Why Choose Mathematics at Biola?
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s mathematics program offers several key advantages:
- Students have the opportunity to take part in the Putnam Exam, a nationwide contest for math students.
- Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.
- Biola’s Research Assistant in Math Program (RAMP) offers a research environment where Biola math and computer science majors are supported in research projects that complement their academic goals. Research assistants through RAMP are paid to assist faculty with research.
- Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.
What Will I Study?
Throughout your mathematics course work, you will explore math with a Christian worldview and build a strong foundation in core curriculum for the pure and applied fields of mathematical science and secondary education. Some program highlights and interesting topics you will learn about include:
- Rational and trigonometric functions
- How to discover, write and present proofs
- Topics from matrices, determinants and vector spaces
- Numerical solutions of non-linear equations
- Bayes' Theorem
- Secondary school curriculum, assessment, teaching methods and classroom management
- Introduction to computer hardware and software
- Planning, implementing and organizing effective instruction
- Written and oral presentation of research
I have experienced much growth and learning by coming alongside fellow math majors and professors, as we strive for a deeper understanding of God and math through every proof and computation.
During my time at Biola University, I have seen how God has integrated mathematics into our universe and how searching for mathematical truths is a form of worshiping Him. I have enjoyed countless hours studying the beauty of mathematics with friends, colleagues, and professors. I am excited to continue studying mathematics at the graduate level with the tools that Biola has equipped me with.
There isn't enough space in a quote to share all the blessings God has gifted me through the Biola Math Department. All I can say is that I arrived at Biola knowing no one, but on leaving felt as though I'd left family. Besides the academic rigor and career training, I have been mentored, guided, and inspired to use my gifts to serve God and others—just like I'd been served by the Christ-like faculty and upperclassmen.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Biola as a math major and computer science minor. The environment fostered close relationships with classmates and professors without compromising on excellent education.
Biola fully equipped me to go out into the world not only in my field but more importantly, spiritually. I was surrounded on all sides with support from friends, professors, and counselors. I can say with complete confidence that the professors at Biola are there to support me in all ways- I can’t begin to count how many times I went to a professor and was met with prayer, support, grace, and kindness. As I am now going out into the world to become a math teacher, I feel fully prepared to lead and support my students in Christ, and how math and my faith all fit together. I feel blessed to be a Biola alumnus. I am thankful for an education that has fully equipped me to practice my faith and worship the Lord in all aspects of my life, particularly in my field!
A degree in mathematics provides an exceptional foundation for careers in fields like engineering, statistics, education, computer science and operations research. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:
- Petroleum or mineral engineering
- Pharmacy sciences/administration
- Mathematics and computer science
- Statistician or logistician
- Market research analyst
- Aerospace, mechanical or electrical engineer
- Professor or secondary school teacher
- Computer programmer
- Industrial mathematician
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What are Graduates Doing Now?
Many of Biola's mathematics graduate pursue higher education, while other move directly into rewarding careers. Professional highlights include:
- Secondary education teachers
- College professors
- Statistical analysts
- Graduate studies at distinguished schools such as: University of Minnesota; University of Southern California; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Los Angles: University of California, Riverside; University of California, San Diego; California State University, Long Beach; and Portland State University