Why Choose Mathematics?

Mathematics is an essential tool for understanding other disciplines and the world around us. This program will help students develop logical reasoning and problem solving skills forming a basis for success in their careers and future studies.

Skills Acquired


Here is a list of skills you will gain when you study mathematics:

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functional analysis
  • Number theory

Careers in Mathematics

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth in the state of Minnesota for a variety of professions that use skills from mathematics (according to

Employment of actuaries is projected to grow 30.8% through 2020, much faster than the average occupation
Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 16.1% through 2020
Employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow 10.8% through 2020
Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 20% through 2020.


Types of Jobs


Individuals who study Mathematics typically pursue careers in the field of:

  • Actuaries
  • College Mathematical Science Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Mathematicians
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Statisticians


Average State Pay

According to, the median annual pay in the state of Minnesota for the following positions in mathematics is:

Actuaries - $93,808 ($45.10 per hour)
Mathematicians - $103,355 ($49.69 per hour)
Operations Research Analyst - $82,555 ($39.69 per hour)
Statisticians - $83,012 ($39.91 per hour).




Mathematics programs teach people how to use math to solve problems.

Degrees & Certificates in Mathematics

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Math is designed to certify that students have completed the requirements through the sophomore level for a baccalaureate degree in mathematics at most 4-year institutions. These courses also provide a solid foundation for most science and technical programs.

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