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Mathematics Program Overview

Mathematics is more than numbers and formulas; it’s the art of solving problems, analyzing patterns and preparing for any and all possibilities. Every career involves mathematics on some level, but experts are few and far between. Ashland University’s Mathematics program is designed to make you one of those experts. You can expand on theory, develop mathematical models and perform analysis, preparing you for a rewarding career in several different fields or continued education.

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Delivery Format

In Person


Credit Hours



Time to Complete

4 years



Learning Experiences

You will learn to work with numbers, of course. But you’ll also develop skills in data analysis, problem-solving and computer calculation.

In addition, you will:

  • Study in small classes and learn from dedicated, award-winning faculty who guide and advise you.
  • Participate in mathematics challenges and contests, such as competitions and activities provided by the Ohio section of the Mathematical Association of America.
  • Have full access to extensive computer resources, including computer algebra systems and statistical and geometric software.

Internship/research opportunities allow you to gain real-world experience, college credit
and a steady paycheck. Recent mathematics majors earned opportunities at:

  • Allstate Insurance
  • Ashland University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
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Sample Curriculum

AU Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in a major within the College of Arts & Sciences. It is a merit-based, renewable scholarship of $1,500 that can be "stacked" on top of other awarded AU academic scholarships. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities with a focus on career coaching and preparation.

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Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the state of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First Scholarships to outstanding students with interests in the natural and physical sciences. These scholarships support academically strong students who plan to continue to graduate school, health-related professional programs or employment in STEM industries after completing a bachelor’s degree.

A Promising Career

The median annual salary for mathematicians and statisticians was $99,960 in 2022. The expected growth rate in employment is 30 percent through 2032, much faster than the average three percent growth rate for all occupations. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

With a degree in mathematics, you will be equipped to pursue any of these careers:

  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Actuary
  • Operations research analyst
  • Accounting analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Project analyst
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Research analyst
  • Quality assurance engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Risk management manager
  • Project manager

Employers of Recent Graduates

  • Abigail Locke, ’23, pursuing M.S. in business analytics at Southern Methodist University
  • Caleb McCullough, ’22, pursuing M.S. in operations research and applied statistics at Bowling Green State University
  • Michael Homan, ’21, bioinformatics analyst at the University of Maryland
  • Ashlyn Smith, ’21, business intelligence analyst at Applied Maintenance Supplies & Solutions
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Contact Information

Christopher Swanson, Ph.D.
Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department
Professor of Mathematics
209 Patterson Instructional Technology Center