Mathematics is the study of quantitative relationships. Major branches include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and statistics. Math majors develop the ability to explore, conjecture, and reason as well as use math to solve complex problems. Cottey alumnae have been successful in diverse areas including actuarial science, chemical engineering, dentistry, mathematics, meteorology, operations research, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and science/math teaching.

Cottey's mathematics program provides math courses which meet the needs of students with many levels of ability and a variety of interests.

Students wishing to pursue majors in mathematics or in fields which require a foundation in mathematics (chemistry, engineering, economics, computer science, etc.) may select courses which prepare them for more advanced work in such majors. Courses transfer easily to four-year schools and Cottey alumnae have been successful in diverse areas including actuarial science, chemical engineering, dentistry, mathematics, meteorology, operations research, physical therapy, veterinary medicine and science/math teaching.

The study of mathematics contributes to the College's goals that students develop their capacity to use quantitative reasoning and analysis, and to process and use information and ideas logically, critically, and perceptively. The completion of at least one mathematics course is required to earn an associate's degree, and students may elect additional courses to enrich their general education. Courses available to meet the core requirement range in difficulty from College Algebra through the calculus sequence. An elementary statistics course will introduce students to collecting, analyzing and interpreting data-valuable knowledge in today's society.
Students needing additional assistance in math will find courses that allow development of the skills necessary for success in the future.

Instruction in Cottey's mathematics courses is provided by experienced faculty members for whom teaching is a full-time responsibility. Class sizes of 12-22 in lower-level courses allow them to become familiar with individual students' strengths and weaknesses. Students and faculty may develop close working relationships in second-year courses, where classes are even smaller. Outside of class, the instructors are regularly available to work with students individually to help them learn course material.

Career Opportunities

The study of mathematics is excellent preparation for a host of employment opportunities in areas of business, finance, insurance, communications, electronics, science, computers, medicine, and law.

The majority of math majors work in the private, for-profit sector of the economy, and many find themselves in the corporate or business world. The other major career area for math majors is in education.

Of those students who graduate with a major in Mathematics, almost half of them will earn a postgraduate degree in general mathematics, computer science, or education. Of those earning a professional degree, they are typically concentrated in medicine or law.

Employment opportunities are very strong for math majors and they are often given preferential treatment in employment and graduate school admission over other majors.

Internship and Directed Study Opportunities

As a mathematics major, your chances to gain real world learning experiences through internships and directed studies are very important.

Students at Cottey College participate in internships throughout the year with a variety of businesses, organizations, and non-profit agencies. A successful internship provides students with an opportunity to apply their classroom learning to the workplace.

Employers and graduate schools agree that students who have put classroom concepts and skills to work in a "real world" environment are more realistic and productive than those who have not.

With the assistance of faculty and the transfer and career planning coordinator, mathematics majors can find a variety of local and national internship experiences.

Opportunities exist locally to intern with the Nevada Veterinary Clinic, County Health Dept. as well as various health care facilities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Directed study opportunities are available in all disciplines. Under the supervision of faculty, students can pursue academic credit on a topic or project that is related to, but beyond the scope of, regular course offerings.

Directed study topics can be tailored to your interests, whether it is conducting individual scientific research, studying girls' punk music, or conducting advanced computer programming.

Get Involved

Want to have fun and develop your leadership skills and your resume at the same time? Then get involved at Cottey College and in the Nevada community.

Cottey College has more than 35 student clubs and organizations in which to be involved. Plus, the Nevada and surrounding community offer an abundance of service opportunities.

Here are a few activities on campus you might consider pursuing as a mathematics major: Cottey Computer Club (CCC), Cottey Big Sisters which provides volunteer experiences working with area youth, AIDS Activists Coming Together (AACT) to educate themselves and others about AIDS/HIV awareness and prevention.

Activities off campus include: volunteering at the YMCA, Nevada Veterinary Clinic, or with the Chamber of Commerce.


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