Mathematics: Major Map

Major Map: B.A. Mathematics

Mathematics is important in the life of every individual. Mathematics is central for providing experiences to ensure that students gain "proficiency in analytical reasoning and computational skills" necessary for survival in a "technological society" as well as understanding connections between mathematics and other disciplines. The Mathematics faculty has contact with every Fisk student, whether in the mission of general education, teacher education, or the mathematical education of majors and joint majors. Course offerings are academically challenging, but mathematics faculty operate under a shared belief that all students can learn mathematics. Clearly, mathematics has special responsibility for support to other disciplines, such as those in the natural or social sciences and business administration, as well as to students who select mathematics as a single or joint major.

Goals of the mathematics discipline are as follows:

  1. To provide a course of study for a mathematics major program consistent with other colleges and universities as delineated by organizations such as the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) Committee on the Undergraduate Programs in Mathematics (CUPM) Guidelines and Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges.
  2. To provide a course of study for a mathematics joint major program that gives students adequate knowledge to combine two areas of knowledge for work or further study in either discipline or a combination thereof.
  3. To provide a course of study that supports other disciplines and majors requiring mathematics beyond that required in the program of general education.
  4. To provide technological experiences in the learning of mathematics using graphing calculators, computer algebra systems, and computer-aided instruction.


GET THE COURSES YOU NEED

Year 1

Math 120 Calculus I
Math 130 Calculus II

Year 2

Math 210 Calculus III
Math 220 Introduction to Higher Algebra

Joint Majors: Choose all the listed math courses in Year 1 and 2.

Year 3

NSCI 360 Statistics
Math 240 Linear Algebra

Joint majors: Choose Linear Algebra for your requirement.

Year 4

Math 320 Algebraic Structures
Math 353 Introduction to Real Analysis
Math 270 Ordinary Differential Equations
Math 395 Senior Seminar

Joint majors: You can choose one elective course (4 credits) from Math 270 and Math 320.


GET RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Year 1

Attend Fisk research symposium and other conferences of professional associations.

Join Fisk University Math Club and Attend the club activities.

Begin developing relationships with faculty members who might offer you research opportunities and write you recommendation letters.

Apply for Fisk Honors Program.

Complete on-line assessment to ascertain career interests. Discuss these with your academic advisor and staff in the Office of Career Planning and Development. Self-assessments also available through CareerOneStop.org. One of the five assessment tools match strengths with occupations.

Create a core resume. Ask staff in Office of Career Planning and Development to review your resume.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Attend Industry Expo for internship opportunities.

Shadow professionals in careers of interest to you.

Participate in funded internships or summer research programs.

Year 2

Update your resume.

Meet with your advisor to make sure that you are on track with courses in your major.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Explore national internships: National Science Foundation research opportunities for undergraduates(link); paid internship opportunities through Resource Guide of Summer Opportunities for Minority Undergraduate Students (link), or through National Internship Guide (link).

Attend Industry Expo for internship opportunities.

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Shadow professionals in field of interest.

Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations.

Year 3

Update your resume.

Meet with your advisor to make sure that you are on track with courses in your major.

Meet with staff in Career Services to identify potential internships.

Explore national internships: National Science Foundation research opportunities for undergraduates(link); paid internship opportunities through Resource Guide of Summer Opportunities for Minority Undergraduate Students (link), or through National Internship Guide (link).

Attend Industry Expo for internship opportunities.

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Shadow professionals in field of interest.

Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations.

Year 4

Update your resume. Be sure to include your research skills.

Shadow professionals in field of interest.

Conduct informational interviews in employment sector(s) of interest.

Select part-time jobs in field of interest.

Attend conferences of professional associations.


GET CONNECTED WITH THE COMMUNITY

Year 1

Participate in Service Day during New Student Orientation, Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 2

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 3

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).

Year 4

Participate in Service Day during Homecoming, and the MLK Day of Service.

Take advantage of service learning opportunities offered in courses (e.g., Core 100) and as scholarship requirements.

Join student organizations with community outreach programs (e.g., Talented Tenth Scholars Program for males). Attend student organization events to become acquainted with student organizations. Meet with staff in Office of Leadership and Service for list of student organizations.

Frequently check Fisk e-mail for news of volunteer opportunities shared by faculty/advisors and by the Office of Leadership and Service.

Volunteer as a tutor with on-campus entities (e.g., AESP, THRUST, or GUSTO).


GET THINKING GLOBALLY

Year 1

Begin foreign language course requirements (placement examination determines beginning course)

Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 2

Begin foreign language course requirements (placement examination determines beginning course)

Begin planning potential study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives).

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 3

Finalize arrangements for study abroad (see staff in Office of Global Initiatives). Meet with advisor to ensure courses earned abroad will meet student course requirements for general studies, electives, and major.

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.

Year 4

Be intentional in interacting with international students and students from other subcultures.

Pay close attention to textbooks and lectures offering cross-cultural comparisons.


GET READY FOR LIFE AFTER GRADUATION

Year 1

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Explore resources for undergraduate students offered by the American Mathematical Society (ams.org.

Year 2

Apply for EXCEL program offering professional development opportunities for sophomores with GPAs of 2.8 or higher.

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions.

Apply for MARC scholar program.

Attend workshops about graduate school and career opportunities on campus.

Take Kaplan GRE preparation if you plan to apply for graduate school.

Explore resources/internships for undergraduate students offered by http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/.

Browse job listings: Idealist.org; CareerOneStop.org; USAJobs.gov; CollegeGrad.com; state employment websites.

Year 3

Attend Industry Expo to meet with industry and graduate school recruiters. For students who plan to teach math in secondary school, please visit: Teach for America

Meet with your advisor to clarify your post Fisk-goals.

Participate in Career Development Workshops, particularly the LinkedIn session and discipline specific sessions. How to find a math-related job in industry: http://www.ams.org/profession/employment-services/emp-sanfran.

Consult an interview or informational interview to learn about math in industry.

Take your GRE no later than Summer of year 3.

Present your undergraduate research projects regionally and nationally.

Update and polish your resume (CV for academics) and cover letter (personal statement for academics) with the staff in Writing Center and your faculty advisor.

Year 4

Attend Industry Expo to meet with industry and graduate school recruiters.

Participate in Graduating Senior Boot Camp.

Present your senior research projects/ thesis at Fisk research symposium and undergraduate conferences regionally and nationally.

Submit your applications of graduate school and fellowships. Remember: Early admission acceptance yields best funding opportunities. Have personal statement reviewed by staff in Writing Center and Office of Career Planning and Development, and faculty/advisor. Request letters of recommendation from at least five faculty members in different fields (be sure to give plenty of advance notice of deadlines).

Send your application packages out for industrial jobs. As a math major, you can apply to the jobs in all the related fields including limited to: Actuarial Science, Information technology and computing, Business Management, Consulting and etc.

Math Job websites: American Mathematical Society: http://www.ams.org/careers/

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics: http://www.siam.org/careers/

Mathematical Association of America: http://www.maa.org/careers/

Association for Women in Mathematics: http://www.awm-math.org/ctcbrochure/toc.html

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center: http://www.careercornerstone.org/


WHERE COULD I GO AFTER GRADUATION?

Social Services/Public Services/Counselors
Administrative/Program Support
Management
Education
Protective Services
Sales Marketing
Social Science Researcher

Business and Industry: market analyst, human resources manager, data entry manager, recruiter

Justice System: criminal investigator, parole officer, special agent, rehabilitation counselor Community and Social Services: caseworker, community organizer, substance abuse counselor, hospital administrator

Government: human rights officer, urban planner, legislative aide, personnel coordinator

Education: admissions counselor, college placement worker, public health educator

Research: data analyst, demographer assistant, consumer researcher

Selected Job Titles

Lawyer, Federal probation officer, FBI agent, College admissions administrator, Property manager, Juvenile probation officer, Marriage and family counselor, Human services caseworker, School resources counselor, Urban planner, Hospital administrator, Data analyst, Elementary and secondary school teachers, Not-for-profit organization administrator

Sample of Graduate/Professional Degrees

M.D., J.D., Ed.D., Ph.D., Master’s in Criminal Justice, Master’s in Urban Planning, Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling, Master’s in Hospital Administration, Master’s in Social Work, Master’s in Public Health, Master’s in Public Administration







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