It’s an exciting time to be majoring in mathematics. Math students who graduate from Alvernia University with a solid foundation in math theory and practice are prepared to pursue graduate work or move into work in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, cryptography, education or other, related areas.

Graduates of reputable math programs, such as that offered by Alvernia, are in demand by organizations of all types due to an ever-increasing emphasis on big data, technology and economic efficiency.

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for mathematicians are expected to increase by 23 percent between 2012 and 2022 – a rate far higher than average.

If you’re interested in majoring in mathematics, chances are that you tend to be inquisitive and logical, and possess good problem solving skills. You probably enjoy analyzing and interpreting data, and tend to think critically about problems and situations. As a math major at Alvernia, you’ll benefit from faculty members with diverse backgrounds, experience and specialties who want to advance you in the field of mathematics and see you succeed beyond your expectations.

Math students at Alvernia learn more than what is contained in textbooks. You’ll experience “real-world learning” that will enable you to link your classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world. Mathematicians have the potential to influence positive change in the world. At Alvernia, you’ll increase your knowledge and develop an appreciation for the fundamental skills, principles and techniques that enable you to do just that.

Math courses are taught in Bernardine Hall and the two-story O’Pake Science Center, which is equipped with the latest in educational technology. You’ll have access to a variety of computational software in evaluating complex mathematical and statistical relationships.

Your Career

Mathematics majors have opportunities to pursue careers in varying and diverse fields. Maybe you’re interested in computer science or cryptography, which is the practice and study of hiding information as it applies to the security of ATM cards and computer passwords.

You might seek a career in actuarial science, which applies math and statistics to finance and insurance. You could consider operations research, an interdisciplinary branch of mathematics that uses mathematical methods to address factors such as costs or profits. Or you could look at the field of biomathematics, which is applicable to areas such as population genetics, cellular neurobiology and epidemic modeling.

Some math majors move into jobs in the finance industry, while others become math teachers. Alvernia students who graduate with math degrees have found teaching positions in secondary and college education, and managerial positions in private industry, public utilities and social agencies.

Other math grads choose to pursue graduate degrees. A study by the National Institute of Education revealed that students majoring in mathematics receive scores that are notably higher than average when applying for graduate or professional schools.

Alvernia mathematics majors have been accepted into graduate programs at highly regarded schools such as Villanova University, University of Southern California, Duke University and the University of Chicago.

For more information about Alvernia’s Mathematics Program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu. For more information about the field of mathematics, including the types of jobs available for graduates, visit the website of the Mathematical Association of America at www.maa.org.

Your Curriculum

The mathematics program is designed to provide students with sufficient background into mathematical theory and practice so they may pursue graduate work, research, teaching in the secondary schools and various types of work in industry.


  • Major: 53-56 credits
  • Core: 30-33 credits
  • MAT 204, 209, 230, 231, 241, 307, 332, 401, 415, MAT 131 recommended
  • Related area: 11 credits
  • CIS 152: PHY 200, 201
  • Electives: 4 courses from: MAT 210, 304, 308, 322, 403; SCI 305.

Mathematics Secondary Education Certification

Secondary Education (7-12) Certification in Mathematics can be earned by Alvernia students who first compete their undergraduate degree in Mathematics and demonstrate content knowledge in this area on Pennsylvania's required Praxis exam in Mathematics. The following coursework is required and can be started as early as the undergraduate senior year, then completed as part of Alvernia University's post- baccalaureate program:
ED 203, ED 204, MED 505, MED 515, MED 545, MED 574, MED 615, MED 665, MED 670 and MED 672.

Minor: 16-17 credits
MATH 209, 230. Three from 204, 210, 231, 241, 304, 307, 308, 332.


Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.
Science & Mathematics Department Chair and Director of the Forensic Science Program
Bernardine Hall 234

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