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Mathematics Major

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Why Study the Mathematical Sciences?

College graduates with a mathematics degree are prepared for a range of career options in business, industry, government and education. Technology industries employ graduates from the mathematical sciences, as do energy, pharmaceutical, insurance and financial services companies. Almost every bureau and branch of the federal government employs mathematicians. Data analysts are in high demand, while the job outlook for actuaries is expected to increase more than twice the overall job market through 2024.

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Why Study the Mathematical Sciences at Eastern?

The Mathematics Major helps students learn concepts and techniques in mathematics, statistics, data science, mathematics for teaching, and/or actuarial science. Students receive a solid foundation for different careers requiring advanced analytical thinking and skills or for advanced education in the mathematical sciences. The diverse disciplinary backgrounds of faculty members ensure that a strong traditional program is enriched with courses in applied fields of study.

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  • The Actuarial Science concentration in the Mathematics Major provides the education and experience needed to pursue a career as an actuary for students interested in assessing risk through mathematical and statistical methods. "Actuary" is rated one the top 10 jobs in the country.

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  • The Data Science concentration in the Mathematics major prepares students for careers in the interdisciplinary field of data science. Courses teach students data manipulation, visualization, analysis, and practical techniques of this highly in-demand field, which combines statistics, mathematics and computer science.

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  • The Mathematics for Teaching concentration in the Mathematics major investigates mathematical topics in the elementary and secondary school curriculum at an advanced level. Courses integrate advanced mathematical thinking from Calculus, Geometry, Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, and Probability and Statistics into the mathematical content typically taught at the elementary and secondary level.

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  • The concentration in Mathematical Structures and Applications (offered in both the BA and BS degrees) provides students with a solid mathematical foundation. It is designed for transfer students as well as for students who want to pair a Mathematics degree with courses from another discipline such as Computer Science or Economics or Physics.

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Salary Potential


Median salary, Mathematician (with master’s degree)


Employment growth in math occupations 2021–31


Salary Range

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

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Undergraduate Research

Students in the Mathematics major gain hands-on experience through independent research, service learning and field experience.

Members of Kappa Mu Epsilon

Honor Society

Students who excel in their mathematics studies are eligible as candidates for induction into the Beta chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.

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Math Club

The Math Club helps math students explore how mathematics can be used to solve problems. The club also competes in mathematics competitions.

Math Club
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Eastern’s bachelor’s degree in mathematics ranked in top 25 nationwide Top Ranked School, 2021Eastern Connecticut State University’s mathematics faculty offers the 24th best bachelor’s degree in the nation, according to 2021 rankings by Four New England schools made the top 25; Eastern is the only ranked institution in Connecticut.

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Career Options

  • Actuary
  • Data scientist
  • Statistician
  • Operations research analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Digital analysts
  • Market research analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Teacher

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in mathematics are at the following companies and professional/graduate schools:

  • Boston University
  • Cigna
  • Envision Pharma Group
  • James Madison University
  • Pfizer
  • RCN Capital
  • Travelers
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Connecticut
  • The University of Southern California
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Alumni Testimonials

Brian Sullivan ’08
Emerald Consulting

Brian Sullivan ’08

Brian is the founder of Emerald Consulting, LLC. "My Eastern education prepared me for the green finance industry by giving me an extraordinary background in mathematics and economics. I spend a lot of time trying to make sense of complex data systems. I wouldn’t be able to do this without my training in statistical analysis or my understanding of economic forces.”

Christine DeFilippo ’13
John F. Kennedy High School

Christine DeFilippo ’13

“I teach algebra and coach girls soccer and track and field at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY. Eastern taught me the communication, critical thinking and analytical skills needed to be a successful teacher. I have learned the importance of being a team player and encourage students to be the best versions of themselves in order to reach their maximum learning potential.”

Lawrence McGill ’17
Rhode Island College

Lawrence McGill ’17

Mathematics major Lawrence McGill is pursuing a master’s degree in mathematics at Rhode Island College. “I had teachers who cared about making me a better student as well as a better person. Given the right resources allowed me to develop qualities that I didn’t have going into college, which I now take with me into the real world.”

Richard Magner ’15

Richard Magner ’15

Mathematics major Richard Magner earned his Ph.D. at Boston University in 2021 and is now a computational scientist at MIT/Harvard's Broad Institute. “The most useful advice I can offer students is to work on interesting things with professors outside of class. Eastern faculty love to work with students who have initiative. Conducting faculty-supported research is a truly unique experience.”

James Chadic ’14
Mathematics Instructor

James Chadic ’14

Mathematics major James Chadic is a mathematics instructor at Asnuntuck Community College. “I learned from the best. I incorporate the humor and the teaching styles of the professors I had at Eastern. To be a good teacher, it’s not just knowledge that does the job. There’s compassion, there’s love, there’s admiration. It’s not just math skills.”