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Math What's the value of a Bachelor's in Math?

  1. Aug 24, 2009 #1
    I'm going to graduate from an average state school in 2011 with a math degree. I AM planning to graduate with honors.

    What jobs will I find?

    How much of a difference does a Master's make? Two more years isn't a big deal, but I've had my fill of academia, so I'd rather go straight to the job market--unless a Master's really helps.


    Also--and it pains me to say this--I will be graduating with a B.A. instead of a B.S. For a B.S., I only need ONE additional math course, but the thing is I have to select my minor from the hard sciences, and I've already completed my minor (psychology). If a B.S. is a really big deal, I'd be willing to jam in the extra 6 or so courses that I'd need, though. I'd probably choose economics or biology.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2009
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  3. Aug 25, 2009 #2


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    Do you have any experience or interest in programming?
  4. Aug 25, 2009 #3
    I'm a little interested, my only experience is a course in C programming.

    How much programming would I need to know?
  5. Aug 25, 2009 #4
    To my knowledge, although I have little personal experience, there isn't too much of a difference between a B.A. and B.S. nowadays, particularly if your interested in getting a Masters or Doctorate later.

    The most traditional thing to do with a Math Major is become a Math teacher at the high/middle school level.
  6. Aug 26, 2009 #5


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    A master's will allow you to teach at the post-secondary level, either teaching AP classes in a high school or lower division classes at a college or university.
    So yes, it does open up a significant number of jobs.

    A B.A. is typical for people who want to teach and have a minor (well-rounded), while B.S. is more geared towards preparation for graduate school and research. However this will not have as much effect in admission to grad school as the GRE or your gpa will.

    All the math majors I know plan to go to graduate/medical/veterinary/dental school or teach at the high school level.
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