Mathematics

Bachelor of Science

Degree Type

Major, Minor, Secondary Licensure

Department

Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering

Mathematicians enjoy creating solutions to challenging problems across all fields and economic sectors. They help protect national security, develop revolutionary robotics and contribute to medical discoveries. Whatever your interests may be, a strong foundation in mathematics opens doors to a variety of rewarding fields.

Program Overview

Study everything–from mathematical models–to technological innovations.

If you’re passionate about analyzing data and solving complex numerical problems, you’ll find your niche in the Mathematics program. Through intensive coursework, you’ll learn how to find familiar structures, make predictions and work your way through complex problems. The ability to extrapolate meaning out of large data sets is increasingly relevant and desired in business, finance, engineering, medicine and the sciences. In fact, mathematics is extremely versatile and complements any degree that uses the scientific process. As a student at Western Colorado University, you’ll also have the unique opportunity of taking classes from expert faculty in the new, state-of-the-art Paul M. Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering at the heart of Western’s campus.

Whether you want to help develop products with engineers using mathematical models or evaluate economic trends to help businesses make smart investments, the job outlook is good for mathematicians. Math-related occupations are expected to grow 33 percent through 2026—a much higher rate than other occupations.

A strong foundation

A degree in Mathematics gives you the opportunity to choose almost any career path in finance, engineering, medicine or the sciences.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
CS 190 Computer Science I 3 View
CS 191 Computer Science II 3 View
MATH 105 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts (GT-MA1) 3 View
MATH 151 Calculus I (GT-MA1) 4 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
MATH 220 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 3 View
MATH 251 Calculus II 4 View
MATH 252 Calculus III 4 View
MATH 260 Applied Linear Algebra 3 View
MATH 300 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling 3 View
MATH 313 Statistical Modeling and Simulation 3 View
MATH 314 Applied Probability 3 View
MATH 317 Genome Analysis (with laboratory) 3 View
MATH 330 Topics in Geometry 3 View
MATH 354 Differential Equations 3 View
MATH 360 Linear Algebra 3 View
MATH 370 History of Mathematics 3 View
MATH 414 Actuarial Mathematics 3 View
MATH 451 Analysis I 3 View
MATH 471 Abstract Algebra I 3 View
MATH 495 Senior Seminar 2 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Eligibility

Applicants for the Calkins-Barge Mathematics Scholarship:

  • Must be a Mathematics major entering junior or senior year and having satisfactorily completed Mathematics 220, Introduction to Advanced Mathematics.
  • Must have a GPA of 2.670 or higher.
  • Preference will be given to a current student-athlete (NCAA sport) or a first responder.
  • If a student-athlete (NCAA sport), preference will be given to members of the Wrestling Team.
  • If a first responder, applicant must be an active member with a Gunnison Valley Service Provider and preference will be given to members of the Gunnison Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Recipients may reapply unless they fail to maintain eligibility.

Description

The Calkins-Barge Mathematics Scholarship has been established by Glenn R. and Leila M. (Barge) Calkins to provide scholarship assistance to Western students majoring in mathematics. This scholarship serves to honor Western Graduates: Hazel, Glenn's mother (Elementary Education - 1932); Glenn (Mathematics and Physics -1962); Shane (Mathematics - 2016), Glenn and Leila's son. This Scholarship also honors Glenn and Leila, who taught in the Mathematics & Computer Science Department at Western. Glenn taught from 1978-2000, and Leila from 1986-2009. Finally, we honor William Calkins, Glenn's father who attended and was employed at Western, and Jesse and Mary Barge, Leila's parents, who fell in love with Western and the Gunnison Valley.

Application Procedures

Individuals interested in being considered for this scholarship must contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department and the Financial Aid Office for scholarship application information.

The deadline for applying shall be April 1 to be considered for the following academic year.

The Mathematics faculty and Financial Aid staff will assemble those applications which meet the stated criteria. Recipients will be selected by Glenn and Leila Calkins, in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid.

Eligibility

  • Applied or accepted Western student
  • Student is pursuing a major in Mathematics or related Natural Sciences
  • Applicant has demonstrated a need for financial assistance
  • Demonstrated an interest and is active in inter-collegiate athletics
  • Preference should be given to entering freshmen, however all classes are eligible
  • Preference should be given to applicants whose study time is limited by family obligations or the need to earn income
  • No preference shall be given based on the sex of the applicant
  • Preference will be given to applicant from Delta County, CO. or the Western Slope of Colorado

Description

Established with the Western Colorado University Foundation to perpetuate the memory of William Charlesworth, a 1954 graduate of Western Colorado University. The express purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to student-athletes pursuing majors in mathematics or related natural sciences. Award depends on funds available. Selected By: The chair of Mathematics and Computer Science and a representative from the Athletic Department appointed by the Athletic Director. A representative from the Natural Sciences Department shall be on the selection committee.

Application:

Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department or the Athletic Department for application and deadline information. Mathematics & Computer Science Department: 970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128 Athletic Department: 970.943.2079 | Paul Wright Gym 201.

Eligibility

  • Full-time Western Students
  • Must be a declared Mathematics major
  • Must have a GPA 3.0 or greater

Description

This scholarship is provided by the estate and family to celebrate the memory of William E. Dorgan. Award depends on funds available Selected by: Western Mathematics faculty in consultation with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as needed.

Application:

Contact the Paul Rady School of Computer Science & Engineering for application and deadline information. 970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

Eligibility

  • Students has successfully completed a minimum of 24 credits at Western (at least 6 apply towards their major)
  • Must be a declared major in Mathematics
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in math at Westen that apply towards the major
  • Must be enrolled for at least nine credits at Western during the semester of application
  • Financial need and the student's contribution to the math program will be considered

Description

This scholarship is provided by the friends of the Mathematics program.

Varies depending upon funds available.

Selected By: Donor Scholarship Committee.

Application:

Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Get involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Conferences: Students and faculty travel to two conferences each year.
  • Seminars: Faculty show what they have been working on and students present their research projects.
  • Tutoring Jobs: Available to students interested in teaching others and mastering basic principles.

Bringing data to life

A small group of graduating Mathematics seniors pursue a practical project necessitating professional levels of problem-solving, research and critical thinking. Final projects are of high quality, so they can be used by professionals and decision-makers in the field.

Additional Resources

Math Tutoring

The Math Tutoring program was designed to be a supportive environment that provides personalized assistance to help students improve their math skills.

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Department Chair

Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Contact Information

970.943.2119

admissions@western.edu

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230