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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.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

All standard majors require a minor in a second discipline or a second major.

A minimum of 41 credits is required, including the 25-credit Mathematics Core:

Mathematics Core
CS 190Computer Science I3
MATH 151Calculus I (GT-MA1)4
MATH 220Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3
MATH 251Calculus II4
MATH 260Applied Linear Algebra3
MATH 451Analysis I3
MATH 471Abstract Algebra I3
MATH 495Senior Seminar2
Total Credits25

And at least 16 credits from the following:

CS 191Computer Science II3
MATH 213Probability and Statistics3
MATH 252Calculus III4
MATH 300Introduction to Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 313Statistical Modeling and Simulation3
MATH 314Applied Probability3
MATH 317Genome Analysis (with laboratory)3
MATH 330Topics in Geometry3
MATH 354Differential Equations3
MATH 360Linear Algebra3
MATH 370History of Mathematics3
MATH 397Special Topics1-6
MATH 414Actuarial Mathematics3
MATH 456Introduction to Complex Analysis3
MATH 497Special Topics1-6
Total Credits42-52

Degree Plan for students who will be starting with MATH 140 (not Calculus ready):

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
HWTR 100First Year Seminar1
MATH 140College Algebra (GT-MA1)3
ENG 102Academic Writing (GT-CO1)3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Credits16
Spring
CS 190Computer Science I3
MATH 141Precalculus (GT-MA1)4
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Credits16
Year Two
Fall
MATH 151Calculus I (GT-MA1)4
MATH 260Applied Linear Algebra3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab 4
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Elective Elective/Minor 1
Credits15
Spring
MATH 251Calculus II4
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
Elective MATH Elective 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab 4
Credits14
Year Three
Fall
MATH 220Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3
Elective MATH Elective 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Credits15
Spring
Elective MATH Elective (upper division) 3
Elective MATH Elective (upper division) 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Credits15
Year Four
Fall
MATH 451Analysis I3
Elective MATH Elective (upper division) 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Credits15
Spring
MATH 495Senior Seminar2
MATH 471Abstract Algebra I3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Credits14
Total Credits120


Degree Plan for students who will be starting with MATH 151 (Calculus ready):

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
HWTR 100First Year Seminar1
MATH 151Calculus I (GT-MA1)4
MATH 260Applied Linear Algebra3
ENG 102Academic Writing (GT-CO1)3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Credits14
Spring
CS 190Computer Science I3
MATH 251Calculus II4
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Credits16
Year Two
Fall
MATH 220Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab4
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Credits16
Spring
COM 202Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2)3
Elective MATH Elective 3
Elective MATH Elective (upper division)3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Gen Ed Natural Sciences w/lab4
Credits16
Year Three
Fall
Elective MATH Elective 3
Elective MATH Elective (upper division)3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Gen Ed Social Sciences 3
Credits15
Spring
MATH 471Abstract Algebra I3
Elective MATH Elective (upper division) 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Gen Ed Arts & Humanities 3
Credits15
Year Four
Fall
MATH 451Analysis I3
Elective MATH Elective (upper division) 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Credits15
Spring
MATH 495Senior Seminar2
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective (upper division)/Minor 3
Elective Elective/Minor 3
Credits14
Total Credits121

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"A 2015 graduate, Lindsey Possehl double majored in Mathematics and Computer Science, which led to her current role as a data scientist for Ruffalo Noel Levitz."

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"At Western, you really have the opportunity to work closely with the faculty, which helped me gain a very real depth and breadth of knowledge in my field."

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

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.

Apply

Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.

Apply

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.

Description

The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

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.

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.

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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

Office Support Coordinator

Lainy Sorensen

Office Support Coordinator

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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