Drexel University offers the following types of math degrees — each of which connects students to a diverse group of research-active faculty and close-knit students within our department.
Mathematics Major (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics provides a strong general mathematics background while allowing students to create a program tailored to their interests. This type of math degree is particularly beneficial for students pursuing double majors or careers in education, actuarial science, medicine and more.
Mathematics Major (BS)
The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics allows students to experience a broad range of mathematical topics while gaining depth in certain areas. The curriculum emphasizes computing and mathematical modeling, giving our students a competitive advantage in the job market.
Mathematics Major (Accelerated BS/MS)
High achieving students in the Mathematics major may be eligible to pursue our accelerated BS/MS in Mathematics. Students typically come with advanced placement credit in calculus, and earn both degrees one year sooner than traditional programs.
Actuarial Science (Minor)
The minor in actuarial science is designed to provide students with the quantitative and analytical skills required to obtain an entry-level position in the actuarial sciences profession. The coursework will help prepare students for the first two actuarial exams (probability and financial mathematics) and can be applied towards VEE (Validation by Education Experience) credit requirements from professional actuarial societies in the areas of Mathematical Statistics, Accounting and Finance, and Economics. Additional elective coursework will introduce students to appropriate statistical software or more advanced topics relevant to the actuarial sciences profession.
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The minor in Mathematics is a highly marketable addition to any degree, and particularly complements programs in physics, computer science, finance and engineering. Students gain a grounding in foundational topics with required courses in calculus and linear algebra. They then choose from elective courses that match their interests in a range of mathematics subfields.
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The Master of Science in Mathematics exposes students to a diverse set of research areas within both applied and core mathematics. The MS curriculum includes core courses in linear algebra and matrix analysis, principles of analysis, abstract algebra, complex variables and real variables. In the second year, students specialize with advanced coursework in areas such as ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, mathematical neuroscience, and applied probability and statistics.
Students in the PhD in Mathematics program at Drexel have opportunities to conduct original research in many areas of both pure and applied mathematics. Departmental research interests include mathematical biology, applied dynamical systems, combinatorics, matrix and operator theory, geometry, optics, inverse problems, probability, numerical analysis and partial differential equations. The program prepares students for a wide range of careers in academia and a variety of industries.