Mathematics Major (BS)

There is a whole world of problems waiting to be solved, and if that thought gives you as much energy and excitement as it does for us, join us as we attempt to find the answers in the mathematics major!

To join the mathematics community is to step into one of the world’s oldest sciences. But mathematical skills hold as much weight today as in all of history. Just think: You could be laying the foundations for mathematicians to build on centuries from now.

Whether you want to go into business, become a math teacher, or pursue a career in the sciences, our core curriculum will challenge and prepare you to become an integrated and analytical thinker.

As a mathematics major, you will learn the mathematical theories, computational techniques, algorithms and computer technology needed to solve advanced engineering, economic, physics, scientific and business problems.

Dispelling Some ‘Myths’

When it comes to math, perhaps you’ve heard these statements before:

Here are the facts: Teaching is just one small aspect of the discipline! Our graduates have landed jobs as data analysts, mathematicians and actuaries, many of whom work for large corporate and government agencies. And while the major is challenging, you will find support from faculty members who will take the time to know you and learn your strengths. You don’t have to be a “brilliant thinker” to be a math major!

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Why Study Mathematics at George Fox?

What are five things you can always count on? Your fingers. Math jokes aside, here are five reasons you’ll love being a math major at George Fox:
math professor writing a truth table on a classroom whiteboard

What will I Study?

You might think a mathematics major is just more calculus, but there is so much more to it than that! Mathematics is a holistic approach to problem recognition and solving. You will study:

  • Logic
  • The beauty of order and connected thought
  • Reasoned argument and proof
  • Rigor
  • Abstract perspective
  • Mathematics theory and application

Marylesa (Wilde) Howard

Mathematician/Scientist, National Security Technologies LLC

I entered George Fox with the intent to study mathematics, but I came away with so much more than just an education, thanks to the faculty. My professors spent their time investing in me and, as a result, I learned how to be an attentive student, inquisitive researcher and effective communicator. I now have a career applying mathematics to real-world problems, and my success today started with my time studying at George Fox.

What’s after George Fox

The job outlook is excellent for mathematics graduates. Career opportunities in the actuarial sciences are projected to grow 18 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics – much faster than the average for other occupations. Likewise, the demand for mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow a whopping 33 percent in the same time period.

  • Data Analyst, Chrome Data Solutions
  • Mathematician, NSA
  • Mathematician/Scientist, National Security Technologies LLC
  • CSR Billing & Licensing Specialist, HawkSoft
  • Actuary, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Statistical Consultant, Federal Government
  • Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University
  • Teacher, Grants Pass High School
  • Teacher, Woodburn High School
  • Product Strategy Analyst, Avalara
  • Visiting Professor, Willamette University
  • Texas Tech
  • University of Montana
  • Virginia Tech
  • University of Hawaii
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia Commonwealth
  • Oregon State University