A Unique Combination of Math and Business
Elizabethtown College offers the only degree in mathematical business in Pennsylvania. This interdisciplinary major draws from the courses in math, business, and computer science.
Intended for students interested in using their mathematical talents in the business world, the mathematical business major is designed to lead to careers in any sector with a business aspect, which could include government, non-profit, or the commercial companies.
What can I do with a degree in Math Business?
Companies are increasingly looking for graduates with knowledge of business principles who also possess strong creative problem solving and application skills. Our program provides the necessary skills for our graduates to use mathematics to enhance business decision-making in a wide variety of areas. Students enjoy substantial instruction from faculty in both the math and business departments throughout their courses of study and they are encouraged to couple this major with a minor in Data Analytics. Recent graduates include a Solution Senior Consultant at Deloitte, a Forensic Accountant at Deloitte, a GPS Pricing Senior Specialist at Deloitte, a Sr. Day Ahead Market Analyst at PJM Interconnection, an ARC Economic Analyst at PJM Interconnection, a Compensation Data Analyst at The Adecco Group, a Business Reporting Analyst at ISS Solutions, a Vendor Analyst at Clark Associates, an Assistant Manager at PSECU, and an Internet Marketing Specialist at WebFX.
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Principles of Business
Companies are increasingly looking for graduates with knowledge of business principles who also possess strong creative problem solving and application skills. Our program provides the necessary skills for our graduates to use mathematics to enhance business decision-making in a wide variety of areas. Students enjoy substantial instruction from faculty in both the math and business departments throughout their courses of study and they are encouraged to couple this major with a minor in Data Analytics.
A foundation in math
Students complete foundational mathematics courses such as calculus, linear algebra, and statistics, and applied mathematics courses such as operations research, but forgo theoretical math courses in favor of courses in the computer science and business departments such as accounting, data analytics, economics, finance, information systems, marketing, management, and business law. Students can also tailor electives in the major to their particular mathematical, business, or computer science interests.
We encourage our students majoring in mathematical business to take advantage of our signature learning experiences, particularly internships and research. With foundational knowledge in both math and business principles, our students are positioned to take advantage of high-value internships in the local area, abroad, or in a major metropolitan area.
Interested in math but looking to complete a different major? Take a minor in math! You’ll build a solid foundation in advanced mathematics such as calculus and linear algebra, and have the flexibility to customize the minor to your specific interests.
Life in the Department of Mathematical Sciences is characterized by a spirit of helpful cooperation. It is quite common to see small groups of students studying together in the Math Commons area, or in the “Math Hideaway,” a special study room dedicated to student use. Faculty office doors are always open, inviting students to come in and ask questions or talk about mathematical matters.
Students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences are involved in numerous activities, both on and off campus. In the department, we have a math club and a chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national math honor society, and our upper class students also serve as tutors in our tutoring center to help other students who need help with their math classes. In addition, many of our students spend a semester studying abroad or take part in short term trips abroad.
The mission of Mathematics Club is to provide a forum to exchange ideas and information in the field of Mathematics. The club encourages activities and field trips, sponsors speakers, and investigates a broad view of current ideas and research in mathematics and employment opportunities.
Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society, is a national organization whose purpose is the promotion of scholarly activity in mathematics among students in academic institutions, and among the staffs of qualified non-academic institutions. This honor society is open to students attaining high academic achievement in mathematics.
The faculty specially choose top math students to serve as tutors for the department. We offer drop-in tutoring five nights a week for students taking most 100- or 200-level math classes. Tutoring is obviously beneficial for those being tutored, but it also helps the tutors by reinforcing course material and teaching them how to exercise care and patience when explaining complicated ideas to other people. Such explanatory ability is a valuable professional skill for anyone called upon to deal with the public or work collaboratively, such as teachers and actuaries.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Embrace the world as your classroom! We encourage all of our majors to consider a study abroad experience during their time at Etown. Whether for a semester or for a May term class, we believe that the world is an exciting classroom. Although the programs in our department are intensive, there is certainly room for students to spend time abroad with proper planning. We carefully advise our students who are interested in studying abroad to plan their academic careers to accommodate a semester abroad within their four-year course of study.