### Exciting opportunities for Wright State students in actuarial science

What does it mean to have a career in actuarial science?

Wright State’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can help you get to where you want to go.

The Bachelor of Science in mathematics program offers three concentrations: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and mathematics education. These three programs, as well as the Bachelor of Science in Statistics program, are adaptable to many of your potential postgraduate goals, from various scientific or professional careers to graduate school. The Bachelor of Arts program provides a broad background in mathematics with a liberal arts orientation.

Wright State’s dual degree programs in applied mathematics, applied statistics, and mathematics allow you to earn both your B.S. and M.S. degrees in less time than the traditional degree path. Of course, you can enroll in any of the three master’s degree programs even if you haven’t elected the dual degree option. Complete your studies and broaden your career horizons with a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary applied science and mathematics.

Pursue directed research alongside faculty members who believe in your pioneering potential. You will benefit from their engagement in original research in pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education.

Following graduation, you can join other alumni in finding important uses in virtually all facets of scientific and commercial activity. The mathematical sciences are particularly well-suited as languages for the quantitative analysis of complex problems, whether these problems arise in engineering, biological, economic, or a myriad other contexts. The study of mathematics and statistics is a rewarding endeavor, both personally and professionally. Explore the world of mathematics and statistics with us.

Our academic programs include many essential course offerings, including calculus, differential equations with matrix algebra, elementary linear algebra, and complex variables.

**Analysis**

- Geometric analysis and PDE
- Nonlinear PDEs, applied analysis and real harmonic analysis
- Operator theory

**Applied Mathematics**

- PDE and applications
- Control and optimization
- Numerical and computational math
- Discrete mathematics
- Combinatorics and coding theory
- Graph theory and matroid theory

**Mathematics Education**

- Algebra and calculus: concepts and reasoning
- Mathematical knowledge for teaching
- Mathematical modeling
- Professional development and lesson study
- Statistical reasoning

**Statistics and Probability**

- Statistical theory, methods and applications
- Experimental design and testing hypotheses
- Biostatistics
- Probability and stochastic processes
- Bioinformatics and statistical genomics
- Machine learning

“I work on campus as a teaching assistant for the math department and as a tutor in the Math Learning Center. I am passionate about teaching math and love to help my fellow students to have a good experience learning and growing in their understanding of math concepts. I hope to go to graduate school and study astronomy as well as pursue my Ph.D. in physics.”

Jace Robinson graduated in Spring 2016 with B.S. in mathematics. He is currently a graduate researcher in the Web and Complex Systems Lab and Kno.e.sis Research Center in the computer science department at Wright State. “What I love most about Wright State is the ability to be more than just a number,” Robinson said. “Being a medium-sized university gives us the best of both worlds for opportunities; we have a small university feel with large university resources.”

Make a difference in a career that counts

What does it mean to have a career in actuarial science?

Real world solutions

Assistant Professor Sara Pollock, Ph.D., in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the Principle Investigator on a recently approved National Science Foundation grant.

Congratulations to Josh Jordan, Top Scholar for the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics

This is the second of a 5-part series featuring CoSM's Top Scholars. The College of Science & Mathematics is privileged to spot-light such talented students.