mathematical sciences at Montana Tech

Mathematical Sciences

Cross-disciplinary Opportunities

The faculty in mathematics are well connected at Montana Tech so you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with other majors and work in other facilities on campus. For example, students in mathematics analyzed data collected by biology students.

Rhodes & Goldwater Scholarships

Montana Tech students in mathematics are consistently nominated for the prestigious Rhodes and Goldwater Scholarships.

Spectacular Location

Montana Tech’s location in Butte offers you numerous recreational opportunities, such as hiking and fishing. Butte is centrally located, giving you access to internships in Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula.

What Are Mathematical Sciences

Montana Tech Math Club students working on computer

Mathematics is a cornerstone for all science. Mathematicians conduct research to develop and understand mathematical principles. At Montana Tech, our undergraduate curriculum features both pure and applied mathematics. Our teaching certificates in secondary mathematics are offered in a dual program with the University of Montana Western, and our students receive individual attention and work closely with faculty. Students also have many opportunities to travel to national and international conferences, and serve on state and national committees. A day in the life in Montana Tech’s Mathematical Sciences program may involve assisting a professor on a social network analysis, or fish population modeling, or topology of mappings between spaces. Students may also find themselves doing their own research in addition to competing in state and national competitions.

Three Academic Concentrations
Three Academic Concentrations
Hands-On Learning Environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
Tradition of Rhodes & Goldwater Nominations
Tradition of Rhodes & Goldwater Nominations

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • You like solving puzzles
  • Insatiable curiosity!
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • An aptitude for math
  • A diverse set of interests

What Can you Do With Your Degree?

The Montana Tech Mathematics Department prepares students for in-demand, high-paying careers. Mathematics is not only one of the most in-demand areas in education, but a degree in mathematical sciences also gives students options for compelling career possibilities across the spectrum, including the federal government and in private science and engineering research companies. Graduates may find themselves working on medical research teams, or with engineers, research firms, scientists, and other professionals. They often make some of the best salaries in the nation.

Why Study Mathematics at Montana Tech?

With a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio, you’ll receive the individual attention you just won’t get at a larger institution. Your professors will not only know your name. They’ll know the area of mathematics you’re most passionate about and they’ll help you find opportunities to explore your interests fully. They’ll even tailor class topics and projects to help you explore your interest and develop expertise in it. When it comes time to apply for internships, graduate schools, or mathematics jobs, your professors at Montana Tech will be able to write impact reference letters for you because they know you so well.

gain hands-on experience in mathematics

Gain hands-on experience in mathematics

From working on faculty-led research projects in mathematics to internships at places such as government agencies and software companies, you’ll have plenty of hands-on opportunities to gain experience and to know which mathematics jobs are for you—before you graduate. You’ll also have opportunities to present your impressive research at Montana Tech Techxpo and at national and international conferences, such as the Pacific Inland Mathematics Undergraduate Conference (PiMUC) in Spokane, Washington.

focus on your mathematics career from day one

Focus on your mathematics career from Day 1

From helping you to identify your area of interest in mathematics to working closely with Career Services so you never miss out on internships and other practical learning experiences, we always have your future career front of mind at Montana Tech. We’ll help you focus your interests so that you’re highly marketable for mathematics jobs and prepared to thrive in your career.

Available Options and Minors

  • Pure Mathematics: This track prepares you for the study of graduate level mathematics.
  • Applied Mathematics: This track prepares you for a career in business, industry, or government.
  • Secondary Education: This track allows you to get a teaching certificate from University of Montana Western along with an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Montana Tech
  • Statistics Option: (coming soon)
  • Mathematics Minor: The mathematics minor provides majors in other science and engineering disciplines with skills in advanced mathematical analysis techniques.
  • Statistics Minor: The statistics minor provides majors in other science and engineering disciplines with skills in advanced statistical analysis techniques.

The Montana Tech Mathematics Department prepares students for in-demand, high-paying careers.

The continuing rise in computer automation requires professionals with training in mathematics and data analysis, and students emerge from our campus fully prepared to excel in these fields. Offering a major, minor and teaching certificate, Montana Tech prepares students for graduate school or careers in the private sector, medicine, law, education or government.

Our undergraduate curriculum features both pure and applied mathematics. Our teaching certificates in secondary mathematics are offered in a dual program with the University of Montana Western.

Students receive individual attention and work closely with faculty. They also have many opportunities to travel to national and international conferences and serve on state and national committees. Our students are consistently nominated for Rhodes and Goldwater Scholarships, and graduates like 2014 University of Iowa Chancellor’s Medallion recipient Joseph Cavanaugh are examples of our students’ success.

Career outlook for mathematics majors

100% job placement rate for 10+ years
Mathematical Sciences Career Placement Outcomes »

How much do mathematics graduates make?

The 2018 median pay for mathematicians and statisticians was $88,190 per year, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall employment is projected to grow 30 percent through 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

talk to an advisor

Talk to an Advisor

Contact mathematical sciences department head Dr. Hilary Smith Risser, 406-496-4581 or hrisser@mtech.edu.

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Transfer

To transfer to Montana Tech, you must be a high school graduate and have earned more than 12 college credits.

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