Freshman

Course Selection

  • By taking core classes, develop a basic understanding how mathematics can be useful in other courses.
  • Take Pre-Cal course if you have not already taken it so as to be ready to start with the Calculus sequence.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your academic advisor regularly for individual planning and guidance.
  • Math department provides free tutoring for most 2000-level courses; free tutoring also available from Study Partners and COSAM’s Drop-In Center.

Gain Experience

  • Attend the Wednesday Graduate Students Seminar in Parker Hall to hear from Math Faculty and Graduate Students about research being done in the department.
  • Use LinkedIn to find Alumni in your field.
  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your resume.

Handshake

Get Involved

  • Join the AU Math Club to connect with and receive advice from other undergraduates, and attend informative events with featured speakers.
  • Attend meetings of Council of Undergraduate Mathematics Students at Auburn (CUMSA) where you can share your advice and make your concerns known.

Sophomore

Course Selection

  • Develop a more advanced understanding of the calculus concepts and skills in differential equation and linear algebra. Plan to finish all the MATH 2000 level and MATH3100 courses.

Ask for Assistance

  • Talk to your academic advisor in Sciences Center Classrooms Building - Student Services Office about selecting a minor that fits your academic and professional goals.
  • Discuss with your academic advisor your interest in graduate studies.

Gain Experience

  • Volunteer to help a professor with a research project and talk the professor for the possibilities about conducting your own research.
  • Attend department colloquia as well as conferences, like the Alabama Academy of Sciences (AAS) and of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), to get professional exposure.

Get Involved

  • Utilize AUInvolve to identify organizations of interest to attend meetings and enhance your resume.

Junior

Course Selection

  • Complete MATH3100 so that you are ready to take advanced courses in Abstract Algebra, Analysis, and Numerical Analysis.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with someone in the University Career Center (UCC) to explore career options and receive individual assistance.
  • Talk to your academic advisor about internships.
  • Consider participating in a study abroad program.
  • Begin exploring graduate program options and preparing for Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Also, find out if your intended program requires a subject specific GRE.

Gain Experience

  • Apply for Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship (UTA) in the tutoring center or in some mathematics courses in order to gain experience in teaching.
  • If you are planning to go for Graduate Studies, consider enrolling in the Undergraduate Research Course.

Get Involved

  • Attend meetings of the AU Math Club and of CUMSA to share your suggestions and for networking with seniors.
  • Explore leadership opportunities within AU Math Club, CUMSA, GSA and other organizations to develop practical skills and abilities. Leadership can be a great way to gain related experience.

Senior

Course Selection

  • Bring together your understanding of mathematical concept including modeling, proofs, and applications.
  • Take the GRE/subject GRE during the fall semester if you plan on going to graduate school.

Ask for Assistance

  • Ask the UCC for help in preparing your resume (CV) and statement of intent, for use in graduate school and job applications.
  • Identify your reference letter writers early and provide plenty of notice for writing your letters.

Gain Experience

  • Continue working as UTA to enhance your chances of being awarded an assistantship for your graduate work.
  • Attend career events like the Engineering & Technology Career Fair.
  • Present your research at AU Research Week, AAS, SIAM, and MAA meetings.

Get Involved

  • Become a student member of a professional organization, such as the MAA, SIAM, and AAS, and attend their meetings in order to stay current in the field and take advantage of networking opportunities.

General Information

This program allows for a great variety of selection in the courses that you would like to pursue. Many of the career options in this field require graduate education and so your academic performance will be especially important. Also, be sure to advantage of opportunities within the department to gain experience.

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Interests

Holland's Code: IRE

  • Investigative
  • Realistic
  • Enterprising

Personality

Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • ISTJ
  • INTJ
  • ISTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated

Values

  • Achievement
  • Recognition
  • Independence

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Complex Problem Solving

Job and Internship Opportunities

RSS Sample of Positions Currently Listed on Handshake Hiring Mathematics Majors

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Last modified: August 25, 2020